Nineteenth Century Club records

Inclusive Dates: 
1897–1991

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

42 bankers boxes (approximately 52.5 linear feet) of material consisting of the corporate records of the Nineteenth Century Club of Oak Park, Illinois, including minutes, financial records, programs, and other items. Box 13 contains two notebooks (1913-1933, 1933-1960) of handwritten reports of the secretary of the art committee, which record the substance of presentations by speakers to the club on art topics, most accompanied by tipped-in clippings of local newspaper reports of these events drawn from the secretary’s notes. Among the speakers in the 1930s were Increase Robinson, Rockwell Kent, Grant Wood, Paul Manship, and Lorado Taft. In some cases, reports are accompanied by lists of the artist’s works exhibited at the club concurrently with his or her presentation.

Biographical Historical Note

The Nineteenth Century Club was founded in 1891 in Oak Park, Illinois, as a women’s civic and educational organization. For much of its history, the club has hosted artists, curators, art educators, and others to lecture on wide-ranging topics in art and art history.