Edgar and Margaret Britton papers

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 5 boxes of material by or about Edgar Britton, including correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, and several sketchbooks, and a larger volume by or about Margaret Britton, including papers, family photographs, personal correspondence, research notes, and record books, which document her personal life and marriage more than her artistic pursuits. This material was originally part of a larger collection, including artwork by Britton that remains in the UIC University Art Collection.

Biographical Historical Note

Edgar Britton was a mural painter in the Illinois Art Project during the WPA era. He later settled in Colorado, where he took up sculpture.

Painter Margaret Britton was married to Edgar Britton from 1931 to 1968, when they divorced.