Eva Watson-Schütze photographs

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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

5.5 linear feet (11 boxes) of material consisting of photographs by Eva Watson-Schütze of John Dewey, George Herbert Mead, James Hayden Tufts, Jane Addams, Henry Castle Mead, Elinor Castle Nef, John Nef, Mabel Wing Castle, William Butler Yeats and others. Most of the portraits were sponsored by the University of Chicago and portray faculty, family, and friends of the university.

Biographical Historical Note

Born Eva Lawrence Watson, photographer Eva Watson-Schütze originally had her work exhibited at Alfred Stieglitz's influential New York Gallery. Beginning in 1902, she worked in Woodstock, New York, where with her husband, Martin Schütze, she was a co-founder of the arts and crafts colony Byrdcliffe. From 1929 until her death Watson-Schütze directed the Renaissance Society, a non-collecting museum founded in 1915 at the University of Chicago. Under her leadership, the museum presented groundbreaking exhibitions of early European and American modernist artists. 

Additional Notes

Extracts from letters written by Watson-Schütze are in the Martin Schütze Papers, University of Chicago.