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Commission for the Encouragement of Local Art records
1 linear foot of material documenting the activities of the Commission for the Encouragement of Local Art (Chicago), consisting of letters notifying artists that their work had been selected for purchase, biographical forms, and a list of works purchased.
Biographical Historical Note
The Chicago Commission for the Encouragement of Local Art was created by the Chicago City Council in 1914 at Harrison's behest. Its purpose was to support local artists by purchasing some of their paintings and sculptures, and then displaying these works in the public schools, city hall, and other municipal buildings of Chicago. The Commission purchased some 300 works of art before it was disbanded in 1945.