Chicago History Museum

The Chicago History Museum, founded in 1856, documents the history of Chicago. Its collections also reflect its earlier mission of documenting United States history to 1865. Included are papers of artists and designers and records of art- and design-related companies and organizations as well as events such as world's fairs. Access to collections information varies. Many archival collections are listed in the museum's online catalogue and in online finding aids that offer varying levels of descriptive detail. Many older and now out-of-scope collections are described only in hard-copy inventories or in a card catalogue available on site. Some records in this web resource were compiled from in-person examination of materials.


1601 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614
United States

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Photograph of an artist's easel side table with paints and other materials
Donating Papers

The Archives of American Art collects primary source materials—original letters, writings, preliminary sketches, scrapbooks, photographs, financial records and the like—that have significant research value for the study of art in America.


Find out how to give your papers, records, recordings, or other primary source material to the Archives of American Art.