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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Fletcher, Gilbert M., 1883-1933. Collection, 1904-1967.
MSU Archives Collection 170



Fletcher, Gilbert M., 1883-1933. Collection, 1904-1967. SMHC Manuscript Collection 170. 1 1/2 Hollingers, 1 small newspaper box, 3 oversized folders, and 2 tubes.

Abstract:

This collection is made up of items made by or relating to Gilbert M. Fletcher, an artist originally from Mankato, Minnesota. He was the son of Lafayette G. M. Fletcher, a prominent Mankato businessman and Susan Dyer Fletcher, who was one of the first teachers at the Mankato State Normal School. Included in this collection are pieces of art created by Fletcher, using crayons, pencil, and block printing, which was his specialty. Also included are photographs of Fletcher, his personal correspondence, published and unpublished writings, and newspaper and magazine articles by or about Gilbert Fletcher.

Biographical Note:

Lafayette Gilbert M. Fletcher Jr. was born 24 March 1883 on his family's farm near Mankato. His father, Lafayette G. M. Fletcher Sr., was a prominent Mankato businessman, and his mother, Susan Dyer Fletcher, was one of the first instructors at the Mankato State Normal School.

Fletcher's training in art began after he left Mankato to attend the Minneapolis Art School in 1908. He would later study at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and the Institute of Design in New York City. His occupational focus was on commercial art. He contributed to the New York Tribune, and Times, the Saturday Evening Post, and the Philadelphia Record.

Fletcher's most memorable work of art is his "The Ship and Wave Crest", which is part of the Metropolitan Museum of New York City's permanent collection. This is an example of the wood and linoleum block printing on paper that Fletcher developed in 1921.

In 1922, Fletcher became the art editor for the New York Herald, and remained in this position until he joined the New York Tribune.

Fletcher moved out of New York City, and to Towners, New York, where he remodeled an old gristmill and used it as his studio until 1928. Ill health forced Fletcher to move to New Mexico. He died of tuberculosis at the Southwestern Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque on 30 October 1933.

Biographical information from the Mankato Free Press, 3 November 1933.

Series One - Artwork, undated and 1932-1933: This series contains artwork created by Gilbert Fletcher. Included are block prints, sketches, and illustrated letters written by Fletcher. Two of the items in this series, the textile block prints "Men with Spears" and "Crossroads," are stored separately from the rest of the collection.

Series Two - Published Items, 1911-1953: This portion of the collection contains items written by or about Fletcher that were published. Included are magazines and books that Fletcher did illustrations for, newspaper and magazine articles by or about Fletcher, and newspaper clippings about him.

Series Three - Unpublished Items, 1904-1975: The third portion of the collection is made up of items by or about Gilbert Fletcher that were not published. Personal correspondence, manuscripts, genealogical information, and a biography of Gilbert Fletcher compiled by his sister, May Fletcher are included in this portion of the collection.

Restrictions:

There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Citation:

Fletcher, Gilbert M., 1883-1933. Collection, 1904-1967. SMHC Manuscript Collection 170, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Acquisition:

Robert Berquist donated this collection in July 1975.

Processed By:

This collection was processed in January 1976. Finding aid revised by Robert Russell September 2000. Jeff A. Jenson reprocessed the collection and updated the finding aid in February 2003.

Related Collections:

It has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about Gilbert Fletcher available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Fletcher, Gilbert M., 1883-1933.
Fletcher, Gilbert M., 1883-1933--Pictorial works.
Block printing.
Blue Earth County (Minn.)--Social life and customs--Pictorial works.

Related Collections at MSUM:

Fletcher, Lafayette G. M., 1830-1910. Papers, 1884-1945. SMHC Manuscript Collection 171, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Fletcher, Susan Marshman Dyer, 1845-1941. Collection, 1867-1869. SMHC Manuscript Collection 168, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 170

Box

Folder

Series One: Artwork, undated and 1932-33

 

 

Block Prints on Paper (14), undated

Oversized

2

Crayon Sketches on Paper (6), undated

1

3

Illustrated Letter by Fletcher, 1932 or 1933

1

4

Ink and Pencil Sketch on Paper, undated

3

6

Ink or Pencil Sketches on Paper (4), undated

2

5

Ink Sketch on Paper, “A Town of Tanks Near 36 th Street New York City,” undated

3

5

Pencil Sketch on Paper, 1932

3

4

Textile Block Print “Crossroads” (4 ½ ft. sq.), undated

Tube

1

Textile Block Print “Men with Spears” (60” x 58”), undated

Tube

2

Textile Block Print, “Swimming Fish” (48” x 13 ½”), undated

Oversized

3

Series Two: Published Items, 1911-1953

 

 

Anthology of Children’s Literature, containing illustrations by Fletcher, undated (FRAGILE)

3

1

Arista Society of the British War Mission. The Tank. 1, no. 1. New York: Arista Society, December 1917.

2

1

Arista Society of the British War Mission. The Tank. 1, no. 6. New York: Arista Society, May 1918.

2

1

Illustrated Newspaper and Magazine Articles by or about Fletcher, (3) Laminated, 1914, 1915, and 1926

Oversized

 

1

John Martin’s Book: A Magazine for Little Children , 1914

2

2

John Martin’s Book: A Magazine for Little Children , 1914-1916

2

2

John Martin’s Book: A Magazine for Little Children , August 1915

2

2

John Martin’s Book: A Magazine for Little Children , May 1916

2

2

John Martin’s Book: The Child’s Magazine , 1922

2

3

John Martin’s Book: The Child’s Magazine , May 1922

2

3

John Martin’s Book: The Child’s Magazine , September 1922

2

3

John Martin’s Read Out Loud Books , Illustrated by Fletcher, 1911

1

11

Magazine Articles by Fletcher, 1918 and 1927

1

1

Martin, John. Old King Cole. Chicago: M.A. Donohue & Company, 1911

1

11

Martin, John. Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat. Chicago: M.A. Donohue & Company, 1911

1

11

Minnesota Journal of Education , contains an article about Fletcher, February 1934

2

4

Newspaper clippings by or about Fletcher, undated and 1905, 1923, 1928, 1933, and 1953

1

2

Sunday Magazine of the New York Tribune , 20 December 1914

3

2

The Tank , Illustrated by Fletcher, 1917-1918

2

1

Wells Fargo Messenger , cover art by Fletcher, October 1917

3

3

Series Three: Unpublished Items, 1904-1975

 

 

“A Carton Diary for 1904” by Gilbert Fletcher, 1904

1

13

“A Carton Diary for 1904” by Gilbert Fletcher, 1904, photocopy

1

12

Biographical Sketch of Gilbert Fletcher by his sister Ella May Fletcher, c. 1934

1

5

Inventory of Fletcher Artwork with Slides, 1975

1

10

Letters, Clippings, and Biographic Information, undated, photocopies

1

8

Personal Correspondence, 18 Letters, 1912-1933, many illustrated

1

7

Photographs of Gilbert Fletcher, undated

1

9

Unpublished manuscripts by Fletcher, c. 1915

1

6