Chicago Historical Society Decorative and Industrial Arts Department management records

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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

Approximately 15 linear feet of material consisting of files of Chicago Historical Society's curatorial Decorative and Industrial Arts Department (c. 1979–1997) as well as materials relating to management of the artifacts in earlier time periods. The collection forms part of Chicago Historical Society archives. Written permission of the president of Chicago History Museum is required in order to consult restricted sections of the archives. The bulk of the collection consists of research files compiled by curator Sharon Darling in preparation for exhibitions and accompanying catalogues on the subjects of Chicago metalsmiths, ceramics, art pottery, and glass (including stained glass and painted china), Chicago furniture, and Teco pottery. Items include notes, worksheets, photographs of objects, clippings and articles, correspondence, printed ephemera, and a research notebook. Files cover individual topics including stained glass studios such as Willets Studio (Philadelphia); Illinois potteries; ceramic artists such as Ruth Duckworth, Eugene Deutsch, Anna Halasi, Nick Prokos, and Rita Sargen; metalsmiths such as the Kalo Shop, Robert Jarvie, Madeleine Yale Wynne; and furniture makers such as Tonk Manufacturing Company.

Biographical Historical Note

Sharon S. Darling wrote exhibition catalogues on Chicago metalsmiths, ceramics and glass, furniture, and Teco pottery in the 1970s and 1980s while serving as Curator of Decorative and Industrial Arts at the Chicago Historical Society (now Chicago History Museum).