Vi Fogle Uretz papers

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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

18.5 linear feet (19 boxes) of material relating to Vi Fogle Uretz, including material related to the organization of the 57th Street Art Fair and the threatened closure of the university's International House. Also included are samples of Uretz's artwork, such as sketches and photographs of urban renewal in Hyde Park, material relating to Mary Louise Womer, founder of the 57th Street Art Fair, and material relating to and correspondence with Marie Zoe Greene-Mercier. Series III contains videocassettes and audio tapes that are restricted due to re-formatting and equipment requirements.

Biographical Historical Note

Vi Fogle Uretz (1916-2007) was a University of Chicago alumna, wife of faculty member Robert B. Uretz, and an active member of the Hyde Park community. She was involved in many community organizations, including the radio station WFMT, the Hyde Park Historical Society, the 57th Street Art Fair, and the Cleaner Air Committee. As an artist, Uretz exhibited her paintings and sketches across the United States, as well as locally at the 57th Street Art Fair. Within the Hyde Park community, Uretz documented changes to the landscape of the city during urban renewal through her paintings.

Additional Notes

Related collections: 57th Street Art Fair Records, University of Chicago Library; 57th Street Art Fair collection of visual materials, 1947-2001, and 57th Street Art Fair files of Adrian Alexander [manuscript], 1964-1982, Chicago History Museum. Also related: Mary Louise Womer photographs collection, 1948-1987, Chicago History Museum: closed until processed; and Marie Zoe Greene-Mercier Papers, University of Chicago; Marie Zoe Greene-Mercier Papers, Illinois Institute of Technology.