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Frederick Creighton Wellman papers

 Collection
Identifier: LaRC-793

Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of manuscripts by Frederick Creighton Wellman (1871-1960). In addition to being an author, Wellman was also a doctor of tropical medicine, scientist, administrator, artist, educator, spy, and engineer. Writing under the pen names Cyril Kay-Scott and Richard Irving Carson, Wellman composed plays, novels, short stories, and poems, all of which are represented in the collection. In addition, there is correspondence, exhibition catalogs, Wellman's autobiography, and a watercolor by Wellman. Already on his second marriage and with four children, Wellman eloped with writer Elsie Dunn (1893-1963). They fled the country and changed their names to Cyril Kay-Scott and Evelyn Scott. After living in Brazil and later returning to the United States, Wellman had a career as an art teacher, a museum director, and upon retiring, wrote his autobiography.

Dates

  • 1911-1957

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

Frederick Creighton Wellman (1871-1960) was a doctor of tropical medicine, scientist, administrator, artist, educator, spy, writer, and engineer. Writing under the pen names Cyril Kay-Scott and Richard Irving Carson, Wellman composed plays, novels, short stories, and poems. Already on his second marriage and with four children, Wellman eloped with writer Elsie Dunn (1893-1963). They fled to London and changed their names to Cyril Kay-Scott and Evelyn Scott. Arrangements were made with the British Museum for Wellman to collect entomological specimens in Latin America after realizing that the couple might be discovered in England. In Brazil, Wellman was unable to carry out his collection of specimens as planned and eventually ended up working for the Singer Sewing Machine store, where he was promoted to auditor and then superintendent, requiring the couple to move to Natal. There, the couple's only child, Creighton Scott was born in 1914. Wellman moved the family Cercadinho, Brazil, to become a rancher. Here the couple began to write both poetry and prose. Wellman returned to America with Creighton in 1928, the same year he filed for divorce from Evelyn, and decided to pursue a career as an art teacher, setting up an art school in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 1931, he gave up running the art school and became director of the Denver Art Museum. He retired from that post in 1934. Wellman worked for a time with his son on a Works Progress Administration project, but soon after settled into retirement. In 1943, his autobiography, Life Is Too Short, was published.

Extent

3.00 Boxes

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by genre, as follows: manuscripts of novels, plays, short stories, poems (arranged alphabetically), correspondence, exhibition catalogs, autobiography, and painting. The collection consists of three boxes and one oversize folder.

Processing Information

Collection processed in 1989 by Sue McGrady Woodward.

Title
Frederick Creighton Wellman papers
Author
LAC Group
Date
06/10/2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US