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James M. Wells

James M. Wells, American librarian. American Council Learned Societies fellow, 1941-1942, 49-51; Guggenheim fellow, 1978-1979.

Background

  • Wells, James M. was born on November 4, 1917 in Charleston, West Virginia, United States.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Northwestern University, 1938. Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1939.

    Career

    • Instructor English West Virginia University, Morgantown, 1939-1940, Columbia University, New York City, 1946-1949. Custodian John M. Wing Foundation, Newberry Library, Chicago, 1951-1984, custodian emeritus, since 1984, associate director library, 1965-1975, vice president, 1975-1984. George Amos Poole III curator rare books and manuscripts Newberry Library, 1981-1984.

      Sandars reader in bibliography University Cambridge (England), 1977. Laureate American Printing History Association, 1986.

    Works

    Membership

    Served to lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1946. Fellow Society Typographical Arts (president 1953-1954). Member Renaissance English Text Society, Société Typographique de France, Bibliographical Society of America (secretary 1980-1983), American Antiquarian Society (James Russell Wiggins lecturer 1984), Bibliographical Society, Modern Language Association, Newberry Library Associates, Illinois Center for the Book.

    (board directors). Clubs: Caxton (president 1968-1969), Arts (board directors) (Chicago). Rounce and Coffin (honorary) (Los Angeles). Grolier (New York City).

    Pittsburgh Bibliophiles. Double Crown (honorary).
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    Nationality
    • 1938
      Northwestern University
    • 1939
      Columbia University
    • 1939 - 1940
      Instructor, English West Virginia University
      Morgantown, Kentucky, United States
    • 1946 - 1949
      Instructor, English West Virginia University
    • 1951 - 1984
      custodian John M. Wing Foundation
      Chicago, Illinois, United States
    • 1977
      Sandars reader in bibliography University Cambridge (England)
    • 1981 - 1984
      George Amos Poole The third curator rare books and manuscripts Newberry Library
    • 1984
      custodian John M. Wing Foundation
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