Whitney Halstead papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1954–1979

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

2 linear feet of material consisting of a manuscript of Whitney Halstead’s unpublished biography of naive artist Joseph E. Yoakum, including many personal reminiscences and observations by the author, a general discussion of naive art, and a description and analysis of Yoakum's work. In addition there are several drafts and corrected copies of individual chapters, miscellaneous notes, copies of 3 letters from Yoakum to Jim Nutt and his wife Gladys Nilsson, 1969–1970, and a list of Yoakum's drawings owned by Halstead.

Biographical Historical Note

Whitney Halstead was a Chicago painter, educator, writer, and biographer of American self-taught artist Joseph Yoakum.