Small Manuscripts individual collection

Inclusive Dates: 
1829–1969

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

2 linear feet of material consisting of correspondence of various prominent personalities of the 19th and 20th centuries. The collection contains random correspondence, signatures, clippings, photographs, poetry, publications, programs, and pamphlets which are arranged alphabetically by last name. The collection includes Lorado Taft correspondence, 1925 and 1928, and Grant Wood writings and a catalogue, 1935-1942.

Biographical Historical Note

Born in Elmwood, Illinois, Lorado Taft attended the University of Illinois and studied art at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1880 to 1883. Following his return to Chicago, Taft began teaching at The Art Institute of Chicago and opened his own sculpture studio. His first important commission was for sculptures in the Horticulture Building at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. Taft won awards for his work there and at other expositions, both national and international. In addition to earning an international reputation for his sculptures, Taft also taught, lectured, and wrote about art history throughout his career.

Grant Wood was an American painter and printmaker who is associated with the so-called American Scene movement in American art of the late 1920s and 1930s. Wood spent his career in his native Iowa and made its rural society his subject, notably in such works as his iconic 1930 painting American Gothic.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Lorado Taft Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago.