Charles Robert Knight papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1926–1981
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 1 inch of material consisting of a contract, record of payments, and correspondence regarding the progress of Charles R. Knight’s work on murals for the Field Museum, as well as newspaper clippings about Knight and his family.

Biographical Historical Note

Charles R. Knight was a New York-based artist who became renowned for his mural paintings of prehistoric life, many of them made for display in natural history museums. Between 1926 and 1930 Knight created series of 28 murals for The Field Museum's new fossil hall, called Ernest Graham Hall.