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: Mildred B. Bevis notebook of designs for the Kalo Shop
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1910–1913
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Barbara Blades papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1976–2004
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives
  • Collection Title: William McCormick Blair records
    Inclusive Dates: 1958–1966
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Hayward Blake design collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1960s–2000s and undated
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Margaret Day Blake scrapbook
    Inclusive Dates: 1952–1964
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Rufus Blanchard collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1880–1940
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Betty J. Blum Blatchford Family research papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1862–1983
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Bennet Harvey collection's scrapbook on Chicago artist Grace Gassette's work in World War I Paris
    Inclusive Dates: 1914–1919
    Repository: Lake Forest College Library
  • Collection Title: Edward Augustus Brackett collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1839
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: James D. Breckenridge papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1924-1983
    Repository: Northwestern University