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Guide to the William Wendt Letters to Guy and Lucia Edwards
MS-R054  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Separation Note
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: William Wendt letters to Guy and Lucia Edwards,
    Date (inclusive): 1930-1946
    Collection number: MS-R054
    Creator: Wendt, William, 1865-1946
    Extent: 0.2 linear feet (1 box)
    Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
    Irvine, California 92623-9557
    Abstract: This collection consists of 39 holograph letters written by Laguna Beach landscape painter William Wendt to Guy and Lucia Edwards of Pasadena. While many of these letters are personal, some relay information about Wendt's art coursework and exhibitions. The collection also includes the exhibit catalog for a Wendt show held at the Los Angeles Museum in Exposition Park in 1939, and an assortment of newspaper and magazine clippings featuring Wendt and his work. Other clippings document the work of Wendt's wife, the sculptor Julia Bracken Wendt.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    William Wendt Letters to Guy and Lucia Edwards. MS-R54. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Lucia Edwards, 1968 and 1975.

    Processing History

    Processed by Adrian Turner in 2001.

    Biography

    William Wendt was a renowned Orange County landscape painter. He was born in Bentzen, Prussia, on February 20, 1865. After working in Chicago as a commercial artist, he joined the community of artists living in Laguna Beach. He opened Wendt Studios in 1918, which developed into a flourishing center for local artists. He was in contact with the Edwards until his death on December 29, 1946.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    This collection consists of 39 holograph letters written by Laguna Beach landscape painter William Wendt to Guy and Lucia Edwards of Pasadena. While many of these letters are personal, some relay information about Wendt's art coursework and exhibitions. The collection also includes the exhibit catalog for a Wendt show held at the Los Angeles Museum in Exposition Park in 1939, and an assortment of newspaper and magazine clippings featuring Wendt and his work. Other clippings document the work of Wendt's wife, the sculptor Julia Bracken Wendt.
    The letters are arranged chronologically.

    Separation Note

    One monograph was removed from this collection and cataloged separately:
    • Anderson, Antony et al. William Wendt and his work (Los Angeles: Stendahl Art Galleries, 1926).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Wendt, William, 1865-1946--Correspondence.
    Landscape painters--California--Laguna Beach--Archival resources.
    Orange County (Calif.)--Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Exhibition catalogues.

    Occupations

    Painters.

    Other Index Terms Related to this Collection

    Edwards, Lucia, former owner.
    Edwards, Guy, former owner.