Passavant Memorial Hospital, general art files, and Narcissa Niblack Thorne collection

Inclusive Dates: 
1865–1972, circa 1906–1972, circa 1944–1966

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

1.5 Hollinger box of material, including biographical materials relating to Narcissa Niblack Thorne, files documenting her work with Passavant Memorial Hospital’s Woman’s Board and James Ward Thorne School of Nursing, and photographs of shadow boxes she created for the benefit of the hospital and her annual installation of a Christmas crèche nativity scene in the hospital.

Biographical Historical Note

Narcissa Niblack Thorne was an artist/miniaturist and philanthropist best known for her gallery of miniature rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Needlework and Textile Guild of Chicago Records, Chicago History Museum; R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company Archive, University of Chicago Library.