Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. One box of letters from Walter Hamady is ACCESS RESTRICTED; use requires written permission. The Walter Hamady letters microfilmed on 2539a, 4710a, and 5661 are also ACCESS RESTRICTED.
The papers of Wisconsin painter, educator, and draftsman John Wilde measure 21.3 linear feet and date from 1935 to 2011. The papers consist of biographical material, correspondence, interviews, writings and notes, 27 journals, personal business records, exhibition files, two scrapbooks, photographic materials, six sketchbooks, artwork, and nearly 90 limited edition, letterpress artist collaboration books - many that include artwork contributed by Wilde.
John Wilde papers, 1935-2011. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Portions of the collection are available on 35 mm microfilm reels 1154-1157, 2539-2540, and 4710 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Location of Originals:
Reel 5661, Walter Hamaday letters: Originals returned to John Wilde after microfilming.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian Institution Collections Care and Preservation Fund.
An interview with John Wilde conducted in 1979 by Michael Danoff for the Archives of American Art and the collection, Maurice W. Berger correspondence with John Wilde, 1952-1959, are also found in the Archives of American Art. Portions of the material donated by Wilde are available on microfilm reels 1154-1157 and 2539. Donated and loaned material are available on reels 2540 and 4710. Portions of the loaned material on reel 4710 were subsequently donated, but a comparison of the film and papers was not completed.
John Wilde (1919-2006) was a painter, educator, and draftsman who specialized in silver point and was associated with Magic Realism who lived and worked in Wisconsin.
The John Wilde papers were donated incrementally between 1975 and 2015 by John Wilde and his estate. Portions were previously lent for microfilming. Additional letters from Walter Hamady were lent in December 1999.
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