The Resource John Wells Research Notes

John Wells Research Notes

John Wells Research Notes, 1871-2006
John Wells Research Notes
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Research notes, 1871-2006, of architectural historian John Emory Wells (1954-2007) of Richmond, Virginia. The collection is principally comprised of materials collected by Wells from which he used to co-author two biographical dictionaries, entitled "The Virginia Architects, 1835-1955" and "The South Carolina Architects, 1885-1935." The collection also contains notes on architects who practiced in several other states, these include Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia (DC), Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia. The collection also includes a large extent of notes from the "Manufacturer's Record," as well as many other documents, including clippings, correspondence, notes, photographs, and architectural drawings
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Biographical or historical data
Born in Martinsville, Virginia, on August 17, 1954, John Emory Wells (1954-2007), was the son of Rev. Lynwood D. Wells Sr. of Martinsville, Virginia, and Mary Jay Speer Wells. He was a graduate of Martinsville High School and the University of Virginia School of Architecture. Wells was employed by the Virginia Landmarks Division from 1985 to 2000 as an Architectural Historian and by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) as a District Preservation Manager from 2000 until his death in 2007. John Wells also co-authored two books on architectural history, "The Virginia Architects 1835-1955" and "The South Carolina Architects 1885-1935."
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John Wells Research Notes
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Arranged alphabetically within each series.
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Governing access note
There are no access restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Wells, Lynwood D.
Organization method
  • Organized into four series: Series I. Architect lists and card files, n.d.; Series II. Manufacturer's Record, 1890-1948; Series III. Miscellaneous notes, 1871-2006; Series IV. Architectural drawings, 1906-1982.
  • Series I. Architect lists and card files, n.d. Includes lists of architects taken from newspaper clippings, city directories, and other publications. These lists include the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia (DC), Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
  • Series II. Manufacturer's Record, 1890-1948. Includes clippings taken from the self-titled serial, which documented the development of manufacturing and industry in the South in the early to mid-twentieth century.
  • Series III. Miscellaneous notes, 1871-2006. Includes a variety of materials collected by Wells in his architectural research ventures. These include correspondence, clippings, notes, photographs, etc.
  • Series IV. Architectural drawings, 1906-1982. Includes drawings mostly drafted by Wells, but contains a few outliers.
Type of unit
26.7 cu. ft.

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