John Haley Bellamy Papers
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.
- 1862-1873, undated
- Bellamy, John Haley, (1836-1914) (Person)
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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.
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.
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Language of Materials
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
- A Guide to the John Haley Bellamy Papers
- Mimi Lester
- September 2015
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