William B. Andruss diary and commissions

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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

0.1 linear feet (8 items) consisting of a diary, March 10, 1855–April 3, 1856, and other materials documenting Andruss’ daily life and work, including his photography business.

Biographical Historical Note

William B. Andruss was an American photographer who with his wife operated a daguerreotype and ambrotype studio in Amboy, Lee County, Illinois, in the 1850s. A hardware merchant by 1866, Andruss held numerous local public offices and was also active in church and temperance affairs.