Archives of American Art

Edgar Spier Cameron papers

Collection ID:
Cameron, Edgar Spier, 1862-1944
bulk 1882-1968
Fifty letters and some clippings are in French.
Physical Description:
2.8 Linear feet
(on 3 microfilm reels)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Genealogical material; letters; business records; notes; writings; art works; scrapbooks; printed material and photographs.
Scope and Contents
Notes and charts concerning the Spier and Cameron families, 1928-1938; letters, 1868-1947, include a few childhood notes, letters to his parents describing his courses, instructors; to classmates while at the Art Students League in New York, while studying art in Paris, and to his wife, Marie, in Chicago; and letters to Cameron from colleagues.
Scope and Contents
Among the business records are an application for letters patent, with colleague Mark Salomon, for a device used in the transformation of theater scenery, 1905, and copyright cards for paintings, 1911-1917; notes; a notebook, 1936; 38 cards, 1917-1920, containing information about art works; an undated draft and a typescript, 1940, for an autobiographical acccount "The Cusp of Gemini".
Scope and Contents
Art works by Cameron include a sketchbook, 1882-1883, primarily of costumed figures, 10 unbound sketches, 21 oil sketches, undated and 1899, some of which are studies for murals, an etching, and 2 copies of a lithograph portrait of a woman. Works by others include a pencil portrait, 1918, of Cameron by Fitzpatrick, and an ink sketch "Winter Morning" by Svend Svensen. Five scrapbooks, 1894-1968 contain clippings and photographs of Cameron, his wife, family members, and works of art.
Scope and Contents
Also included are clippings, 1888-1950, exhibition announcements and catalogs, 1899-1946, a catalog, 1926, for works by John Singer Sargent, and other printed material; material concerning Cameron's instructor Jean Paul Laurens, and reproductions of works of art including 43 engraved copies of classic works. Photographs, 1890-1918, include 19 of Cameron, 22 of his wife, 18 of family and friends, miscellaneous travel views, and works of art by the Camerons and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Mural painter; Chicago, Ill. Studied at the Chicago Academy of Design, the Art Students League of New York, and was a student of Cabanel, Constant and Laurens in Paris. His wife, Marie Gelon Cameron, was born in Paris, and was also a student of Cabanel, Constant and Laurens.

Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels 4290-4292 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1988 by Arthur B. Carpenter and Marjorie L. Kimberlin, Cameron's nephew and niece.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Painting, American Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sketchbooks Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art students -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art students -- France -- Paris Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Muralists -- Illinois -- Chicago Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Laurens, Jean-Paul, 1838-1921 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cameron, Marie Gelon, 1872-1953 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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