P. F. Volland collection

Inclusive Dates: 
1917–1958

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

154 boxes of material consisting of the business ledgers of P. F. Volland Company and samples of greetings cards and card sets published by the company. An Index of Artists and Writers briefly notes the nature of each contributor’s work and the date of the ledger book entry for that contributor, which also indicates which sample card is his or her work. Artists include Will Bradley, Maginal Wright Enright [Barney], Johnny Gruelle, Will Ransom, Herman Rosse, and John Lloyd Wright. Some artists and writers are identified by initials only.

Biographical Historical Note

Paul Volland, a German immigrant, founded the P. F. Volland Company in Chicago in 1908. After Paul Volland’s death in 1918, the company gradually moved its operations to Joliet, Illinois. It ceased operations in the 1950s. Paul Volland hired many of the most significant artists and writers of the day and was an innovator in design and printing technology. The company gradually added cookbooks, baby books, calendars, and other items to its line. By the 1910s it was noted for its high-quality illustrated children’s books.