Elmhurst College Art Collection administrative files

Inclusive Dates: 
circa 1970s–present
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

Undetermined small volume of material relating to artists represented in the Elmhurst College Art Collection, notably the Chicago Imagists, and consisting of exhibition announcements, correspondence, press releases, and other materials. Included are slides of works by Sandra Jorgensen, the collection’s first curator, and slides of Imagist works not in the collection; slides taken by Jorgensen of Imagists artists in their studios; a card file documenting works by Don Baum with reference images; 2 early graphic magazines by the Hairy Who (1966, 1967); posters for early Imagist exhibitions; and a small number of family photographs relating to Jorgensen.

Biographical Historical Note

The Elmhurst College Art Collection dates to 1971, when the College received federal funding to purchase art for the newly built A.C. Buehler Library. The College focused its collecting on the works of a group of emerging Chicago artists that would later be known as the Chicago Imagists. Today, the collection comprises more than 120 works of art, including many important works by major Imagists and Abstractionists. 

Additional Notes

Related collection: Sandra Jorgensen archive, Elmhurst College Art Collection; Biographical Collection, Art Slides Collection, and Portrait Collection, Roosevelt University Archives; Hairy Who and Chicago Imagists Interviews, Pentimenti Productions; Exhibition Files, Hyde Park Art Center.