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Guide to the Cleora Clark Wheeler student notebook and bookplates, 1910-1960 (bulk 1912-1913)

Collection Overview

Kellen Design Archives
Wheeler, Cleora Clark, 1882-1980
Cleora Clark Wheeler student notebook and bookplates, 1910-1960, (Bulk, 1912-1913)
0.2 linear ft: 2 folders
Notes taken by Cleora Clark Wheeler during lectures given by Frank Alvah Parsons at the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (now, Parsons The New School for Design), which Wheeler attended in 1912-1913. Also included is a set of bookplates, which was the focus of Wheeler's later career.

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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.


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Scope and Contents note

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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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives August 11, 2010

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Use Restrictions

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the Kellen Design Archives. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

Custodial History note

Donated by Cleora Clark Wheeler to Gimbel Library, Parsons School of Design in 1973 and later transferred to the Kellen Design Archives.

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Related Materials

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

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Corporate Name(s)

  • New York School of Fine and Applied Art.


  • Bookplates.
  • Lecture notes.
  • Notebooks.
  • Student projects.


  • Graphic designers.

Personal Name(s)

  • Parsons, Frank Alvah, 1868-1930


  • Art -- Study and teaching -- New York (State) -- New York -- 20th century.
  • Interior decoration -- Study and teaching -- New York (State) -- New York -- 20th century.

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Collection Inventory

Title Box Folder
Bookplates and greeting cards, 1910-1960  k_2 12
Student notebook, 1912-1913  k_2 13

Collection guide Last Updated: 08/30/2012

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