Edgar J. Goodspeed papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1853–1961

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

28.75 linear feet (58 boxes) of material consisting of correspondence, notes, manuscripts, diaries, notebooks, clippings, reviews, and items of a miscellaneous nature. The primary focus of the collection is on the literary and professional work of Edgar Johnson Goodspeed, a New Testament scholar and writer and Ernest DeWitt Burton Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. Included in the professional correspondence is correspondence with Lorado Taft.

Biographical Historical Note

Born in Elmwood, Illinois, Lorado Taft attended the University of Illinois and studied art at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1880 to 1883. Following his return to Chicago, Taft began teaching at The Art Institute of Chicago and opened his own sculpture studio. His first important commission was for sculptures in the Horticulture Building at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. Taft won awards for his work there and at other expositions, both national and international. In addition to earning an international reputation for his sculptures, Taft also taught, lectured, and wrote about art history throughout his career.