John E. Walley papers

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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. The collection document John Walley’s activities and interests as an instructor at the Institute of Design and professor of architecture at the University of Illinois, especially his interest in commercial and industrial design. Papers include information on his design theory, the Bauhaus in Chicago, art and architecture at the University of Illinois, the Arnold Maremont art collection, WPA design workshops, the Illinois arts and crafts program, the American Index of Design, and development of the South Side Community Art Center. Also included are photographs, published articles, notebooks, reports, personal correspondence, course materials, lecture notes, drafts of articles on the Artists Union of Chicago, etc.

Biographical Historical Note

John Edwin Walley was born in Wyoming and studied in Chicago at the Academy of Fine Arts and the Hubert Ropp School of Art. He worked as a newspaper cartoonist, designed theater sets and displays, and was employed both as a mural artist and as an administrator in the WPA’s Illinois Art Project. Walley taught at the Institute of Design (Chicago, Ill.) and University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and was the author of New Bauhaus in Chicago (1938).

Additional Notes

Related collections: John Walley Collections, John Walley Papers, John Walley Collection of Visual Materials, Connie Moran Collection of Visual Materials, Jano Walley Collection of Visual Materials, and Visual Materials from the Institute of Design, Franz Lipp Collection of Visual Materials, Chicago History Museum; Franz Lipp Papers, Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries; John E. Walley Papers, University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives.