57th Street Art Fair records and addenda

Inclusive Dates: 
1964–2006, 2005

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

9 linear feet (6 boxes) of material consisting of planning and promotional materials for the 57th Street Art Fair, including meeting minutes, reports, posters, textiles, banners and buttons. The unprocessed Addenda consists of materials created for the 2005 fair.

Biographical Historical Note

Chicago’s 57th Street Art Fair originated in 1948 when Hyde Park gallery owner May Louise Womer saw a need for local artists to network with each other and to their public directly. The Fair is still held annually.

Additional Notes

Related collections: Vi Fogle Uretz Papers, University of Chicago Library; 57th Street Art Fair collection of visual materials, and 57th Street Art Fair files of Adrian Alexander [manuscript] and Mary Louise Womer Photographs Collection (closed until processed), Chicago History Museum.