Municipal Art League of Chicago records

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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

4 linear inches of material relating to the Municipal Art League of Chicago, consisting of the secretary's journal (1901-1922), membership lists, records of contributions and dues, and correspondence.

Biographical Historical Note

The Municipal Art League of Chicago was established in 1901 to promote culture, especially visual art, in the city and to address such threats to the city's beauty and livability as air pollution and billboard advertising. The organization funded purchase prizes at the Art Institute of Chicago's annual exhibition for Chicago artists and amassed a collection of work by local artists that was later purchased by the Union League Club of Chicago.