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Kenneth Neill Cameron Photographs

Call Number



Circa 1932-1990s, inclusive


Cameron, Kenneth Neill (Role: Donor)


0.25 Linear Feet (three folders)

Language of Materials

Captions are in English.


Kenneth Neill Cameron (1908-1994), one of the twentieth century's leading authorities on the works of Shelley, taught at Indiana and New York Universities; he was also a committed Marxist. The collection consists of twenty-one black and white and color photographs that are mostly drawn from his academic and literary career.

Historical/Biographical Note

Kenneth Neill Cameron (1908-1994) was one of the 20th century's leading authorities on the works of Shelley and other important figures in the history of English Romanticism. His work changed the course of Shelley studies in the United States and restored Shelley's reputation, which had been in decline for decades.

Cameron was born in England, and moved to Canada with his family in 1914. He took degrees from McGill University, in Montreal, and at Oxford University (where he was a Rhodes Scholar), as well a receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He taught at Indiana University, in Bloomington, Indiana, from 1939 until 1952, when he accepted a job at the Carl H. Pforzheimer Library in New York City (a private repository of late 18th- and early 19th-century literary materials), where he worked until 1965. While at the Pforzheimer he edited Shelley and His Circle, overseeing the first four volumes produced by that library. He became a professor of English at New York University in 1963 and continued to teach there until his retirement in 1975.

Cameron was also a committed and politically active Marxist who joined the Canadian Communist Party in his youth. While teaching at Indiana University he helped to organize chapters of both the American Federation of Teachers and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In the 1950s and 1960s, he became involved in the movements for nuclear disarmament and against the war in Vietnam. In addition to his literary works, Cameron published books on Marxism and Stalinism, and his literary work was informed by his political worldview. His prize-winning biography, The Young Shelley: Genesis of a Radical (1950) took Shelley's social message seriously, as did his other works on Shelley.


Arranged alphabetically.

Organized into one series: I: Subject folders, circa 1932-1990s.

Scope and Content Note

Twenty-one photographs, including black and white 8" x 10" prints, black and white snapshots and contact sheets, and color snapshots. These include portraits and snapshots of Kenneth Cameron, snapshots of his friends, Cameron at gatherings of the Greater New York Shelley Society, and a group photograph of members of the Indiana University branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in the 1940s.

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (and related rights to publicity and privacy) to materials in this collection, created by Kenneth Neill Cameron, was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Collection name; Collection number; box number; folder number.
Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Kenneth Neill Cameron in 1994 according to the terms of his last will and testament (1993). The accession numbers associated with this gift are 1993.011 and NPA.1999.021.

Related Material at the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Kenneth Neill Cameron Papers. (Tamiment #186).

Collection processed by

Erika Gottfried.

About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2023-08-20 16:38:32 -0400.
Language: English


Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012