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Mitchell A. Wilder papers, 1946-1979

Wilder, Mitchell A., 1913-1979

Museum director


Collection Information

Size: 1.6 Linear feet, (on 5 microfilm reels)

Summary: Correspondence; writings; speeches and notes for lectures; photographs; and files on museums and institutions in the U.S.
REEL 1685: Condolence letters sent to Wilder's wife Sally following his death from leukemia in 1979. Included are letters from Richard Avedon and Ansel Adams.
REELS 1846-1848: Correspondence, including a letter Sept. 28, 1964 from G. O'Keeffe and letters of condolence; memorial resolutions; speeches and notes for lectures; material on the architect George Nelson; an unpublished manuscript on art of the West and manuscripts of articles and catalogs; magazine articles; photographs; and 15 files of program and building analyses of museums and institutions in the U.S.
REEL 1853: Several letters between Wilder and Harry N. Abrams, 1971 and 1976; proposals; and brief drafts for an unpublished manuscript by Wilder on the art of the American West.

Biographical/Historical Note

Museum director; Fort Worth, Tex. Director of the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, 1961-1979. He established an active exhibition program that sent shows on the American West to the USSR and Japan. He also established the largest collection of photographs in the southwest. Over 300,000 prints are stored there.


Microfilmed as part of the Archives of American Art's Texas project. Material on reels 1685 & letter from Georgia O'Keeffe lent for microfilming 1979-1980; material on reels 1846-1848 & 1853 donated 1979-1980 by Sally D. Wilder, widow of Wilder.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Reel 1685 & G. O'Keeffe letter: Originals returned to Sally D. Wilder after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 1685 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

35mm microfilm reel 1846-1848 & 1853 available for use through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Mitchell A. Wilder papers, 1946-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.