Guide to the Papers of Warren Chamberlain, 1945 - 1974Manuscript MS-1223

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Guide to the Papers of Warren Chamberlain, 1945 - 1974

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1223

Collection Dates:

1945 - 1974

Size of Collection:

1 box (.5 linear ft.)


Warren Chamberlain (1896-1981). Dartmouth Class of 1920 and roommate of artist Paul Sample, '20. Chamberlain worked as the Federal Area Chairman for the Department of Commerce. The collection consists of Christmas cards from and to the Chamberlain family, personal correspondence between Chamberlain and Sample, and letters from Paul's wife, Sylvia Sample.

Access to Collection:


Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

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Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

Warren Chamberlain, Dartmouth College Class of 1920. Consists of personal correspondence between Chamberlain and artist Paul Sample and his wife. The letters refer to a range of personal topics including updates on Sample's progress on certain works in his studio, reports from trips, dealings with various art dealers and art competitions, and include a drawing of Chamberlain for a war portrait series. Additionally, the collection includes letters from Paul's wife, Sylvia Sample and Christmas cards to the Chamberlain family from the Sample family.


Warren Chamberlain was born in Worcester, MA on July 3, 1896. He graduated from Worcester Academy in 1916. He attended Dartmouth College as a member of the class of 1920 where he roomed with and began a life-long friendship with artist Paul Sample, also class of 1920. As an undergraduate, Chamberlain was captain of the track team. He was president of the Psi Upsilon Fraternity and a member of Dragon. Chamberlain left Dartmouth to serve as a flying instructor at Key West, Florida in 1918 for the US Navy and flew the F-7 Flying Boat during World War I. He returned to graduate from Dartmouth in 1921. Chamberlain married Florabell Ligget of Kansas City, Kansas (Wellesley Class of 1921) on February 26, 1923. After starting a textile factory in Canada, Chamberlain worked in advertising for various magazines and newspapers in New York City, including Stage, Mademoiselle, the New Yorker, and the Herald Tribune. In 1950, Chamberlain moved to Miami Beach where he worked for the Department of Commerce and served as the Federal Area Chairman for the Crusade for Freedom until his retirement. Chamberlain died in Miami Beach, Florida on March 29, 1981.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Correspondence, Paul Sample, 1945-1974

Personal letters written to Chamberlain from his college roommate Paul Starrett Sample.

Access Restrictions


Box: 1, Dates: 1964-1974

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Correspondence, Paul, 1974-1973
  • Folder: 2, Correspondence, Paul, 1973
  • Folder: 3, Correspondence, Paul, 1972
  • Folder: 4, Correspondence, Paul, 1971
  • Folder: 5, Correspondence, Paul, 1969-1970
  • Folder: 6, Correspondence, Paul, 1967-1968
  • Folder: 7, Correspondence, Paul, 1966
  • Folder: 8, Correspondence, Paul, 1964-1965
  • Folder: 9, Correspondence, Paul, 1946-1947
  • Folder: 10, Correspondence, Paul, 1941-145
  • Folder: 11, Correspondence, Sylvia, 1945-1974

Series 2, Christmas Cards, Undated

Christmas cards sent to Chamberlain from the Sample family.

Access Restrictions


Box: 1, Dates: undated

Christmas cards sent to Chamberlain from the Sample family.

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Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

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