James and Emma S. Cameron Papers

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Mills College at Northeastern University
Special Collections, F. W. Olin Library
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, California 94613

Descriptive Summary

Title: James and Emma S. Cameron Papers
Dates: 1846-1876
Collection Number: Consult repository.
Creator/Collector: Cameron, James, 1816-1882. Cameron, Emma.
Extent: 475 items
Repository: Mills College at Northeastern University
Oakland, California 94613
Abstract: This collection contains the papers of James Cameron and his wife, Emma Cameron.
Language of Material: English


Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. James and Emma S. Cameron Papers. Collection Number: Consult repository.. Mills College at Northeastern University

Acquisition Information

These papers came to the Library from the estate of Rosalind Keep, who hoped to publish them, according to her brother, Winthrop Keep.

Scope and Content of Collection

James Cameron, portrait and landscape painter, was born in Scotland about 1816 and came to America before 1839, according to the New York Historical Society's Dictionary of Artists in America. His correspondence indicates that he was in Italy from 1846–1848. In 1849 he was in Philadelphia and from then until 1867 in various parts of the east and south—Washington, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Nashville, and nearby places. By 1871 he had acquired the title Reverend and was serving a church in Maine. In 1874–1876 he was in California, part of the time as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in San Bernadino. The collection contains letters he wrote to his mother (1848–1859) and to his wife (1861–1859). Emma Cameron is listed in the New York Historical Society's Dictionary of Artists in America as his wife, an artist, and a native of Philadelphia. The collection contains her letters to her mother-in-law (1851–1860) and to her husband (1861–1862) as well as her notes on travels in Italy (1846–1848) with some original drawings by Hiram Powers, the sculptor. The couple's correspondents include Thomas B. Ashton, wood engraver, landscape and genre painter; Joseph Mozier, sculptor; and Sarah Brown Ingersoll Cooper, contributor to the Overland Monthly and pioneer in the kindergarten movement. A letter by Walter J. Miller, dated March 14, 1853, describes a voyage on the steamer Tennessee, that ended in a wreck off San Francisco Bay.

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