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William Henry Shelton autobiography, 1840-1890

Shelton, W. H. (William Henry), 1840-1932

Painter, Etcher, Author, Printmaker, Illustrator


Collection Information

Size: 450 Pages, (on partial microfilm reel)

Summary: Typescript of Shelton's unpublished autobiography, in which he writes of his boyhood in New York and his experiences in the Civil War. Shelton also describes his career as an artist-illustrator in New York City, beginning in 1871, work for LESLIE'S, HARPER'S, CENTURY, and the NEW YORK LEDGER, how engraving was done, the beginning of the artists' colony at Cold Spring Harbor with Stanley Reinhart, Arthur Quartley, and others, the work of Frank Smith, the colony at East Hampton, and recollections of the Tile Club and the Salmagundi Club.


Lent 1974 by the New-York Historical Society.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Originals in: New-York Historical Society.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 800 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

How to Cite This Collection

William Henry Shelton autobiography, 1840-1890. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.