Lorado Taft papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1902–1954

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

6 items consisting of 1 letter from Lorado Taft to Hamilton Gibson (1902) about his sculpture Solitude of the Soul; correspondence between Gibson and the Art Institute of Chicago about donation of the latter; and Taft’s letter to Mrs. Humphries (1933), thanking her for providing music for his play “The Gates of Paradise.”

Biographical Historical Note

Lorado Taft was a Chicago-based sculptor, educator, lecturer, writer, and public advocate for art in the city.

Additional Notes

Related collections: Lorado Taft (1860–1936) Collection, 1908–1938, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago; University of Chicago Midway Studios Records, 1962–1975. Small Manuscripts Individual Collection, University of Illinois at Chicago, includes Lorado Taft correspondence, 1925 and 1928. Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin Papers, 1878–1932, University of Chicago Library, includes 8 items of Taft correspondence. See also Lorado Taft Papers, Chicago History Museum.