Artists' papers from the Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries

Inclusive Dates: 
1636–1970 (bulk 1800s)

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

4.5 linear feet (12 boxes) and 1 portfolio consisting of holograph and typescript correspondence, drawings, printed papers, black and white photographic prints, engravings, and ephemera representing more than six hundred American and European artists, including Winslow Homer, Georgia O'Keeffe, and John Singer Sargent, the bulk of them British. The material ranges in content from dinner invitations to discussions of the Royal Academy to analyses of specific works of art. Many of the items appear to have been gathered as autograph samples rather than for the value of contents; others have more significance. In addition to the correspondence, the collection includes some sketches, photographic portraits, engravings, and obituaries.