Gary Sheahan

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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

19 items consisting of letters relating to the creation of Gary Sheahan’s oil painting of the scene at the first sustained nuclear chain-reaction, at the University of Chicago on December 2, 1944, a recreation of the scene by scientists who were present at the event, printed items on the topic, and a photograph of the painting, now in the Chicago History Museum collection.

Biographical Historical Note

Gary Sheahan was an artist-reporter who worked for the Chicago Tribune, and volunteered as an artist-correspondent during World War II.