Guide to the Cedric Wright Papers, 1900-1958

Processed by Marie Byrne; finding aid completed by Rachael Durrett and Mary Morganti
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Guide to the Cedric Wright Papers, 1900-1958

Collection number: BANC MSS 77/124 c

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Contact Information:

Processed by:
Marie Byrne
Finding aid completed by:
Rachael Durrett and Mary Morganti
Date Completed:
December 1995
Encoded by:
James Lake
© 1996 The Regents of the University of California

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Cedric Wright Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1900-1958
Collection Number: BANC MSS 77/124 c
Creator: Wright, Cedric, 1889-1959
Extent: Number of containers: 9 boxes, 5 oversize folders Linear feet: 3.75
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: The Cedric Wright papers include correspondence, writings and notes, and family papers which provide a glimpse into the life of this artist, his circle, and the development of his work.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research, with the following exception:
Series 2: Family Correspondence, 1903-1954 is RESTRICTED; sealed until 2025.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the appropriate curator or the Head of Public Services for forwarding. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Cedric Wright Papers, BANC MSS 77/124 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Materials Cataloged Separately

  • Photographs have been transferred to Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Cedric Wright Papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Ansel Adams, via the Sierra Club on July 20, 1976, with additions in March and April 1977.

Scope and Content

The Cedric Wright Papers, 1900-1958, contains correspondence, writings and notes, and family papers which provide a glimpse into the life of this artist, his circle, and the development of his work. Although Wright's correspondence includes letters from many well-known individuals, it will be the small group of writings and notes that are of greatest interest to researchers. These may be the only documentation of the development of Wright's successive careers in music and photography, as well as evidence of his passion for the Sierras.
Born George Cedric Wright on 13 April 1889 in Alameda, California, Wright was a violinist and teacher until 1934, when he took up the study of photography with Ansel Adams. Although the extended family correspondence has been sealed until 2025 to protect the privacy of Wright's children, the family Papers include legal and financial records, along with clippings and miscellaneous ephemera.

Container List

 

Series 1: General Correspondence, 1908-1958

 

Incoming, 1909-1958

Box 1, folder 1

A miscellany 1929-49

folder 2

Adams, Ansel, 1902- 1927-28, n.d.

folder 3

Ali Shirazi, Kathleen (Goddard) 1929-34, n.d.

folder 4

B miscellany 1929-54

folder 5

Bacon, Analee 1940, n.d.

folder 6

Bacon, Ernst, 1898 1929-43

folder 7

Bender, Albert M. (Albert Maurice), 1866-1941 1931-40

folder 8

Benson, Stelle, 1892-1933 n.d.

folder 9

Blaisdell, Allen C. n.d.

folder 10

C miscellany 1917-51, n.d.

folder 11

Colby, Wm. E. (William Edward), 1875-1964 1929-47

folder 12

Crowe, Harold E. 1949

folder 13

D miscellany 1929-33, n.d.

folder 14

Damon, Bertha 1930-39

folder 15

Dawson, Ernst 1927-31

folder 16

E miscellany 1939

folder 17

Edmonds, Bee 1917-19

folder 18

Erehjelan, Helen af 1933

folder 19

Erskine, Dorothy 1920-32

folder 20

F miscellany 1929-49, n.d.

folder 21

Field, Katherine (Mrs. James Ralston Caldwell) 1946

folder 22

Field, Sara Bard, 1882-1974 1931-43

folder 23

Fliche, Arthur Davison 1928

folder 24

G miscellany 1931-51, n.d.

folder 25

Geisler, Margret (Baxton) 1923-53, n.d.

folder 26

H miscellany 1927-50, n.d.

folder 27

Ház, Nicholas 1937-46, n.d.

folder 28

I miscellany 1915-33

folder 29

K miscellany 1913-41

folder 30

Keeler, Charles 1926

folder 31

Kellogg, Saadi 1940-41

folder 32

L miscellany 1936-50

Box 2, folder 1

M miscellany 1931-45, n.d.

folder 2

Marshall, Albert 1929-43, n.d.

folder 3

Maybeck, Annie (White) 1935, n.d.

folder 4

Mills College 1926-50

folder 5

Miss Ransom and Miss Bridges' School 1928-29, n.d.

folder 6

N miscellany 1930-49, n.d.

folder 7

O miscellany 1945-50

folder 8

P miscellany 1930-50

folder 9

Partridge, Roi 1929-39

folder 10

Peabody, Dean 1927-31

folder 11

Plehn, Carl C. (Carl Copping), 1867- 1929

folder 12

R miscellany 1930-50, n.d.

folder 13

Roosevelt, Nicholas, 1893- 1958

folder 14

S miscellany 1921-38

folder 15

Sherry, David 1931-32, n.d.

folder 16

Sierra Club, by Francis P. Farquhar and Richard M. Leonard 1934-39

folder 17

T miscellany 1929-49, n.d.

folder 18

Tachet, Daniel 1929-39, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

(includes letter to Ansel Adams)
folder 19

U miscellany 1909-37

folder 20

W miscellany 1931-49, n.d.

folder 21

Wall, Vivian and Bob 1930-32, n.d.

folder 22

Wood, Charles Erskine Scott, 1852-1944 1933-41

folder 23-26

Unidentified 1910-51, n.d.

 

Outgoing, 1908-1954

Box 3, folder 1-5

To known individuals 1908-1954, n.d.

folder 6-7

To unidentified individuals 1930-40, n.d.

 

Series 2: Family Correspondence, 1903-1954

Access Information

[RESTRICTED]
 

Incoming, 1910-1946

Box 4, folder 1

Wright, George T. 1910-32, n.d.

folder 2-3

Wright, Sophie (Landsberger) 1913-31, n.d.

folder 4-9

Wright, Mildred (Sahlström) 1910-37, n.d.

folder 10

Wright, Rhea Kathleen (Ufford) 1930-39, n.d.

folder 11-13

Gerould, Alberta Wright 1927-46, n.d.

folder 14

Wright, Joanne n.d.

folder 15

Wright, David 1943, n.d.

folder 16

Landsberger family 1930, n.d.

folder 17

Ufford family n.d.

folder 18

Gerould family 1937-43

folder 19

Unidentified 1912-39

 

Outgoing, 1903-1954

Box 5, folder 1-2

to George T. and Sophie (Landsberger) Wright 1903-36, n.d.

folder 3-4

to Mildred (Sahlström) Wright 1910-54, n.d.

folder 5

to Rhea Kathleen (Ufford) Wright 1930-54, n.d.

folder 6

to Alberta Wright Gerould 1927-54, n.d.

folder 7

to Joanne Wright 1943

folder 8

to David Wright 1954, n.d.

folder 9

to miscellaneous family members, including 1907-43, n.d.

 

Aunt Agnes

 

Aunt Flory

 

Grace (sister)

 

Aunt Birdie

folder 10-11

to family friends and various individuals ca. 1954, n.d.

 

Neither to nor from Cedric Wright, 1907-1950, n.d

 

Miscellaneous family correspondence, including:

Box 5, folder 12

Wright, Mildred (Sahlström) n.d.

folder 13

Wright, Rhea Kathleen (Ufford) n.d.

folder 14

Wright, Alberta 1928-44, n.d.

folder 15

Other family members 1907-50, n.d.

 

Series 3: Writings and Notes, 1915-1955

Box 6, folder 1-2

Music: practice schedules and notes n.d.

folder 3

Advertisements and announcements regarding instruction and concert recitals by Cedric Wright 1942, n.d.

folder 4

Announcements, programs and newspaper clippings of events in which Cedric Wright performed or participated 1915-30, n.d.

 

Photography

folder 5

Review of exhibits 1946

folder 6

Technical and stylistic information about print making n.d.

 

Writings

folder 7

"Trail Song, Giant Forest and Vicinity 1927" 1927-28

oversize Oversize, folder 1 B

"Trail Song, Giant Forest and Vicinity 1927" 1927-28

Box 6, folder 8

"High Trip Gleanings" 1935

folder 9

"Photographing the Sierra" / "Sierra Photography" n.d.

folder 10

Unidentified portions of article(s) about photography n.d.

oversize Oversize, folder 2 A

Unidentified portions of article(s) about photography n.d.

Box 6, folder 11

"Credo - First Addition" n.d.

Scope and Content Note

(became both An Answer to a Letter and a section of Words of the Earth)
folder 12

"An Answer to a Letter" n.d.

oversize Oversize, folder 3 B

"An Answer to a Letter" n.d.

Box 6, folder 13

Words of the Earth / Exhibition n.d.

folder 14

Poems 1937-38, n.d.

folder 15

Notes: regarding breast feeding n.d.

folder 16-19

Miscellaneous notes and writings 1929-55, n.d.

 

Series 4: Family Papers, 1900-1952

 

Legal and Financial Records, 1917-1952

Box 7, folder 1-2

Wills

 

Cedric Wright 1929-43, 1973

 

Rhea (Ufford) Wright 1933-43

folder 3

Military service records 1917-30, n.d.

folder 4

Divorce from Mildred Wright (Sahlström) 1928-29

oversize Oversize, folder 4 A

Marriage License, Cedric Wright and Rhea Ufford 1929

Box 7, folder 5

Miscellaneous legal papers 1930

folder 6

Records regarding boat, Donna J 1950-51

folder 7

Insurance policies 1927-52, n.d.

 

Investment securities, real estate, and general banking records

folder 8-11

The Bank of California 1934-51

 

Cochrane, Mehan and Ayer 1938

 

Landsberger and Son 1918-22

 

Wulff, Hansen and Co. 1947-49

folder 12-13

Taxes 1920-50

folder 14

Miscellany 1930-49, n.d.

 

Papers regarding estates of

Box 8, folder 1-2

George T. Wright 1930-47

folder 3

Sophie L. (Landsberger) Wright 1918-32, n.d.

folder 4

Albert H. Landsberger 1918-20, n.d.

folder 5

Elizabeth Rose Landsberger 1947-49, n.d.

folder 6

Florence Isabel Landsberger 1945

folder 7-8

Henry M. Landsberger 1918-42

folder 9-10

Julius A. Landsberger 1941-45

folder 11

Martha S. Landsberger 1918-20

 

Miscellaneous Papers, 1900-1952

Box 9, folder 1-2

Childhood ephemera 1900, n.d.

folder 3

United States, Citizens Defense Corps 1942-43

folder 4

Announcements and clippings regarding marriage to Rhea Ufford 1929

folder 5-8

Children's miscellany

 

Alberta 1917-31, n.d.

 

Joanne 1940, n.d.

 

David 1945, n.d.

oversize Oversize, folder 5 A

Children's drawings n.d.

Box 9, folder 9

Family miscellany 1932, n.d.

folder 10

Announcements, programs, and newspaper clippings of musical events 1905-37, n.d.

folder 11

Newspaper clippings 1901-52, n.d.

folder 12-13

Notes and fragments 1908-38, n.d.

folder 14

Unidentified n.d.