Wells College was established in 1868 by Henry Wells, who also founded the Wells Fargo and American Express Companies. Wells College is a nationally recognized liberal arts college located in the village of Aurora in the Finger Lakes region of central New York. In 2004, after 136 years of leadership in women’s education, the college opened its doors to students of all genders.
The Victor Hammer Collection
This collection contains bibliographic information on Victor Hammer, who fled Europe during the Second War, coming to the United Stateswith his first wife, Rosl. They moved to Aurora, NY where Victor Hammer taught art at Wells College and set up the Wells College Press and his personal Hammer Press. During his time in Aurora, he cut the Aurora and American Uncial typefaces.
The collection also contains information surrounding exhibitions of his work, photographs of Hammer, and information on and works from the Anvil Press. Tangential materials included in the collection are the products of the Wells College Press, which uses Hammer's Press, and information about the Wells College Books Arts Center.
Wells College Information
The mission of Wells College is to educate students to think critically, reason wisely, and act humanely as they cultivate meaningful lives. Through Wells' academic program, residential atmosphere, and community activities, students learn and practice the ideals of the liberal arts. The Wells experience prepares students to appreciate complexity and difference, to embrace new ways of knowing, to be creative, and to respond ethically to the interdependent worlds to which they belong. Committed to excellence in all areas of its reach, Wells College equips students for lifelong learning and for sharing the privileges of education with others.