Newberry Library Office of the President and Librarian program and projects files

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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

3 cubic ft. (5 boxes and 2 volumes) of material on various topics, including the George P. A. Healy painting collection project (bulk 1886–1915). Files on this include clippings and notes about Healy and his work, lists of Healy holdings in the Newberry Library and elsewhere, and correspondence (1886–1976). Forms part of Subgroup No. 20 (President and Librarian’s Office), Newberry Library Archives. Unpublished inventory available on site.

Biographical Historical Note

George P. A. Healy was a prominent nineteenth-century American portrait painter who spent much of his career in Europe. He maintained a studio in Chicago between 1855 and 1867, and returned to Chicago in 1892, two years before his death. Healy donated and sold numerous portraits to the Newberry Library; others were commission by the library.

Additional Notes

Related collections: George P. A. Healy Collection, Isaac N. Arnold Papers, Robert Todd Lincoln Manuscript Collection, Thomas Barbour Bryan Letters, Walter L. Newberry Collection, Richard Henry Dana Collection, Chicago History Museum; Biography Collections, Elmhurst Historical Museum; Joel Tanner Hart Papers, University of Chicago Library; Lambert Tree Papers, Newberry Library; Biography Collection, Elmhurst Historical Museum