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: C.D. Arnold photograph albums of World's Columbian Exposition construction
    Inclusive Dates: 1891–1892
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Views of the World's Columbian Exposition
    Inclusive Dates: 1893
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: World's Columbian Exposition photographs by C.D. Arnold
    Inclusive Dates: 1891–1894
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: C. D. Arnold photographic collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1891–1893
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections and Preservation Division
  • Collection Title: Isaac N. Arnold papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1860–1885
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Rus Arnold papers
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1920, circa 1938–1987
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Florence Arquin collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1956–1974
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Art Alliance of America scrapbook
    Inclusive Dates: 1918–1919
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Secretary's scrapbooks from the Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
    Inclusive Dates: 1890–1937
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Women's Board, art rental and sales gallery records
    Inclusive Dates: 1954–1986
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Junior Museum and Gallery of Art Interpretation records
    Inclusive Dates: 1924–1956
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Museum Services records
    Inclusive Dates: 1919–1983
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Art Institute of Chicago photographs
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1885–2010
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Public Affairs Department records
    Inclusive Dates: 1939–1998
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Registrar's records from the Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
    Inclusive Dates: 1894–1983
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Anonymous scrapbook from the Art Institute of Chicago's Institutional Archives
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1895
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Department of 20th-Century Painting and Sculpture records from the Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
    Inclusive Dates: 1939–1976
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Secretary's records from the Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
    Inclusive Dates: 1894–1943
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Antiquarian Society records
    Inclusive Dates: 1896–1984
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Scrapbook of art and artists of Chicago [microform]
    Inclusive Dates: 1875–1993
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: American Mural Painting scrapbooks
    Inclusive Dates: 1934–1944
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Architects' and Designers' papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1767–2003 (bulk 1889–1920)
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Historic Architecture and Landscape Image collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1865–1973
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Illinois Artists, Art Institute questionnaires and Illinois Academy of Fine Arts biographical data
    Inclusive Dates: 1918, 1929
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Artists' papers from the Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
    Inclusive Dates: 1636–1970 (bulk 1800s)
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries

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