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1481Letter to Fred Clark from Nina Gormley, February 22, 1992
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Letter thanking Fred Clark, President of Warren Tool Co., for promoting the Gilley Museum in its catalog. The letter also describes winter events at the museum as well as the museum's collection of taxidermy.
1353Letter to Nina Gormley from Gertrude Bancroft
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Carvings
  • Gardens
Description:
This letter is a reply to the Gilley Museum Director's request for a garden to be donated by the Garden Club of Mount Desert. It also mentions a carving of three gulls on a driftwood based that Mrs. Bancroft commissioned from Wendell Gilley.
1203Letter to Nina Gormley from Norman Ashley Willock
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Letter concerning the packing and shipping of a pintail duck carving commissioned from Wendell Gilley by Norman Willock and returned to the museum for repair.
1200Letter from Raymond L. Stearns to Nina Gormley
  • Document, Correspondence
  • People
Description:
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.
1204Letter to Nina Gormley from Lucretia W. Evans
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Other, Literature
Description:
This letter expresses Lucretia Evans' intention to donate her copy of Wendell Gilley's book Bird Carving, a Guide to a Fascinating Hobby, which she believed might be a first edition.
1199Letter to Mrs. Otis D. Wolfe from Steven C. Rockefeller
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Object, Art
  • People
Description:
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.
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]
1445Letter from Jack Ekstrom to Fred Clark, 1993
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • Other, Literature
Description:
Letter to the president of Warren Tool Co. from artist Ekstrom about an article and artwork of Wendell Gilley's chickadee for Popular Woodworking. Ekstrom describes how he had to carve the chickadee himself before he could finish the article.
1440Letter to Wendell Gilley Museum from Donald M. Fenner, August 26, 2001
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Carvings
Description:
Describes Wendell Gilley's visit to Herkimer New York where in 1967 Fenner invited him to be guest speaker at the National Woodcarvers Association Woodcarving Show held there. This letter is accompanied by photos of Wendell Gillley at the show.
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
1438Letter from Wendell H. Gilley to Fred Clark, December 2, 1979
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Carvings
Description:
Letter to the President of Warren Tool Co., Fred Clark, discussing carving knives and blades
1437Letter from Wendell H. Gilley to Fred Clark, November 17, 1978
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Letter to the President of Warren Tool Co., Fred Clark, concerning wood carving tools and ways of holding tools on a work bench. Also mentioned is a grouse carving loaned to Harry Meech, one of the founders of the National Carvers Museum.
1435Letter to Wendell H. Gilley from Sherman L. Smith, November 9, 1961
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Letter accompanying a photograph of the Bostitch Company lobby where Wendell Gilley's carving of terns were on display
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.
1220Letter to Wendell H. Gilley from Donal C. O'Brien, Jr.
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Thank you letter for a gift of a carved pair of ruffed grouse
1221Letter to Wendell H. Gilley from Donal C. O'Brien, Jr.
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Birds
  • Other, Literature
Description:
Letter discusses publishing Gilley's book in a limited edition as well as including a photograph of Gilley with an osprey as an insert. It also mentions a carving of an owl and another of a bobwhite quail on a hatchet.
1218Letter to Wendell H. Gilley from Donal C. O'Brien, Jr.
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Birds
  • Carvings
  • Object, Other Object, Decoys
Description:
Letter describing the making of 36 duck decoys.. O'brien also mentions picking up a finished woodcock from Gilley.
1207Letter to Wendell H. Gilley from Donal C. O'Brien, Jr.
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Carvings
  • Other, Literature
Description:
Letter discusses sending text, artwork, and photos for the book, Art of Bird Carving, to Byron Cheever. Flying goose, bob-white and blue quail carvings are also mentioned.
1355Letter from Donal C. O'Brien, Jr. to Belton Kleberg (B. K.) Johnson, May 6, 1971
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Birds
  • Carvings
Description:
Letter describes a carving of a blue quail and bobwhite purchased by Johnson
1354Letter from Wendell H. Gilley to Donal C. O'Brien, Jr., May 9, 1980
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Carvings
Description:
Discusses carvings to be included in the museum collection.
1351Letter from Donal C. O'Brien, Jr. to Wendell H. Gilley, June 10, 1971
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Other, Literature
Description:
This letter accompanied O'Brien's submission of his draft foreword to Gilley's book The Art of Bird Carving
1329Letter to Byron Cheever from Wendell H. Gilley, April 29, 1971
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Other, Literature
Description:
Wendell suggests carvings he had on hand that could be photographed to illustrate his book. Birds he suggests are: bob white quail, scaled quail, flock of 7 Canada geese, pair of Wilson snipe, pair of grouse, single woodcock, several miniature birds of all types, great blue heron with trout in mouth, group of three pintails, life size eagle, pair of life size wood duck, spotted sandpiper on mussel shell, life size pileated woodpecker, pair of eagles with two babies in nest. [show more]
1213Letter From Byron Cheever to Wendell H. Gilley
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Other, Literature
Description:
Photocopy from the original by Byron Cheever listing questions he had regarding publishing Gilley's book. Gilley's answers as dictated to Donal C. O'Brien, Jr. are in pencil after each question.