Williams, Charles Sneed (1882-1964) Papers, 1918-1965

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.

Biographical Note

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 List

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

Subject Headings

Artists – United States

Citizenship – United States

United States. Army – Military life

Williams, Charles Sneed, 1882-1964

World War, 1914-1918