Menzel Family collection

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

2 oversize flat boxes, 1 Full Hollinger box, 1 Paige Carton (4.5 linear ft.) of material consisting of original artworks in various mediums by Herman Menzel and by Willa Hamm Menzel, color slides and photographs of oil paintings by Herman Menzel, family photographs and slides, correspondence, biographical information, notes, family memorabilia, books (many annotated), and realia, including paintbrushes used by Herman Menzel.

Biographical Historical Note

Herman Menzel was a reclusive landscape painter who frequently pictured Chicago scenes. His wife, fellow artist Willa Hamm Menzel, supported the family as a commercial artist and became a champion of her husband’s art. The couple resided in Willa’s family’s home in Winnetka, Illinois, for most of their married life.