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Cleora Clark Wheeler student notebook and bookplates

Identifier: KA-0061-01


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



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.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use. Please contact for appointment.

Use Restrictions

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Biographical note

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.

Related Materials

Archival materials relating to Cleora Clark Wheeler, including personal papers and a bookplate collection, are held by the Minnesota Historical Society.

Guide to the Cleora Clark Wheeler student notebook and bookplates
New School Archives and Special Collections Staff
August 11, 2010
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