Mary Gehr and Bert Ray collection

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

Unprocessed. Approximately 4 linear feet and oversize materials consisting of printing samples, paper and letterhead samples, prospectuses, exhibition catalogs and brochures from such institutions as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Arts Club of Chicago, a travel diary by Mary Gehr (1953, 1958, 1965, 1966), and other items documenting Gehr’s career and work.

Biographical Historical Note

Mary Gehr was a Chicago painter, printmaker, and illustrator, active 1940-1997. Many of her paintings were used in advertising and reproduced in books and magazines designed by her husband, the prominent art director Bert Ray. Mary Gehr participated actively in the Chicago art scene well into the 1990s with numerous exhibits, essays, and lectures about her art and her travels.

Additional Notes

 Related collection: Mary Gehr Papers, Newberry Library