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: University of Chicago, Smart Museum of Art's Campus Art Collection Files
    Inclusive Dates: 1912-present
    Repository: University of Chicago, Smart Museum of Art
  • 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: 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: 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: Victor Margolin papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1982–2009
    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: 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
  • 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 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 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 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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