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Edgar Scudder Hamilton Papers

Identifier: MS122

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The papers contain primarily personal correspondence from Edgar to his family, expressing the concerns, aspirations, and lifestyle of a struggling portrait artist. There are also some photographs of Hamilton and other family members, also photographs and photocopies of art works by Hamilton. Also there is a biographical sketch of Hamilton, excerpted from a family history, a San Antonio newspaper clipping, and one article concerning the Paris prize won by Hamilton. The papers were donated in 1982 by Hamilton's great-niece, Mrs. Warren W. [Evelyn] Moorman.


  • 1815-1978


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Edgar Scudder Hamilton was born in San Antonio, Texas on July 31, 1869. Showing great artistic ability, he headed to the Art Students' League in New York City in 1889.

In 1892, he enrolled at the Julian Art School, later placing fourth in the prestigious Paris Prize competition.

In later years, he supplemented his artistic pursuits by working at various New York advertising agencies. He constantly suffered with acute attacks of respiratory illness.

In 1901, he married Josephine Biggs, the sister of a prominent Stamford, Connecticut physician. Shortly thereafter, he opened a portrait studio in New York, enjoying modest success.

He died of tuberculosis on June 3, 1903 near Liberty, New York.


1.00 Linear feet


By subject, then chronologically.

Physical Location

Vault BE 2

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Hamilton's great-niece, Mrs. Evelyn Warren W.] Moorman, in 1982.



Guide to the Edgar Scudder Hamilton Papers
Compiled by Lisa Pena

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Mary Couts Burnett Library Repository

TCU Box 298400
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Fort Worth, Texas 76129-0001
Fort Worth Texas 76129
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