Wesley H. Greene papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1900–1996

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

27.5 linear feet (38 boxes, 2 oversize folders) of material consisting of records of Greene's film distribution companies; posters and other movie publicity material; records of the Chicago Film Council; programs from Greene's international film series at University of Chicago; records of the Committee to Preserve the Ferguson Fund for Sculpture and Greene's litigation against the Art Institute of Chicago; and personal correspondence and memorabilia.

Biographical Historical Note

Wesley H. Greene operated a Chicago-based film distributorship, and also worked as an educator, administrator and activist focused on film and the visual arts. In 1957, Greene led the Committee to Preserve the Ferguson Fund for Sculpture in challenging the Art Institute of Chicago's administration of the Benjamin F. Ferguson Fund. Established in 1905 for the development of the Chicago's sculpture and monument collections, the fund had been used by the Art Institute of Chicago for building construction, maintenance and other administrative and operational costs. The committee's efforts culminated in Wesley Greene vs. the Art Institute of Chicago and the Northern Trust Company. Wesley Greene was married to sculptor Marie Zoe Greene-Mercier.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Marie Zoe Greene-Mercier Papers, University of Chicago; Marie Zoe Greene-Mercier Papers, Illinois Institute of Technology; Luis Kutner Papers, Leon M. Depres Papers, Chicago History Museum; B. F. Ferguson Monument Fund Records, Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives; B. F. Ferguson Monument Fund Records, Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives.