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Wallace Heckman papers
4.5 linear feet (3 boxes) of material consisting of correspondence and writings by Wallace Heckman. All correspondence is dated 1923-1926 and pertains to the end of Heckman’s tenure at the University as well as his involvement in several Chicago social, philanthropic, and arts organizations. Much of the correspondence from 1924 concerns the maintenance of his Ganymede Farm in Oregon, Illinois, home of the Eagle’s Nest artists’ colony.
Biographical Historical Note
Wallace Heckman served as business manager and counsel of the University of Chicago from 1903-1924. In 1898, Heckman purchased a plot of land near Oregon, Illinois, which he named Ganymede Farm. A strong patron of local artists, Heckman agreed to lease fifteen acres of the land to a group who came to be known as the Eagle’s Nest artists’ colony, among them artists Ralph Clarkson, Charles Francis Browne, Oliver Dennett Grove, Lorado Taft, and Nellie Walker.