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Arthur C. Wells Papers

Identifier: mss-023

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains correspondence, photographs, bound volumes and various printed materials. The papers consist primarily of Wells family correspondence between Arthur and his brothers: George Frederick Wells, and Methodist pastor (whose diaries and other material were given to Cornell University), Leon Wells, retired town clerk of Bakersfield, Oscar Wells, a retired Methodist minister, and Dr. Wesley R. Wells, a retired psychology professor at Syracuse University. There is also correspondence between Arthur and his son, Lynford L. Wells, former superintendent of North Country Union High School, and daughter Mrs. Dorothy Plante of Keene, N.H., Mrs. Ruth Baxter of Dedham, Mass., and Mrs. Esther Kenney of Franklin, Mass.

There are noticeable gaps in the papers with the major portion of the collection covering the years 1950-1954 and 1960-1961. The collection has been arranged chronologically with the bound volumes shelved next to the papers.


  • 1876-1970



Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Arthur G. Wells was born May 30, 1876 in Bakersfield, Vermont. He attended the University of Vermont and farmed in Cambridge, Johnson and Bakersfield. He was the first farm manager for the Randolph Agricultural School (ca. 1912) and served as area Grange deputy for nine years. In 1924, Wells was appointed postmaster of Bakersfield and served until his retirement in 1946. He was town representative in 1949.

Wells was active in many social and community activities. He was treasurer of the Bakersfield Congregational Church, secretary of Barnes Lodge F.&A.M. for thirty-seven years and master of the Bakersfield Grange for six years. He served as secretary of the local Red Cross for many years, president of Brighton Academy Alumni Association, town lister and church school superintendent for twenty years. He died March 29, 1970.


1.2 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials



Arthur C. Wells was a farmer in Cambridge, Vermont and city official of Bakersfield, Vermont. Collection includes chiefly family correspondence, together with accounts books, receipts and minutes of meetings (1860-1870) of the Society of Masons, Barnes lodge, Eagle Lodge dues book (1880-1897), statistical record (1905-1817) relating to the Vermont Sunday School Association, and photos.


Library Research Annex

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Vermont Libraries, Special Collections Repository

Silver Special Collections Library
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Burlington Vermont 05405 U.S.A. US
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