Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials

A Terra Foundation Resource

In 2015, with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art, more than 75 Chicago archival repositories were surveyed. Browse by repository or search across the nearly 900 records to discover the history of American Art in Chicago.

The Archives of American Art would like to acknowledge the work of Chicago-based art historian Dr. Wendy Greenhouse who completed the survey, and the valued participation of the contributing institutions and organizations.

Repository Locations

Surveyed Collection Descriptions

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  • Collection Title: Chicago Book Clinic records
    Inclusive Dates: 1982–1995
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Chicago Calligraphy Collective records
    Inclusive Dates: 1975–[ongoing]
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Chicago Hand Bookbinders records
    Inclusive Dates: 1979–2007
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Autograph letterbooks compiled by Chicago Historical Society
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1871–1920
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Chicago Historical Society Decorative and Industrial Arts Department management records
    Inclusive Dates: 1870s–1997
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Photographs of Chicago-area Potters
    Inclusive Dates: 1954–1957
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Photographs of Lucy Flower Technical High School in Chicago
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1916–1985
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Album of photographs of the Woman's Building at the World's Columbian Exposition
    Inclusive Dates: 1893
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Chicago History Museum's bookplate collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1700–1930, bulk 1800s
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Records relating to John Frederick Finerty Memorial Statue
    Inclusive Dates: 1913–1941
    Repository: Chicago History Museum

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