Peter Pollack 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

3 linear feet of material consisting of personal and professional incoming and outgoing correspondence, primarily with Willem Vincent Van Gogh, nephew of painter Vincent Van Gogh, and photographs of Pollack’s visit with him including views of locations in The Netherlands and France where Van Gogh had painted many of his works. These photos were intended for a publication entitled What Vincent Saw, which was never unpublished.

Biographical Historical Note

Peter Pollack was a photographer and writer who served as supervisor of the WPA Illinois Art Project and first director of the South Side Community Art Center in Chicago. He later served as Curator of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago and then director of the American Federation of Arts.

Additional Notes

Peter Pollack papers, 1939–1979, and an oral history of Peter Pollack, 1964, are at the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.