Peter L. Berg Silver Designs collection

Inclusive Dates: 
circa 1909–circa 1915

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 oversize portfolio of graphite drawings on paper and photocopies of designs for Arts and Crafts-influenced silverwork by Peter Berg, probably for the Kalo Shop in Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical Historical Note

Born in Drammen, Norway in 1885, Peter Berg trained in Norway and immigrated to the United States. Living in Chicago by about 1909, he worked for The Kalo Shop, designing and executing silver flatware and tableware.

The Kalo Shop was an Arts and Crafts workshop founded by Clara Barck Welles in 1900. Originally located in Park Ridge, Illinois, it was 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; Mildred B. Bevis Notebook of Designs for the Kalo Shop, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago.