Skip to main content

Holger Cahill papers, 1910-1993, bulk 1910-1960

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.

3.9: Index of American Design , 1936-1947

The purpose of the Index of American Design was to compile a pictorial record of objects in the decorative, applied and folk arts, particularly objects of American origin. This subseries includes correspondence, memoranda, manuals, reports, typescripts, press releases, state reports primarily concerning Illinois projects, exhibition loan records, printed material and photographs of exhibitions and artwork, documenting that endeavor.
Articles and reports include documents and manuals describing the form and function of the Index, and outlining related procedures to be followed. They also include typescripts about the Index including Recording American Design, [ The Shaker Portfolio], The Derivation and History of Weathervanes, A Short History of the Weathervane, The Eagle in American Design, American Traditions for Young People, and Notes on American Carvers and Carving. Also found here are press releases, notes, a list of collectors, memoranda, Art Circular No. 3 and a reprint entitled American Popular Art as Recorded in the Index of American Design by Erwin O. Christensen.
Photographs include a bound portfolio of photographs of index plates representing artist renderings of Illinois objects, and a series of photographs depicting the process of making an index plate.
Description Container Select
Articles and Reports, circa 1936-1941
1107
1075-1234
Articles and Reports, 1936
1107
1235-1285
Articles and Reports, 1937
1107
1286-1310
Articles and Reports, 1938
1107
1311-1396
Articles and Reports, 1941, 1947
1107
1397-1412
Correspondence and Memoranda, undated
1107
0979-0985
Correspondence and Memoranda, 1936
1107
0993-1058
Correspondence and Memoranda, 1937, 1940
1107
1059-1068
Correspondence and Memoranda, 1941-1942
(1 of 2)
1107
1069-1074
Correspondence and Memoranda, 1941-1942
(2 of 2)
1107
0986-0992
Lists of Artwork/Receipts for Exhibition Loans, 1936
5292
0683-0730
Notes, circa 1936-1942
(1 of 2)
1108
0263-0304
Notes, circa 1936-1942
(2 of 2)
5292
0672-0682
State Reports, 1942
1107
1413-1438
State Reports, Illinois, 1942
(1 of 2)
1107
1439-1503
State Reports, Illinois, 1942
(2 of 2)
1108
0001-0262
Portfolio of Index Plates from Illinois, 1942
1108
0554-0938
Printed Material, Booklet The Silkscreen Process, 1941
1108
0508-0553
Photographs, Exhibitions, 1938-1939
1108
0305-0328
Photographs, "Making an Index Plate,", circa 1936-1942
1108
0367-0423
Photographs, Objects, circa 1936-1942
(1 of 3)
1108
0329-0366
Photographs, Objects, circa 1936-1942
(2 of 3)
1108
0424-0491
Photographs, Objects, circa 1936-1942
(3 of 3)
1108
0506-0507
Photographs, Shaker Buildings and People, circa 1936-1942
1108
0492-0505

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.