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: W.K. Cowan & Company records
    Inclusive Dates: 1898–1936
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Caroline D. Wade papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1893–1908
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Nellie V. Walker collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1901–1973
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Photographic print collections and William Walker collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1941–1980, 1949–1960s
    Repository: Northwestern Memorial Hospital Archives
  • Collection Title: Leon T. Walkowicz collection of editorial cartoon drawings
    Inclusive Dates: 1939–1951
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Leon T. Walkowicz editorial cartoon collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1935–1948
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Joan S. Wallace collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1901–2006 (bulk 1977–1994)
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library Center
  • Collection Title: Jano Walley collection of visual materials
    Inclusive Dates: 1950–1969
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: John Walley collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1937–1974
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: John Walley collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1937–circa 1964,
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: John Walley papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1940s–1960s
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: John E. Walley papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1910-1974
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: John Quincy Adams Ward papers
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1880–1910
    Repository: Glessner House Museum
  • Collection Title: Frederic Warde papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1921–1939
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Maureen Warren papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1996–2010
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives
  • Collection Title: A. Whiting Watriss negative collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1890–1915
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Eva Watson-Schütze photographs
    Inclusive Dates: 1902–1929
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: May Theilgaard Watts collection
    Repository: Morton Arboretum, Sterling Morton Library
  • Collection Title: J. Carson Webster papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1931–1989
    Repository: Northwestern University
  • Collection Title: Ben Weese papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1925–2001 (bulk 1971–1997)
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Baldwin Kingrey collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1939–2004 (bulk 1947–1957)
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: F. Peter Weil photographs
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1952–1964
    Repository: Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Collection Title: Roman Weil collection relating to Boris Artzybasheff
    Inclusive Dates: 1937–1943, 1932–1965
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: Robert Walter Weir
    Inclusive Dates: 1853
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Albert and Vera Buch Weisbord papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1895–1986 (bulk 1950s–1970s)
    Repository: Chicago History Museum

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