Baker and Wells Families Papers, 1897-1990

Collection Number: 3601

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Baker and Wells families papers, 1897-1990.
Collection Number:
3601
Creator:
Elizabeth Baker Wells.
Quantity:
14.5 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, photographs, diaries, notes, photographs, scrapbooks, articles, a typescript, and sketchbooks.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Includes research material on Elizabeth Baker Wells' biography of Albert W. Force and other material relating to Cornell history, as well as papers of the Baker and Wells families.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Elizabeth Baker Wells researched the life and Albert W. Force and wrote Albert Force 1897-1970. She also researched and wrote Contributions to Cornell History: Portraits and Memorabilia, 1984.
Albert William Force was born in Waterloo, New York on February 26, 1897. He served with the Army Medical Corps in World War I, and in 1921 he received a B.S. in agriculture from Cornell University. He spent a year as a graduate student and assistant in Cornell's Department of Plant Pathology. He was known in Tompkins County, New York for his interest in local history and antique collecting, and was an authority on Henry Walton, the 19th century American painter. He lived in Forest Home, Ithaca, New York.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Research material on Albert W. Force includes his notes and drawings on mycology from a Cornell University course; photographs; biographical material; news articles; scrapbooks; and a photocopy of Force's will. Also, a carbon typescript draft and a published copy of Albert Force 1897-1970; letters from Elizabeth B. Wells inquiring about Force; and congratulatory letters to Wells on her book. Also copy of Contributions to Cornell History, 1984, a revised edition of her 1978 "Catalogue of Art Works at Cornell University," and "Addendum to Contributions to Cornell History," compiled and edited by Diane B. Nelson, 1990, with background documentation. Also papers of Professor Baker and his son-in-law John Wells, who taught geology at Cornell. Also papers of Elizabeth Baker Wells, who maintained a directory of campus art work.
Also, Correspondence, photographs, diaries, sketchbooks, and other material of William Charles Baker, the Baker family, Elizabeth Baker Wells, and the Wells family.
Additional W.C. Baker items including watercolor: Duplex views: Cayuga Lake above, Mountain with flat valley below; "catalog/price sheet" with miniature samples of views, colored with pencil and typical prices; conte crayon self portrait; pen and ink sketch of large oak tree; envelope with twenty one handmade oil color charts, 1955-1956 (possibly made to test colorfastness), and three published color chart brochures; one sketch book, January 1921, maily pencil rough sketches with notes, some pen, some green pencil, two watercolor; one pen sketch "Elizabeth's First Shoe."
SUBJECTS

Names:
Wells, Elizabeth Baker.
Baker family.
Baker, William Charles.
Force, Albert W.
Nelson, Diane B.
Wells family.
Wells, Elizabeth Baker.
Wells, John.
Cornell University--Art collections.
Cornell University--History.

Subjects:
Antiques.
Local history.
Mycology.
Family--New York (State)

Places:
Forest Home (N.Y.)--History.
Ithaca (N.Y.)--History.
Tompkins County (N.Y.)--History, Local.

Form and Genre Terms:
Photoprints.
Scrapbooks.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Baker and Wells families papers, #3601. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Albert W. Force
Box 1
Research material on Force includes Elizabeth B. Wells letters, Contribution to Cornell History, 1984 , "Catalogue of Art Works at Cornell University" ( 1978 revision); also, "Addendum to Contributions to Cornell History," compiled and edited by Diane B. Nelson, 1990
Box 2
Scrapbook and publications
Box 3
Letters regarding C.U. buildings
William Charles Baker
Box 4
Letter box, Etaple photos, clipping files, early sketchbooks, Paris photos
Box 24 Folder 1
21 photos of paintings by Christian Midjo
20 b/w; one color
Box 24 Folder 2
Winter Magic poem
Box 24 Folder 3
Framed Midjo piece
Box 24 Folder 4-6
WC Baker published images
Box 24 Folder 7
Notes and clippings
Box 5
Sketchbooks
8 sketchbooks
Box 7
ca. 60 files of William Charles Baker writings, notes, essays, and other Baker family photos and documents
Baker Family
Box 6
2 studio photo portfolios: William Charles Baker and Anna (190-?), framed envelope of family photos (1890's?)
Box 6
Daguerreotype/tintype (?) folding pair of photos in small jointed frame
Box 6
Anna Baker's Daily Reminder 1901 (red cloth)
Box 6
Blue box of Anna Baker's travel documents
Box 6
Red box of Baker family and friends photos
Box 6
Ring notebook of Baker documents (especially Anna in Berlin as music student)
Box 6
Box of color slides of William Charles Baker art
Box 24 MU-2505
Family portraits
In engraved case
Elizabeth Baker Wells
Box 8
Calendars (annotated): [195-]-[198-]
Box 8
Scrapbook (1929?-1934/5)
Box 8
Scrapbook ( 1945 )
Box 8
1954 world trip diary
Box 8
1960 Europe diary
Box 8
Passports
Box 8
Bookplate block by William Charles Baker
Box 8
Drafts and notes for catalogue
Box 8
Photos
Box 8
Address book ( 1935-37 ?)
Box 9
Alphabetical file arrangement: small glassed oval photo (of her?) in front, including letters to brother, Robert W. Baker
Box 9
Catalogue notes and correspondence
John and Elizabeth Wells
Box 10
Marriage ceremony booklet
Box 10
Passports
Box 10
Letters and documents: John West Wells, Elizabeth Baker Wells, Maida and Raymond Wells, 1929-1957/6
John West Wells and Elizabeth Baker Wells
Box 11
Letter, photos, John West Wells, Maida and Raymond Wells, Pemberton West
Box 11
John West Wells scrapbook
Box 11
Nitwitziana (Elizabeth Baker Wells, 1929 )
Box 11
Elizabeth Baker Wells' masters' thesis
Box 11
Wells family Bible, inscription 1864 (his grandfather)
Wells Family
Box 12
Box of West and Stull photos, some identified by Maida West Wells
Box 12
John West Wells calendar diaries, 1918-1924, 1927, 1932 (9 vols.)
Box 12
Manticoceras log book ( 1956-1970 )
Box 12
Maida West's scrapbook (including John West Wells school records, 1920s-1930s)
Box 12
Eleven photo albums, 1914-1935
Box 13
Framed silhouette of John Crouch Wells
Box 13
Framed marriage certificate of George H. West and Matilda A. Burton, Mar. 30, 1899
Box 13
John West Wells' bookplate block (William Charles Baker design)
Box 13
Manilla envelope relating to John West Wells's geology classes
Box 13
Ten photo albums (John West Wells), 1920-1945
Box 13
Raymond Wells' 1907 notebook relating to his process
Box 14
Bible (Philadelphia: M. Carey, 1816 ), includes family records, on pp. 677-680 ( 1806-1867 ) plus 3 leaves of added mss. to 1934
Box 14
Green cardboard box of family photos (turn of century)
Box 14
Maida West Wells: diaries, 16 vols., 1916-1937 , pocket notebook, "Incidental Expenses," Shakespeare Birthday Book, 1900 , (Christmas lists, 1920-1935 )
Box 14
Raymond Wells: eleven technical notebooks, one dated 1909
Box 14
Passport photos, 1954-1982 (manilla routing envelope)
Box 14
2 white envelopes of glass photos
Box 14
Long photo roll of 1914 class, Homer Academy
Box 14
6 folders of family photos
Box 14
5 large family photos (including studio portraits of Maida and Raymond Wells)
Box 14
Framed pencil sketch: "Maida West Wells" signed Carl J. Becker, according to John West Wells, "a disappointed suitor"
Box 16
William Charles Baker scrapbook, with Elizabeth Baker Wells' notes, mostly pen and ink sketches
William Charles Baker portfolios (15), cover titles or Elizabeth Baker Wells tags:
Box 17
1. Ahrens/Bertling [graphic works by Carl Ahrens (Canada) and Walter Bertling (Buffalo)]
Mapcase Folder 1
2. Large photos (old label: Lake Paintings)
Box 18
3. 2 etchings (matted): Going Home, Imaginary Woodland
Box 18
4. 4 self portraits (2 present, one still at Sheldrake and one at Alexandria)
Box 18
5. Pastels and Life Class
Box 15
6. Art (4 oils)
Box 15
7. Clippings
Box 15
8. Pen and ink sketches of birds (etc.)
Box 15
9. Plants and trees ... PHOTOGRAPHS
Box 16
10. 1 drawing of gravel pit (William Charles Baker bookplate) etchings
Box 15
11. Series matted and typed descriptions
Box 23 Folder 1
12. Clippings and notes
Box 23 Folder 2
13. Sketches and photos
Box 23 Folder 3
14. "Reproductions of pix he liked."
Box 23 Folder 4
15. Watercolor sketchbook
Brown paper portfolio with black straps:
Mapcase Folder 1
a. 2 pen and ink drawings by Raymond Wells
Mapcase Folder 1
b. Certificates:
Mapcase Folder 1
1. Raymond Wells, Wagner Free Institute of Science, Philadelphia, Chemistry, 1899
Mapcase Folder 1
2. Elizabeth Baker (Wells), University of State of New York (Ithaca High School) diploma, 1924
Mapcase Folder 1
3. _______, Ithaca School diploma, 1924
Mapcase Folder 1
4. John West Wells, University of State of New York (Homer Academy and Union School) college entrance diploma, 1924
Mapcase Folder 1
5. ______, Homer School diploma, 1924
Mapcase Folder 1
6. Maida West (Wells), Daughters of the American Revolution, admission, 1915
Mapcase Folder 1
7. ______, Taconic School diploma, 1905
Mapcase Folder 1
8. John Edwin Wells, Friends Central School, Philadelphia, diploma, 1900 9. Raymond Wells, Friends Central School, Philadelphia, diploma, 1893
Mapcase Folder 1
10. ______, University of Pennsylvania, B.Sc. (Chem.), diploma, 1904
Mapcase Folder 1
11. John West Wells, University of Pittsburgh, B.Sc., diploma, 1928
Mapcase Folder 1
12. ______, Cornell University, M.A., diploma, 1930
Mapcase Folder 1
13. ______, Society of the Sigma Xi, membership, 1930
Mapcase Folder 1
14. ______, National Research Council, research fellow, 1933
Mapcase Folder 1
15. ______, Cornell University, Ph.D. diploma, 1933
Mapcase Folder 1
16. ______, National Academy of Science, member, 1968
Mapcase Folder 1
17. Elizabeth Baker (Wells), Cornell, M.A., 1930
Mapcase Folder 1
18. ______, Society of the Sigma Xi, membership, 1930
Mu. 975
Hockey stick 1924 , Elizabeth Baker Wells