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Samuel Chamberlain papers, 1908-1971

Chamberlain, Samuel, 1895-1975

Photographer, Etcher


Collection Information

Size: 13 Linear feet, (partially microfilmed on 1 reel)

Summary: Personal and business correspondence; photographs; etchings; drawings; sketches; writings; biographical material; and clippings.
REEL 686: 24 fashion show drawings; 123 drawings, 1922, many of architectural details and buildings in France; 28 sketches of fortifications and airplanes drawn for Army Air Force Intelligence, WWII; and biographical material. In addition there is material relating to THIS REALM, THIS ENGLAND (Hastings House, 1941), a book of prints, drawings, and photographs of England by American and British artists, edited by Chamberlain, to raise funds for the British War Relief Society. Included is correspondence and manuscripts and dummies.
UNMICROFILMED: Personal and business correspondence; photographs; etchings; 12 lectures on "Expressions of Graphic Art"; notes, drafts, and dummies for 26 publications; some writings by students; and clippings.

Biographical/Historical Note

Etcher and photographer; Marblehead, Mass. Died in 1975. Chamberlain is best known for his architectural photography. His early career is reflected in his etchings of European buildings for American publications.


Material on reel 686 lent for microfilming 1974 by Samuel Chamberlain. Unmicrofilmed material donated 1974 by Chamberlain.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Reel 686: Originals returned to Samuel Chamberlain after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 686 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Samuel Chamberlain papers, 1908-1971. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.