Hyde Park Historical Society collection

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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

189 linear feet (179 boxes) of material consisting of architectural drawings, artifacts, audio material, clippings, correspondence, deeds, maps, memorabilia, oral histories, photographs, postcards, posters, publications, scrapbooks, and slides that document the individuals, institutions, events, and projects that have shaped Hyde Park's urban and social landscape. The collection includes material relating to several artists and arts organizations, including the 57th Street Art Fair and the Hyde Park Art Center; drawings by Clay Kelly; an oral history by Polly Scribner Ames; a collection of Christmas cards designed by Maude Hutchins, wife of University of Chicago President Robert Maynard Hutchins; and recent published material and clippings on Gertrude Abercrombie and Margaret Burroughs. Series III, Subseries 4 consists of writing and photographs pertaining to Lorado Taft, dating from 1892–1988, including reminiscences about Taft at his Eagle’s Nest artist colony in Oregon, Illinoi; photographs of his sculptures and the work of other artists, many undated, including poor-quality photocopied photographs.

Biographical Historical Note

The Hyde Park Historical Society was founded in 1977 to record and preserve the history of the Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhood.