William A. Kittredge papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1907–1952, bulk 1922–1944
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

14 linear feet (30 boxes, 1 oversize box) of material consisting largely of printed ephemera selected to exemplify the best design of the 20th century. This collection also includes a few original designs by Kittredge, some correspondence with other designers (most notably Rockwell Kent, Rudolph Ruzicka, Edward A. Wilson, D.B. Updike, and Edward Penfield), and extensive samples of Kittredge's printed products. In this last category there are a few items that pre-date 1922; the remainder is material assembled by Kittredge while in Chicago, 1922–1945.

Biographical Historical Note

William A. Kittredge was a Chicago designer and author on design, and Director of Design and Typography for the R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. of Chicago from 1922 to 1945.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Norman W. Forgue / Black Cat Press archives, University of Illinois at Chicago