Peggy Bacon papers, 1893-1973, bulk 1900-1936

Bacon, Peggy, b. 1895 d. 1987
Painter, Author, Printmaker, Illustrator, Poet
Active in Cape Porpoise, Me.; Cross River, N.Y.

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.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.


Collection size: 4.0 linear feet

Collection Summary: 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.

Biographical/Historical Note: Peggy Bacon (1895-1987) was a printmaker, painter, caricaturist, illustrator, poet, and writer (of childrens' books) from Cape Porpoise, Maine. Peggy Bacon was born Margaret Frances Bacon on May 2, 1895. She grew up in Ridgefield, Connecticut and studied at the Art Students' League. Bacon was married to painter Alexander Brook. She died January 3, 1987.

Donated 1973 by Peggy Bacon and in 2008 via Kraushaar Galleries, estate executors.

Funding for the processing and digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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  • The bulk of this collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's 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.
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Related Materials

Among the other resources relating to Peggy Bacon in the Archives of American Art are an oral history interview with Bacon, May 8, 1973; letters to Bernice and Harry Lurie from Peggy Bacon, 1969-1977; and Peggy Bacon and Alexander Brook letters, 1940-1967.
Peggy Bacon papers also at Syracuse University.