Federated Department Stores' records of Marshall Field & Company

Inclusive Dates: 
circa 1875–2003
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

Unprocessed. 1600 linear feet of material consisting of office files, product catalogs, newsletters and other publications, personnel files, photographs, and other operating records of the Marshall Field & Company department store chain and its successor Marshall Field's, based in Chicago (Ill.) with its central store on State Street in the Loop. The collection may contain materials pertaining to art exhibitions in the store.

Biographical Historical Note

Developed by businessman Marshall Field out of various partnerships that operated dry goods stores in the 1850s-1870s, Marshall Field & Company operated one of Chicago’s premier department stores. For several decades n the early 20th century, the store featured art exhibitions.

Additional Notes

Restriction note: “Three boxes of personnel records are closed until 2052. The rest of the collection is open for research, but it is difficult for researchers to find particular topics in this collection until it is processed." A related collection, Target Corporation's records of Marshall Field & Company [manuscript], ca. 1875-2000, ca. 108 linear feet (ca. 144 boxes), Chicago History Museum, is closed until processed.