Chicago Park District records

Inclusive Dates: 
1869–1980s
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

Approximately 230 bankers boxes (approximately 460 linear feet) of material consisting largely of photographs, plus correspondence, memos, clippings, biographical documents, conservation documents, printed ephemera, and reports, studies, surveys, and inventories, some individually bound; and approximately 150 bound volumes containing the official proceedings, annual reports, regulations, and similar documents of the individual park commissions that predate the formation of the Chicago Park District in 1934, as well as similar documents for the CPD itself. Both components of this collection include materials documenting the commissioning, creation, and maintenance of the many sculptures, monuments, and other artworks in the parklands and structures of the CPD.

Biographical Historical Note

Chicago’s extensive and historic parks contain numerous works of sculpture and monuments, as well as murals decorating the interiors of park buildings such as fieldhouses.

Additional Notes

This collection is being transferred to the Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center.