Society for Contemporary Art records

Inclusive Dates: 
1940–1980

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

Approximately 9 linear feet of material documenting the activities of the Society for Contemporary Art, consisting of correspondence, minutes, financial papers, exhibition-related material, clippings, and other items. Access requires permission from the president of the Board of the Society.

Biographical Historical Note

The Society for Contemporary Art was founded in 1940 as the Society for Contemporary American Art by a small group of Chicagoans who wanted to strengthen the Art Institute of Chicago's collection of contemporary American art and raise the level of interest among collectors. In 1967 its membership voted to include work from all nations.