57th Street Art Fair collection by Mary Louise Womer

Inclusive Dates: 
1948–1987
Survey Repository: 

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

1.75 linear feet of material including minutes and reports of the 57th Street Art Fair Committee, collected by Mary Louise Womer. Includes correspondence related to entries, publicity, and awards; three publicity scrapbooks (1948-51, 1958-59; 1960; 1961); one sound recording; a typed transcript signed and several transcript copies of the "History of the 57th Street Art Fair," by Mary Louise Womer (1980); and a framed certificate (1967) to Mary Louise Womer, founder of the fair.

Biographical Historical Note

Mary Louise Womer was the proprietor of The Little Gallery on 57th Street, in the Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago. In 1948, she founded the 57th Street Art Fair.

Additional Notes

Related collections: 57th Street Art Fair collection of visual materials, 57th Street Art Fair files of Adrian Alexander, Chicago History Museum; Vi Fogle Uretz Papers, 57th Street Art Fair Records, University of Chicago Library. Also related: Mary Louise Womer photographs collection, 1948-1987, Chicago History Museum: closed until processed.