Anita Willets-Burnham and Burnham family collection

Inclusive Dates: 
circa 1900-1990
Survey Repository: 

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

Partially processed. 6 flat boxes, 5 Paige cartons, 3 full Hollinger boxes (13.5 linear ft.) of material consisting of the papers of Anita Willets-Burnham, Carol Lou Burnham, and other members of their family, including business correspondence, clippings, sketches, poems and other writings, notes, flyers, a copy of Willets-Burnham’s will, greetings cards, book drafts and other items relating to publication of Willets-Burnham’s writings, and other items.

Biographical Historical Note

Anita Willets-Burnham was a painter of landscapes, figural compositions, and portraits in oils and watercolor, as well as an author and lecturer. Her daughter Carol-Lou (Caroline-Louise) Burnham was also an artist, as well as a teacher of art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and elsewhere. The Burnham family resided in Winnetka, Illinois.

Additional Notes

Related collections: North Shore Art League Records, North Shore Art League; Helen Balfour Morrison Collection, The Morrison-Shearer Foundation.