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John Wilde papers, 1935-2006

John Wilde papers, 1935-2006

Wilde, John, 1919-2006

Art teacher, Painter, Draftsmen (artists)

Collection Information

Size: 24.8 linear feet

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 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.

Among the correspondents are Gertrude Abercrombie, Elwyn Chamberlain, Arnold Dadian, Sylvia Fein, Marshall Glasier, Walter Hamaday (restricted), Jane Haslem, George Herring, Dudley Huppler, Georges May, Lee Nordness, Everett Oehlschlaeger, Frank Oehlschlaeger, Karl Priebe (over 1000 postcards, many with sketches), Jim Ray, Robert A. Veldman. Harry Willis, F. H. Bresler Co., Edwin Hewitt Gallery, Robert Isaacson Gallery, Durlacher Bros., Banfer Gallery, and others.

Photographs are of Wilde, Marshall Glasier, Karl Priebe, James Watrous, Sylvia Fein, Gertrude Abercrombie, family members, and others, and of paintings and exhibition installations.

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.


Donated incrementally between 1975 and 2015 by John Wilde and his estate. Portions of the material donated had been previously lent for microfilming. Additional letters from Walter Hamady (microfilm reel 5661) were lent December 1999.

Location of Originals

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

Additional Forms Available

Portions of the collection are available on microfilm reels 1154-1157, 2539-2540 and 4710 and are available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

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

Restrictions on Access

CLOSED FOR PROCESSING. Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

Letters from Walter Hamady, reels 2539a, 4710a and 5661 are: ACCESS RESTRICTED; written permission required.

How to Cite This Collection

John Wilde papers, 1935-2006. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.