Union League Club archives. Union League Civic and Arts Foundation records

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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

3 Hollinger boxes (approximately 1.5 linear feet) of material documenting the activities of the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation since its founding in 1948, consisting of meeting minutes, reports, etc. Included are documents relating to the activities of the Art Committee (Art Policy Committee) regarding such matters as art auctions, prizes, and deaccessioning of art from the collection, including works by Leon Gaspard, Charles Vickery, Hollis Sigler, Barbara Aubin, and others.

Biographical Historical Note

The Union League Civic and Arts Foundation (now Luminarts Foundation) was established in 1949 as an educational and charitable organization largely funded by members of the Union League Club of Chicago. It awards competitive scholarships for young people in the fields of music, visual art, and creative writing. The ULC&AF amassed its own collection of art objects, which were gradually purchased by the Union League Club in the 1970s and 1980s.