PCL MS 179 Glen and Connie Wells Collection
|Title||PCL MS 179 Glen and Connie Wells Collection|
The Glen and Connie Wells Collection consists of approximately 2 linear feet of manuscript materials. The collection was donated to the Browne Popular Culture Library by the estate of Connie Wells around 1972. This collection is largely unprocessed, but may be accessed by contacting the archivist. The collection has no restrictions placed on its use for scholarly purposes. Researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission when using all unpublished manuscripts and published works found in this collection.
|Biographical Sketch||Glen Wells ( -1966) and Connie Wells ( -1972) were American actors and singers. Connie Wells was born Mara Conover in Coldwater, Mighigan. Glen Wells was born in Springboro, Pennsylvania. |
The pair began performing on the Chautauqua circuits separately in the early 1900s before meeting upon joining the group The Schuberts in 1910. They were married in 1914 and remained together until Glen's death in 1966. Connie passed away in 1972.
During their time together, the pair performed on the Chautauqua stages, radio and television, and community and regional theatre. They eventually settled in Los Angeles. Their final collaboration together was in the play Second Row Center.
|Scope and Content||The strength of the collection is a collection of several scrapbooks, mostly related to Glen and Connie Wells' time as Chautauqua performers. One scrapbook is primarily photographs circa 1915, while another consists of press clippings and reviews of performances the Wells took part in. An atlas belonging to Connie Wells has markings to indicate the towns in which she performed from 1915-1950.|
Also included is a hand-bound typed memoir titled Walk Fast and Smile written by the pair. It includes photographs pasted onto the verso of the typed pages as well as correspondence, handwritten notes, and clippings.
Manuscript materials include scripts and items that would have been read during Chautauqua events, radio scripts, and publicity photos of Glen and Connie Wells.
|Inventory||An inventory has not been completed for this collection. |
Box 1: Manuscript materials including scripts, writings, and photographs.
Box 2: Oversized materials including scrapbooks, an atlas, and a handbound typed memoir titled Walk Fast and Smile.