A. James Speyer collection

Inclusive Dates: 
1931–1996

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 linear foot (4 boxes), 2 oversize portfolios, and flatfile materials consisting of drawings, photographs, and printed papers documenting the architectural and curatorial work of Chicago architect A. James Speyer. Also included are candid photographs and some material collected as a result of Speyer's associations with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical Historical Note

Architect A. James Speyer served as the first curator of Twentieth Century Painting and Sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago between 1961 and 1986.

Additional Notes

Oral History of A. James Speyer. Interviewed by Pauline Saliga. Chicago: Department of Architecture, The Art Institute of Chicago, 1990.