A. James Speyer curatorial papers

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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

12.5 linear feet of material consisting of routine correspondence regarding exhibitions, loans, and gifts with correspondents such as Alexander Calder, Richard Hunt, Katharine Kuh, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Claes Oldenburg, and Speyer’s sister, Darthea Speyer; a scrapbook of clippings and exhibition reviews (1966–1969); personal note and day books (1963–1982); and an audiotape with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

Biographical Historical Note

A. James Speyer served as the Art Institute of Chicago’s Curator of 20th-Century Painting and Sculpture from 1961 to 1986.

Additional Notes

Related collection: A. James Speyer (1913–1986) Collection, 1931–1996, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago. Oral History of A. James Speyer. Interviewed by Pauline Saliga. Chicago: Department of Architecture, The Art Institute of Chicago, 1990.