Held by The Filson Historical Society
Creator: Williams, Charles Sneed, 1882-1964
Title: Papers, 1918-1965
Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for these papers, contact the Curator of Special Collections.
Size of Collection: 0.33 cubic feet
Locator Number: Mss. A W722
Scope and Content Note
Papers of noted portrait artist Charles Sneed Williams include programs from art exhibits featuring Williams’s work in Chicago, Paris, and London, as well as newspaper clippings that make mention of his art. Also contains legal papers, including Williams’s discharge papers from the U.S. Army during World War I and his marriage certificate, as well as a number of notebooks containing daily appointments and some financial information.
Born in Evansville, Indiana in 1882, Charles Sneed Williams was a noted portrait painter. After graduating from Dupont Manual High School in Louisville, Ky., Williams went on to study art at Allan Fraser Art College in Arboath, Scotland, and would keep a residence in England until his death in London in 1964. In 1912, he married Elsie Luke, and would eventually have two children, William and Virginia. Williams painted a number of commissioned portraits of prominent men and women, including U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Louisville native Robert Worth Bingham. Williams also served as an air-raid warden in England during World War II. In 1929, the Kentucky Historical Society commissioned Williams to paint a portrait of Abraham Lincoln, which still hangs in the society’s permanent collection.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1965
Folder 2: Legal & Military Papers
Folder 3: Notebooks, 1925-1951
Folder 4: Notebooks, 1953-1954
Folder 5: Notebooks, 1955-1960
Folder 6: Address Book
Folder 7: Art Exhibit Programs
Folder 8: Newspaper Clippings
Folder 9: Miscellaneous
Artists – United States
Citizenship – United States
United States. Army – Military life
Williams, Charles Sneed, 1882-1964
World War, 1914-1918