Cleora Clark Wheeler student notebook and bookplates
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Notes taken by Cleora Clark Wheeler during lectures given by Frank Alvah Parsons at the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons School of Design), which Wheeler attended in 1912-1913. Also included is a set of bookplates, which was the focus of Wheeler's later career.
- 1910 - 1960
- Majority of material found within 1912 - 1913
- Wheeler, Cleora Clark (Person)
0.1 Cubic Feet (2 folders)
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Scope and Contents
The collection consists of notebooks Cleora Clark Wheeler kept for recording lectures and of bookplates and greeting cards she designed. Wheeler began recording lectures by Frank Alvah Parsons on art history and interior decoration in October 1912. According to documentation provided with the donation, New York School of Fine and Applied Art students and the general public attended the lectures. Because of Parsons' popularity as a speaker, the lectures were held in an assembly hall provided by a "trust company" to accomodate the large audience.
The bookplates are annotated by Wheeler with date and subject matter depicted. The collection also includes two greeting cards and a small pamphlet advertising her studio.
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Cleora Clark Wheeler was born in Austin, Minnesota in 1882. She studied design and drafting at the University of Minnesota, and, following graduation, took classes at the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (now, Parsons The New School for Design).
Wheeler returned to Minnesota and established her own studio in the family residence in St. Paul. Referring to herself as a "designer-illuminator," Wheeler designed custom bookplates, greeting cards, and wedding invitations.
Source: McEachern, Margaret. 1973. A work of art for the front of each book. Christian Science Monitor, July 17.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Cleora Clark Wheeler to Adam and Sophie Gimbel Art and Design Library, Parsons School of Design in 1973, and later transferred to the New School Archives.
- Art -- Study and teaching (Subject) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Bookplates (Type of Material) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Graphic designers (Occupation) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Interior decoration -- Study and teaching -- New York (State) -- New York (Subject) (Places) Subject Source: Local sources
- Lecture notes (Type of Material) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- New York School of Fine and Applied Art
- Notebooks (Type of Material) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Parsons, Frank Alvah, 1868-1930 (Teacher)
- Student projects (Type of Material) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Guide to the Cleora Clark Wheeler student notebook and bookplates
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- August 11, 2010
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