The collection is arranged into 7 series: Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1893-1913 (Box 1; 2 folders) Series 2: Correspondence, 1893-1939, 1969-1972 (Boxes 1-3; 3 linear feet) Series 3: Personal Business Records, 1897-1934, 1963-1972 (Box 4; 0.2 linear feet) Series 4: Writings, 1905-1920 (Boxes 4-5; 0.3 linear feet) Series 5: Printed Material, 1905-1935, 1973 (Box 5; 3 folders) Series 6: Photographs, circa 1900-1963 (Box 5, OV 6; 4 folders) Series 7: Artwork, undated (Box 5, OVs 6-8; 9 folders)
Access Note / Rights:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
The papers of printmaker, illustrator, caricaturist, and writer Peggy Bacon measure 3.6 linear feet and date from 1893 to 1973, with the bulk of materials dating from 1900 to 1936. Much of the collection consists of family correspondence, although writings, photographs, artwork, and personal business records from Bacon's late career are also found.
Peggy Bacon papers, 1893-1973, bulk 1900-1936. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The bulk of the collection was digitized in 2006 and is available on the Archives of American Art website.
Printed materials, photographs of works of art, and papers primarily relating to Bacon's relatives have not been digitized and are available on 35 mm microfilm reels 892-899 at Archives of American Art offices, and through interlibrary loan. Drawings by Peggy Bacon donated in 2008 have not been digitized.
Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
Among the other resources relating to Peggy Bacon in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Bacon, May 8, 1973; and letters to Bernice and Harry Lurie from Peggy Bacon, 1969-1977. Additional Peggy Bacon papers are available at Syracuse University.
Peggy Bacon was born in 1895 in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and grew up an only child after the death of two younger brothers in infancy. Her parents, Charles Roswell Bacon and Elizabeth Chase Bacon, had met at the Art Students League, where her father had studied with Robert Henri. Her father pursued a career in painting and writing until his suicide in 1913, and her mother painted miniatures.
The collection was donated by Peggy Bacon in 1973 and Kraushaar Galleries in 2008.
The papers of Peggy Bacon were digitized in 2006 by the Archives of American Art. The papers have been scanned in their entirety, and total 6,623 images.
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