Elmer A. Forsberg collection

Inclusive Dates: 
circa 1920–1950

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

1 bound scrapbook containing printed papers, manuscripts and black and white photographic prints documenting the career of artist, educator, and diplomat Elmer A. Forsberg.

Biographical Historical Note

Born in Finland in 1883, Forsberg immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1895. He studied at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 1904 and there taught drawing, painting, composition, illustration, and mural design until his death in 1950. He exhibited his portrait and landscape paintings regionally and at the Art Institute. From 1924 to 1942, Forsberg served as Finnish Consul in Chicago.