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: Elmer Jacobs papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1925–1982
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Herbert and Katherine Jacobs residence and Frank Lloyd Wright records
    Inclusive Dates: 1924–1974
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Jacque Jacobsen papers
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1900s–1980s
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Zoetrope (Newsletter) records
    Inclusive Dates: 1977–1981
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Larry Janiak collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1960–1980
    Repository: Chicago Film Archives
  • Collection Title: Larry Janiak Teaching at the Institute of Design [videorecording]
    Inclusive Dates: 1968–1980
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Larry Janiak papers
    Inclusive Dates: circa 2001
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Ute Jansen design collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1963–2008
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Bertha E. Jaques papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1922–1941
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Vernon Jarrett videotape collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1991–1998
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library Center
  • Collection Title: Jewish Community Centers of Chicago records
    Inclusive Dates: 1904–1985
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Joan Flasch Artists’ book collection
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, John M. Flaxman Library
  • Collection Title: Mail Art collection
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, John M. Flaxman Library
  • Collection Title: Kenneth O. Johnson papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1931–1985, bulk 1953–1973
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Calvin B. Jones papers
    Inclusive Dates: 2007–2010
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library Center
  • Collection Title: Richmond A. Jones design papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1970–2000
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Sandra Jorgensen archive
    Inclusive Dates: 1952–circa 1970s
    Repository: Elmhurst Art Museum
  • Collection Title: Clay Judson papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1800–1966
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Alfred Juergens sketchbook
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1897
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Ruth Justus papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1958–1970
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Tibor Kalman collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1980–1993
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Kalo Shop collection of visual materials
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1920–1970
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: A. Raymond Katz collection of visual materials
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1930–1950s
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: David Katzive papers
    Repository: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
  • Collection Title: Andrene Kauffman collection
    Repository: Elmhurst Art Museum
  • Collection Title: Official Kaufmann & Fabry photographs of the Century of Progress
    Inclusive Dates: 1933–1934
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Clay Kelly papers
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Kenilworth Assembly Hall Association Records
    Inclusive Dates: 1894–present
    Repository: Kenilworth Historical Society
  • Collection Title: William Kessler papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1942
    Repository: Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Collection Title: Lithuanian Research and Studies Center Art collection files
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1924–present
    Repository: Lithuanian Research and Studies Center
  • Collection Title: Photographic print collections and Peter Kiar collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1941–1980, circa 1970–1980
    Repository: Northwestern Memorial Hospital Archives
  • Collection Title: Krystyna Kibish-Ozarowska collection
    Repository: Polish Museum of America
  • Collection Title: Asian American Art Oral History Project
    Inclusive Dates: 2009–ongoing
    Repository: DePaul University
  • Collection Title: William J. Kinsman photograph collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1890–1929
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Wallace Kirkland papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1890–1983
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Eleanor Howard Collection of Wallace Kirkland photographs
    Inclusive Dates: 1950s–1960s
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Hull-House photograph collection (formerly known as the Jane Addams Memorial Collection)
    Inclusive Dates: 1860s–1970s and undated (bulk 1900–1950)
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: William A. Kittredge papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1907–1952, bulk 1922–1944
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Don Klugman collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1964–1969
    Repository: Chicago Film Archives
  • Collection Title: Charles Robert Knight papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1926–1981
    Repository: Field Museum of Natural History
  • Collection Title: Thomas Knudtson papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1973–1984
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Renard Koehnemann collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1913–1991
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: School of Art and Design -- Richard Koppe papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1936–1973
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Kosciuszko Monument Central Committee records
    Inclusive Dates: 1903–1907
    Repository: Polish Museum of America
  • Collection Title: Robert Kostka photograph collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1947–1956
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Bohdan Kowalsky papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1960s–2000s
    Repository: Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
  • Collection Title: Myron Kozman papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1938–1954
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Dale Kramer papers
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1930–1966
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Linda Lewis Kramer papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1987–2010
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives
  • Collection Title: Walter Krawiec political cartoons
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1950–1960's
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Fritz Kredel letters
    Inclusive Dates: 1948–1960
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Dulah Evans Krehbiel papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1900–1950
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Kathryn Kucera papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1950–2011
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives
  • Collection Title: Louis Kurz Family photograph collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1850–1919
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Louis Kurz papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1856–1938
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Luis Kutner papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1916–1981 (bulk 1950–1980)
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Florence James Adams memorial scrapbook
    Inclusive Dates: 1910–1943
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Grace Lai papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1915–2010 (bulk 1990s)
    Repository: Chinese-American Museum of Chicago
  • Collection Title: Reference files from the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society
    Repository: Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society
  • Collection Title: Passavant Memorial Hospital records, general art files, and Norman LaLiberté collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1865–1972, circa 1906–1972, 1973–1975
    Repository: Northwestern Memorial Hospital Archives
  • Collection Title: Roy Langley papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1909–1981, bulk 1951–1961
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Margaret Lanterman papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1991–2002
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives
  • Collection Title: George W. Lawe papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1754–1914 (bulk 1820–1860)
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Michael S. Lerner papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1953–1985
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Conrad Sulzer Regional Library
  • Collection Title: Nathan Lerner papers
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1960–1979
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Allen Lewis papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1873–1985
    Repository: Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections
  • Collection Title: Archie Lieberman collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1950s–2003
    Repository: Columbia College Chicago
  • Collection Title: Crane family and Lillie family papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1833–1978 (bulk 1890s–1960s)
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Abraham Lincoln collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1804–1948
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Robert Todd Lincoln manuscript collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1864–1926
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Franz Lipp collection of visual materials
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1950–1951
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Franz Lipp papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1930–1997
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Little Room records
    Inclusive Dates: 1898–1931
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1980–2010
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives
  • Collection Title: Arthur Logan papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1924–1997
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library Center
  • Collection Title: Stephen Longstreet collection
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: Loujon Press and The Outsider collections
    Repository: Northwestern University
  • Collection Title: Helen Macbeth papers
    Repository: Glessner House Museum
  • Collection Title: Charles MacMurray design collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1960–1981
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: George Maher Family collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1891–circa 2000
    Repository: Kenilworth Historical Society
  • Collection Title: Kazimierz Majewski cartoon collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1953–1964
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Silvia Malagrino papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1985–2011
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives
  • Collection Title: Sol Malkoff papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1944–1992
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Marianne Deson Gallery records
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Federated Department Stores' records of Marshall Field & Company
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1875–2003
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Gordon Martin design collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1954–1957
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Martyl papers
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Records of the Block Gallery
    Inclusive Dates: 1932–1997
    Repository: Northwestern University
  • Collection Title: Grace Mason papers/Atkinson photograph collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1880–1920
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library Center
  • Collection Title: Passavant Memorial Hospital, general art files, and Michael Mason, MD, papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1865-1972
    Repository: Northwestern Memorial Hospital Archives
  • Collection Title: Stieglitz-Mathieu correspondence
    Inclusive Dates: 1943–1945
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: Bill Mauldin collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1941–2003
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: John Moore Maxon papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1959–1977
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Don May papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1927–2009, bulk 1935–1982
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Frank B. Mayer collection of sketchbooks, drawings, and oil paintings of Sioux Indians during the 1851 Treaty Negotiations at Traverse des Sioux and Mendota, Minn
    Inclusive Dates: 1851–1886
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Frank Blackwell Mayer diaries
    Inclusive Dates: 1851 May 7–July 18
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Lyle Mayer photograph collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1947–1967
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Mayor Dever's Committee of 75 to Purchase Gilbert Stuart's Portrait of George Washington records
    Inclusive Dates: 1924
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: U.S. Work Projects Administration, Illinois, poster collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1930s–1940s
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: William McBride, Jr. papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1907–1995
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library Center

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