Papers, 1951-1984.


Papers, 1951-1984.

Correspondence, memoranda, reports, manuscripts, etc., documenting Wells' Newberry career and his many connections with colleagues and organizations in the fields of printing history and book arts.

26 cubic ft. (5 boxes and 23 cartons)


SNAC Resource ID: 7164205

Newberry Library

Related Entities

There are 23 Entities related to this resource.

Newberry Library (person)

The Newberry was founded on July 1, 1887 and opened for business on September 6 of that year. The Newberry’s establishment came about because of a contingent provision in the will of Chicago businessman Walter L. Newberry (1804-68), which left what later amounted to approximately $2.2 million for the foundation of a “free, public” library on the north side of the Chicago River, if his two children died without issue. After the deaths of Mr. Newberry’s daughters and then, in 1885, of his widow, t...

Mardersteig, Giovanni, 1892-1977 (person)

Barker, Nicholas (person)

Wells, James, 1838-1924 (person)

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,...

Morison, Stanley, 1889-1967 (person)

English typographer, author, and lecturer. From the description of Letter, 1958. (Ohio University). WorldCat record id: 13048845 British printer, typographer and writer. From the description of Letter, 1939. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 78489119 English typographer and author. From the description of Autograph letter signed with initials : London, to Holbrook Jackson, 1923 Jan. 7. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270613086 ...

Newberry Library. John M. Wing Foundation (corporateBody)

From 1931 to 1947, Ernst F. Detterer served as the second Custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing. As Wing Custodian, Detterer, a noted calligrapher, acquired the extensive C.L. Ricketts calligraphy collection (1942), established the Newberry Calligraphy Study Group, and designed the Newberry Library Bindery Typeface. From the description of Detterer, Ernst F. - Administrative subject files, 1921-1947 (bulk 1931-1947). (Newberry Li...

Crutchley, Brooke. (person)

Wellington, Irene (person)

Irene Wellington was born Irene Bass in Lydd, Kent in 1904, where her father was a farmer. She studied art at Maidstone School of Art 1921-1925, and first learnt lettering there under Arthur Sharp. She was introduced to Edward Johnston's Writing, Illuminating and Lettering and in 1925 won a Royal Exhibition scholarship to the Royal College of Art 1925-1930, where Johnston was teaching one day a week. She covered a wide range of subjects, including textile design, embroidery, archite...

Renaissance English Text Society (corporateBody)

Grolier Club (corporateBody)

The Grolier Club was founded in Jan. 23, 1884 by a group of seven New York City book collectors with the object, as stated in its constitution, "of literary study and promotion of the arts pertaining to the production of books." From its early days the Club has maintained a library related to collecting, bibliography and books about books. A library endowment fund (sometimes referred to as the "Library Fund) for the Grolier Club was first proposed in 1921, and the first fund-raising campaign amo...

Towner, Lawrence W. (Lawrence William), 1921-1992 (person)

Sixth Librarian of the Newberry Library, 1962-1986, and historian. Born Sept. 10, 1921, in St. Paul, Minn., educated at Cornell College (B.A.) and Northwestern (M.A., Ph. D.), Towner served in the U.S. Army Air Corps (WWII), taught at the Latin School of Chicago, Northwestern and MIT and edited the William and Mary Quarterly (1956-1962), before coming to the Newberry in 1962. The Newberry expanded significantly under Towner. He acquired important collections (Silver, Sac...

Stone, Reynolds (person)

English artist, wood engraver, and letterer. From the description of Papers, 1946-1947. (Washington State University). WorldCat record id: 29853269 Epithet: designer and engraver British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000496.0x0001bc ...

Arts club of Chicago (corporateBody)

The Arts Club of Chicago was incorporated in 1916. Its objectives, according to the mission drafted at its inaugural meeting, are "to encourage higher standards of art, maintain galleries for that purpose; and to promote the mutual acquaintance of art lovers and art workers." Since its inception the Arts Club has been a pioneering force in modern and avant-garde art exhibitions, performances, lectures, and events in Chicago. From the description of Arts Club records, 1892-1995. (Newb...

Howes, Wright (person)

Newberry Library Associates (corporateBody)

Bibliographical society of America (corporateBody)

Bank, Arnold (person)

American calligrapher. From the description of Autograph letter signed : [New York], to F.B. Adams, Jr., 1953 Nov. 1. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270623241 ...

DaBoll, Raymond F. (person)

Chicago and Arkansas calligrapher and designer. Raymond Franklin DaBoll (1892-1982) was born June 19, 1892 near Clyde, New York, he studied at the Rochester Athanaeum and Mechanics Institute (now RIT) and came to Chicago in 1912, where he continued his education at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Academy of Art. In Rochester he also studied singing, a hobby he pursued for the rest of his life. In 1915, he started working for Chicago advertising agencies. His...

Hayes, James K. (person)

Society of Typographic Arts (Chicago, Ill.) (corporateBody)

Dreyfus, John (person)

Caxton club (corporateBody)

Founded in Chicago in 1895 for the "literary study and promotion of the arts pertaining to the production of books." Toward this end the Club arranhes lectures and exhibits and occassionally publishes books. From the original membership of fifteen, the Club has grown to several hundred members. From the description of Caxton Club papers, 1923-1930. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122445287 The Caxton Club was founded in 1895 by collectors, publishers, designers, and librarian...

Pargellis, Stanley McCrory, 1898- (person)

Fifth Librarian of the Newberry Library, 1942-1962, and historian. Born in 1898 in Toledo, Ohio, and educated at the University of Nevada, Oxford (Rhodes Scholar), and Yale, Pargellis taught history at Cal Tech, Yale, and Scripps before becoming Librarian of the Newberry in Chicago. Under Pargellis, the Library assumed the outlines of its modern shape. The collection grew markedly through gifts (Graff, Greenlee) and enlarged acquisitions - rarities in the humanities, Mid...