Chicago's Great 20th-Century Bookman: The Newberry Career of James M. Wells (1917-2014) | Newberry

Chicago's Great 20th-Century Bookman: The Newberry Career of James M. Wells (1917-2014)

James M. Wells, circa 1960. Newberry Library Archives.

James M. Wells, circa 1960. Newberry Library Archives.

This online exhibition honors the memory of James M. Wells, longtime custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing at the Newberry Library. During his 34-year career at the Newberry (1951-1984), Wells served not only as curator of the history of printing collection but also as head of acquisitions, and eventually vice president and the first George Amos Poole III Curator of Rare Books.

Highlighting Wells’s contributions to the Newberry, the exhibition documents 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.

Publication date 

2015