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1238Down East Bird Carving Exhibit Announcement
  • Document, Advertising
  • Carvings
  • Events, Exhibitions
  • People
Description:
Page from an unknown publication announcing Gilley's exhibit of bird carvings at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia
1217Benefit Art Auction and Appraisal Day flyer
  • Document, Advertising, Brochure
  • Events, Auction
  • Object, Art
Description:
Flyer advertising the Wendell Gilley Museum Benefit Art Auction and Appraisal Day, Aug. 10, 1990. Auctioned items included a framed set of prints, "20 Birds of Mount Desert Island" by Carroll Sargent Tyson.
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.
1553University of Maine at Orono Distinguished Achievement Award to Wendell H. Gilley
  • Document, Certificate
  • Organizations, School Institution
  • People
Description:
Distinguished achievement award recognizing Wendell Gilley's accomplishments presented posthumously at University of Maine at Orono commencement exercises on May 14, 1983.
1554University of Maine at Orono Distinguished Achievement Award Citation
  • Document, Certificate
  • Organizations, School Institution
  • People
Description:
Citation honoring Wendell Gilley read at University of Maine, Orono Commencement May 14, 1983
1555University of Maine at Orono Class of 1925 Golden Anniversary Certificate
  • Document, Certificate
  • Organizations, School Institution
  • People
Description:
Certificate marking Wendell Gilley's fifty years as an alumnus of the University of Maine
1196Letter from James C. Collins to The Eider
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Object, Other Object, Decoys
  • People
Description:
Letter to the editor of the Wendell Gilley Museum's publication, The Eider, from James C. Collins after learning of Wendell Gilley's death
1197Letter to Wendell Gilley Museum from Isabel Thacher
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Birds
  • People
Description:
This letter describes three birds (a bobwhite, a yellowlegs, and a gull) carved by Wendell Gilley and owned by the letter writer, Isabel Thacher.
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
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.
1201Letter from Wendell Gilley to Raymond L. Stearns
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Birds
Description:
Letter acknowledging return of a bob-white carving as well as discussion of solder and advice on where to get bass wood. Also included are sketches of the leg and foot of a Canada goose.
1202Letter to Raymond L. Stearns from Wendell Gilley
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Carvings
  • People
Description:
Written on museum letterhead, this letter describes the opening of the Wendell Gilley Museum and mentions Wendell Gilley's donation of his carvings to the museum
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.
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.
1205Letter to Wendell H. Gilley from Donal C. O'Brien, Jr.
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Carvings
Description:
This letter acknowledges receipt of a letter and chisel from Gilley, and discusses various carvings including a spotted sandpiper on a mussel shell and two pairs of quail
1206Letter to Wendell H. Gilley from Donal C. O'Brien, Jr.
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Other, Literature
Description:
This letter discusses correspondence between Wendell Gilley and Byron Cheever, author and magazine publisher, about Gilley's book. The author of the letter makes suggestions about paper and cover art and discusses copyright.
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.
1208Letter to Donal C. O'Brien, Jr. from Byron Cheever
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Other, Literature
Description:
Letter acknowledges receipt of a copy of O'Brien's letter to Wendell H. Gilley. Cheever promises to work on the material for Gilley's book but says hes is in the process of getting the summer issue of North American Decoys ready for the printer.
1209Letter to Wendell H. Gilley from Byron Cheever
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Other, Literature
Description:
Contains instructions for making changes to Gilley's book The Art of Bird Carving for a new edition.
1210Letter to Wendell H. Gilley from Thomas C. Schuller
  • Document, Correspondence
  • Carvings
Description:
This letter asks Gilley to repair one of a pair of herons that was damaged in a move.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.