This memorial exhibition celebrates the life and work of James M. Wells (1917 - 2014), one of the most recognized rare-book specialists in the United States. In 1951 Wells joined the staff of the Newberry, where he established his expertise in the history of printing and calligraphy. Wells served as custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing throughout his 33-year career at the library, also serving as associate librarian and then vice president, and as the first George Amos Poole III Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts.
The exhibition highlights Wells’s contributions to the Newberry, including his acquisition of significant collection material (such as antiquarian books, cartographic materials, and modern literary manuscripts), the publications he authored and edited, and his relationships with key friends and donors to the library. This show coincides with two other exhibitions which feature materials acquired by Wells: Ephemeral by Design: Organizing the Everyday and Katherine Mansfield and the “Blooms-berries.”
Free and open to the public.