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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Julia Margaret Cameron family papers
    Date (inclusive): circa 1777-1940
    Number: 850858
    Creator/Collector: Cameron family
    Physical Description: 7.0 linear feet (18 boxes)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: A collection of family correspondence and papers touching on the life of English photographer Julia Margaret Cameron (active 1860s-1870s), though derived from the estate of her son, Hardinge Hay Cameron, around whom much of the materials revolve. They document the personal, legal, and financial aspects of the family through letters, journals, documents, photographs, art work, and other materials.
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    Language: Collection material is in English

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Julia Margaret Cameron was an English photographer whose work dated from 1864 to the 1870s; she was known especially for her portraits. Born and raised in India, she continued to live in Calcutta after her marriage in 1838 to the jurist Charles Hay Cameron; from 1846-1875 they lived in England, and then in Sri Lanka (Ceylon) until their deaths. Their son, Hardinge Hay Cameron, was private secrtary to Sir William Gregory, governor of Ceylon from 1872-77. He married Catherine Macintosh Macleod (known as Kitty) in 1879 or 1880, and later married Adeline Blake, daughter of George Pilkington Blake. Another son, Henry Herschel Hay Cameron, was also a photographer.

    Administrative Information


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    Preferred Citation

    Julia Margaret Cameron family papers, circa 1777-1940, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 850858.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 1985.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection consists primarily of correspondence and personal papers, with some family photographs, and original watercolors and drawings. The material derives from the estate of Hardinge Hay Cameron, and the bulk of it concerns Hardinge Hay Cameron, his wives, and their families. The papers provide a glimpse of Julia Margaret Cameron's intellectual and artistic milieu, document her relationships with her husband and children, and present a view of late 19th and early 20th century British colonial life in Ceylon.
    Note on initials used in the collection
    Many figures are referred to in the box list by their initials. The following list provides the full names of individuals, their identity, and nicknames used within the correspondence:
      C. H. Cameron
      Charles Hay Cameron, husband of J. M. Cameron
      J. M. Cameron
      Julia Margaret Pattle Cameron
      Julia Hay Cameron
      Julia Hay Cameron Norman, oldest daughter of J. M. & C. H. Cameron, wife of Charles Norman
      J. F. W. Herschel
      John Frederick William Herschel, Sir, friend of J. M. and C. H. Cameron
      M. B. Herschel
      Margaret Brodie Stewart Herschel, Lady, wife of J. F. W. Herschel
      H. H. Cameron
      Hardinge Hay Cameron, son of J. M. and C. H. Cameron, "Har"
      Kitty Macleod
      Catherine Anne Macintosh Macleod Cameron, first wife of H. H. Cameron
      A. A. Cameron
      Adeline A. Blake Cameron, second wife of H. H. Cameron, "Hoodie"
      H. H. H. Cameron
      Henry Herschel Hay Cameron, youngest son of J. M. and C. H. Cameron, " Punch"
      E. W. H. Cameron
      Ewen Wrottesly [?] Hay Cameron, son of J. M. & C. H. Cameron
      A. E. Cameron
      Annie E. Chinery Cameron, wife of E. W. H. Cameron, "Topsy"
      H. A. L. Fisher
      Herbert Albert Laurens, husband of Mary Jackson Fisher
      W. H. Gregory
      William H. Gregory, Sir, governor of Ceylon 1872-77
      Ellen Ottingham
      J. M. Cameron's maid and photographic assistant, "Little E"
      C. A. Macleod
      Catherine Anne Macintosh Macleod, mother of Kitty and Annie C. Macleod
      Annie C. Macleod
      Annie Catherine Macleod Wilson, sister of Kitty Macleod
      Norman Macleod
      Father of Kitty Macleod, well-known Scottish reverend
      William, Polly, Jessie, Affie, Jean and Elsie Macleod
      Siblings of Kitty Macleod
      C. Blake
      Grandmother of Adeline Cameron
      A. A. Blake
      Mother of Adeline Cameron, wife of George Pilkington Blake
      G. P. Blake
      George Pilkington Blake, father of Adeline Cameron
      Geraldine Thomas
      Geraldine Blake Thomas, sister of Adeline Cameron, wife of E. H. L. Thomas
      E. H. L. Thomas
      Husband of Geraldine Thomas, "Ted"
      E. M. King King
      Eliza Margaret King King, "Lizzie"
      M. C. King King
      Mary Cochrane King King, "Molly"
      Frank Hadden
      Brother-in-law of E. H. L. Thomas
      Jack Hadden
      Nephew of E. H. L. Thomas, son of Frank Hadden
      Mary Hadden
      Sister of E. H. L. Thomas, wife of Frank Hadden?
      Helen Thomas
      Sister of E. H. L. Thomas
      J. H. Thomas
      Jocelyn? H. Thomas

    Arrangement note

    Arranged in 4 series: Series I. Cameron family papers, 1777-1940; Series II. Watercolors and drawings, ca. 1830-1925, undated; Series III. Photographs, 1890-1929, undated; Series IV. Oversize materials, 1909, undated

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Blake, George Pilkington
    Cameron, Adeline A. Blake
    Cameron, Hardinge Hay, 1846-1911
    Thomas, Geraldine

    Subjects - Family Names

    Blake family
    Cameron family
    King family
    McLeod family
    Thomas family

    Subjects - Places

    Sri Lanka--Social life and customs

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Photographic prints
    Photographs, Original


    Cameron, Adeline A. Blake
    Cameron, C. H. (Charles Hay), 1795-1880
    Cameron, Hardinge Hay, 1846-1911
    Cameron, Henry Herschel Hay, 1852-1911
    Cameron, Julia Margaret, 1815-1879
    Cameron, Kitty Macleod
    Herschel, John F. W. (John Frederick William), Sir, 1792-1871
    Taylor, Henry, Sir, 1800-1886