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: Susan Sensemann papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1969–2011
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives
  • Collection Title: Ralph Fletcher Seymour collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1898–1966
    Repository: Lake Forest College Library
  • Collection Title: Fern Shaffer papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1982–2005
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives
  • Collection Title: Raymond E. Shank papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1926–1993
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Joseph Randall Shapiro papers
    Repository: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
  • Collection Title: Alfred P. Shaw collection
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Winterbotham-Shaw Family papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1909–1991
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Frances Wells Shaw papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1866–1976, (bulk 1925–1937)
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Shaw-Wells Family papers and Wells-Shaw Family photograph collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1792–1977, 1870–1929 (bulk 1880–1899)
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Winterbotham-Shaw Family papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1909–1991
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Gary Sheahan
    Inclusive Dates: 1946–1957
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Shedd Aquarium archives
    Repository: Shedd Aquarium
  • Collection Title: Vaughn Shoemaker cartoon collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1961–1991
    Repository: Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections
  • Collection Title: Arthur Siegel papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1927–1985
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Arthur Siegel photograph collection supplement 1
    Inclusive Dates: 1930–1960
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Arthur Siegel photograph collection supplement 2
    Inclusive Dates: 1950–1969
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Arthur Siegel photograph collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1930–1969
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Layle Silbert papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1910–2003
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: Michael Silikis collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1920s–1960s
    Repository: Lithuanian Research and Studies Center
  • Collection Title: Jack Simmerling collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1950–2012
    Repository: Glessner House Museum
  • Collection Title: Hi Simons papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1915–1950
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: Diane Simpson papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1978–2012
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives
  • Collection Title: Otto G. von Simson papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1944–1957
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: SisterSerpents records
    Inclusive Dates: 1989–2001 (bulk 1989–1996)
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives
  • Collection Title: Smart Museum records
    Inclusive Dates: 1960s–2007
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: Benjamin K. Smith papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1935–circa 1985
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Frank W. Smith Glass plate slide collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1873–1903
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections and Preservation Division
  • Collection Title: Fredrika Shumway Smith papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1941–1967
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Kay Smith papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1976–1996
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Society for Contemporary Art records
    Inclusive Dates: 1940–1980
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Society of Typographic Arts collection of visual materials for 1982–1983
    Inclusive Dates: 1982–1983
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Society of Typographic Arts collection of visual materials from the 1960s
    Inclusive Dates: 1965–1985 (bulk 1965–1966)
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Society of Typographic Arts Workshop records
    Inclusive Dates: 1980–1995
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Society of Typographic Arts collection of visual materials
    Inclusive Dates: 1927-1981
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Society of Typographic Arts records
    Inclusive Dates: 1927–2010
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Israel Solon collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1918–1940s
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: Cornel Somogy photograph collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1937–1999
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: South Shore Commission records
    Inclusive Dates: 1958–1976
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Archives of the South Side Community Art Center
    Inclusive Dates: 1938–2008
    Repository: South Side Community Art Center
  • Collection Title: Esther Sparks papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1969–1972
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Jared Sparks papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1824–1859 and undated
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Platt R. Spencer papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1827–1951, bulk 1850–1900
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: A. James Speyer collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1931–1996
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: A. James Speyer curatorial papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1961–1986
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Anne Spicer papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1916–1942
    Repository: Kenilworth Historical Society
  • Collection Title: Saint James Press contemporary designers collection
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Michael St. James photograph collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1890–1920
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library Center
  • Collection Title: Bill Stamets collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1959–1989
    Repository: Chicago Film Archives
  • Collection Title: Melville P. and Margaret H. Steinfels Papers
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, University Archives and Special Collections
  • Collection Title: Virginia Stewart collection on Sylvia Shaw Judson
    Inclusive Dates: 1890s–1970s (bulk 1920s–1970s)
    Repository: Lake Forest College Library
  • Collection Title: Charles S. Stobie papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1866–1902
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: 1937 Stolp School yearbook with Edward Gorey juvenilia
    Inclusive Dates: 1937
    Repository: Wilmette Historical Museum
  • Collection Title: Stone & Kimball records
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1889–1965
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Michelle Stone papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1979–2011
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives
  • Collection Title: Samuel Stone collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1860–1861
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: W. (William) Clement Stone/Sequoia Press design collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1949–1979
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Storrs & Deville Chabrol Family papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1850–2002, bulk 1860–1945
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Herbert R. Strauss Collection of Theodore Roosevelt papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1884–1919 (bulk 1895–19190
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: Paul Strayer collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1908–1963
    Repository: Polish Museum of America
  • Collection Title: Paul Strayer papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1931–1976
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Susanne Suba papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1939–1965, bulk 1939–1948
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Sullivaniana collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1780–2008 (bulk 1870–1930)
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Exhibitions by Swedish-American Artists at the Swedish Club of Chicago
    Inclusive Dates: 1911–1982
    Repository: North Park University
  • Collection Title: Charles Swedlund papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1973–2012 (bulk 2012)
    Repository: Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Collection Title: Lorado Taft papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1889–1939
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Lorado Taft collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1908–1938
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Lorado Taft papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1902–1954
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Beatrice Takeuchi papers
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1942–2000
    Repository: Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Collection Title: Chicago: Passport to the World videotape collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1987–circa 1992
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections and Preservation Division
  • Collection Title: Pista : the many faces of Stephen Deutch
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1979
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: J.W. Taylor photograph collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1880–1910
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Photographs of the Auditorium Theater and Hotel
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1890–1899
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Richard H. Templeton, Jr. collections
    Inclusive Dates: 1930s–1970s
    Repository: Lake Forest College Library
  • Collection Title: Studs Terkel / WFMT Oral History archives
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Studs Terkel papers and book interviews
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1950–1999
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Bradbury Thompson papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1942–1995
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Peter Thompson collection
    Repository: Columbia College Chicago
  • Collection Title: Passavant Memorial Hospital, general art files, and Narcissa Niblack Thorne collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1865–1972, circa 1906–1972, circa 1944–1966
    Repository: Northwestern Memorial Hospital Archives
  • Collection Title: Three Arts Club of Chicago
    Inclusive Dates: 1914–2004
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Mary Tobin papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1998–2006
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives
  • Collection Title: Alex Topchevsky and Morris Topchevsky collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1930s–1990s
    Repository: Koehnline Museum of Art at Oakton Community College
  • Collection Title: Morris Topchevsky papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1920-1940
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Alex Topchevsky and Morris Topchevsky collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1930s–1990s
    Repository: Koehnline Museum of Art at Oakton Community College
  • Collection Title: Town and Country Arts Club records
    Inclusive Dates: 1944–2007
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Paul Trebilcock photograph collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1930–1970
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Lambert Tree papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1821–1933
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Alison True - Chicago Reader records
    Inclusive Dates: 1979–2007
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: John Trumbull collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1816–1833
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Mark Turbyfill papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1911–1985
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Alice Kellogg Tyler papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1882–1895
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Walter Ufer papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1928
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art artists files
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1960s–present
    Repository: Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
  • Collection Title: Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art exhibition files
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1960s–present
    Repository: Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
  • Collection Title: Muriel Underwood papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1647–1997
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Muriel Underwood papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1950–1977, bulk 1971–1977
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Union League Club archives. Union League Civic and Arts Foundation records
    Inclusive Dates: 1948–present
    Repository: Union League Club of Chicago
  • Collection Title: Union League Club archives. Union League Club Art Committee records
    Inclusive Dates: 1880–present
    Repository: Union League Club of Chicago
  • Collection Title: Union League Club of Chicago Art Curator's files
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1879–ongoing
    Repository: Union League Club of Chicago
  • Collection Title: Records of the University Guild
    Inclusive Dates: 1892–2004
    Repository: Northwestern University
  • Collection Title: University of Chicago, Smart Museum of Art's Campus Art Collection Files
    Inclusive Dates: 1912-present
    Repository: University of Chicago, Smart Museum of Art

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