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 Park District records
    Inclusive Dates: 1869–1980s
    Repository: Chicago Park District
  • Collection Title: Chicago Public Art Group archive
    Repository: Chicago Public Art Group
  • Collection Title: Woodlawn Community collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1857–1970
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections and Preservation Division
  • Collection Title: Beverly-Morgan Park collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1884–2002 (bulk 1896–1956)
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections and Preservation Division
  • Collection Title: Chicago Artists’ archive
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1890–present (bulk 1946–present )
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections and Preservation Division
  • Collection Title: George Cleveland Hall Branch archives
    Inclusive Dates: 1930–1975
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections and Preservation Division
  • Collection Title: Chicago Reader artwork collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1973–2005
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Chicago Society of Artists records
    Inclusive Dates: 1953–1956
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: Chicago Society of Decorative Art records
    Inclusive Dates: 1877–1895
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Chicago Society of Decorative Art decorative art scrapbook
    Inclusive Dates: (undated)
    Repository: Chicago History Museum

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