Edward H. Weiss collection of visual materials

Inclusive Dates: 
circa 1940–1980
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

Edward H. Weiss  Collection of Visual Materials (1 album [circa 100 photomechanical prints], 584 negatives, 2,593 photographic prints, 400 35 mm. color slides, 6 transparencies) consists of visual materials relating to the art and career of Edward H. Weiss, a painter who was also chairman of the board of the Edward H. Weiss & Company, advertising agency in Chicago. Although Weiss' artwork consists primarily of celebrity portraits, he also produced a large body of abstract works. In addition, Weiss collected works by other contemporary artists and African tribal art. Photographs show Weiss' artwork, his studio, gallery, and museum exhibitions of his work, and his art collection. Also includes Christmas cards designed by Weiss.

Biographical Historical Note

Edward H. Weiss (1901-1984) was a Chicago artist and chairman of the adverting agency Edward H. Weiss & Company (formerly known as Weiss and Geller; later known as Lee King and Partners). He was especially well-known for his portrait paintings of famous people. Weiss received a degree in sociology from the University of Chicago and later studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. Weiss began his career in advertising in the 1920s and retired in 1981. He was also an art collector and active in numerous organizations, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the University of Chicago.