Harold Allen Egyptomania collection

Inclusive Dates: 
1780–1998

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

81 linear feet (108 boxes), 7 oversize portfolios and flatfile materials consisting of correspondence, printed papers, postcards, stereographs, greeting cards, newspaper clippings, serials, commercial catalogs, research materials, published articles, photographs, slides, photographic negatives, ephemera, textiles, ceramics, glass, and realia comprising the Egyptomania collection and work of photographer and teacher Harold Allen.

Biographical Historical Note

Harold Allen (1912-1998) was a photographer who specialized in documenting architecture. Allen taught photography at the University of Chicago and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago between the late 1940s and the 1970s. His most extensive photography project documented the influence of ancient Egyptian design motifs on American architecture and decorative arts.