Kalo Shop collection of visual materials

Inclusive Dates: 
circa 1920–1970
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

1200 drawings and photographic prints showing items from the Kalo Shop, designers and makers of handwrought silverware and jewelry and other art metalwork, in Chicago. The collection includes material relating to silversmith William N. Frederick.

Biographical Historical Note

The Kalo Shop was an Arts and Crafts workshop founded by Clara Barck Welles in 1900. Originally located in Park Ridge, Illinois, it moved to Chicago in 1914. A New York shop was opened in 1916 but closed due to World War I. The Kalo Shop specialized in silver jewelry and metalwork. Welles retired in 1939; the shop operated in Chicago until 1970.

Additional Notes

Related collections: Chicago Historical Society Decorative and Industrial Arts Department Management Records, Falwick Novick Papers, and Falwick Novick and Sons records, Chicago History Museum; Mildred B. Bevis Notebook of Designs for the Kalo Shop, Peter L. Berg Silver Designs Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago.

Related collections on William N. Frederick: William Frederick Collection of Drawings, William Frederick Collection of Visual Material, William N. Frederick Papers, Photograph Collection Related to William Frederick, Chicago.