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Cady Wells papers, 1913-1968

Contents and Arrangement

This collection is arranged as eight series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1940-1945
4 Folders
Box 1

The biographical materials of Cady Wells contain predominantly items related to his military service during, and shortly after, World War II. Items include military identification, travel arrangements, stipend receipts, initiation and separation papers, and a variety of fabric and metal uniform decorations. Also included is a contact list of names and relationships of family and friends who sent condolences upon Cady Wells' passing in 1954, assembled by Cady's brother, Mason Wells.
Description Container Select
Award Plaque, 1940
1
1
Condolences Sent, 1954-1955
1
2
Military Decorations, 1941-1945
1
3
Military Documents, 1941-1945
1
4

Series 2: Correspondence , 1913-1968
14 Folders
Box 1

Personal and professional correspondence span most of Wells' life, from his upbringing in Massachusetts, to his time spent in the military, and to his middle-aged years in New Mexico. There is much correspondence with his father, Channing Wells, particularly regarding his schooling and work prospects in the 1920s. His friendship with painter Georgia O'Keeffe is evident in a number of letters from the mid-1930s to the early 1940s. Other notable correspondents include Merle Armitage, Craig Barton, Elizabeth Boyd, Myron Brinig, Andrew Dasburg, Martha Graham, Erick Hawkins, Una Jeffers, Mabel Dodge Luhan, Georgia O'Keeffe, Anne Parrish, Olive Rush, Alfred Stieglitz, Edith Warner, Mason Wells, and Edward Weston.
The correspondence series begins with three folders of undated letters arranged alphabetically, followed by folders arranged in chronological order.
Description Container Select
A-L, Undated
1
5
Mize, Beatrice, Undated
1
6
O-W, Undated
1
7
Chronological, 1913-1926
1
8
Chronological, 1934-1940
1
9
Chronological, 1941
1
10
Chronological, 1942-1943
1
11
Chronological, 1944
1
12
Chronological, 1945
1
13
Chronological, 1946
1
14
Chronological, 1947
1
15
Chronological, 1948
1
16
Chronological, 1949-1951
1
17
Chronological, 1952-1968
1
18

Series 3: Writings , 1918-1954
24 Folders
Boxes 2-3

Writings include 22 personal journals dating from 1918 to 1954, providing candid insight to Wells' upbringing, family and friends, creative pursuits, and life during wartime. Also included is an undated student essay titled "What The West Wind Saw", as well as several notes and writing fragments without broader context.
Description Container Select
Journal 1, 1918
2
1
Journal 2, 1920
2
2
Journal 3, 1922
2
3
Journal 4, 1923-1924
2
4
Journal 5, 1924-1925
2
5
Journal 6, 1931
2
6
Journal 7, 1935
2
7
Journal 8, 1936
2
8
Journal 9, 1937
2
9
Journal 10, 1938
2
10
Journal 11, 1939
2
11
Journal 12, 1940
2
12
Journal 13, 1941
3
1
Journal 14, 1941
3
2
Journal 15, 1942
3
3
Journal 16, circa 1944
3
4
Journal 17, 1946
3
5
Journal 18, 1947-1951
3
6
Journal 19, 1950
3
7
Journal 20, 1952
3
8
Journal 21, 1953
3
9
Journal 22, 1954
3
10
Notes/Fragments, Undated
3
11
Student Essay, circa 1910s-1920s
3
12

Series 4: Printed Material , circa 1910s-1950s
8 Folders
Boxes 3-4

Printed material documents a variety of Wells' activities, including exhibition announcements/catalogs, wartime maps, news clippings, postcards, periodicals related to art, concert programs, and a transcript of a gallery presentation.
Description Container Select
Exhibition Materials, 1948-1968
3
13
Postcards, Undated
3
14
Maps, circa 1940s
3
15
Periodicals, 1930-1961
3
16
News Clippings, 1910s-1950s
4
1
News Clippings, circa 1940s
4
2
Transcript, 1948
4
3
Miscellaneous, 1915-1940s
4
4

Series 5: Professional Affiliations , circa 1930s-1950s
1 Folder
Box 4

Professional affiliations provide documents pertaining to Wells' business activities. Included are the proposed by-laws and certificate of incorporation of The Spanish Colonial Arts Society, financial forms of the Wells Historical Museum, and loan agreements with the Museum of New Mexico.
Description Container Select
Professional Affiliations, circa 1930s-1950s
4
5

Series 6: Artworks , circa 1930s-1950s
10 Folders
Box 4

Artworks include preliminary drawings and watercolors, tracing Wells' growth as an artist. Influence of time spent in Japan can be seen in pencil sketches, and his interest in Southwest landscapes are evident in later watercolors. Additionally, this series contains 14 sketchbooks, arranged chronologically, that provide insight to Wells' creative process. Also included is a folder of artworks by others.
Description Container Select
Drawings, Undated
4
6
Watercolors, Undated
4
7
Watercolors 2, Undated
4
8
Sketchbooks 1-2, circa 1932-1933
4
9
Sketchbooks 3-5, 1933-1935
4
10
Sketchbooks 6-7, 1937-1938
4
11
Sketchbooks 8-9, circa 1949-1952
4
12
Sketchbooks 10-11, circa 1953-1954
4
13
Sketchbooks 12-14, Undated
4
14
Works by Others, circa 1940-1950
4
15

Series 7: Photographs , circa 1920s-1950s
9 Folders
Box 4

Photographs include many images of Wells, mostly from 1930s to 1950s, with at least one photo by Ansel Adams. Personal photographs not containing Wells document friends, family, and travel. Also included are negatives, slides, and photos of artworks.
Description Container Select
Photos of Cady Wells, circa 1920s-1954
4
16
Photos of Artwork, Undated
4
17
Negatives, Undated
4
18
Personal Photos , Undated
4
19
Personal Photos, Undated
4
20
Photos of Ansel Adams and Georgia O'Keeffe, circa 1953
4
21
Slides, circa 1950s
4
22
Travel Photos, circa 1930s-1940s
4
23

Series 8: Scrapbook , circa 1920s-1950s
4 Folders
Box 5

One scrapbook has been split into four folders and arranged in original sequence. It includes additional print material pertaining to Wells' exhibitions, his affiliations, and the greater Sante Fe art community. Many items previously glued in place are now loose.
Description Container Select
Scrapbook, Part 1, circa 1920s-1950s
5
1
Scrapbook, Part 2, circa 1920s-1950s
5
2
Scrapbook, Part 3, circa 1920s-1950s
5
3
Scrapbook, Part 4, circa 1920s-1950s
5
4

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