The collection is arranged as 13 series. Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1939-2006 (0.5 linear feet; Box 1) Series 2: Correspondence, 1935-2011 (9.6 linear feet; Boxes 1-9, 21, 25-27) Series 3: Interviews, circa 1959-circa 1975 (0.2 linear feet; Box 9) Series 4: Journals, 1935-2006 (1.5 linear feet; Boxes 9-11) Series 5: Writings and Notes, 1936-2006 (0.5 linear feet; Box 11) Series 6: Personal Business Records, 1940-2006 (0.5 linear feet; Box 12) Series 7: Exhibition Files, 1963-2010 (0.5 linear feet; Boxes 12-13) Series 8: Printed Materials, 1940-2010 (0.5 linear feet; Boxes 13-14, 21) Series 9: Scrapbooks, 1948-1963 (0.4 linear feet; Box 21) Series 10: Photographic Materials, circa 1940-2000s (3.5 linear feet; Boxes 14-17, 21, 0.008 GB; ER01) Series 11: Artists Collaboration Books, circa 1970-circa 2000 (4.0 linear feet; Box 17-20, 22) Series 12: Sketchbooks, 1940-1985 (0.2 linear feet; Box 20, 22) Series 13: Artwork, circa 1943-circa 2000 (0.3 linear feet; Box 20, OVs 23-24)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the 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 0.008 GB 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.
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. Also avaialbe at the Archives of American Art are materials lent for microfilming (reel 5661 and 4710) including letters from Walter Hamaday. Lent material was returned to the lender and is not described in the collection container inventory.<br /> 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. He lived and worked in Wisconsin.
The collection is in English
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 for microfilming by John Wilde in December 1999.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001