George Maher Family collection

Inclusive Dates: 
circa 1891–circa 2000
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

1.5 linear feet and 1 flatfile of materials relating to architect and designer George Maher, his wife Elizabeth Brooks Maher, her father, Alden Finney Brooks, and other family members. Much of the material is from secondary sources. The collection also includes a sketchbook and individual drawings and sketches by George Maher from his 1891 trip to Europe (mostly landscape and architectural studies); a family record with basic biographical data about Elizabeth Brooks Maher, her husband, her father, and other family members; watercolor paintings by Elizabeth Brooks Maher; clippings and obituaries about Elizabeth Brooks Maher; and photographs of her, of George Maher, and of their son Phillip.

Biographical Historical Note

George Maher was a Prairie School architect and designer, and a resident of Kenilworth, Illinois, where he designed numerous structures. Elizabeth Finney Maher, wife of George Maher, was a daughter of artist Alden Finney Brooks and a watercolor artist. Alden Finney Brooks was a Chicago-area painter, illustrator, and sculptor.