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Stewart Ross James papers

CC013 (RS220424)


The collection includes photographs, watercolor renderings, drawings, blueprints, and ephemera.


Collection Name
Stewart Ross James papers
Collection Code
1940-1960, undated
The collection is composed by a large group of photographs, watercolor renderings, drawings, blueprints and ephemera documenting the work of the designer Stewart Ross James between the 1940s and the 1960s.
Acquisition Type
Date of Acquisition
Physical Description
approx. 180 items (11 folders) and 3 original portfolios
Finding Aid Info
An electronic finding aid is available through Historic New England’s Collections Access Portal. A paper finding aid is available in the Library & Archives.
Collection Type
Corporate Records
Description Level
Credit Line
Donation by Andrew Spindler-Roesle in 2015, given in memory of Alexander Roesle.
Reference Code

Historical/Biographical Note

Stewart Ross James was born October 15, 1912 in Toronto, Canada. He came to the United States in 1926 and lived during his high school years in Birmingham, Alabama. As he noted in his high school yearbook, his ambition in life was "to be a success in the field of Interior Decoration." By 1940, James was living in New York and working as an interior designer at 101 Park Avenue, Room 1405. He moved to Winchester, New Hampshire, where he continued his work as a designer. He collaborated with the New York architectural firm of O'Connor and Kilham on projects for Kenyon College in Ohio, in 1954 and for the Phoenix Insurance Company (1949) and the Trinity College, both in Hartford, Connecticut and for the Firestone Library in Princeton University (1949, 1953). He worked for the Cunard Line designing the interiors of its Boston office in 1952. He also designed lamps for the Hansen Lamp Company of New York in 1957. He worked for Alfred Andrews, Alco Art, Inc., Alfred Rummler, Inc., and Westcort.

Mihm, S. (2000, April). Resources, references and the back story behind the story. The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved from


The collection is arranged by subject, such as sofas and chairs.

Record details

James, Stewart Ross, 1912-1997 (Designer)
Other People
Andrews, Alfred
James, Stewart Ross, 1912-1997
Rummler, Alfred
Other Organizations
Alco Art, Inc
Hansen Lamp Company
R. B. O'Connor & W. H. Kilham, Jr
Descriptive Terms
benches (furniture)
chairs (furniture forms)
interior design
lamps (lighting devices)
tables (support furniture)
Material Type
blueprints (reprographic copies)
drawings (visual works)
watercolors (paintings)
Birmingham (Jefferson county, Alabama)
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Gambier (Knox county, Ohio)
Hartford (Hartford county, Connecticut)
New York City (New York state)
Princeton University (Mercer county, New Jersey) [university]
Toronto (Toronto Metropolitan Area, Ontario, Canada)
Winchester (Cheshire county, New Hampshire)
This collection is available for research.
Location Note
HGO-01-001-E-A-13 - Library & Archives Flat Files
Language Note
Materials are entirely in English.
Physical Access Restrictions
There are no physical restrictions on this collection. There are no technical restrictions on this collection.
Preferred Citation
Item identification. Box #, folder #. Stewart Ross James papers (CC013). Historic New England, Library & Archives.
Processing Information
This collection was processed by May Driss, July 2015.
Rules and Conventions
This finding aid is DACS-compliant.

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