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Guide to the Ettilie Wallace Collection MS 128
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  • Conditions Governing Use
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  • Title: Ettilie Wallace Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 128
    Contributing Institution: San Diego History Center Document Collection
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.5 Linear feet (1 box)
    Date (inclusive): 1931-1990
    Abstract: This collection contains correspondence, business papers, and artwork by Ettilie Wallace, as well as some papers of the Ilan Lael Foundation.
    creator: Wallace, Ettilie

    Biographical / Historical Notes

    Ettilie Wallace was a poet, artist, filmmaker, and journalist. She was born in Corinth, Mississippi on May 6, 1898. She arrived in San Diego around 1920, and began working at The San Diego Sun in the early 1930s. When that newspaper folded she joined the San Diego Union. In 1959 she designed the Kaleidolight, a device which created three-dimensional color compositions with light, and she used the device to make two educational films for Litton Industries and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The films were “Come In, Jupiter” and “Moods in Motion” and both dealt with the topic of racism. She was on the board of the local chapter of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and was involved with the Ilan Lael Foundation, a group dedicated to environmental and architectural causes. She died at age 94 on December 4, 1992.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains correspondence, business papers, and artwork by Ettilie Wallace, as well as records of the Ilan Lael Foundation. Correspondence and greeting cards are largely with Wallace’s artist friends. Business papers involve the film industry and song permissions. Records of the Ilan Lael Foundation include minutes, newsletters, membership and program information. There is also one deconstructed scrapbook containing additional artwork and greeting cards.


    This collection is arranged by material type.

    Preferred Citation

    Ettille Wallace Collection, MS 128, San Diego History Center Document Archives, San Diego, CA.

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Ken Smith.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Dana, Homer
    Herreshoff, David Sprague, 1921-
    Hord, Florence
    Hubbell, Anne
    Hubbell, James
    Ilan-Lael Foundation.
    Jackson, Eileen, 1906-1996
    Jackson, Everett
    Jewell, Foster
    Jewell, Rhoda
    Loring, Art
    Loring, Margaret
    Reid, Barney
    Reid, Sue
    Wallace, Ettilie
    Artists--California--San Diego
    Women artists