Finding aid created by: -
Date: Jan 1967
|25 Sep 2007||converted to EAD (MRC)|
|13 Apr 2018||reprocessed and rehoused. Material from 2007 accession (mostly relating to Peggy Bacon estate) incorporated (PRB)|
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||Bacon, Peggy, 1895-1987.|
|Title:||Peggy Bacon Papers|
|Quantity:||4.5 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Papers of the American author, caricaturist, illustrator, painter. Collection includes correspondence between Bacon and her husband Alexander Brook, as well as that of others; manuscript articles, illustrations, poems, and notebooks; published material including articles, drawings, and newspaper clippings by or about Bacon and Brook; memorabilia, including awards, photographs, and reviews; and miscellany.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Peggy Bacon (1895-1987) was an American author, caricaturist and illustrator.
Margaret "Peggy" Bacon was born in Ridgefield, Connecticut, on May 2 1895, the only child of Charles R. Bacon and his wife Elizabeth, both professional painters, and grew up in an artistic and literary environment. In an interview in 1973 with Paul Cummings for the Archives of American Art, she recalled that "[My parents] were passionate readers of Henry James as fast as his novels came out. Every evening there was reading aloud....[T]here were quantities of books, endless books arriving. And a great deal of charm. They were people of taste. Father was very well-read in French. He spoke French so well that French people mistook him for a Frenchman."
Peggy was largely educated by tutors and governesses until the age of fourteen when she was sent to Kent Place School in Summit, New Jersey. She displayed her artistic talents at an early age and rather than entering college decided to study at the Art Students League in New York City. In 1920 she married fellow student Alexander Brook (with whom she later had two children, Alexander and Belinda) and began her career as artist, writer and teacher.
Peggy Bacon taught at the Corcoran Art School in Washington DC, the Fieldstone School, the Art Students League, Hunter College, and the New School in New York. At the same time, she began exhibiting her pastels, prints, etchings and caricatures in many of the country's major museums. She had had her first one-man show in 1915 and beginning in 1922 she had a show almost every year at various galleries in New York. Like many of her compatriots, she worked for Associated American Artists but did not stay with them long.
Along with her art, Peggy was also a talented writer. She contributed articles, short stories, and witty verse to leading magazines such as The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and the Saturday Review, including a review in verse of The Women, which "earned [me] two lifelong enemies -- Clare Booth Luce and Henry Luce." Her first children's book, The Lion-hearted Kitten, was published in 1926 and several more quickly followed, as well as illustration work on more than sixty books for both children and adults. In 1952 her first novel, a mystery entitled The Inward Eye, was published and won favorable reviews.
In 1934 Bacon won a Guggenheim Fellowship and a few years later an award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters. She retired to Cape Porpoise, Maine in 1961 where she lived until her death in 1987.
The Peggy Bacon Papers consist of artwork originals, artwork reproductions, biographical material, correspondence subject files, legal material, memorabilia and writings.
Artwork originals is a variety of sizes of pencil, ink and watercolor drawings, some done when Bacon was a child.
Artwork reproductions consists of published copies of illustrations she did for her own and other people's writing.
Biographical material includes brief biographies for shows and other purposes as well as curriculum vitae and obituaries.
Correspondence subject files includes Peggy Bacon's correspondence as well as Alexander Brook's correspondence and some of their early correspondence with each other.
Legal material is composed of notes about Peggy Bacon's estate that were made by her daughter Belinda and a copy of Peggy Bacon's birth certificate.
Memorabilia consists of awards and honors, clippings, exhibition announcenments and catalogs, photgraphs, post cards, and a scrapbook.
Writings includes manuscript and published copies of articles, books, poems, reviews and short stories as well as some compositions Bacon wrote as a High School student.
General correspondence is arranged chronologically and all other material is arranged alphabetically by type and within type by title where titles exist.
The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.
Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.
Special Collections Research Center has the papers of a number of American artists from the same time period. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.
Bacon, Charles R. (Charles Roswell),
Bacon, Peggy, 1895-1987.
Benet, S.V. (Stephen Vincent), 1898-1943.
Bishop, Isabel, 1902-1958.
Bouche, Louis, 1896-1969.
Cramer, Konrad, 1888-1963.
Duffy, Edmund, 1899-1962.
Fine, Irving, 1914-1962.
Force, Juliana, 1876-1948.
John, Augustus, 1878-1961.
Porter, Katherine Anne, 1890-1980.
Sunami, Soichi, 1885-1971.
White, E.B. (Elwyn Brooks), 1899-1985.
Art, American -- 20th century.
Illustrators, United States.
Painters, United States.
Painting, American -- 20th century.
Women artists, United States.
Women authors, American.
Women painters, United States.
Genres and Forms
Clippings (information artifacts)
Drawings (visual works)
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Peggy Bacon Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Gift of Peggy Bacon, 1964.
Correspondence subject files
|Box 1||Booklet The course of the river 1908|
|Box 1||Booklet Day dreams 1906|
|Box 1||Booklet How fairyland disappeared 1906|
|Box 1||Booklet The kittenhood of Maria Bellamy Booker and Teddy 1906|
|Box 1||Booklet verses 1908|
|Box 1||Booklet untitled 1906|
|Box 1||Cut paper silhouette untitled undated|
|Box 1||Engravings untitled undated|
|Box 1||Print block untitled undated|
|Box 1||Sketchbooks 1906, 1908 undated (2 folders)|
|Box 1||Valentines 1906, 1922, undated|
|Watercolor designs for playing cards undated|
|Box 1||Miscellaneous sketches undated|
|Box 2||Book jacket illustrations 1929, 1958|
|Box 2||Published 1929-1939, 1940-1949, undated (3 folders)|
|Box 2||Biographical articles and curriculum vitae undated|
|Box 2||Obituaries 1987|
|Correspondence subject files|
|Box 2||General correspondence 1919-1963, 1980-1987, undated (3 folders)|
|Box 2||Correspondence between Peggy Bacon and Alexander Brook 1919-1921, undated|
|Box 3||The American Academy of Arts and Letters 1964, 1980|
|Box 3||Arms, John Taylor 1946, 1952, undated|
|Box 3||Art Students League of New York 1925, 1943, 1980, 1989|
|Box 3||The Arts 1929|
|Box 3||Bacon, Belinda 1933, 1962, 1983-1992, undated|
|Box 3||Bacon, Charles Roswell and Elizabeth A. 1893, 1952, undated|
|Box 3||Bacon, Sophia 1906|
|Box 3||Benet, Stephen Vincent and Rosemary 1942|
|Box 3||Bishop, Isabel undated|
|Box 3||Brook, Alexander undated|
|Box 3||Brook, Alexander B. (Sandy) 1958, 1981, undated|
|Box 3||Brook. Anneke W. 1958-1961 undated (8 folders)|
|Box 3||Brook, Lisbet and Megan 1985, undated|
|Box 3||Bouche, Louis 1935|
|Box 3||Carnegie Institute 1930|
|Box 3||Charles Scribners Sons 1953, 1955|
|Box 3||The Cleveland Museum of Art 1951|
|Box 3||Colt, Amy (Mrs. Charles C.) undated|
|Box 3||Colt, Charles C. (Chis) undated|
|Box 3||Colt, Francis Bacon undated|
|Box 3||Colt, Henry Francis 1941|
|Box 4||Colt, Mary 1940, 1941|
|Box 4||Colt, Sylvia undated|
|Box 4||Cramer, Konrad undated|
|Box 4||The Detroit Institute of Arts 1930|
|Box 4||Dreamland A Weekly Caprice 1905|
|Box 4||Duffy, Edmund and Anne Rector 1925|
|Box 4||Dunn, Alan and Mary Petty 1952|
|Box 4||The Evansville Public Museum 1946|
|Box 4||Fantasy and Science Fiction 1953|
|Box 4||Fine, Irving Gifford 1945|
|Box 4||Force, Juliana Rieser undated|
|Box 4||The Four Seas Company 1920|
|Box 4||Glennon, Edward 1962, undated|
|Box 4||Holmes, John A., Jr. 1957|
|Box 4||Houghton Mifflin Company 1950, 1953|
|Box 4||Howard, Cal 1919|
|Box 4||Indiana University Writers Conference 1958|
|Box 4||James, William 1952|
|Box 4||John, Augustus Edwin 1920|
|Box 4||Klitgaard, Georgina 1930|
|Box 4||Le Duc, Arthur Conrad 1930, 1959|
|Box 4||Mandelstam, Abraham 1942|
|Box 4||Metcalf, Addison M. undated|
|Box 4||Mystery Writers of America, Inc. 1952, 1953|
|Box 4||National Academy of Design 1980|
|Box 4||Porter, Katherine Anne 1958|
|Box 4||Pownall, Eleanor 1944|
|Box 4||Richardson, Alice Wilson undated|
|Box 4||Riddell, Marjorie 1953|
|Box 4||Sanborn, Robert Alden 1955|
|Box 4||Sanger, William 1929|
|Box 4||Schmidt, Katherine undated|
|Box 4||Schnakenberg, Henry E. 1930|
|Box 4||Shampanier, Abram August undated|
|Box 4||Smith, Grace C. and Beverly 1948, 1949 undated|
|Box 4||Smith College of Art 1954|
|Box 4||Soyer, Raphael 1930|
|Box 4||Stern, Louis E. 1930|
|Box 4||Summer School of Music and Art Stowe, Vermont 1964|
|Box 4||Sunami, Soichi 1942|
|Box 4||Tucker, Allen 1930|
|Box 4||The Vine Press 1921|
|Box 4||Watson, Forbes 1952|
|Box 4||White, E. B. 1953|
|Box 4||Wilson, Edmund 1940-1943, 1949, 1951, 1952|
|Box 4||Wilson, William E. 1948|
|Box 4||Birth certificate copy 1920|
|Box 4||Notes relating to Peggy Bacon estate 1988-2004|
|Awards, certficates and honorary degrees|
|Box 4||Mystery Writers of America 1954|
|Box 4||Moore College of Art 1964|
|Box 8||Moore College of Art 1964|
|Box 4||Miscellaneous 1952, 1956, 1963|
|Box 5||Bacon, Peggy 1919-1985, undated (5 folders)|
|Box 5||Brook, Alexander 1923-1946, 1960, 1978-1981, undated (2 folders)|
|Box 5||Miscellaneous undated|
|Exhibition announcements, catalogs and invitations|
|Box 5||Bacon, Charles Roswell 1914|
|Box 5||Bacon, Peggy and/or Alexander Brook 1922-1945, 1958-1988, undated (3 folders)|
|Box 6||Miscellaneous 1930, 1972-1980 undated|
|Box 6||Family members and trips undated|
|Box 6||Blank postcards of works of art undated|
|Box 6||Clippings and notes 1925-1928|
|Box 6||Original art by others undated|
|Box 6||Character sketches undated|
|Box 6||A few ideas undated|
|Box 6||God rest ye merry, Christmas 1947|
|Box 6||How to turn a silk purse into a sows ear ir what a tenant can make and do undated|
|Box 6||Liberty undated|
|Box 6||The life beautiful undated|
|Box 6||The lost Eden 1947|
|Box 6||Luminary undated|
|Box 6||Mouse about town undated|
|Box 6||The peculiarity of Mr. Morton 1947|
|Box 6||The queerest day undated|
|Box 6||Small spook 1960,|
|Box 6||The sobs of a cynic undated|
|Box 6||Temple of Baal undated|
|Box 6||Who's who? undated|
|Box 6||Miscellaneous published articles 1925-1947|
|Box 6||Funerealities 1925|
|Box 6||The inward eye 1952|
|Box 6||The bumptious baby undated|
|Box 6||Battle hymn or battle him undated|
|Box 6||Birthday poems to Alexander Brook 1923, 1924|
|Box 6||Dawn to dusk undated|
|Box 7||Hand lettered and illustrated poems undated|
|Box 7||A hint to the hunted undated|
|Box 7||The mean old alphabet undated|
|Box 7||The supersensitive undated|
|Box 7||To Cotton Mother undated|
|Box 7||To Loogreezy Borgy undated|
|Box 7||To Louis that he may temper with sweet temper his temperance undated|
|Box 7||To Messy Lena undated|
|Box 7||To No. 13 in the Death House I Sing-Sing undated|
|Box 7||To Thais from Waif undated|
|Box 7||To the menace undated|
|Box 7||To Walter wrapped practically in the arms of Morpheus undated|
|Box 7||Miscellaneous published 1941, undated|
|Box 7||Fragments undated|
|Box 7||Call it a day undated|
|Box 7||Little bits about big men 1940|
|Box 7||Scenes from the Mesozoic by Clarence Day 1935|
|Box 7||Miscellaneous published 1935-1940|
|School compositions Notes|
|Box 7||High school essays 1910-1911 (2 folders)|
|Box 7||Cat tales undated|
|Box 7||The dame and the dime undated|
|Box 7||A day's journey undated|
|Box 7||The enchanted bar undated|
|Box 7||The enchanted man undated|
|Box 7||First family undated|
|Box 7||Furrier and furrier undated|
|Box 7||The mea culpa of Mrs. Reeves undated|
|Box 7||The maddening Miss Mantel undated|
|Box 7||Mrs. Reeves undated|
|Box 7||Pigs in clover undated|
|Box 7||Second sight undated|
|Box 7||Seven letter word undated|
|Box 7||The soft spot undated|
|Box 7||Spades & shovels undated|
|Box 7||The substitute undated|
|Box 7||Uncle Theobald's pet village undated|
|Box 7||The wall undated|
|Box 7||Notes and fragments undated|