Benjamin K. Smith papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1935–circa 1985

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

2.5 linear feet (5 boxes) of holograph papers, printed papers, and black and white photographic prints comprising the business papers of fine art appraiser Benjamin K. Smith (1872–1973). The bulk of the collection consists of appraisals and related correspondence, including many appraisals for prominent Chicago families. Personal correspondence, memorabilia and miscellaneous publications complete the collection.

Biographical Historical Note

Benjamin K. Smith (1872-1973) worked for antique and art dealers before establishing his own appraisal business in 1924 in Chicago.