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: George Cleveland Hall Branch archives
    Inclusive Dates: 1930–1975
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections and Preservation Division
  • Collection Title: Chicago Reader artwork collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1973–2005
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Chicago Society of Artists records
    Inclusive Dates: 1953–1956
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: Chicago Society of Decorative Art records
    Inclusive Dates: 1877–1895
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Chicago Society of Decorative Art decorative art scrapbook
    Inclusive Dates: (undated)
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Chicago Society of Decorative Art miscellaneous pamphlets
    Inclusive Dates: (undated)
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Art Audio-Visual collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1960s–present
    Repository: Chicago State University
  • Collection Title: Chicago Water Color Club papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1909–1914
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Chicago Woman's Aid records
    Inclusive Dates: 1903–1988
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Chicago Woman's Club anniversary scrapbook
    Inclusive Dates: October 1923
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Chicago Woman's Club records
    Inclusive Dates: 1876–1998
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Chiswick Book Shop (New York, N.Y.) records
    Inclusive Dates: 1952–1958
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Frederic Edwin Church papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1865
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1980–2010
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives
  • Collection Title: Ciurlonis Lithuanian Art Gallery collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1930s–present (bulk 1950s–present)
    Repository: Lithuanian Research and Studies Center
  • Collection Title: Ralph E. Clarkson papers
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1900–1941
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Cliff Dwellers records
    Inclusive Dates: 1890–ongoing
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: George M. Cohen papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1948–1999
    Repository: Northwestern University
  • Collection Title: Herman Cohen correspondence and notes
    Inclusive Dates: 1954
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Thomas Cole papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1834
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Ed Colker papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1999–2004
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Oral History collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1998–2004
    Repository: Columbia College Chicago
  • Collection Title: Chester Commodore papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1914–2004
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library Center
  • Collection Title: Chicago Renaissance: A Festival Celebrating African American Art
    Inclusive Dates: 1997–2001
    Repository: Chicago State University
  • Collection Title: William F. Conger papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1971–2010
    Repository: Northwestern University

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