Guide to the William Wendt Letters to Guy and Lucia Edwards

Processed by Adrian Turner; machine-readable finding aid created by Adrian Turner
Special Collections and Archives
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University of California
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© 2001
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Note

Arts and Humanities--Art--Painting Geographical (By Place)--California--Los Angeles Area

Guide to the William Wendt Letters to Guy and Lucia Edwards

Collection number: MS-R54

Special Collections and Archives

The UCI Libraries



University of California

Irvine, California

Contact Information

  • Special Collections and Archives
  • The UCI Libraries
  • P.O. Box 19557
  • University of California
  • Irvine, California 92623-9557
  • Phone: (949) 824-3947
  • Fax: (949) 824-2472
  • Email: spcoll@uci.edu
  • URL: http://www.lib.uci.edu/rrsc/speccoll.html
Processed by:
Adrian Turner
Date Completed:
2001
Encoded by:
Adrian Turner
© 2001 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

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.


Collection Contents

Box 1 : 1-4

Letters

Box 1 : 1

1931-1934

Box 1 : 2

1935-1937

Box 1 : 3

1938-1940

Box 1 : 4

1941-1945

Box 1 : 5

Newspaper and magazine clippings, 1930-1946

Box 1 : 6

Retrospective exhibition: William Wendt, A.N.A., 1939.

Note

Catalog of paintings exhibited at the Los Angeles Museum in Exposition Park.