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: Edward H. Weiss papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1949–1985
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Edward H. Weiss collection of visual materials
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1940–1980
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Carl Weissner archive
    Inclusive Dates: 1965–1973
    Repository: Northwestern University
  • Collection Title: James M. Wells papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1951–1984
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Austin Community collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1860–1981
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections and Preservation Division
  • Collection Title: Benjamin West papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1814–1816
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: H. C. Westermann Study Collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1922-1981
    Repository: University of Chicago, Smart Museum of Art
  • Collection Title: Paul Wieghardt collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1940s–1970s
    Repository: Koehnline Museum of Art at Oakton Community College
  • Collection Title: Peter Bonnett Wight papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1863–1915
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: John Wilcock interviews concerning Andy Warhol
    Repository: Northwestern University
  • Collection Title: Anita Willets-Burnham and Burnham family collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1900-1990
    Repository: Winnetka Historical Society
  • Collection Title: Gaar Williams cartoons collection and Gaar Williams drawings collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1928–1935, 1927–1932
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Wilmette Historical Commission records
    Inclusive Dates: 1948–1977
    Repository: Wilmette Historical Museum
  • Collection Title: Wilmette Historical Museum reference files
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1870s–present
    Repository: Wilmette Historical Museum
  • Collection Title: Alexander Wilson papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1802 and undated
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Eugene Winslow papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1851–1994
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library Center
  • Collection Title: Eugene Winslow papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1885–1993
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Records of the Woman's Club of Evanston
    Inclusive Dates: 1890–2010
    Repository: Northwestern University
  • Collection Title: Women in Design of Chicago records
    Inclusive Dates: 1978–2005
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: 57th Street Art Fair collection by Mary Louise Womer
    Inclusive Dates: 1948–1987
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Susan Cayton Woodson papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1910–2004
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library Center
  • Collection Title: Works Progress Administration collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1938–1943
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections and Preservation Division
  • Collection Title: World's Columbian Exposition and other lantern slides
    Inclusive Dates: 1893–1900
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Lantern slides from the World's Columbian Exposition
    Inclusive Dates: 1893–1894
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: World's Columbian Exposition records
    Inclusive Dates: 1890–1904 (bulk 1890–1894)
    Repository: Chicago History Museum

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