James Hayes papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1921–1994
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

32.5 linear feet (50 boxes, 6 oversize boxes, 3 record cases, 1 tube) of material consisting of correspondence, client files, and subject files of Chicago and Colorado calligrapher and lettering artist James Hayes. The collections also includes bookplates, calligraphic newsletters, and printed calligraphic work by other artists.

Biographical Historical Note

James Hayes was a Chicago calligrapher, lettering artist, and bookplate designer who succeeded Ernst Detterer as director of the Newberry Library’s Calligraphy Study Group from 1947 until it disbanded in 1960.

Additional Notes

Related collection: James M. Wells Papers, Newberry Library.