Falwick Novick papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1915–1954, (bulk 1940–1950)
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

Falwick Novick papers consists of 0.5 linear feet of correspondence with customers, bills and receipts, and miscellaneous notes concerning operation of Novick's shop at 828 E. 43rd Street in Chicago, where he designed, crafted, and sold handwrought copper and silverware. The collection contains a few items from as early as 1915 from the Kalo Shop in Chicago, which specialized in handwrought jewelry.

Biographical Historical Note

Falwick Novick was a Russian immigrant silversmith who operated a shop at 828 East 43rd Street in Chicago, where he designed, crafted, and sold handwrought copper and silverware. Early in his career he worked with the Kalo Shop.

The Kalo Shop was an Arts and Crafts workshop founded by Clara Barck Welles in 1900. Originally located in Park Ridge, Illinois, it moved to Chicago in 1914. A New York shop was opened in 1916 but closed due to World War I. The Kalo Shop specialized in silver jewelry and metalwork. Welles retired in 1939; the shop operated in Chicago until 1970.

Additional Notes

Related collections on the Kalo Shop: Kalo Shop Collection of Visual Materials and Chicago Historical Society Decorative and Industrial Arts Department Management Records, Chicago History Museum; Mildred B. Bevis Notebook of Designs for the Kalo Shop, Peter L. Berg Silver Designs Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago.