John Ulric Nef, Jr. papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1840–2008

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

73 linear feet (133 boxes) of material consisting of correspondence, subject files, manuscript and typescript notes, publications, photographs, and other materials documenting the career of John R. Nef Jr. The collection emphasizes Nef’s extensive correspondence with artists and thinkers throughout the United States and Europe, his writing, and his involvement in the Committee on Social Thought and in the Center for Human Understanding. Correspondents include Ivan Albright, Alfeo Faggi, Josef and Anni Albers, Marc Chagall, and Laura Van Pappelendam.

Biographical Historical Note

Dr. John Ulric Nef, Jr., though formally trained as an economic historian, is best known for scholarship which falls under the rubric of "cultural history." Nef primarily studied the economic, cultural, and military history of Western Europe since the end of the 15th Century.