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John Wilde papers, 1935-2011

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Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1939-2006
0.5 linear feet
Box 1

Biographical materials include Wilde's Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Award, certificates and diploma from the University of Wisconsin, curriculum vitae, death certificate and memorial from his colleagues at the University of Wisconsin, and files for his membership activities in the National Academy of Design, the Rock County Bicentennial Commission, and the Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Awards committee.
DescriptionContainer
Award, Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Award, 2006
1
1
Biographical Reference Publication Forms, 1984-2002
1
2
Certificates, 1939-2006
1
3
Curriculum Vitae, 1963-2004
1
4
Death Certificate, 2006
1
5
Diploma, 1942
1
6
Memorial by the Faculty of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2006
1
7
Membership, National Academy of Design, 1993-2005
1
8-9
Membership, Rock County Bicentennial Commission, 1974-1976
1
10-11
Membership, Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Awards Committee, 1998-2004
1
12
Property, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, 1996-1999
1
13

Series 2: Correspondence, 1935-2011
9.6 linear feet
Boxes 1-9, 21, 25-27

Correspondence is with family; artists and close friends Karl Priebe, Gertrude Abercrombie, Sylvia Fein, Dudley Huppler, and Marshall Glasier; curator Robert Cozzolino; art critic Theodore Wolff; art collectors Peter and Helga Gardetto; and with collaborators Andrew Balkin Editions, Warrington Colescott, Tandem Press, and Harvey Littleton. The majority of the correspondence in Shirley Wilde's files consists of sympathy cards and letters received after John Wilde's death. Other correspondence of Shirley is with galleries and museums regarding the exhibition and sale of John's works. Some of the correspondence files also include printed materials, writings, and business records, particularly in the gallery and museum files.
The first group of correspondence is more general in nature and arranged in rough chronological order. The second group of correspondence is arranged alphabetically by name or subject.
Letters from Walter Hamady are ACCESS RESTRICTED and stored separately.
DescriptionContainer
Family, 1974-2006
1
14-15
General, undated
Oversized material housed in Box 21
1
16
General, 1944-1979
1
17
General, 1938-1949
1
18-20
General, 1940s-1950s
Oversized material housed in Box 21
1
21-26
General, Post Cards, 1940s-1960s
Additional post cards are in Boxes 25-26
1
27
General, 1960-1970
1
28-30
General, 1962-1977
2
1-9
General, 1979-1991
2
10-16
General, 1990-1999
2
17-24
General, 1990-1999
3
1-11
General, 2000-2005
3
12-19
General, 2000-2006
4
1-10
A-W, undated
4
11
Abercrombie, Gertrude, 1935-1980
4
12
Adrian, Barbara, 2001
4
13
Albrecht Gallery, 1971-1978
4
14
Andrew Balkin Editions, Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Portfolio, 2001
4
15
Archives of American Art, 1981-2000
4
16
Re: Arts Funding, 1974-1986
4
17
Art of Note
, 2004
4
18
Banfer Gallery, Inc., 1963-1970
4
19
Bliss, Rinelda, 2000
4
20
Burnett, Virgil, 1993-2006
4
21-22
Colescott, Warrington, circa 1990-2003
4
23
Collectors, 1979-1990
4
24-26
Cozzolino, Robert, 1999-2009
4
27
Cozzolino, Robert, 1999-2009
5
1-2
Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, 1999-2001
5
3
David Findley, Jr., Inc., 1983-1987
5
4
David R. Godine Publisher, 1989-1991
5
5
Dean Medical Center, 1993
5
6
Descant
Magazine, 1999
5
7
Edwin Hewitt Gallery, 1949-1959
5
8-9
Elvehjem Museum of Art, 1979-2006
5
10-12
Epstein, Leon D., 2001-2002
5
13
Fanny Garver Gallery, 1979-1990
5
14
Fein, Sylvia, 1999-2007
5
15
F.H. Bresler Company, 1949-1967
5
16-18
Fleischman, Stephen, 1993-2001
5
19
Frank J. Oehlschlaeger Galleries, 1956-1978
5
20-21
Galleries, Various, 1973-2001
5
22-29
Galleries, Various, 1999-2007
6
1-2
Gardetto, Peter and Helga, 1991-2006
6
3-4
Glasier, Marshall, 1952-1990
6
5-7
Golightly, Douglas, 2003-2006
6
8
Henkes, Kevin, 2003
6
9
Hibbard, Tom, 1998
6
10
Hove, Arthur, 1999-2003
6
11
Hrehov, John, 2002-2009
6
12
Huppler, Dudley, 1973-1984
6
13-15
Jacobs, James S.L., M.D., 1990-2003
6
16
Jane Haslem Gallery / Bradley Galleries, 1971-1990
6
17
John, Robert, 1993-1995
6
18
Karidis, Jerome, 2004
6
19
Krewal, John, 1976-2006
6
20-26
Krewal, John, 1976-2006
7
1-3
Laird, Mary and Laura Hamady, 1975-2004
Oversized material housed in Box 21
7
4
Lane, Holly, 2002-2005
7
5
Lee Nordness Galleries, 1971-1973
7
6
Lenkovic, Mario and Dina, 2002
7
7
Letters to the Editor by Wilde, 1972-1987
7
8
Madison Art Center, 1979-2001
7
9-10
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 2005
7
11
Marshall, Bruce, 1993-1996
7
12
May, Georges, 1979-1985
7
13
Milwaukee Art Museum, 1979-1990
7
14
Monroe Arts Center, 2005
7
15
Moty, Eleanor, 2003-2006
7
16
Re: Miscellaneous Awards and Events, 2006-2011
7
17
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 2006
7
18
Priebe, Karl, 1952-circa 1970s
7
21-26
Purdy, Gerald G., 2003
7
27
Quelquefois Press, 1993-2003
7
28
Ray, James M., 1997-2006
7
29
Robert Isaacson Gallery / Durlacher Bros., 1952-1966
7
30-31
Ronningen, Johan, 2003
8
1
Schmidt Bingham Gallery, 1986-2002
8
2-8
Schultz, Robert L., 2006
8
9
Seefeldt, Michael, 2001-2004
8
10
Spanierman Gallery, LLC, 2002-2004
8
11
Tandem Press, 1997
8
12
Tory Folliard Gallery, 2000-2005
8
13-14
Turner, Don L., 1970-1985
8
15
Veldman Galleries, 1971-1978
8
16
Weinke, Jane, 2001
8
17
West Bend Art Museum, 2001-2002
8
18
Wilde, Shirley, with Art Galleries, 2006-2012
8
19
Wilde, Shirley, circa 2006
8
20-25
Wilde, Shirley, circa 2006
9
1-4
Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, 1979-1990
9
5
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, 1993-1994
9
6
Wolff, Theodore, 1971-2003
9
7-9
Wolff, Theodore and William McClain, 1991-1992
9
10
Letters To and From Others, 1946-1952
9
11
Oversized General Correspondence, undated, from Box 1, Folder 16, undated
21
1
Oversized General Correspondence, 1940s-1950s, from Box 1, Folder 21, 1941-1944
21
1
Oversized General Correspondence, 1969-1977, from Box 2, Folders 7-9, 1977
21
1
Oversized Laird, Mary from Box 7, Folder 4, undated
21
1
Additional General, Post Cards from Box 1, Folder 27, 1940s-1960s
25
Additional General, Post Cards from Box 1, Folder 27, 1940s-1960s
26
Hamady, Walter [ACCESS RESTRICTED]
27

Series 3: Interviews, circa 1959-circa 1975
0.2 linear feet
Box 9

There are two sound recordings of interviews with Wilde for Harry Bouras' radio show
Critics Choice
, as well as one interview with Gertrude Abercrombie by Studs Terkel discussing representational and non-representational art for Studs Terkel's WFMT radio show in Chicago.
DescriptionContainer
Wilde Interviewed by Harry Bouras on
Critics Choice
, circa 1975
1 sound tape reel
9
12
Gertrude Abercrombie Interviewed by Studs Terkel on WFMT, Chicago, circa 1959
1 sound tape reel
9
13

Series 4: Journals, 1935-2006
1.5 linear feet
Box 9-11

There are 27 journals spanning seven decades. Some of Wilde's journal entries are daily logs of the weather, visitors, and brief descriptions of daily activities. Other journals contain lengthier entries about his ideas on art, his progress and thoughts on work he was completing at the time, and topics outside of art.
DescriptionContainer
Journals, circa 1935-1990
8 Journals
9
14-20
Journals, 1991-2002
14 Journals
10
1-14
Journals, 2002-2006
5 Journals
11
1-5

Series 5: Writings and Notes, 1936-2006
0.5 linear feet
Box 11

Writings by Wilde include term papers and his thesis, "A Survey of the Developement of Surrealism in Painting and Its Chief Innovations with Special Emphasis on the Life and Work of Max Ernst," written for the completion of his M.A. in Art History from the University of Wisconsin. Other writings by Wilde are transcriptions for gallery talks and speeches, miscellaneous writings including memorials for Karl Priebe and Robert Wilde (brother), and notes that include a notebook of seminar and meeting notes. Writings about Wilde are by Theodore Wolff, Michael Seefeldt, and various authors. Other writings include J.C. Bradley's "Return from Never-Never Land" and Goerge Herring's "A Mirror of Emblems." Additional writings by others are found in the series of artist collaboration books.
DescriptionContainer
By Wilde
Term Papers, circa 1947
11
6
Thesis, "A Survey of the Developement of Surrealism in Painting and Its Chief Innovations with Special Emphasis on the Life and Work of Max Ernst," M.A. Art History at University of Wisconsin, 1947
11
7
Gallery Talk at University of Wisconsin, "The Role of Industry as a Patron of the Arts", circa 1958
11
8
Gallery Talk at Madison Art Center, Transcription of
Wedding Portraits
, circa 1993
11
9
Speeches, Transcriptions and Notes, 1936-1990
11
10
Miscellaneous, circa 1942-1991
11
11
Notes, circa 1954-2006
11
12-17
By Others
"Return from Never-Never Land," J.C. Bradley, 1954
11
18
"A Mirror of Emblems," George Herring, 1955
11
19
"John Wilde-A Personal Perspective," Theodore F. Wolff, 1998
11
20
Various Writings by Michael Seefeldt, 1991-2001
11
21
Miscellaneous, 1963-1985
11
22

Series 6: Personal Business Records, 1940-2006
0.5 linear feet
Box 12

Wilde's business records include account books showing expenses, teaching income, and gallery sales; appraisals; files for donations of Wilde's artwork to museums by The Littleton Collection and Harvey K. Littleton; files for loans and sales; and inventory books and lists showing detailed information on retail prices, the locations of loaned and consigned artwork, exhibition information for individual pieces of artwork, and information about purchased works. A draft of Wilde's last will and testament is also found in this series.
DescriptionContainer
Account Books, 1944-2005
12
1-5
Appraisals, 1988-1990
12
6
Donation to Center for the Arts in Vero Beach, FL by The Littleton Collection, 2002
12
7
Donation of
Three Trees
to the Fine Art Museum of Western Carolina University by Harvey K. Littleton, 2006
12
8
Inventory Books, circa 1963-circa 1990s
12
9-14
Inventory, Paintings, 1979
12
15
Inventory, Drawings, 1940-1950
12
16
Last Will and Testament, Draft, 2005
12
17
Loans, 1962-1993
12
18
Sales, 1983-1990
12
19

Series 7: Exhibition Files, 1963-2010
0.5 linear feet
Boxes 12-13

Files for exhibitions contain correspondence, preliminary lists of artwork, catalog manuscripts and notes, photographs, press coverage, and lecture transcripts for several of Wilde's major exhibitions, including an exhibition of Wilde's drawings held at the Albrecht Museum of Art in 1974,
Leaders in Wisconsin Art
(1982),
John Wilde: Drawings 1940-1984
(1984),
Wildeworld: The Art of John Wilde
(1999),
John Wilde: Recent Work
(2003),
With Friends: Six Magical Realists
(2005), and
Alchemy and Image
(2010). Many of Wilde's exhibitions were held at the University of Wisconsin's Elvehjem Museum of Art which is now the Chazen Museum of Art.
This series is arranged in chronological order by exhibition year.
DescriptionContainer
Exhibition of Drawings (1974), Albrecht Museum of Art, circa 1974
12
20
Leaders in Wisconsin Art
(1982), Milwaukee Art Museum Retrospective Exhibition, circa 1982
12
21-22
John Wilde: Drawings 1940-1984
(1984), Elvehjem Museum of Art, Preliminary Lists of Artwork, 1984
12
23
John Wilde: Drawings 1940-1984
(1984), Elvehjem Museum of Art, Lecture Transcript, 1984
12
24
John Wilde: Drawings 1940-1984
(1984), Elvehjem Museum of Art, Catalog and Notes, 1984-1985
12
25
John Wilde: Drawings 1940-1984
(1984), Elvehjem Museum of Art, Photographs, 1984
12
26-27
Wildeworld: The Art of John Wilde
(1999), Elvehjem Museum of Art, Correspondence Regarding Book, 1996-1998
12
30
Wildeworld: The Art of John Wilde
(1999), Elvehjem Museum of Art, Press, 1999
12
31
John Wilde: Recent Work
(2003), Spanierman Gallery LLC, 2002-2005
13
1
With Friends: Six Magical Realists
(2005), Elvehjem Museum of Art, 1999-2009
13
2
With Friends: Six Magical Realists
(2005), Elvehjem Museum of Art, Catalog Manuscript by Robert Cozzolino, 2001
13
3
Alchemy and Image
(2010), Rockford Art Museum, 2010
13
4
Various Exhibitions, Lists and Notes, 1963-1990
13
5

Series 8: Printed Materials, 1940-2010
1.5 linear feet
Boxes 12-13, 21

Printed materials include art auction catalogs, brochures, calendars, exhibition catalogs and announcements, invitations, newsletters, newclippings, magazines and journals, posters, press releases, programs, and an annual report for the University of Wisconsin. Poetry booklets includes
The Snake Pit
by Catherine Lynn and
Claude Binky and the Large Inedible Bird
by Dan Nielsen.
DescriptionContainer
Art Auction Catalogs, 1980-1990
13
6
Brochures, 2006, undated
13
7
Calendars, 1951, 2000
13
8
Clippings, 1940s-2000s
Oversized material housed in Box 21
13
9-16
Exhibition Announcements, 1940s-2000s
13
17-25
Exhibition Catalogs, 1940s-2000s
14
1-10
Flyers, circa 1994
14
11
Invitations, 1976-2006
14
12
Magazines and Journals, 1966-1992
14
13
Map, 1976
14
14
Newsletters, 1975-1990
14
15
Poetry Booklets, 1994-1996
14
16
Posters, 1979
14
17
Press Releases, 1960-1963
14
18
Programs, 1959-2003, undated
14
19
Reports, 1987
14
20
Oversized Clipping of Karl Preibe, circa 1947
21
1

Series 9: Scrapbooks, 1948-1963
0.4 linear feet
Box 21

Two scrapbooks contain clippings and printed materials compiled by Wilde, some of which were sent to Wilde by friends and colleagues.
DescriptionContainer
Scrapbook, 1949-1961
21
2
Scrapbook, 1948-1963
21
3

Series 10: Photographic Materials, circa 1940-2000s
3.5 linear feet
Boxes 14-17, 21

This series includes photographs, negatives, transparencies, slides, and lantern slides of Wilde, his studio and estate, and with family and friends Gertrude Abercrombie, Sylvia Fein, Michael Glasier, Dudley Huppler, Karl Priebe, James Watrous, and others. Files for works of art include photograph albums of works returned to Wilde's studio and of works sold; works at exhibitions and in special collections; works by Gerald Purdy; and one electronic disc labeled "John Wilde 3 Drawing." Also included are photographs of others, many unidentified, and miscellaneous photographs of a bedroom and nature.
The binders were removed from the photograph albums, but the pages remain in the original order.
DescriptionContainer
Wilde, circa 1960-2000s
Oversized material house in Box 21
14
21-24
Wilde, Studio, 1971-1995
14
25
Wilde, Aerial View of Estate, 1986
14
26
Wilde with Others, circa 1940-2006
14
27-29
Works of Art, Exhibitions and Special Collections, circa 1960-2000s
15
1-6
Works of Art, Still Life, circa 1960-2000s
15
7
Works of Art, Album, Returned to Studio, circa 1960-2000s
15
8-11
Works of Art, Album, Sold, circa 1960-2000s
15
12-14
Works of Art, Untitled Album 1, circa 1960-2000s
15
15-17
Works of Art, Untitled Album 2, circa 1960-2000
15
18
Works of Art, Untitled Album 2, circa 1960-2000
16
1
Works of Art, Untitled Album 3, circa 1960-2000s
16
2
Works of Art, circa 1960-2000s
16
3-11
Works of Art, circa 1960-2000s
20 lantern slides
16
12
Works of Art, circa 1960-2000s
1 electronic disc (cd)
In Box 17, Folder 1
"John Wilde 3 Drawing"
17
1-11
Works of Art by Gerald Purdy, circa 2004
17
12
Works of Art, By Others and Unidentified Artists, circa 1950-circa 1990
17
13-14
Others, 1940s-2000s
17
15-18
Miscellaneous Subjects, circa 1985-circa 1999
17
19
Oversized Photograph of Wilde from Box 14, Folders 21-24, 1945, 1947
21
4

Series 11: Artists Collaboration Books, circa 1970s-circa 2000
4 linear feet
Boxes 17-20, 22

Nearly 90 books form this series of limited edition, letterpress books published by Perishable Press and a few other publishers. Wilde collaborated with authors and poets to produce illustrated books including
Five Poems
by Khatchik Minasian,
Poems for Self Therepy
by George Economou,
Six Poems
by J.D. Whitney, and
John's Apples
by Reeve Lindbergh. Wilde also authored and illustrated
44 Wilde 1944
,
What His Mother's Son Hath Wrought (WHMSHW)
,
The Story of Jane and Joan
, and
A Hamady Wilde Sampler/Salutations 1995
. Also found in this series are books by Walter Hamady, Mary Laird Hamady, and other authors published by Perishable Press. Many of the books have personal annotations to Wilde from the authors and Walter Hamady.
This series is arranged in chronological order with works by Wilde listed first.
DescriptionContainer
Illustrated or Written by Wilde
Five Poems
by Khatchik Minasian, 1971
17
20
Poems for Self Therapy
by George Economou, Proof, 1972
17
21
Off the Hip-Two Journal Pieces
by Walter Hamady, 1984
17
22
44 Wilde 1944
by Wilde, 1984
17
23-25
Six Poems
by J.D. Whitney, 1987
17
26
What His Mother's Son Hath Wrought (WHMSHW)
by Wilde, 1988
Includes manuscript draft
17
27
1985-The Twelve Months
by Walter Hamady, 1992
18
1
John's Apples
by Reeve Lindbergh, 1990-1995
Includes proofs, flyers, and manuscript.
18
2-5
A Hamady Wilde Sampler/Salutations 1995
by Wilde and Walter Hamady, 2001
18
6-8
The Story of Jane and Joan
by Wilde, 1977
22
1
By Walter Hamady, circa 1970-2000s
12 Books
18
9-15
By Mary Laird Hamady, 1970-2002
6 Books
18
16-17
Perishable Press, Drafts and Broadsheets, circa 1970s
18
18
Perishable Press, circa 1970s-2000s
43 Books
Oversized material housed in Box 22
19
1-16
Perishable Press, circa 1970s-2000s
10 Books
20
1-5
Perishable Press, Booklets, circa 1970s-2000s
20
6
By Other Publishers, circa 1970s-2000s
20
7-10
Oversized Perishable Press from Box 19, Folders 1-16, 1990
22
2

Series 12: Sketchbooks, 1940-1985
0.2 linear feet
Box 20, 22

There are six sketchbooks created by Wilde. In the sketchbook dated 1943-1944, Wilde marked pages to indicate that those sketches were developed into finished drawings or paintings. Many of the sketches throughout all of the books are accompanied by Wilde's writings and feature himself, his friends, and his first wife Helen. Lists of artworks and accounting notes are interspersed with the sketches and writings. The sketches are mainly in pencil or pen but a few painted sketches are also be found.
DescriptionContainer
Sketchbook, 1943-1944
20
11
Sketchbook, 1949-1965
20
12
Sketchbook, 1983
20
13
Sketchbook, 1940
22
3
Sketchbook, 1941
22
4
Sketchbook, 1985
22
5

Series 13: Artwork, circa 1943-circa 2000, undated
0.3 linear feet
Box 20, OVs 23-24

Artwork includes preparatory drawings and a sketch with writing by Wilde, as well as a few sketches by others. Also included is large collage by Jerome Karidis titled "Homage to the Queen Gertrude Abercrombie" that was gifted to Wilde by Karidis.
DescriptionContainer
Sketches, Preparatory Drawings, circa 1960-circa 2000
Oversized material housed in OV 23
20
14
Sketches with Writing, circa 1943
20
15
By Others, 1945, undated
Oversized material housed in OV 24
20
16-18
Oversized Sketches, Preparatory Drawings from Box 20, Folder 14, circa 1960-circa 2000
OV 23
Oversized "Homage to the Queen Gertrude Abercrombie," Collage by Jerome Karidis from Box 20, Folders 16-18, 1979
OV 24

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