Julia Gerstenberg items

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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

Approximately 130 items (2 folders) of material consisting of miscellaneous letters, newspaper clippings, and other materials relating to Julia Wieschendroff Gerstenberg and other persons prominent in Chicago social and cultural organizations, including the Arts Club of Chicago and the Chicago Opera. Included is an autobiographical manuscript by Julia’s daughter Alice Gerstenberg, of which 3 chapters are devoted exclusively to art matters in Chicago, including the Armory Show, society portraitist Neal Ordayne, the Cordon Club (A Chicago women’s club), and Chicago artist Harriet Blackstone. The collection also contains photographs of Gerstenberg and a letter from Lorado Taft

Biographical Historical Note

Married to Erich Gerstenberg, a member of the Chicago Board of Trade, Julia Gerstenberg was a director of the Arts Club of Chicago and was active in several local women’s and cultural organizations. Their daughter, Alice Gerstenberg, was a Chicago actress, playwright, and activist in the Little Theatre movement.