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: 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 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: 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: 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 curatorial papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1961–1986
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: A. James Speyer collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1931–1996
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • 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

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