Carlos Cortéz archive

Inclusive Dates: 
1923–2005
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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

Unprocessed. Several thousand items created or assembled by artist Carlos Cortéz, including correspondence, original artworks for newspaper cartoons, photodocumentation of artworks and installations, print proofs and blocks, gallery announcements and brochures and similar material relating to other artists, poetry, numerous artworks, and personal effects, all being the contents of Cortéz’s home and studio at the time of his death. Among the materials are documents relating to the artist’s involvement in the organization Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and other social justice, protest, and labor rights movements, including his armed services discharge papers and a notice of his incarceration as a conscientious objector during World War II. Also included is a collection of posters from exhibitions at international venues on Chicano, Latin American, and Native American art, donated by Cortéz before his death.

Biographical Historical Note

Carlos Cortéz was an American poet, graphic artist, photographer, muralist and political activist, active for six decades in the Industrial Workers of the World.