Walter P. Paepcke papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1912–1961

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

66 linear feet (132 boxes) of biographical material, correspondence, subject files, and other materials relating to Walter Paepcke’s business and philanthropic activities, including art and design material relating to Container Corporation of America and its Design Department. Designers are among the correspondents.

Biographical Historical Note

Walter Paul Paepcke was a business entrepreneur and, with his wife Elizabeth, a patron of arts and culture in Chicago and beyond. As president of Container Corporation of America, Paepcke was an innovator in bringing the concept of modern design and business together. A trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago, he was active in or a leader of numerous cultural endeavors—for example, as founder of the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, in Aspen, Colorado.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Elizabeth H. Paepcke Papers, University of Chicago