The collection is arranged into four series: Series 1: Business Records, 1968-1978, 1980-1984, circa 1970s (Box 1; 5 folders) Series 2: Correspondence, 1974-1981, circa 1970s (Box 1; 4 folders) Series 3: Printed Material, 1976-1980, circa 1970s (Box 1; 9 folders) Series 4: Artist Files, 1944-1984, circa 1960s-1970s (Box 1-3; 2 linear feet)
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The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment.
The records of the Nicholas Wilder Gallery of Los Angeles measure 2.4 linear feet and date from 1944 through 1984, with the bulk of materials dating from 1968-1979. Scattered documentation of the contemporary art gallery's fourteen years of operation include artists' inventory cards, photographic transparencies, letters and correspondence, invitations, notes, business and financial documents, and printed materials.
Nicholas Wilder Gallery records, 1944-1984, bulk 1968-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Getty Foundation
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an oral history interview with Nicholas Wilder conducted by Ruth Bowman on July 18, 1988.<br /> Nicholas Wilder Gallery records, 1927-1980, are also located at the Getty Research Institute.
In April 1965, Nicholas Wilder (1937-1989) founded his contemporary art gallery at 814 North La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. His interest in art started at Amherst College where he worked for the art department as a slide technician. While in graduate school at Stanford University, he worked at the Lanyon Gallery in Palo Alto, California. An initial offer of financial backing to open a gallery inspired a move to Los Angeles. Although that offer fell through, Wilder remained determined. In late 1964, Wilder sold shares of his future gallery to friends in order to secure funds. He bought the shares back shortly after opening.
The Nicholas Wilder Gallery records were donated to the Archives of American Art in 1998 by Matthew Curtis Klebaum, a friend of Wilder's and a former employee of the James Corcoran Gallery.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001