Bertha Palmer and Palmer Family research collection

Inclusive Dates: 
1891–1974
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

1.5 linear feet of material consisting of research notes, correspondence, newspaper clippings, postcards, and magazine articles relating to Bertha H. Palmer and the Palmer family, arranged alphabetically by subject. Most materials are newspaper clippings and research notes compiled by James Guth in the 1970s. Among the topics covered are the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Biographical Historical Note

Socialite, philanthropist, and art collector Bertha Honoré Palmer was, with her husband, hotel magnate Potter Palmer, a leading patron of French Impressionist paintings and a major benefactor of the Art Institute of Chicago. As president of the Board of Lady Managers of the World’s Columbian Exposition of Chicago (1893) she was the driving force behind the creation of the fair’s Woman’s Building.

Additional Notes

Related collections: H. and F Photo C Potter Palmer and Palmer Estate Papers, World's Columbian Exposition Records, and George P. A. Healy Collection, Chicago History Museum; Bertha Honoré Palmer Correspondence Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago.