Director Daniel Catton Rich records from the Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

32.5 linear feet (32 rolls of microfilm) of documents generated by the Office of the Director during the tenure of Daniel Catton Rich, including exhibition records (1938–1958) and office files (1945–1958). The collection also contains correspondence and records from the years Rich served as the Curator of Painting and Sculpture (1931–1958), notably research material for his 1935 study of Seurat's painting La Grande Jatte; correspondence conducted by members of his research staff, including Dr. Hans Huth and Ms. Waltraute van der Rohe; and correspondence to and from Art Institute curators Frederick Sweet and Katharine Kuh.

Biographical Historical Note

Daniel Catton Rich served as Curator of Painting and Sculpture of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1931 to 1958 and as the museum’s director from 1938 to 1958.