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: Vanderpoel Art Association archive
    Inclusive Dates: 1913–ongoing
    Repository: John H. Vanderpoel Art Association
  • Collection Title: Vytautas Virkau papers
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Alice Thoms Vitale papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1974–1995
    Repository: Morton Arboretum, Sterling Morton Library
  • Collection Title: Robert Vogele design collection
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Leonard W. Volk miscellaneous collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1857–1892
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: W.K. Cowan & Company records
    Inclusive Dates: 1898–1936
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Caroline D. Wade papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1893–1908
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Nellie V. Walker collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1901–1973
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Photographic print collections and William Walker collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1941–1980, 1949–1960s
    Repository: Northwestern Memorial Hospital Archives
  • Collection Title: Leon T. Walkowicz editorial cartoon collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1935–1948
    Repository: Chicago History Museum