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: Department of Art History records and addenda from the University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
    Inclusive Dates: 1919–1961
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: University of Chicago biographical file
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1890–2010
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: University of Chicago. Department of Buildings and Grounds records
    Inclusive Dates: 1892–1965
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: University of Chicago Office of the President, Harper, Judson and Burton Administrations records
    Inclusive Dates: 1869–1925
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: University of Chicago Office of the President, Hutchins Administration records
    Inclusive Dates: 1892–1951
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: University of Chicago Office of the President, Levi Administration records
    Inclusive Dates: 1918–1975
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: University of Chicago Office of the President, Mason Administration, records
    Inclusive Dates: 1910–1929
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: University of Chicago Office of the President, Wilson Administration records
    Inclusive Dates: 1891–1978
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: Small Manuscripts collections
    Inclusive Dates: 1810–1986
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Small Manuscripts individual collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1829–1969
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Ellen Gates Starr papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1885–1940
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Jane Addams Memorial Collection Small Manuscript file: Hull House Artists and Craftsmen
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Architecture and Arts Oral History Project
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Victor Margolin papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1982–2009
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: University Art Gallery exhibition records
    Inclusive Dates: 1948–1965
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Vi Fogle Uretz papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1930–2003
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: Jan van der Marck papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1966–2009 (bulk 1967–1970, 2005)
    Repository: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
  • Collection Title: Laura Van Pappelendam papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1922–1989
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: Carl Van Vechten Photograph collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1932–1956
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: John Vanderlyn letter
    Inclusive Dates: 1848 Aug. 2
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Vanderpoel Art Association archive
    Inclusive Dates: 1913–ongoing
    Repository: John H. Vanderpoel Art Association
  • Collection Title: Vytautas Virkau papers
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Alice Thoms Vitale papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1974–1995
    Repository: Morton Arboretum, Sterling Morton Library
  • Collection Title: Robert Vogele design collection
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Leonard W. Volk miscellaneous collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1857–1892
    Repository: Chicago History Museum

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