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Chicago Society of Decorative Art records
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.
Chicago Society of Decorative Art records, 1 v. (262 pages) and 14 items of material relating to the Society, including minutes of meetings and summaries of subjects discussed, certificate of articles of incorporation, first paper read before the Society, speech by Society president, and other papers of the organization, which sought to combine education in decorative arts with employment opportunities for women by creating a market for women's work.
Biographical Historical Note
The Chicago Society of Decorative Art was founded in 1877 and inspired by the New York City organization by the same name. Mrs. J. Y. Scammon was one of its leaders. It eventually settled in the building of the Art Institute of Chicago and later was reorganized as the Art Institute's Antiquarian Society.