Oak Park Art League archive

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

Approximately 80 linear feet of material consisting of the records of the Oak Park Art League since its founding in 1921. Included are scrapbooks of clippings, printed announcements, newsletters, and exhibition lists; membership logs, cards, and printed yearly directories; photographs, slides, and other images; minutes and presidents’ reports; guest registers; and miscellaneous materials.

Biographical Historical Note

Founded in 1921 as the Austin, Oak Park and River Forest Art League, the Oak Park Art League (OPAL) was created by resident artists and supporters in the 3 adjacent suburban communities as a venue for exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, art classes, and social events. Important early members included Charles W. Dahlgreen, Carl Krafft, Grace Hall Hemingway, Emory Seidel, John Spelman, and Ellsworth Young. OPAL amassed a small collection of works by artist-members, which in its early years was displayed in local schools.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Biographical files, Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest.