William Day Gates photograph collection

Inclusive Dates: 
circa 1890–1910
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

31 black and white photographic prints and 3 photomechanical prints showing William Day Gates; his American Terra Cotta Company in Terra Cotta and Spring Valley, Illinois; and his homes in Crystal Lake, Hinsdale, and Terra Cotta, Illinois.

Biographical Historical Note

William Day Gates was a lawyer and a manufacturer of architectural terra cotta who founded the American Terra Cotta Tile and Ceramic Company, the country's first manufactury of architectural terra cotta, in Terra Cotta, Illinois, in 1881. Gates used the facilities to experiment with clays and glazes in an effort to design a line of art pottery which led to the introduction of Teco (TErra COtta) Pottery in 1899. Gates retired in 1913 to write for Clay-worker magazine, but returned in 1915.

Additional Notes

Related collections: Fritz W. Albert Photograph Collection, American Terra Cotta Company Photograph Collection, Chicago History Museum.