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Contents and Arrangement | A Finding Aid to the Peggy Bacon papers, 1893-1973, bulk 1900-1936 | Digitized Collection

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

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Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1893-1913
2 folders
Box 1

Biographical materials a marriage certificate for Peggy Bacon's parents, Elizabeth and Charles Roswell Bacon, Peggy Bacon's report cards from her secondary school, Kent Place School in Summit, NJ, and a note from the New York School of Applied Art and Design.

Series 2: Correspondence, 1893-1939, 1969-1972
3 linear feet
Boxes 1-3

Correspondence includes letters written by Peggy Bacon, her husband, Alexander Brook, her parents, and various other family members, friends, and associates. Peggy Bacon's letters from 1913 and earlier are mostly correspondence with schoolmates, parents, and other family. Beginning around 1914, Bacon wrote regular, detailed letters to her mother about her life as an art student and artist at Port Jefferson, Long Island (1914), at the Art Student's League in New York City (1915-1920), summers in Provincetown, Massachusetts (1915-1917), and the Woodstock artists' colony (1919-1927). Letters also describe her time living in England and France (1920-1921), and her early years in New York City (1920s-1930s). Letters received by Bacon include letters from the artist Lucia Fairbanks Fuller (1903-1909) her teacher Jonas Lie (circa 1915), and her friends and fellow artists Catherine Wiley, Dorothy Varian, Katherine Schmidt, Anne Rector, and others (circa 1914-1919). Letters are occasionally illustrated.
Alexander Brook's letters to his mother-in-law, Elizabeth Bacon, span the early years of his relationship with Peggy Bacon, recounting family and career matters during their Woodstock years, their travel abroad, and their early years in New York City.
Letters written to Bacon's father, Charles Roswell Bacon, include letters from the artists Jules Adler, Rudolph Bunner, Ira Remsen, and Charles Downing Lay. The rest of the correspondence series consists mainly of family correspondence and Elizabeth Bacon's personal and business correspondence.
This series is arranged by correspondent and/or recipient. Undated correspondence is filed either by approximate date derived from the content of the letters, or at the end of the folder series. Under folder headings with multiple correspondents, undated letters are alphabetized by their authors.
Additional correspondence can be found with Personal Business Records.

Series 3: Personal Business Records, 1897-1934, 1963-1972
0.2 linear feet
Box 4

This series includes records of Peggy Bacon's transactions with various publishers and with Kraushaar Gallery. Publisher records include royalty statements, agreements for publication, and scattered correspondence related to publications Bacon wrote and illustrated. Gallery records include sales receipts, inventories, and scattered correspondence with Antoinette Kraushaar and other gallery staff. Also found are miscellaneous business records of Peggy Bacon's parents.

Series 4: Writings, circa 1905-1920, undated
0.3 linear feet
Boxes 4-5

Writings include a school notebook of Peggy Bacon's with graded writing assignments, one of which contains an illustration. Also found are poems and notes written by Peggy Bacon, and poems by others. Manuscripts of several short stories and a novel-length work by Charles Roswell Bacon are present, including titles such as "Autobiography of a Failure," "A Minor Memory," and "A Fronting of Fates."

Series 5: Printed Materials, 1905-1935, 1973
3 folders
Box 5

This series includes a pamphlet edition of a story illustrated by Bacon, a publisher's catalog listing her first book,
The True Philosopher
, a catalog of her 1973 exhibition of paintings at the Ogunquit Museum, a hand-printed shop catalog from Woodstock, NY, and numerous wedding invitations and announcements.

Series 6: Photographs, circa 1900-1963
4 folders
Box 5, OV 6

Photographs in this series include childhood photographs of Peggy Bacon, her mother, and her family home; Bacon, Alexander Brook, and their children at the Maverick festival in Woodstock, NY in the early 1920s; a group photograph of Bacon, Brook, and friends circa 1921; Katherine Schmidt and Yasuo Kuniyoshi; Art Students League faculty in the 1940s; and later photographs of Bacon, her family members, and associates. Also found are photographic reproductions of Bacon's caricatures and paintings, and photographs of two of Alexander Brook's paintings.

Series 7: Artwork, undated
6 folders
Box 5, OV 6

This series contains two ex-libris drawings, several life drawings, a scene drawing and a cartoon by Peggy Bacon, an ex-libris drawing by Alexander Brook, several drawings of family members which were probably made by Bacon's father, a print signed Morrison (1921), and several paper dolls, which are unattributed, but which may have been made by Bacon or her mother.

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