Art Alliance of America scrapbook

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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 linear foot (1 box) consisting of a scrapbook documenting the activities of the Art Alliance of America between 1918 and 1919, specifically the establishment of a Central States chapter. The 16-page scrapbook contains news clippings, invitations to the various conferences and luncheons, pamphlets regarding the exhibitions, and a catalogue of the New York exhibition featuring 26 different industrial art schools.

Biographical Historical Note

The Art Alliance of America was established to raise public awareness of the lack of artistic creativity in the industrial goods produced by America and the poor education of our designers. It proposed to bring together artists and artisans from across the country to supply American industries with designers and craftspeople who would improve product design and advertising, and it promoted joining the arts and industry through education. The group sponsored exhibitions on interior design, textiles, and books, as well as various demonstrations on subjects such as good taste in home furnishings.