Mrs. May Clark Gibson papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1893–1940
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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

1 linear foot (2 boxes) of material consisting of correspondence, notebooks, insurance documents, and other personal papers of Mrs. May Clark Gibson, wife of J. J. Gibson. A majority of the collection is personal and business correspondence, including items relating to the Gibson Art Galleries, which was the official photographer for people at the World's Columbian Exposition.

Biographical Historical Note

J. J. Gibson and his wife May Clark Gibson came to Chicago in 1893 to photograph the World's Columbian Exposition. Gibson Art Galleries was the official photographer for people at the World's Columbian Exposition. After the early death of her husband in 1902, May Gibson ran their photography studio, which eventually became part of the Montgomery Ward photography studio.

Additional Notes

The Chicago History Museum also holds a collection of photographs by J. J. Gibson.