John Wilde papers, 1935-2006

Wilde, John, b. 1919 d. 2006
Painter, Art teacher, Draftsman (artist)
Active in Evansville, WI

Collection size: 24.8 linear feet

Collection Summary: Biographical information, correspondence, writings, subject files, financial records, photographs, scrapbooks, works of art, printed material and audio visual material documenting the career of painter, art teacher and draftsman, John Wilde.

Biographical information includes resumes and inventories of works of art. Correspondence is with galleries, museums, curators, collectors, and friends. Writings include manuscripts and published writings by Wilde, notes, notebooks, journals, artists' statements, poems and transcriptions and typescripts of lectures and talks. Subject files are include organization, exhibitions and files on artists. Financial records consist of sales and consignment records, appraisals, and other financial statements. Photographs are of Wilde, his friends, works of art, and events. Also incuded are slides of works of art. Works of art consist of artists' books, sketchbooks and sketches, and preparatory drawings. Printed material includes exhibition catalogs, announcements, programs, and newspaper clippings. Audio visual material includes an interview of Gertrude Abercrombie conducted by Studs Terkel for WFMT radio, Chicago, April 1959.

REELS 1154-1157: Biographical material; correspondence with Arnold Dadian, Georges May, Sylvia Fein, Karl Priebe (over 1000 postcards, many with sketches), Gertrude Abercrombie, Elwyn Chamberlain, George Herring, Harry Willis, Dudley Huppler, Marshall Glasier, F. H. Bresler Co., Edwin Hewitt Gallery, Robert Isaacson Gallery, Durlacher Bros., Frank Oehlschlaeger, Banfer Gallery, and others; a photograph of Marshall Glasier and 1 of an unidentified painting; 14 sketches and drawings by Harry Willis and Marshall Glasier; price lists for works of art; bills and receipts; exhibition announcements; press releases; and miscellany.

REELS 2539-2540: Correspondence with Gertrude Abercrombie, Marshall Glasier, Jane Haslem, Lee Nordness, Everett Oehlschlaeger, Jim Ray, Karl Priebe, Robert A. Veldman, and others; essays on art, including Wilde's master's thesis, "A Survey of the Development of Surrealism in Painting and its Chief Innovations with Especial Emphasis on the Life and Work of Max Ernst"; unpublished writings, 1942-1978; journals, 1940-1967; sketchbooks, 1943-1950; notebooks containing an inventory of Wilde's paintings; photographs of Wilde, Karl Priebe, James Watrous, Sylvia Fein, Gertrude Abercrombie, family members, paintings and exhibition installations, 1940-1978; scrapbooks; exhibition catalogs; clippings; and miscellaneous printed matter.

REELS 2539a, 4710a, and 5661: Letters to Wilde from Walter Hamady, proprietor of the Perishable Press, Mt. Horeb, Wis., 1971-1998, (a few letters enclose printed material about Hamady and the Perishable Press).

REEL 4710: Journal with sporadic entries from Jan. 3, 1978 to Dec.12, 1990, concerning work in progress, commissioned portraits, opposition to government funding of the arts, selling and exhibiting his paintings and drawings, and teaching.

Biographical/Historical Note: John Wilde (1919-2006) was a painter, art teacher and draftsman Wilde specialized in silver point and taught at the University of Wisconsin--Madison, 1948-1982.

Material on reels 1154-1157 and 2539, 2539a and portions of reel 2540 donated 1975-1981 by Wilde. In 1992 Wilde lent the material on reel 4710 and donated an additional 2 ft. of material (unmicrofilmed). A majority of the collection (17.4 linear feet) was donated 2015 and includes material previously lent for microfilming in 1982 and 1992 and additional papers. Additional letters from Walter Hamady on reel 5661 lent December 1999 are not included in this donation.

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    Walter Hamady letters: microfilm reels 2539a, 4710a, and 5661 are access restricted; available for use only at Archives of American Art offices.
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