Elizabeth Paepcke papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1889–1994 (bulk 1950–1993)

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

140 linear feet (235 boxes) of biographical, personal and financial material, correspondence, subject files, photographs, and other materials documenting Elizabeth Paepcke's many interests in cultural, social and philanthropic activities. Included are records of her art collection, interest in works of numerous artists, and involvement in the Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Contemporary Art, including appraisals and records of donations of artworks. Correspondents include numerous artists, dealers, curators, and collectors as well as arts organizations. Series III contains considerable material relating to the Art Institute, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and the Institute of Design (ID), including reproductions of Walter Paepcke's early correspondence concerning the ID and two issues of the Student Independent, which include prints of ID students' work. This series also includes numerous files on art and artists and such organizations as the Society of Typographic Arts (1979–1991).

Biographical Historical Note

Elizabeth Hilken Nitze Paepcke was, with her husband Walter Paepcke, an important figure in the cultural and social life of Chicago. She was particularly interested in modern art and was a member of the Art Institute's Women's Board and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Contemporary Art. She collected the works of artists such as László Moholy-Nagy, Pablo Picasso and others, and would occasionally loan these works to museums. The combination of her husband Walter's role in the business world as the founder of the Container Corporation of America and her interests in art and culture shaped that company's seminal advertising campaign that focused on design and art.

Additional Notes

Related collection:

Visual materials from the Institute of Design, Lyle Mayer photograph collection, Larry Janiak teaching at the Institute of Design and Larry Janiak papers, Arthur Siegel photograph collection and supplements, Eugene Dana collection of visual materials, Gordon Coster photograph collection, Chicago School of Design film out-takes, Eugene Dana collection of visual materials, Ray Pearson collection of visual materials, Ray Pearson papers, and Ray Pearson's Institute of Design collection of visual materials, Chicago History Museum;

Marie Zoe Greene-Mercier Papers, Institute of Design Records, Institute of Design Photography Oral History Project, Institute of Design Records, Institute of Design Photography Oral History Project, Janet Nickle Collection, Alain Findeli Papers, Allen Porter Collection, Roundtable discussion “Crombie Taylor, Aaron Siskind, and the Adler and Sullivan Project” and Crombie Taylor, Aaron Siskind, and the Adler & Sullivan Project Collection, F. Peter Weil Photographs, Beatrice Takeuchi Papers, Illinois Institute of Technology;

Walter P. Paepcke Papers, Marie Zoe Greene-Mercier Papers,University of Chicago Library;

Institute of Design collection, John E. Walley Papers, Leonard S. Rubenstein Design collection, Myron Kozman papers, Larry Janiak papers, Jack Weiss Associates collection, Lillian E. Hall papers, Robert Delson Papers,University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago.