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Leonard Wells Collection M/A 2012.22

Leonard Wells Collection M/A 2012.22

Creator:Wells, Leonard
Title: Leonard Wells Collection
Quantity: 1.0 boxes
Repository: James K. Hosmer Special Collections Library


Leonard Wells was the book buyer of Powers Department Store. He began his career at Powers as a buyer for the drug department. He began with new books, but eventually branched out into used, rare and finely bound books. He acted as publisher for a few books with Minnesota themes. He also bought artifacts from the homes of famous literary people. He was the book buyer from 1895 until his death in 1933.

Collection Description

One box. Collection includes photographs and correspondence of Leonard Wells and correspondence of his wife Elizabeth Wells.

Subject Headings


Wells, Elizabeth


Book collecting.


Book collectors -- Minnesota -- Minneapolis.

Table of Contents

Undated photographic portrait of Leonard Wells -- Box 1
Wells' correspondence with authors: Theodore Dreiser, Zona Gale, James Oliver Curwood, Archibald Marshall, Charles L. Morgan, Herbert Quick, Paul Wilstach, John Drinkwater, and Carolyn Wells. 1921-1929 -- Box 1, Folder 1
Miscellaneous correspondence 1923-1933 -- Box 1, Folder 2
Letter from and picture of P.C. Wren -- Box 1, Folder 3
Correspondence of Elizabeth (Mrs. Leonard) Wells mostly with various booksellers 1932-1935 -- Box 1, Folder 4
Drawing or engraving of a boy carrying a stack of books from Leonard Wells' office

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