Mary Reynolds collection

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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

2.5 linear feet (5 boxes) and 2 portfolios of material consisting of correspondence, photographs, financial papers, printed papers, personal papers and drawings documenting the life and work of expatriate American Surrealist artist and advocate Mary Louise Reynolds with particular focus on her early Parisian years (1921–1943) and the posthumous creation of the Mary Reynolds collection of books and memorabilia at The Art Institute of Chicago and its related catalog, Surrealism and its Affinities.

Biographical Historical Note

Mary (née Hubachek) Reynolds (1891-1950) was a pivotal figure in the Surrealist movement of the early twentieth century. A fine bookbinder and an associate with many of the key figures in the Surrealist movement, she was also a financial benefactor of many.