Mildred B. Bevis notebook of designs for the Kalo Shop

Inclusive Dates: 
circa 1910–1913

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

.25 linear foot (1 box) consisting of a notebook of Arts and Crafts-influenced jewelry and tableware designs by Mildred Belle Bevis Hanks for the Kalo Shop in Chicago, Illinois. Added graphite notations frequently identify the materials from which the individual pieces should be made, and occasionally the client's name is recorded.

Biographical Historical Note

Mildred Belle Bevis, of St. Louis, Missouri, was a pupil in the Kalo Shop, an arts-and-crafts community in Park Ridge, Illinois, in about 1910. According to her son, she became the first teacher in the silver-smithing school affiliated with the Kalo Shop. On September 20, 1913, she married a Mr. Hanks, who was in the boat-building business. Her work at the Kalo Shop is undocumented with the exception of this notebook.

The Kalo Shop was an Art and Crafts workshop founded by Clara Barck Welles in 1900. Originally located in Park Ridge, Illinois, it moved to Chicago in 1914. A New York shop was opened in 1916 but closed due to World War I. The Kalo Shop specialized in silver jewelry and metalwork. Welles retired in 1939; the shop operated in Chicago until 1970.

Additional Notes

Related collections: Kalo Shop Collection of Visual Materials, Chicago Historical Society Decorative and Industrial Arts Department Management Records, Falwick Novick Papers, and Falwick Novick and Sons records, Chicago History Museum; Peter L. Berg Silver Designs Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, and The Art Institute of Chicago.