The collection comprises letters, scrapbooks, and manuscript items by Waldo Peirce, an American painter, bohemian, and expatriate born in Bangor, Maine. Waldo Peirce (1884-1970) was born in Bangor, Maine, and educated at Phillips Academy in Andover and Harvard University. He later studied at the Art Students League in New York City and at the Julian Academy in Paris. As an expatriate American, he drove ambulances for the French Army in World War I and led a bohemian life with notable companions such as Ernest Hemingway and John Reed. His later life was spent in Searsport, Maine, and Newburyport, Massachusetts, where he died at age 85. His paintings and writings relate strongly to his travels and to the state of Maine. Colby College awarded Peirce an honorary degree in 1957. The collection comprises Waldo Peirce's correspondence (including letters to and from Ernest Hemingway); manuscripts; photographs; scrapbooks (documenting the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, as well as time spent with Hemingway in Key West, Florida); and printed materials relating to his life and work.
Collection of Waldo Peirce Materials, Colby College Special Collections, Waterville, Maine.