Arthur Siegel photograph collection

Inclusive Dates: 
circa 1930–1969
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

Arthur Siegel Photograph Collection (63 boxes of photographic prints of various sizes, 5 Daguerreotype photographs, 8 boxes of slides and transparencies, 7 boxes of non-graphic material ) consists primarily of photographs by professional photographer Siegel of people, places and events in the Chicago area, including many photographs by Siegel and other photographers taken for the book Chicago's Famous Buildings. Includes photographic work for Chicago area businesses and student photographs and transparencies from Siegel's students at Chicago's Institute of Design. Contact sheets are from Siegel's assignments with Time-Life publications. There is a small amount of Siegel's early work in Detroit and his experimental photographs. One box contains photographs and slides of Siegel, his family, students, and other images relating to his personal life. Also includes one box of copy photoprints and slides from material retained by Irene Siegel.

Biographical Historical Note

Arthur Siegel was an American photographer and photojournalist who served as a teacher and president of the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology.

The Institute of Design began in Chicago in 1937 as the New Bauhaus; closed in 1938; reopened in 1939 as the Chicago School of Design; changed name in 1944 to the Institute of Design; became part of the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1949.

Additional Notes

Related collections: Arthur Siegel Papers, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago; Visual Materials from the Institute of Design, Studs Terkel / WFMT Oral History Archives, Chicago History Museum; When Aaron Met Harry Exhibition Files, Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago.