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Fred S. Boyko Family Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 25084

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains photocopies of documentation of portraitist Fred S. Boyko’s life in Vienna, immigration to the United States, and life in New York, particularly his education and career as a portraitist. Included are school certificates, documents pertaining to his emigration and naturalization, and applications, correspondence, exhibit booklets, and clippings regarding his career as a portraitist. Also included are items pertaining to members of Fred S. Boyko’s family, particularly articles about the work of his brother Hugo Boyko, an ecologist who worked to develop methods of salt water irrigation in the Negev desert in Israel.

Documents from Boyko’s life in Vienna focus primarily on his education. Included are certificates from the K. K. Staats-Realschule im I. Bezirke Wiens, Technische Hochschule Wien, and Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, as well as documents regarding Boyko’s apprenticeship with architecture firms in Vienna. Items pertaining to Boyko’s 1939 emigration from Vienna to New York include his passport, contracts and invoices for the transportation of belongings from Vienna to New York, and passenger list of the S.S. Normandie, which includes the Boyko family. Additional items include Boyko’s birth certificate and marriage contract between Boyko and Helene Waltuch.

Also included are documents from Fred S. Boyko’s life in New York, including his 1942 applications to use photographic equipment, which were submitted to the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, as well as the responses he received, and postcards from the United States and New York departments of naturalization regarding applications for various immigration documents. Also included is an obituary for Fred S. Boyko, sympathy card sent to his wife, and proposal for his headstone.

Documents pertaining to Fred S. Boyko’s career as a portraitist include curricula vitae, correspondence and press release concerning his portrait of Mary Martin, announcement of his re-engagement as a teacher at the Roerich Academy of Arts, a letter regarding a prize of the Painters and Sculptors Society of New Jersey, exhibit booklets, and clippings about exhibits of Boyko’s portraits.

The collection also contains articles and clippings pertaining to the work of Fred S. Boyko’s brother Hugo Boyko and Hugo’s wife Elizabeth in developing methods of salt water irrigation in Israel. Also included is a list of the charter members of the World Academy of Art and Science, which includes Hugo Boyko.

Also included are documents pertaining to Fred S. Boyko’s family, particularly his parents and siblings, including a newspaper article about the family’s accomplishments, marriage certificate of Fred S. Boyko’s parents Aron Bojko and Karoline Hirschberger, and photograph of his brother Rudolph Boyko and invitation to Rudolph’s 90th birthday party.

Dates

  • 1904-1998
  • Majority of material found within 1904-1951

Language of Materials

The collection is in English and German.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

Biographical Note

Fred S. Boyko was born Sigfried Bojko on March 30, 1894, in Vienna to Adolf Aron Bojko and Karoline née Hirschberger. In 1912, he began studies in architecture at the Technische Hochschule Wien, but his studies were soon interrupted by his service in World War I. Boyko continued his studies in architecture after the war; however, he felt more drawn to painting and also studied at the Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien. Boyko soon dedicated himself entirely to portrait painting. He became a well-established painter throughout Europe, where he painted portraits of members of the Austrian Imperial family, such as Archduke Joseph, as well as Czechoslovak president Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, and Sigmund Freud.

In March 1939, Boyko left Vienna via France for New York with his wife Helene (later Helen) née Waltuch, whom he married in 1921, and their daughter Anitta. Boyko enjoyed continued success as a portraitist upon his arrival in New York; his first two portraits completed in the United States were of stage personalities Mary Martin and Charles Kullman. He won several prizes for his paintings, and his work was exhibited at Carnegie Hall and the National Academy of Design, among other places. Fred S. Boyko died on July 5, 1951, in New York.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection contains photocopies of documentation of portraitist Fred S. Boyko’s life in Vienna, immigration to the United States, and life in New York, particularly his education and career as a portraitist. Included are school certificates, documents pertaining to his emigration and naturalization, and applications, correspondence, exhibit booklets, and clippings regarding his career as a portraitist. Also included are items pertaining to members of Fred S. Boyko’s family, particularly articles about the work of his brother Hugo Boyko, an ecologist who worked to develop methods of salt water irrigation in the Negev desert in Israel.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in one series.

Other Finding Aid

A detailed, item-level inventory is available in the first folder.

Related Material

See also The road back to life - work & happiness, ME 1476, which includes two brief memoirs by Fred S. Boyko’s daughter Anitta R. Fox

See also AHC interview with Anitta Ruth Fox, AHC 1293

Separated Material

Title
Guide to the Fred S. Boyko Family Collection 1904-1998 AR 25084
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by Sarah Glover
Date
© 2013
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • October 2015:: dao links added by Emily Andresini.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

Contact:
15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States