Collection of Waldo Peirce Materials
Scope and Contents
The collection comprises Waldo Peirce's correspondence (including letters to and from Ernest Hemingway); manuscripts; photographs; scrapbooks (documenting the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, as well as time spent with Hemingway in Key West, Florida); and printed materials relating to his life and work.
- 1907 - 1970
- Peirce, Waldo, 1884-1970 (Person)
Language of Materials
Mostly English, with one illustrated manuscript, Don Ernesto en Pamplona in Spanish, and published article A La recherche du tabac et des billiard perdus (Ictiber 8m 1960, Harvard Alumni bulletin) in French.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Materials to be used on site during regular Special Collections hours or by appointment. Photocopying or scanning may be possible at discretion of staff for nominal fee. Materials may be protected by copyright.
Waldo Peirce (1884-1970) was born in Bangor, Maine, and educated at Phillips Academy in Andover and Harvard University. He later studied at the Art Students League in New York City and at the Julian Academy in Paris. As an expatriate American, he drove ambulances for the French Army in World War I and led a bohemian life with notable companions such as Ernest Hemingway and John Reed. His later life was spent in Searsport, Maine, and Newburyport, Massachusetts, where he died at age 85. His paintings and writings relate strongly to his travels and to the state of Maine. Colby College awarded Peirce an honorary degree in 1957.
0.5 Linear Feet
The collection comprises letters, scrapbooks, and manuscript items by Waldo Peirce, an American painter, bohemian, and expatriate born in Bangor, Maine.
Arranged in six series by form of material: Correspondence, (1928-1965 and undated); Manuscripts (1923-1969 and undated); Photographs (1907-1930 and undated); Related printed materials (1934-1970 and undated); Scrapbooks (1927-1928); and Clippings (1936-1970).
Materials acquired via gift or purchase.
Gifts from Waldo Peirce, Peirce family and other sources.
- Hemingway, Ernest 1898-1961
- Artists -- Maine
- Bangor (Me.)
- Bixler, Julius Seelye, 1894-1985
- Bohemianism -- France -- Paris -- History -- 20th century
- Cary, Richard, 1909-1990
- D'Amico, Augustine A., 1905-1988
- Dyer, Richard Nye, 1918-1993
- Eustis, Arthur Galen, 1901-1959
- Fine Arts
- Green, Samuel Magee, 1909-1995
- Key West (Fla.)
- Newspaper clippings
- Pamplona (Spain)
- Pastels (visual works)
- Ragsdale, Muriel Arline Robinson, 1906-1988
- Roosevelt, Franklin Delano, 1882-1945
- Watercolors (paintings)
- World War, 1914-1918
- Finding Aid to the Collection of Waldo Peirce Materials
- Colby College Special Collections, Waterville, Maine
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid is written in English.
Part of the Colby College Special Collections Repository