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Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts records, 1896-1974

Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts (Chicago, Ill.)


Collection Information

Size: 0.2 Linear feet, (on 1 microfilm reel)

Summary: Seven issues of "The Cowbell," 1921-1924; 1 bound volume of the "The Cowbell," 1915-1916; 84 issues of "The Palette & Chisel," 1924-1932; 6 newsletters, 1948-1950; 2 letters by Alfred R. Muenzenthaler concerning honorary memberships, undated and 1974; 3 handbooks of by-laws, undated, 1896-1897, and 1901-1902; and 2 announcements for a bidding sale and a thumb-box and sketch exhibition.

Biographical/Historical Note

Founded in 1895 as Palette & Chisel Club. Oldest existing art club in Chicago. In 1933, the club changed its name to the Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts.


1 bound volume of Cowbell, 1915-1916 lent for microfilming 1985; remainder donated 1985 by Alfred Muenzenthaler.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Cowbell, 1915-16: Original returned to Alfred Muenzenthaler after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 3825 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts records, 1896-1974. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.