Friends of the Parks collection

Inclusive Dates: 
1970–1980 (bulk 1974–1979)

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

5.5 linear feet of material consisting of correspondence, newsletters, position statements, newspaper clippings, legal documents, and reports on park activities and on issues of concern to the Friends of the Parks. A small number of files predate the organization's creation. Some materials relate to the Monument Fair (1976-1987) and to a New Sculpture event (1977).

Biographical Historical Note

Friends of the Parks was founded in Chicago in 1975 as a public-service organization to monitor the Chicago Park District's stewardship of the city’s public parks, to advocate for more land for parks and promoted "co-operative planning" between park district officials and community groups to save existing parks, and to advance new ideas to attract more people to the parks, among them a "monumental sculpture" plan "to involve art lovers in a major sculpture in Lincoln Park." Friends of the Parks continues in operation today.