Plucked Chicken Press collection

Inclusive Dates: 
1970s–1990s

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 archival box (10” x 15” x 12”) and display cases of material consisting of letters, exhibition catalogues, copies of the magazine Plucked Chicken, a scrapbook, and a stone lithography plate. The collection complements the large collection of prints by Will Peterson in the museum’s collection.

Biographical Historical Note

Plucked Chicken Press was founded in 1978 by Will Petersen, a Chicago-born painter, printmaker, printer, poet, and educator who was born in Chicago. Publishing Plucked Chicken, a journal of art and poetry, as well as lithographic editions, the press operated in Morgantown, West Virginia, where Petersen had taught at West Virginia University, and later in Chicago and then in Evanston, Illinois, ceasing operation at Petersen’s death in 1994.