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Gookin Family papers
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.
4.6 linear feet (7 boxes and 1 oversize box) of material consisting of family correspondence, including letters from Chicago banker, artist, calligrapher, and designer Frederick Gookin to his wife, Marie S. Gookin, 1897–1922, documenting Chicago friends, city life, and sports, as well as Frederick Gookin's activities while on business trips to New York. Also other family letters, diaries of Mary H. Gookin and her mother Elizabeth A. Gookin, 1864–1896, including one regarding daily attendance at the World's Columbian Exposition, and drawings, sketches and finished art work created by Frederick Gookin.
Biographical Historical Note
Frederick William Gookin was a Chicago banker, calligrapher and designer. While he remained a banker, he also worked in commercial design, and he was an expert in and promoter of Japanese art. Gookin served as the first curator of the Clarence S. Buckingham Collection of Japanese prints at the Art Institute of Chicago and was an early member of the Chicago Literary Club.