Chicago Woman's Club records

Inclusive Dates: 
1876–1998
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

Chicago Woman's Club records (32.25 lin. ft.) consists of meeting minutes, financial records, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, photographs, reports, contracts, leases, correspondence, certificates, guest books, calendars and other papers from the Chicago Woman's Club. The collection includes scrapbooks pertaining to the club's activities, including women's participation in the World's Columbian Exposition. Also included is a scrapbook from 1927 (ca. 50 pages) of newspaper clippings, photographs, manuscripts, programs, and other documents pertaining to Negro in Art Week, sponsored by the Chicago Woman's Club, Nov. 16–23, 1927. Exhibitions were held at the Art Institute of Chicago, Nov. 16–Dec. 1, 1927, and at the Chicago Woman's Club, Nov. 16–23, 1927

 

Biographical Historical Note

The Chicago Woman's Club was formed in 1876. Originally focused on self and social improvement, by the late 1880s members’ efforts turned to state-building and social reform. Along with other women’s clubs in the Chicago area, the Chicago Woman’s Club was active in patronizing art activities, for example by funding exhibition prizes at the Art Institute of Chicago’s annual exhibitions and by gathering its own collection of art.

Additional Notes

Related collections: Chicago Woman's Club Records, Newberry Library