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George F. Rumsey papers
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.
Undetermined small volume of materials including a letter from Walter Newberry, June 20, 1859, with proceedings of a meeting about contributions to the fine arts exhibition, including a resolution to commission sculptor L. W. Volk to produce a work to be placed in the Chicago Historical Society.
Biographical Historical Note
Leonard Wells Volk was an American sculptor known for making one of only two life masks of President Abraham Lincoln. In 1857 he helped establish the Chicago Academy of Design, and he served as its president until 1865.