Director Robert B. Harshe 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

8 reels of microfilm of documents generated by the Office of the Director during the tenure of Robert B. Harshe, including routine administrative correspondence from 1921–1922, most of which concerns art objects offered to the museum and the activities of the Extension Department. Of special interest are the letters from alumni of the School of the Art Institute, solicited by Harsche in 1922. Also included are exhibition records, including those for the Century of Progress exhibition (1933–1934). A bound volume of obituaries of and tributes to Robert B. Harshe has not been microfilmed.

Biographical Historical Note

Art educator Robert B. Harshe served as Director of the Art Institute of Chicago and as Chief Curator for Paintings and Sculpture from 1921 until his death in 1938. His tenure saw the physical expansion of the museum and the accession of significant collections formerly belonging to some of Chicago most important private collectors. One of the most important exhibitions he curated was the Century of Progress exhibition of 1933–1934.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Charles L. Hutchinson Records, Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives.