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: Director George William Eggers records from the Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
    Inclusive Dates: 1918–1921
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Passavant Memorial Hospital records, general art files, Harry Ekman papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1865-1972
    Repository: Northwestern Memorial Hospital Archives
  • Collection Title: JoAnn Elam collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1967–1990 (bulk 1970–1990)
    Repository: Chicago Film Archives
  • Collection Title: Elks National Memorial and Headquarters archives
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1900–present
    Repository: Elks National Veterans Memorial
  • Collection Title: Elmhurst Art Museum's Exhibition files
    Inclusive Dates: 1981–present
    Repository: Elmhurst Art Museum
  • Collection Title: Elmhurst College Art Collection administrative files
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1970s–present
    Repository: Elmhurst College
  • Collection Title: Elmhurst Historical Museum's biography collections
    Repository: Elmhurst Historical Museum
  • Collection Title: General Reference collection
    Repository: Elmhurst Historical Museum
  • Collection Title: Hugo Erichsen papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1916–1939
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: Evanston History Center's biographical files
    Repository: Evanston History Center
  • Collection Title: Evanston History Center's Subject files
    Repository: Evanston History Center
  • Collection Title: Robert L. Even Chicago design history collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1991–1992
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: The Experimental Sound Studio collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1986–2007
    Repository: Experimental Sound Studio
  • Collection Title: Alfeo Faggi collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1914–1950
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Edith Farnsworth, MD, papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1938–1977
    Repository: Northwestern Memorial Hospital Archives
  • Collection Title: Nicole Ferentz papers
    Inclusive Dates: 2003
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives
  • Collection Title: Photographs of Artists at Work
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1896–1940s
    Repository: Field Museum of Natural History
  • Collection Title: Eugene Field papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1884–1892, 1920–1923
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Richard Filipowski and Patricia Parker photographs
    Inclusive Dates: 1942–1944
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Alain Findeli papers
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1937–1992
    Repository: Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Collection Title: John R. Fischetti collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1945–1980
    Repository: Columbia College Chicago
  • Collection Title: John Fischetti papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1942–1995
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Horace Spencer Fiske papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1882–1938
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: Alice Fordyce photograph collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1933–1934
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Norman Press collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1878–1965
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections and Preservation Division

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