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John Wilde papers, 1935-2011

Wilde, John, 1919-2006

Art teacher, Painter, Draftsmen (artists)

Collection Information

Size: 21.3 linear feet

Summary: The papers of Wisconsin painter, educator, and draftsman John Wilde measure 21.3 linear feet and date from 1935 to 2011. The papers consist of biographical material, correspondence, interviews, writings and notes, 27 journals, personal business records, exhibition files, two scrapbooks, photographic materials, six sketchbooks, artwork, and nearly 90 limited edition, letterpress artist collaboration books - many that include artwork contributed by Wilde.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Wilde (1919-2006) was a painter, educator, and draftsman who specialized in silver point and was associated with Magic Realism who lived and worked in Wisconsin.


The John Wilde papers were donated incrementally between 1975 and 2015 by John Wilde and his estate. Portions were previously lent for microfilming. Additional letters from Walter Hamady were lent in December 1999.

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Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Institution Collections Care and Preservation Fund.

Location of Originals

  • Reel 5661, Walter Hamaday letters: Originals returned to John Wilde after microfilming.