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Collection Details


Collection Name: Rockwell Kent Letters to David Wesley
Repository Name: University of Delaware. Library. Special Collections Department [Repository Details]
Repository Location: Newark, Delaware, United States
URL: http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/findaids/kentroc.htm
Dates Spanned: 1951-1969
Description: The Rockwell Kent collection consists of 272 letters written by the artist between the years 1951 and 1969 to David Wesley, a left-wing journalist for the York (Pennsylvania) Daily and Gazette and Kent's personal friend. The frequency of the correspondence between the two men suggests that their relationship shifted from a cordial acquaintanceship in the earliest letters to a solid friendship through the 1950s and into the 1960s. This friendship was disrupted by Wesley's move to California in 1965, after which time few letters were exchanged. The letters were dictated to Kent's wife and former secretary, Sally, and are arranged chronologically. Some include Kent's hand-written annotations. Each letter, with any accompanying enclosures, has been counted as one item.
Estimated Total of Interviews: 272
Broad Subjects: Relationships; Politics
ASP Subjects: Friendship; Letters; Politics; United States
Collection Code: OHC0004824