Daniel H. Burnham collection

Inclusive Dates: 
1836–1946 (bulk 1880–1925)

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

17.5 linear feet , (86 boxes), 8 portfolios, 17 oversize portfolios, 1 tube and flatfile materials comprising personal papers, family and business correspondence, photographs, maps, plans, and diaries. The collection includes important reports and other materials relating to the World's Columbian Exposition and the Plan of Chicago, including correspondence with and regarding numerous artists and designers.

Biographical Historical Note

Daniel Hudson Burnham was a renowned city planner and architect who served as chief designer of the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. Burnham developed an international reputation as one of the early planners in the City Beautiful aesthetic, creating plans for several American and overseas cities, including the 1909 Plan of Chicago, authored in partnership with Edward Bennett.