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John Haley Bellamy Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: A0030

Scope and Contents

The collection includes letters written by Bellamy to his father, Charles Gerrish Bellamy (1811-1899); letters from other relatives and biographers; portrait photographs of Bellamy, as well as a photograph of or by Mrs. M. E. Tyler; legal documents such as patents in Bellamy’s name, proof of employment, and a deed; receipts; several poems; a manuscript of a biographical article on Bellamy; a Bellamy family register; news clippings; drawings and diagrams; and various envelopes. In the letters to his father, Bellamy discusses his carving work and notes that he was working on three ships in 1862. He also discusses politics and family life. The photographs of Bellamy depict him at different points in his life. None are dated, but they show him as a young man through his middle age.The other materials relate to various aspects of Bellamy’s professional, and personal day-today life.


  • 1862-1873, undated


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.

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.


1.8 linear feet (1 document box; 1 oversized flat case (16.25" x 20.25" x 3.75"))

Language of Materials



The John Haley Bellamy (1836-1914) Papers consists of records created by and related to wood carver John Haley Bellamy. The collection includes photographs of Bellamy, letters written from Bellamy to his father, letters written by another relative, poems written by bellamy, legal documents, manuscripts and letters relating to a biographical article on Bellamy, a Bellamy family register news clippings, drawings, diagrams, and various envelopes.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Isaacson, 1982

A Guide to the John Haley Bellamy Papers
In Progress
Mimi Lester
September 2015
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Revision Statements

  • July 2021: Additional materials were interfiled with this collection. The Abstract and Scope & Content notes were updated to include new material. Notes revised by Sarah Barlow-Ochshorn.

Repository Details

Part of the American Folk Art Museum Archives Repository

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