Clay Kelly papers

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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

11-page typescript reminiscence by Mrs. Clay Kelly, wife of artist Clay Kelly, about the 57th Street art colony that flourished on the Midway Pleasance in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. Among the artists mentioned, in addition to Clay Kelly, are Fred Biesel, Nan Rice, Violet Rice, Ethel Crouch Brown, Sam Astrowsky [Ostrowsky], Emil Armin, and Todd Kemp [Tud Kempf].

Biographical Historical Note

Clay Kelly was a painter and a member of the 57th Street art community in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago who disappeared mysteriously in 1938 while on a trip out of state.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Hyde Park Historical Society Collection, University of Chicago Library.