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: Harvey Breit correspondence
    Inclusive Dates: 1940–1965 (bulk 1945–1960)
    Repository: Northwestern University
  • Collection Title: Daniel Brenner papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1947–1986
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Walter S. Brewster Collection of Whistleriana
    Inclusive Dates: 1871–1947
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Morrie Brickman cartoons
    Inclusive Dates: 1966–1985
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Old Northwest Territory Art Exhibit collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1947–1951
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Edgar and Margaret Britton papers
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Edgar and Margaret Britton papers
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Robert Broderick papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1926–2003
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, University Archives and Special Collections
  • Collection Title: Virginia Gaertner Broderick papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1909–2004
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives
  • Collection Title: Caroline Shawk Brooks photograph collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1880–1910
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: William Bross papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1813–1956
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Adolf J. Brown stencil collection
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: James Gordon and Elizabeth Palmer Brown archive
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Roger Brown Study Collection
  • Collection Title: Francis Fisher Browne papers
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1860–1949, bulk 1873–1915
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Thomas Barbour Bryan letters
    Inclusive Dates: 1853–1889
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Henry Lewis Bullen printing history collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1933–1936
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Henry Lewis Bullen papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1908-1912
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: E. A. Burbank papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1897–1949
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: David L. Burke design collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1964–1978
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Daniel H. Burnham collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1836–1946 (bulk 1880–1925)
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Jack Burnham Biographical File
    Repository: Northwestern University
  • Collection Title: Fanny Butcher papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1830–1984, bulk 1910–1984
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Architectural records for buildings by Francis Barry Byrne
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1914–1967
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: John M. Cadel papers
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1920s–circa 1970s
    Repository: Casa Italia
  • Collection Title: John Cage correspondence
    Inclusive Dates: 1901-1993 (bulk 1960-1990)
    Repository: Northwestern University
  • Collection Title: John Cage correspondence addenda
    Inclusive Dates: 1914–1992
    Repository: Northwestern University
  • Collection Title: John Cage Notations Project collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1884–1978 (bulk 1960–1969)
    Repository: Northwestern University
  • Collection Title: John Alden Carpenter Papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1890-1964, bulk 1900-1950
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Gertrude Lueneburg Carrier papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1921–1991
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Christian Carsten papers
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1912–1917
    Repository: Wilmette Historical Museum
  • Collection Title: Carter Manny papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1893–1991
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Steven Jay Urry research collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1960–2012
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: George Catlin letters
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: George Catlin papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1837–1894
    Repository: Field Museum of Natural History
  • Collection Title: Caxton Club records
    Inclusive Dates: 1895–[ongoing]
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Century of Progress : Chicago world's fair centennial celebration
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1933–1934
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: A Century of Progress records
    Inclusive Dates: 1927–1952
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Century of Progress records
    Inclusive Dates: 1928–1934
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections and Preservation Division
  • Collection Title: Childerly Chapel photograph album
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1926–circa 1930
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Christopher John Chamales papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1919–1987
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1878–1932
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: Warren Chappell book layouts for a proposed Christmas book on commission for Alfred E. Hamill
    Inclusive Dates: 1949–1967, bulk 1949
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Edouard and Olga Chassaing personal papers and sketchbooks
    Inclusive Dates: 1900–1970
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: David B. Cheskin papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1935
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Commission for the Encouragement of Local Art records
    Inclusive Dates: 1914–1945
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Commission for the Encouragement of Local Art records
    Inclusive Dates: 1915–1978
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Municipal Reference Collection
  • Collection Title: Public Art Program records
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1978–present
    Repository: City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
  • Collection Title: Chicago Academy of Design records
    Inclusive Dates: 1871–1907
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Chicago Art Silver Shop and Art Metal Studios records
    Inclusive Dates: 1912–circa 1929
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Chicago Artists' Coalition records
    Inclusive Dates: 1975–1989
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • 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: State Street autumn festival photograph collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1900
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: John Alexander Logan
    Inclusive Dates: 1890s
    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: Sketches by Chicago Artists of the 1890s
    Inclusive Dates: 1890–1896
    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
  • Collection Title: Painting and Sculpture Department files
    Inclusive Dates: 1970s–1990s
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Chicago Journalists Association collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1910s–1960s
    Repository: Columbia College Chicago
  • Collection Title: Chicago Literary Club records
    Inclusive Dates: 1874–1960
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Chicago Loop Alliance collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1895–2006 (bulk, 1970–2006)
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections and Preservation Division
  • Collection Title: Chicago Mural Group records
    Inclusive Dates: 1970–1995
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Art Conservation files
    Inclusive Dates: 1990s–1930 (bulk 1990s)
    Repository: Chicago Park District
  • Collection Title: Chicago Park District records
    Inclusive Dates: 1869–1980s
    Repository: Chicago Park District
  • Collection Title: Chicago Park district drawings
    Inclusive Dates: 1870–2010
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections and Preservation Division
  • 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 decorative art scrapbook
    Inclusive Dates: (undated)
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Chicago Society of Decorative Art miscellaneous pamphlets
    Inclusive Dates: (undated)
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Chicago Society of Decorative Art records
    Inclusive Dates: 1877–1895
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Art Audio-Visual collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1960s–present
    Repository: Chicago State University
  • Collection Title: Chicago Water Color Club papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1909–1914
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Chicago Woman's Aid records
    Inclusive Dates: 1903–1988
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Chicago Woman's Club anniversary scrapbook
    Inclusive Dates: October 1923
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Chicago Woman's Club records
    Inclusive Dates: 1876–1998
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Chiswick Book Shop (New York, N.Y.) records
    Inclusive Dates: 1952–1958
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Frederic Edwin Church papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1865
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1980–2010
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives
  • Collection Title: Ciurlonis Lithuanian Art Gallery collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1930s–present (bulk 1950s–present)
    Repository: Lithuanian Research and Studies Center
  • Collection Title: Ralph E. Clarkson papers
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1900–1941
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Cliff Dwellers records
    Inclusive Dates: 1890–ongoing
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: George M. Cohen papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1948–1999
    Repository: Northwestern University
  • Collection Title: Herman Cohen correspondence and notes
    Inclusive Dates: 1954
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Thomas Cole papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1834
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Ed Colker papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1999–2004
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Oral History collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1998–2004
    Repository: Columbia College Chicago
  • Collection Title: Chester Commodore papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1914–2004
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library Center
  • Collection Title: Chicago Renaissance: A Festival Celebrating African American Art
    Inclusive Dates: 1997–2001
    Repository: Chicago State University
  • Collection Title: William F. Conger papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1971–2010
    Repository: Northwestern University

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