Franz Lipp collection of visual materials

Inclusive Dates: 
circa 1950–1951
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

1 portfolio of 14 photomechanical prints, 81 negatives, 35 photographic prints, and 2 color transparencies by Chicago area landscape designer Franz Lipp of animal bone, skull, and horn remains in Yellowstone National Park, plus views of a 1951 exhibition designed by John Walley at the Art Institute of Chicago for Lipp's Yellowstone photographs of animals, trees and natural phenomena, such as geysers. Also includes a published portfolio of some exhibited images.

Biographical Historical Note

Born in Leipzig, Germany, Franz Lipp was a landscape architect who during the Depression undertook a monumental photographic survey of Yellowstone National Park; the resulting photographs were exhibited at the Art Institute in 1951.

John Edwin Walley was a newspaper cartoonist, designed theater sets and displays, and was employed both as a mural artist and as an administrator in the WPA’s Illinois Art Project. Walley taught at the Institute of Design and University of Illinois at Chicago.

Additional Notes

Related collections on Franz Lipp: Franz Lipp Papers, Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries.

Related collections on John Walley: John Walley Collection of Visual Materials, Connie Moran Collection of Visual Materials, Jano Walley Collection of Visual Materials, and John Walley Papers, Chicago History Museum.