Edgar Scudder Hamilton Papers Edit




  • 1815-1978 (Creation)


  • 1.00 Linear feet (Whole)

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  • Arrangement

    By subject, then chronologically.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research.

  • Preferred Citation

    Edgar Scudder Hamilton Papers, Special Collections, Mary Couts Burnett Library, Texas Christian University.