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C. J. Bulliet papers, circa 1888-1959

Bulliet, C. J. (Clarence Joseph), 1883-1952

Art critic

Collection Information

Size: 34.6 linear ft.

Summary: The C. J. Bulliet papers measure 34.6 linear feet and are dated circa 1888-1959. Biographical information, correspondence, writings, subject and artist files, printed material, photographs, and art work document the career of the influential Chicago art critic and writer. The records contain extensive information about art and artists in Chicago and the Midwest from the early to mid-twentieth century.
Biographical information about C. J. Bulliet and his artist wife, Katherine Adams Bulliet, circa 1888-1952, includes Adams Family genealogy, biographical notes, inventory and notes about Bulliet's art collection, miscellaneous items, and photographs. Photographs include portraits of C. J. Bulliet as a young child, and around the time of his graduation from Indiana University. Other photographs are group shots of Bulliet with Mrs. Bulliet, Millard Sheets, Mr. and Mrs. Peyton Boswell, Jr., James Chapin, The Chicago Daily News staff, and other Chicago art critics.
Correspondence, 1901-1942, and undated, documents Bulliet's professional and personal life. Professional correspondence provides a good overview of the art scene, activities, and attitudes in Chicago during the 1930s and 1940s. Many letters from newspaper readers contain both positive and negative reactions to his columns. Personal correspondence consists mainly of letters Bulliet wrote to his wife while on the road with Robert Mantell and his Shakespeare company. Other personal correspondence is with friends and relatives, and includes some letters addressed to Katherine Adams Bulliet.
Writings, 1929-1951, consist of notes, drafts, and final manuscripts of published and unpublished articles and essays, books, fiction and poems, lectures, and reviews by C. J. Bulliet. A small number of manuscripts are by other authors.
Artist files, 1919-1952, document a wide variety of artists from the Renaissance through the mid-twentieth century. Artists represented are American, European, and Asian; of particular interest are files relating to Chicago area artists, both well known and obscure. They consist largely of photographs of works of art and a small number of photographs of artists. A small percentage includes correspondence, notes and drafts of texts by Bulliet, printed material, and a few original prints.
Subject files, 1909-1952, concern topics that interested Bulliet. They consist mainly of photographs and printed material, with a small amount of correspondence.
Printed material, 1909-1959, by Bulliet consists of newspaper articles and columns, books, and art, book, and music reviews. Items produced by others include publications of art schools, books, clippings, museum publications, periodicals, and press releases. Exhibition related items, consisting of announcements, invitations, catalogs, checklists, and prospectuses are categorized by venue - Chicago and elsewhere.
Art work, 1916-1948, and undated, mainly by Chicago area artists, consists of prints, drawings, and a sketchbook, probably given to Bulliet by the artists themselves.

Biographical/Historical Note

C. J. Bulliet (1883-1952) was an art critic and writer in Chicago, Ill. Bulliet was an art critic for the Chicago Evening Post (1924-1932) and the Chicago Daily News (1932-1952).


The papers were donated to the Archives in 1984 by C. J. Bulliet's son, Lender J. Bulliet. Additional records were given by Rockford College, Rockford, Illinois, in 1987.

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