Franz Altschuler collection

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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

1.5 linear feet (eight boxes, plus separated flat files) of material consisting of correspondence, photographs, memorabilia, and documents related to Franz Altschuler during his service in World War II. The collection also includes artwork by Altschuler, and images he used as inspiration and reference for his artwork.

Biographical Historical Note

Born in Germany, Franz Altschuler emigrated to the U.S. in 1936 and arrived in Chicago as a student of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy at the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology. Altschuler spent his career in illustration, notably working for Playboy magazine, but also pursued fine art in the mediums of painting and drawing. He taught at the Institute of Design and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and he was an active member of the artists’ community in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago’s North Side.