Bruce J. Graham papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1939–2010, bulk 1960s–1980s

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

23.5 linear feet (27 boxes), 3 portfolios, 2 oversize portfolios, flat file materials, and 1 tube of images, papers, and video tapes documenting architect and art collector Bruce Graham's professional career and private life. The collection also includes materials relating to Graham's wife, Jane Graham, and their friends, colleagues, and artistic collaborators. Series II: Artist's Papers consists of papers related to artists associated with Graham and his projects, including business letters, PR materials, project correspondence, and papers related to commissioned works by Alexander Calder, Joan Miró, and Joan Gardy Artigas for Graham-designed spaces; and personal and professional correspondence between Graham and a number of associated artists. Of particular note in this collection is a group of letters by Calder to Graham referencing his works for the Sears Tower and Wichita projects.

Additional Notes

The Ryerson and Burnham Libraries has an oral history of Graham made in 1998.