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Collection of James Carpenter Materials

Identifier: CAMS CARPENTER-1

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, and first publications of James Carpenter. The bulk of the collection consits of notes about art, correspondence, and rough drafts of his manuscripts. The collection also contains a few photogrpahs and a few personal items of James Carpenter.


  • 1951-1991, undated


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials to be used on site during regular Special Collection hours by appointment. Photocopying or scanning may be possible as discretion of staff for nominal fee. Materials may be protected by copyright.

Biographical / Historical

James Carpenter grew up in Glen Falls, New York. After receiving his Ph.D from Harvard, he began teaching there until 1950. In 1950 he became an Associate Art Professor at Colby College. He wrote a few books about art that are Color in Art, and a textbook on Visual Arts. He served as the depmarment chair since 1940-to his retirement. In 1975 he was named to the Jette Professorship.


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Materials are arranged into nine series, Correspondence, Lecture and Reading Notes, Book project Color in Art (Published), Book Project Visul Arts (Published), Book Project Representation as Form (Unpublished), Book Project Drawing Book (Unpublished),Alumi Files from Colbianna, Photographs, and Personal Items.

Custodial History

Given as a gift from one of his sons.

Finding Aid of James M. Carpenter Materials
Colby College Special Collections, Waterville Maine
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Repository Details

Part of the Colby College Archives Repository

Special Collections & Archives (SC&A), located in Miller Library, is the college’s repository for historically and culturally -significant materials, including the college archives. Our fabulous materials range in date from the 12th to the 21st centuries and represent a wide range of formats. We fully support Colby’s academic program and innovative pedagogies through aspirational collection development, faculty and student engagement, teaching and exhibition.