Wells, James, 1838-1924

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Librarian and printing historian.

Born in 1917 in Charleston , W. Va., and educated at Northwestern and Columbia Universities, James Wells served in the Navy and taught English at Columbia and West Virginia before coming to the Newberry in 1951 as Curator of the John M. Wing Foundation for the History of Printing (1951-1984). In 1963, Wells also became Custodian of the Rare Book Room, a position he vacated in 1964 when Lawrence W. Towner appointed him Associate Director, a newly created post with responsibility for the Newberry Library Bulletin, publications programs, research and fellowships programs, and acquisitions. In 1975, Wells was appointed Vice President and on Sept. 2, 1981, the 30th anniversary of his appointment as Wing Curator, Wells was appointed George Amos Poole III Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts. Wells retired from the Library in 1984.

From the description of Papers, 1951-1984. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 26522110

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associatedWith Arts Club of Chicago. corporateBody
associatedWith Bank, Arnold. person
associatedWith Barker, Nicholas. person
associatedWith Bibliographical Society of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Caxton Club. corporateBody
associatedWith Chicago Calligraphy '83 (1983 : Chicago, Ill.) corporateBody
associatedWith Columbian Commission for Idaho. corporateBody
associatedWith Crutchley, Brooke. person
associatedWith DaBoll, Raymond F. person
associatedWith Dreyfus, John. person
associatedWith Grolier Club. corporateBody
associatedWith Hayes, James. person
associatedWith Howes, Wright. person
associatedWith John M. Wing Foundation. corporateBody
associatedWith Mardersteig, Giovanni, 1892-1977. person
associatedWith Morison, Stanley, 1889-1967. person
associatedWith Newberry Library corporateBody
associatedWith Newberry Library Associates. corporateBody
associatedWith Newberry Library. Office of the Associate Librarian. corporateBody
associatedWith Pargellis, Stanley McCrory, 1898- person
associatedWith Renaissance English Text Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Rosenthal, Samuel R. person
associatedWith Society of Typographic Arts (Chicago, Ill.) corporateBody
associatedWith Stone, Reynolds. person
associatedWith Towner, Lawrence W. person
associatedWith Wellington, Irene. person
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Birth 1838

Death 1924




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