Edward H. Weiss 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

Edward H. Weiss Papers (10 linear feet) consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, programs, organizational records, scrapbooks, biographical materials, exhibition catalogs, and other papers of Edward H. Weiss about his career as an artist and advertising agency executive and his association with organizations such as the American Association of Advertising Agencies, Business Committee for the Arts, Chicago Council on Fine Arts, Friends of the Chicago Public Library, Museum of Contemporary Art, and the University of Chicago. Weiss was especially well-known as a portraitist. Also includes three reel-to-reel sound recordings of lectures given 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.