Iannelli papers

Inclusive Dates: 
circa 1910–circa 1920
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

3 sketchbooks, 1910-1912 and undated, containing pencil sketches of animals, figures, landscapes, and miscellaneous designs, and color and other notes, by Alfonso Iannelli and by Margaret Iannelli or Ruth Blackwell; approximately 15 original designs for posters and published posters by Alfonso Iannelli and by Margaret Iannelli; 8 letters, c. 1910–1920, several illustrated with sketches, written by Margaret Iannelli to her mother and to Alfonso Iannelli; a copy of a woodcut invitation to Edgar Miller’s wedding, presumably designed by Miller; and an undated photograph of Alfonso Iannelli.

Biographical Historical Note

Alfonso Iannelli was an Italian-American sculptor, artist, and industrial designer who began working in Chicago in 1914, establishing the Iannelli Studios in Park Ridge, Illinois.

Margaret Adams Iannelli was an American graphic designer and illustrator. She married Alfonso Iannelli in 1914 and worked with him in their Park Ridge, Illinois, studio.

Edgar Miller, who apprenticed with Alfonso Iannelli in his Park Ridge, Illinois, studio, was a Chicago artist and designer whose work encompassed sculpture, wood-carving, interior design, stained glass design, mural painting, and architecture.