May Theilgaard Watts collection

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

12 linear feet of material consisting of notes, sketches and drawings, drafts, correspondence, worksheets, clippings, interview tapes, photographs and slides, printed ephemera, realia, and other materials documenting the work of May Theilgaard Watts, especially her activities as an educator and the preparation of her guidebooks.

Biographical Historical Note

May Theilgaard Watts was an American writer, illustrator, and teacher. A staff naturalist at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, she wrote several illustrated guides to the landscape for non-specialists and was active in the regional conservation movement.