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: Norman Press collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1878–1965
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections and Preservation Division
  • Collection Title: Elmer A. Forsberg collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1920–1950
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Fortnightly of Chicago records
    Inclusive Dates: 1869–2006
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Gallery files from the Benedictine University, Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1975–present
    Repository: Benedictine University, Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery
  • Collection Title: Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Competition collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1959–1960
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Mrs. A. A. Frazee collection of visual materials
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1880–1930
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Helen F. Frazee visual materials collection of decorative designs
    Inclusive Dates: 1893–circa 1922
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: William Frederick collection of visual material
    Inclusive Dates: 1959–1995
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: William N. Frederick papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1923–2008 (bulk 1958–2008)
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Photograph collection related to William Frederick
    Inclusive Dates: 1987
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: William Frederick Collection of Drawings
    Inclusive Dates: 1977–1978
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Emma B. Freeman photographs of Yurok and Hupa Indians [graphic],
    Inclusive Dates: 1914–1918
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Director William M. R. French records from the Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
    Inclusive Dates: 1882–1914
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Friends of American Art records
    Inclusive Dates: 1910–1945
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Friends of the Parks collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1970–1980 (bulk 1974–1979)
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Louis Agassiz Fuertes papers
    Repository: Field Museum of Natural History
  • Collection Title: Ruth Frieder Fuhrer collection
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Henry Blake Fuller papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1868–2000, bulk 1874–1929
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Robert Fulton papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1786–1805
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Blanche Marie Gallagher, BVM, papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1958–2009
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives
  • Collection Title: Gallery 312 Records
    Inclusive Dates: 1994–2005
    Repository: Columbia College Chicago
  • Collection Title: College of Architecture, Art, and Urban Planning, Department of Art and Design, Gallery 400 exhibition catalogs
    Inclusive Dates: 1985–2006
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Michael Gamboney collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1931–1965
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Helen Gardner papers
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1934
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: William Day Gates photograph collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1890–1910
    Repository: Chicago History Museum

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