Carl Hallsthammar collection

Inclusive Dates: 
circa 1931–1953
Survey Repository: 

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

Two folders of material relating to Carl Hallsthammar, consisting of 8 photographs, 4 letters, manual of wood sculpture (from a course taught by Hallsthammer), a copy of a brochure from his wood sculpture academy, an undated announcement of a Hallsthammar exhibition at the Swedish Club of Chicago, a holiday card featuring a photo of a Hallsthammar work, 11 periodical clippings relating to Hallsthammar and his exhibitions, and an unsigned typescript statement, presumably by Hallsthammar, on why he sculpts in wood.

Biographical Historical Note

Carl Anderson Hallsthammar emigrated from his native Sweden around 1923 or 1924 and lived in in Jamestown, New York, before moving to Chicago.  Hallsthammar struggled as an artist for several years before achieving success as wood carver and sculptor, receiving awards and exhibitions in the 1920s and 1930s. Hallshammar was also a painter and teacher.