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

Venue Rental

Spaces Available for Rent Beginning 2022

The Filson Historical Society is a unique venue that blends the historic with the modern and provides a stunning background for any event. Several areas of the campus are available to be rented for dinners, retreats, meetings, receptions, parties, or weddings. The venues have access to 74 free parking spaces and wifi, as well as small catering areas. All of the Filson’s facilities have accessible parking.

View a virtual tour of our spaces!

Visit the Filson

1310 S. 3rd St., Louisville, KY 40208
(502) 635-5083

The Filson is temporarily closed to the public to protect our staff, volunteers, and patrons during the coronavirus pandemic. All events are currently being held virtually; to register for our live virtual events, please visit our Events Page; for information on recorded lectures and other activities, please visit us online at Bringing History Home.

We continue to provide remote research services; please email gro.l1619112921aciro1619112921tsihn1619112921oslif1619112921@hcra1619112921eser1619112921.


Brown Forman Logo
Fund for the Arts Logo
Blue Grass Motorsport Logo
PNC Logo
Cave Hill Cemetery Logo
Kentucky Select Properties Logo
JBS Logo
Stock Yards Bank and Trust Logo
The Eye Care Institute Logo