James M. Wells papers

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

26 cubic feet (5 boxes and 23 cartons) of material consisting of correspondence, memoranda, reports, manuscripts, etc., documenting James M. Wells’s career at the Newberry Library and his many connections with colleagues and organizations in the field of printing history and book arts. Correspondents include calligraphers, fine printers, type designers, and others associated with the typographic arts. Forms part of Subgroup No. 21 (Office of the Vice-President), Newberry Library Archives. Detailed inventory available on site.

Biographical Historical Note

James M. Wells was a librarian and printing historian who served as Curator of the John M. Wing Foundation for the History of Printing at the Newberry Library (1951-1984).