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1200Letter from Raymond L. Stearns to Nina Gormley
  • Document, Correspondence
  • People
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Letter to the Museum Director about sending the museum copies of letters received from Wendell Gilley. Enclosed are two letters by Wendell Gilley to Mr. Stearns.
1410Letter to Wendell Gilley Museum from John A. Silver, Sept. 9, 1986
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
Letter describes Mr. Silver's visit to Elmer Crowell's workshop where he purchased several miniature bird carvings, and his subsequent visit to Wendell Gilley's workshop. Enclosed are photographs of a greater yellowlegs and a duck carved by Crowell. Silver also describes Wendell Gilley's trip to Abercrombie and Fitch where he was inspired to start bird carving.
1199Letter to Mrs. Otis D. Wolfe from Steven C. Rockefeller
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Object, Art
  • People
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Letter to the donor of a bronze sculpture by Walther Matia in memory of Foster Whitlock . The letter thanks her for her donation of the sculpture to the museum and describes the dedication ceremony.
1236Downeast Bird Carvings Exhibit Catalog
  • Publication, Catalog
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
Catalog of an exhibition of Wendell Gilley's bird carvings held at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia from October 29, 1976 through January 9, 1977
1198Letter from Steven C. Rockefeller to Members of the Wendell Gilley Museum Nominating Committee
  • Document, Correspondence
  • People
Description:
Letter concerning the proposed nomination of Arthur Rogers, Jr. for trustee of the museum by Jim Wallis
1446Note from Ted Madara to Nina Gormley
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Other, Literature
  • People
Description:
Notecard reads "Dear Nina: We are lifelong summer residents of SWH and had the great fortune growing up to meet Wendell several times in his workshop while he was carving birds for my grandparents which we now cherish. My mother Linda Madara was asked by Downeast Magazine to write a story about Wendell and to photograph him and his carvings. We came across the text and original copy this summer and thought you may want it for the archives. Best regards, Ted Madara" Note accompanies a typescript of the magazine article, "Wendell Gilley - The Art of Fine Bird Carving" and photographic negatives. [show more]
1456Wendell Gilley Carving a Bird
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
"Credit: Roche, Caldwell N.J." stamped on reverse.
1455Wendell Gilley Carving Wings
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
"Credit: Roche, Caldwell N.J." stamped on reverse.
1454Wendell Gilley Carving a Bird
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
"Credit: Roche, Caldwell N.J." stamped on reverse.
1453Wendell Gilley Selecting Driftwood
  • Image, Photograph
  • People
Description:
Wendell Gilley examining a piece of driftwood from a pile outside his workshop. "Credit: Roche, Caldwell N.J." stamped on reverse.
1452Wendell Gilley Painting a Godwit
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
Wendell Gilley painting a carving in his workshop with a pipe in his mouth. "Credit: Roche, Caldwell N.J." stamped on reverse.
1451Wendell Gilley Painting a Canada Goose
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
Wendell Gilley seated in his workshop next to a window with miniature carvings on windowsill. "Credit: Roche, Caldwell N.J." stamped on reverse.
1444Ed Moore and Wendell Gilley at the National Woodcarvers Association Meeting, Herkimer, N.Y., May 1967.
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
Photograph accompanies letter from Donald M. Fenner to the Gilley Museum. The two carvers are shown seated with various carvings by Wendell Gilley. The pintail in Gilley's hands was given to Fenner. Back of photograph marked: "N.Y.S. Wood carvers Convention Herkimer - May 1967 " ; stamped: "Carlyle W. Kennedy."
1443Ed Moore and Wendell Gilley at the National Woodcarvers Association Meeting, Herkimer, N.Y., May 1967.
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
Photograph accompanies letter from Donald M. Fenner to the Gilley Museum. The two carvers are shown seated with various carvings by Wendell Gilley. The pintail in Gilley's hands was given to Fenner. Back of photograph marked: "'Captain' Ed Moore, Wendell L. [sic] Gilley, Woodcarvers Meeting, Herkimer, N.Y. May 1967"
1442Photograph of Helen Lay Strong, Ed Gallenstein and Wendell Gilley at the National Woodcarvers Association Meeting, Herkimer, N.Y., May 1967.
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
Photograph accompanies letter from Donald M. Fenner to the Gilley Museum. Back of photograph marked: "Helen Lay Strong - died June 13, 1995, Ed Gallenstein - President National Woodcarvers Association, Wendell Gilley, NWCA Herkimer Meeting, May 1967".
1441Photograph of Donald M. Fenner and Wendell Gilley at the National Woodcarvers Association Meeting, Herkimer, N.Y., May 1967.
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
Photograph accompanies letter from Donald M. Fenner to the Gilley Museum. Back of photograph marked: "DMF, Wendell Gilley, NWCA Meeting Herkimer, N.Y. May 1967, examining carvings by Erwin Caldwell".
1439Letter from Wendell H. Gilley to Fred Clark, November 6, 1978
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
Letter to the President of Warren Tool Co., Fred Clark, containing Wendell Gilley's pencil illustrations of carving knives and blades
1430Wendell H. Gilley Holding Carved Osprey
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
Wendell Gilley outdoors holding carved osprey
1400Desk calendar
  • Document, Calendar
  • People
Description:
Printed date on calendar is 1955 but it appears the Gilleys reused calendar pages to record events in subsequent years.
1365Letter to the Wendell Gilley Museum from Sonia Cohn, Apr. 4, 1983
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
The letter writer is asking for more information on Wendell Gilley after watching a Boston television program profiling him. She also mentions owning a Gilley carving of a mallard pair.
1280Wendell H. Gilley in his workshop - Dec. 1960
  • Image, Photograph
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
Wendell Gilley in his workshop with carvings of cormorants, heron, and osprey.
1215Letter to Wendell H. Gilley from Donal C. O'Brien, Jr.
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Object, Woodworking, Woodworking Vise
  • People
Description:
This letter thanks Gilley for sending a vise. O'Brien also encloses correspondence with Byron Cheever about publishing Gilley's book.
1212Letter to Wendell H. Gilley from Donal C. O'Brien, Jr.
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
Note from O'Brien included with a copy of a letter from Byron Cheever. O'Brien mentions having been asked by Peggy Rockefeller if Gilley would sell her a flock of geese.
1214Letter to Byron Cheever from Donal C. O'Brien, Jr.
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Object, Woodworking, Woodworking Vise
  • Other, Literature
  • People
Description:
This letter praises Wendell Gilley's inventiveness, his carving and his book . O'Brien refers to a vise for holding decoys and carvings for painting that Wendell includes in the book.
1211Letter to Wendell H. Gilley from Byron Cheever
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Carvings
  • Other, Literature
  • People
Description:
Cheever writes that he has received the materials for Gilley's book and that he read the new chapter on decoys and thought it was well done. He also talks about meeting carver Harold Haertel in Chicago at a meeting of decoy collectors.