Harold Haydon papers

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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

125.25 linear feet of materials consisting of personal and professional correspondence, copies of articles by Harold Haydon, press releases, topical files, newspaper clippings, and other papers concerning Haydon's career as a professor at the University of Chicago, George Williams College, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Indiana University Northwest; as an art critic for the Chicago Sun-Times; as an artist; and as a member and supporter of various artists' advocacy organizations. [the following adapted from AAA 1991 Guide:] Correspondents include Barbara Ablin [Aubin?], H.H. Arnason, Addis Osborne, Daniel Catton Rich, Freeman Schoolcraft, and Ada Taft. The collection also includes Artists Equity Association correspondence and records (8 ft.); papers relating to Haydon’s directorship of the Renaissance Society and the Midway Studios (7 ft.); typescripts of Haydon’s writings (5 ft.); Art Institute of Chicago, including press releases, reviews, photographs, and clippings (2 ft.); and miscellany, 1960-1977, including gallery and museum exhibition material, photographs, journals, newsletters, and newspaper clippings of art critic Frank Holland’s writings (30 ft.).

Biographical Historical Note

Harold Emerson Haydon was born in Fort William, Ontario, Canada, and came to Chicago with his family in 1917, becoming a naturalized citizen in 1941. Haydon attended the University of Chicago and the Art Institute of Chicago. He taught at the University of Chicago from 1944-1975, where he directed the Midway Studios (1963-1975) and the Renaissance Society, and he also taught at the Art Institute of Chicago (1975-1981). A practicing artist who once served as president of the Chicago Society of Artists, Haydon is best remembered as art critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, beginning in 1963.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Harold Haydon Papers and Addenda, University of Chicago