Art Resources in Teaching records

Inclusive Dates: 
1906–1994 (bulk 1945–1991)

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

46.25 linear feet of material documenting the activities and administration of the Chicago Public School Art Society, later called Art Resources in Teaching, from the founding of the society in 1894 until 1994. The largest proportion of material dates from approximately 1945-1991 and pertains to fund-raising events, especially the annual Collector's Sales and Auction, financial records, and the creation and promotion of Art Form materials. Minutes of early meetings, incorporation papers, by-laws, scrapbooks, catalogs of artwork, and several folders of historical materials assembled by the C.P.S.A.S. document the founding years.

Biographical Historical Note

Art Resources in Teaching was founded as the Chicago Public School Art Society in 1894 at Hull-House. It was led by Ellen Gates Starr and included a group of women from the Chicago Woman's Club. Its goal was to serve young people in the inner city. It did this initially by refurbishing classrooms and by providing art appreciation lectures and museum visits for schools in disadvantaged neighborhoods. The Chicago Public School Art Society has never been a part of or funded by the Chicago Public School System. To avoid confusion, its name was changed in 1984 to Art Resources in Teaching. The Society currently produces art appreciation curriculum materials, sponsors lectures, and awards scholarships to young art students.