American Folk Art Museum Archives

John Haley Bellamy Papers Edit


Finding Aid Author
Mimi Lester
Finding Aid Date
September 2015
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  • 1862-1873, undated (Creation)


  • 2 file(s) (Whole)
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  • Abstract

    The John Haley Bellamy (1836-1914) Papers consists of three photographs of Bellamy, two letters written from Bellamy to his father, and a poem written by Bellamy.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Isaacson, 1982

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research. Access to sensitive materials may be restricted at the discretion of the American Folk Art Museum.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    The John Haley Bellamy Papers are owned by the American Folk Art Museum. The collection is subject to all copyright laws, and is dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship.

  • Preferred Citation

    [item description], [date], John Haley Bellamy Papers, box AFAM-1, [folder number], American Folk Art Museum Archives, New York. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Isaacson

  • Biographical Note

    John Haley Bellamy (1836-1914) was a woodcarver, well-known for his carved eagles and decorative ship figures. Born in Kittery, Maine, Bellamy lived and worked mostly in Maine, but he did work in other parts of New England. Bellamy carved the USS Lancaster Eagle, the figurehead for the ship USS Lancaster. It is his only known surviving figurehead.

  • Scope and Contents

    The collection includes two letters, dated 1862 and 1873, written by Bellamy to his father, Charles Gerrish Bellamy (1811-1899). Both letters discuss his carving work and note that he was working on three ships in 1862. There is also a poem, which most likely was sent to Bellamy’s father. The three photographs are all of Bellamy at different points in his life. None are dated, but they show him as a young man through his middle age.