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 materials related to Peirce's life and work, arranged in six series by form of material:
Correspondence, 1928-1965 and undated
Manuscripts, 1923-1969 and undated
Photographs, 1907-1930 and undated
Related printed materials, 1934-1970 and undated