Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Chamberlain Scrapbook

Manuscript Collection: MC092



Collection Summary

Creator: Chamberlain, Samuel E. (Samuel Emery), 1829-1908
Title: Chamberlain scrapbook
Dates: 1867-1905
Abstract: A large scrapbook containing magazine and newspaper illustrations, advertisements, postcards and lithographs shows Samuel E. Chamberlain's interest in art and illustration.
Identification: MC092
Quantity: 1 scrapbook (227 p.)
Language Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Samuel Emery Chamberlain was born in Centre Harbour, New Hampshire, on November 27, 1829. He fought with the First United States Dragoons in Mexico in 1846-48. During the Civil War he joined the First Massachussetts Cavalry and rose to brevet brigadier general. In 1865 Chamberlain was appointed assistant quartermaster general of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and placed in charge of the state arsenal. In 1854 he married Mary Keith, with whom he had three daughters. Samuel Chamberlain died November 10, 1908.


Scope and Content Note

A large scrapbook containing magazine and newspaper illustrations, advertisements, postcards and lithographs shows Samuel E. Chamberlain's interest in art and illustration. A photograph of Chamberlain is on the first page. The album, used as a scrapbook, has a caption "Ordnance and ordnance stores, the property of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in charge of,". Sources for the illustrations include Godey's Ladies Book, Frank Leslie's Illustrated Weekly, Harper's Weekly, The Illustrated London News, calendars, advertisements, and books. Images include illustrations of works by Shakespeare, Louisa May Alcott, and the Bible. Subjects include U.S.-Mexican War soldiers, Civil War battles and generals, literary scenes, European cities, Indians, famous beauties, rulers and statesmen, sentimental scenes and cartoons. Artists include Gustave Doré, W. Granville Smith, Howard Chandler Christy, Thomas Nast, Emmanuel Leutze, and Charles M. Russell.


Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Terms Governing Use

Open for research by appointment.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jacinto Museum of History. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Jacinto Museum of History as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Index Terms

Names:
Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888--Illustrations
Chamberlain, Samuel E. (Samuel Emery), 1829-1908
Christy, Howard Chandler, 1873-1952
Doré, Gustave, 1832-1883
Leutze, Emanuel, 1816-1868
Nast, Thomas, 1840-1902
Russell, Charles M. (Charles Marion), 1864-1926
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616--Illustrations
Smith, W. Granville (Walter Granville), 1870-1938
Subjects:
Cities and towns--Europe
Generals--Portraits
Indians of North America--Pictorial works
Mexican War, 1846-1848
Statesmen--Portraits
Places:
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Titles:
Bible--Illustrations
Formats:
Cartoons
Scrapbooks

Related Material

140 watercolors have been removed from the scrapbook, and are a part of the San Jacinto Museum of History's artifact collections. Additional watercolors are in the Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection, Brown University Library, Providence, RI 02912.


Administrative Information

Citation

[Identification of Item], Chamberlain Scrapbook, MC092, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.

Acquisition

Purchased from The Old Print Shop with funds from The Houston Endowment, Inc., in 1956.

Processing Information

Processed by Lisa A. Struthers, 2002.


Bibliography:

Chamberlain, Samuel E., ed. by William H. Goetzmann. My Confession : Recollections of a Rogue. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1996.

Goetzmann, William H. Sam Chamberlain's Mexican War: The San Jacinto Museum of History Paintings. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1993.


Inventory

 

Scrapbook

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CH1 Scrapbook 1867-1905