Wallace Heckman 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

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.