Barbara Crane collection

Inclusive Dates: 
1972–1979

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

7 linear feet (23 boxes) of material relating to the commission from the Chicago Commission on Historical and Architectural Landmarks to photograph Chicago buildings being evaluated for possible landmark designation. Materials include a portfolio of approximately 500 images selected by Crane as the "master set" of images, another estimated 500 images represented in 4" x 5" contact prints, and publications featuring Crane's photographs and other publications from the Commission.

Biographical Historical Note

Barbara Crane was born in Chicago and studied at Mills College in Oakland, California; New York University; and the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Thereafter she became a professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she is now a professor emeritus. Crane has exhibited her work widely.

Between 1972 and 1979, the Chicago Commission on Historical and Architectural Landmarks commissioned Barbara Crane to photograph numerous buildings being evaluated for possible landmark designation.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Barbara Crane interview in Institute of Design Photography Oral History Project, Illinois Institute of Technology; When Aaron Met Harry Exhibition Files, Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago.