Nellie V. Walker collection

Inclusive Dates: 
1901–1973

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 (2 boxes) and flatfile materials consisting of correspondence, design papers, and photographs documenting the work of American sculptor Nellie V. Walker and her association with American sculptor Lorado Taft.

Biographical Historical Note

Nellie Verne Walker (1874-1973) had received no formal training before one of her works, a carved stone bust of Lincoln, was selected for exhibition in the Iowa Building at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Walker then attended the Art Institute of Chicago and worked with Lorado Taft. Her own commissions were mostly for public monuments in Midwestern locations.  Walker moved from Chicago to Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 1948 and produced few sculptures thereafter.

Additional Notes

Related collections: Lorado Taft Collection, Edward H. Bennett Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago; Lorado Taft Papers, Director William M. R. French Records, Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives;
Anna Morgan [Papers], Donald Robertson Papers, Alice Fordyce Photograph Collection, Julia Gerstenberg Items, Barnet Hodes Papers part 2, Charles L. Hutchinson Papers, Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission [Records], State Street autumn Festival Photograph Collection, Chicago History Museum; Public Art Program Records, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Visual Arts Division, at the Chicago Cultural Center; Woodlawn Community Collection, Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections and Preservation Division; Municipal Reference Collection Clipping File, Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Municipal Reference Collection; Helen Balfour Morrison’s Great Americans Collection, The Morrison-Shearer Foundation; Cliff Dwellers Records, Henry Blake Fuller Papers, Newberry Library; Records of the University Guild, Northwestern University Library, University Archives; Archival Biographical File, University of Chicago Library.