Scrapbook of Glessner correspondence

Inclusive Dates: 
1880–1904
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

1 bound scrapbook of letters written to Frances Glessner and to John Glessner between 1880 and 1904 by celebrity correspondents, including musicians, literary figures, artists, and designers. They include artists include Francesca Alexander, Lockwood de Forest, Harriet Hosmer, Howard Kretschmar, John La Farge, Frank D. Millet, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and John Quincy Adams Ward, and art dealer Fred Keppel.

Biographical Historical Note

John Jacob Glessner, an executive with Warder, Mitchell & Co. (predecessor of International Harvester) and his wife, Frances Macbeth Glessner, moved from Springfield, Ohio, to Chicago in 1870. In 1886 they moved into a house designed for them by Boston architect Henry Hobson Richardson in the prestigious Prairie Avenue neighborhood. The Glessners were active in civic affairs, and Frances Glessner was a patron of the arts.

Additional Notes

Related collections: John Quincy Adams Ward papers, Glessner House Museum; Glessner family papers, Chicago History Museum.

Glessner House Museum additionally holds a significant volume of Mrs. Glessner’s correspondence, currently uncatalogued.