Visual materials from the Institute of Design part 1

Inclusive Dates: 
1918–1949
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

The collections are comprised of photographic materials. Part 1 includes images of activities, students, teachers, and facilities at the Institute of Design (ID) located at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Teachers include Harry Callahan, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, and photographic historian Beaumont Newhall. The collecetion includes photographs or other work by Arthur Siegel, Aaron Siskind, Harry Callahan, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, and John and Jano Walley. One series of negatives bear the stamp of Lyle Mayer, who also studied at ID. Another series consists of John Walley's photographs of Oslo (Norway) and some photographs of Walley's studio in Chicago. Lantern slides show images used in teaching and some images of student and teacher work. Classroom projects and products include sculpture, painting, jewelry, and furniture. Photoprints are contact prints and include a portrait of Moholy-Nagy. Includes a film titled, Dance of love, by Peter Mark Weiner, with a dedication note to Ray Pearson dated 1965.

Biographical Historical Note

The Institute of Design began in Chicago in 1937 as the New Bauhaus; closed in 1938; reopened in 1939 as the Chicago School of Design; changed name in 1944 to the Institute of Design; became part of the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1949.

Additional Notes

Related collections: Institute of Design Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago; Lyle Mayer photograph collection, Larry Janiak teaching at the Institute of Design and Larry Janiak papers, Arthur Siegel photograph collection and supplements, Eugene Dana collection of visual materials, Gordon Coster photograph collection, Chicago School of Design film out-takes, Eugene Dana collection of visual materials, Ray Pearson collection of visual materials, Ray Pearson papers, and Ray Pearson's Institute of Design collection of visual materials, Chicago History Museum; Institute of Design Records, Institute of Design Photography Oral History Project, Institute of Design Records, Institute of Design Photography Oral History Project, Janet Nickle Collection, William Kessler Papers, Alain Findeli Papers, Allen Porter Collection, Roundtable discussion “Crombie Taylor, Aaron Siskind, and the Adler and Sullivan Project” and Crombie Taylor, Aaron Siskind, and the Adler & Sullivan Project Collection, F. Peter Weil Photographs, Beatrice Takeuchi Papers, Illinois Institute of Technology; Elizabeth H. Paepcke Papers, University of Chicago Library; Institute of Design collection, John E. Walley Papers, Leonard S. Rubenstein Design collection, Myron Kozman papers, Larry Janiak papers, Jack Weiss Associates collection, Lillian E. Hall papers, Robert Delson Papers,University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago; When Aaron Met Harry Exhibition Files, Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago.