Edward E. Wilcox, a native of Franklin County, New York, wrote narrative recollections of hunting trips, painted watercolors, created sketches and drawings, and pasted photographs and newspaper clippings in this volume around the 1890s. Most of the material concerns hunting and fishing excursions in northern New York and southern Québec.
Collection processed and finding aid created by Meg Hixon, October 2013
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Edward E. Wilcox, a native of Franklin County, New York, wrote narrative recollections of hunting trips, painted watercolors, created sketches and drawings, and pasted photographs and newspaper clippings in this journal from approximately 1893-1896. Most of the material concerns hunting and fishing excursions in northern New York and southern Québec. The volume contains 200 pages, not all of which are used.
Wilcox wrote a 2-page introduction on June 2, 1893, intending to record details of his life for friends and family to discover after his death. In approximately 43 additional pages of prose, he wrote about his courtship with and wedding to Clara Stuart, his early years in New York City, numerous hunting and fishing trips in northern New York, and a summer vacation in New Hampshire and Québec. Two of the accounts describe a salmon run and an encounter with bears, and one pertains to a youthful prank. Some of the journal's watercolors, drawings, and sketches illustrate aspects of Wilcox's travel stories; most depict hunters, fishers, fish, rowboats, cabins, and woodland scenery. One pencil drawing utilizes shading to create the illusion of a nighttime view and appropriate shadows. Photographs include a picture of a man in a military uniform posing by a paper globe and paper cannonballs (possibly taken around 1917), studio portraits of an unidentified man and woman, a studio portrait of a man in his underwear, views of steamboats in a canal or lock, pictures of cacti in a desert, and a picture of hunters in a wooded area. Also present are interior shots of a shipping or similar commercial office and a man working in an enclosed office space, as well as street scenes. Two newspaper clippings concern E. E. Wilcox's use of shed human skin as a painting canvas and a painting he made as a young man.
Biographical / Historical:
Edward E. Wilcox was born on November 16, 1864, and lived in Burke, New York, in 1880. Near the end of the decade, he moved to New York City, where he worked for the Gilbert Manufacturing Company. Wilcox married Clara Stuart (1867-1965), the daughter of Samuel Stuart of Burke, New York, on June 19 or 20, 1889; they later lived in Rockingham County, New Hampshire. Edward E. Wilcox died on September 3, 1941. His brother Huntington lived in Lebanon, New Hampshire, in the late 19th century.
1995. F-245 .
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Additional Descriptive Data:
"Clara Stuart Wilcox." Find a Grave. Web. 8 October 2013.
"Edward E. Wilcox." Find a Grave. Web. 8 October 2013.
Fifteenth Census of the United States: 1930. 1930.
[Tenth Census of the United States.] 1880.
Twelfth Census of the United States. 1900.
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