Fern Gayden papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1883–1985

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

4 linear feet of material consisting of pamphlets and serials in her papers, audiovisual materials, photographs and memorabilia that document Fern Gayden’s biography and family history and her work in the Chicago Branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, the Marion Perkins Memorial Foundation, Inc., the South Side Community Art Center, and other organizations.

Biographical Historical Note

Social worker Fern Gayden was a literary, fine arts and political activist who served as president of the South Side Community Art Center beginning in 1960, devoting the following decade to the resurrection of the struggling organization.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Archives of the South Side Community Art Center, South Side Community Art Center.