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Samuel Colman papers, 1855-1961

Colman, Samuel, 1832-1920

Painter, Illustrator, Landscape painter


Collection Information

Size: 34 Items, (on partial microfilm reel)

Summary: 15 letters to his sister Mela, his brother-in-law Emerson Howard, and other family, dated 1855-1861, also one undated letter and one written in 1901 to Kate, and an undated letter of a descendant. In Colman's letters from France, he writes of life there, and expresses sentiments for the family. Colman also writes of George H. Boughton, with whom he shared a studio and rooms. In addition there are 16 drawings and sketches, probably the work of several persons, and "The Death Song of a Cherokee Indian," written by William Colman in 1809.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter of landscape and genre subjects, etcher and watercolorist; born in Portland, Maine. Studied in New York with Asher B. Durand, and abroad. Last name alternatively spelled Coleman.


The donor, Mrs. David Prince, is Colman's grandniece.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 832 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 Colman papers, 1855-1961. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.