Adolf J. Brown stencil collection

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

Partially processed. This collection consists of art stencils and designs, correspondence and product samples, dating from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Biographical Historical Note

Adolph Jacob Brown was probably born in Hungary around 1885 and emigrated to the United States to establish an art stencil business in Detroit in the 1920s. Brown then moved to Chicago for work related to the 1933 Century of Progress Exhibition.