James Gordon and Elizabeth Palmer Brown archive

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

The James Gordon and Elizabeth Palmer Brown archive includes materials from Brown’s homes in Chicago, Michigan, and California, including his libraries, photographs in various formats, personal and professional correspondence, writings about art and life, architectural records, studies and models for large-scale projects, prints and works on paper, phonograph records, video, audio, and cassette tapes, ephemera, and other materials. Brown’s archival materials are augmented by materials documenting Chicago Imagist artists from the Phyllis Kind Gallery (New York and Chicago). Organization of archival materials is ongoing.


Biographical Historical Note

Roger Brown was an American artist and painter associated with the Chicago artists known as the Imagists. He attended the School of the Art Institute, to which he bequeathed two properties and three home collections including personal materials and collected objects, and a significant number of his artworks.