Anna Belle Wing Kindlund
Papers, 1898-1911

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Quantity: 3 boxes (0.50 cubic ft.)
Access: Open to research
Acquisition: Purchase: Thomas Cullen, Rockland Bookman, Orchard Park, New York
Processed By: Abigail Stambach, Student Assistant, State University of New York at Albany, Autumn 2010

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Biographical Note:

Anna Belle Wing Kindlund was born February 18, 1876, to George and Ellen Wing in Buffalo, New York. She was an artist and studied painting with Lucius W. Hitchcock in Buffalo and George Bridgman in New York City. In Who Was Who in American Art, she is listed as a landscape painter as well as a miniaturist and she is primarily known for her miniatures. The tenth volume of the American Art Dictionary lists her as a member of the Buffalo Society of Artists and the New York Society of Craftsman. She received an honorable mention at the Pan-American Exposition held in Buffalo in 1901 and a bronze medal at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904. In 1905, she married James Condie Kindlund and they had one daughter, Eleanor, in 1906. Anna and James must have divorced sometime between 1910 and 1920 since the federal census of 1920 lists James married to Ann Marie of Portugal. Anna later married Alois Trnka, a violinist and violin teacher. She died in 1922.

Scope and Content Note:

The collection includes two journals (diaries), an essay, a booklet about the ancestry of the Wing family, a letter of apology from James Dyett, a postal card from Amsterdam addressed to Henrietta Pierce, and a program from the Graduate Association of the Buffalo Seminary anniversary dinner. The journals cover Anna’s life in 1898 and 1900; she writes about the weather, parties, dances, weddings, evening entertainment, gossip, daily activities, her art and her correspondence. Included is an essay Anna wrote on Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier, a French classical painter who specialized in scenes depicting historical events. Anna examines Meissonier’s career and interests and briefly explains his background.

The bulk of the collection is forty-one glass plate negatives of Anna’s miniatures.  

Item List:


Box Item Description
1 1 Journal (diary) 1898
1 2 Journal (diary) 1900
1 3 Essay (untitled): [Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier]
1 4 Booklet, Wing Family of America
1 5
  1. Letter to Anna Belle Wing from James H. Dyett, February 22, 1898
  2. Postcard (illustrated) to Miss Henrietta C. Pierce, [postmark: November 4, 1899]
  3. Program, 27th Anniversary of the Graduate Association of the Buffalo Seminary, June 9, 1903
2 6 Glass Plate, Miss Houston
2 7 Glass Plate, Miss Houston
2 8 Glass Plate, Mr. James N. Johnston
2 9 Glass Plate, Madeline Deady (standing)
2 10 Glass Plate, Mr. Nathan Wolf
2 11 Glass Plate, Mrs. Taylor (Gowanda)
2 12 Glass Plate, Mrs. Bradley Goodyear
2 13 Glass Plate, Sally Rumsey (2)
2 14 Glass Plate, Sally Rumsey (1)
2 15 Glass Plate, Mrs. Deady (in chair)
2 16 Glass Plate, Dorothy Martin
2 17 Glass Plate, Mrs. Fahes
2 18 Glass Plate, “Square Portrait,” unidentified
2 19 Glass Plate, E.K.
2 20 Glass Plate, Mrs. G.F. Sisson
2 21 Glass Plate, Mrs. G.F. Sisson
2 22 Glass Plate, Pittsburgh girl
2 23 Glass Plate, Mrs. J.D. Larkin
2 24 Glass Plate, Mrs. Henry Sprague and Son
2 25 Glass Plate, Mrs. Taylor (Gowanda)
2 26 Glass Plate, Mrs. Englehart
2 27 Glass Plate, Mrs. Houston
2 28 Glass Plate, Michael Rogers
2 29 Glass Plate, Mary Adams
2 30 Glass Plate, Miss Houston
2 31 Glass Plate, Mrs. Charles Connor
2 32 Glass Plate, Ruth Wicks
2 33 Glass Plate, Caroline Englehart
2 34 Glass Plate, Mrs. Seth Spencer
2 35 Glass Plate, Mrs. Eugene Falk
2 36 Glass Plate, Mr. Deady (on couch)
2 37 Glass Plate, Mr. G.F. Sisson
3 38 Glass Plate, Anna Bell, 1911
3 39 Glass Plate, “Lady in Black”
3 40 Glass Plate, “Boy with Rabbit”
3 41 Glass Plate, “JCK”
3 42 Glass Plate, Mrs. Ralph Kellogg
3 43 Glass Plate, Mrs. Friedman
3 44 Glass Plate, Ellenor [?]
3 45 Glass Plate, Archbishop Ireland
3 46 Glass Plate, [Mrs. Leemins?]
3 47 Glass Plate, Mrs. Crundler
Last Updated: February 3, 2011