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: Contemporary Art Workshop records
    Inclusive Dates: 1949–2009
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Charles J. Cook photograph collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1920–1939
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Mrs. Harlan Ward Cooley collection of Women in a Century of Progress
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1932–1934
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections and Preservation Division
  • Collection Title: Barbara Cooper papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1967–2012
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives
  • Collection Title: Charles E. Cooper papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1986–1993
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Charles E. Cooper photograph collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1970–1993
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Oswald Bruce Cooper papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1913–1940
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Carlos Cortéz archive
    Inclusive Dates: 1923–2005
    Repository: National Museum of Mexican Art
  • Collection Title: Gordon Coster photograph collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1920–1985
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Malcolm Cowley papers
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1850–2004 (bulk 1898–1985)
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Barbara Crane collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1972–1979
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Ralph Creasman papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1939–1998 (bulk 1975–1990)
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Crown Center Gallery records
    Inclusive Dates: 1978–2008
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, Department of Fine and Performing Arts
  • Collection Title: Chicago State College Oral History Research Program papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1937–1974
    Repository: Chicago State University
  • Collection Title: Cuneo Museum and Gardens administrative records
    Inclusive Dates: 1946–2006 (bulk, 1990–2003)
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, University Archives and Special Collections
  • Collection Title: Charles C. Cunningham, Jr., records
    Inclusive Dates: 1966–1972
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Will Cuppy papers
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1884–1949
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: Raymond Franklin DaBoll papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1905–1982, bulk 1930–1982
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Adam Dabrowski collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1915–1985
    Repository: Polish Museum of America
  • Collection Title: Margaret Dagenais papers
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives
  • Collection Title: Eugene Dana collection of visual materials
    Inclusive Dates: 1938–1963 (bulk 1948–1955)
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Richard Henry Dana collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1838–1876
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Daprato Statuary Company collection of visual materials
    Inclusive Dates: 1919
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Henry Darger Room collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1909–1973
    Repository: Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
  • Collection Title: Stuart David calligraphic papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1970–2006
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Charles Gates Dawes papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1832–1976
    Repository: Evanston History Center
  • Collection Title: Mitchell Dawson papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1810–1988
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Chicago Wesley Memorial Hospital 1888–1972, general art files and Jan Henryk de Rosen papers
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1915–1972, circa 1938–1955
    Repository: Northwestern Memorial Hospital Archives
  • Collection Title: Laban Deardorff collection of visual materials
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1890–1933 (bulk 1893–1903)
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: William Deering family papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1845–1983
    Repository: Northwestern University
  • Collection Title: Chicago Wesley Memorial Hospital records and Deering Family papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1888–1972, 1905–1937
    Repository: Northwestern Memorial Hospital Archives
  • Collection Title: William Deering family papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1845–1983
    Repository: Northwestern University
  • Collection Title: Robert Delson papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1937–1992
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Dot and Tot illustrations
    Inclusive Dates: 1901
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Leon M. Despres papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1929–1982 (bulk 1955–1975)
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Detterer, Ernst F. - Administrative subject files
    Inclusive Dates: 1921–1947 (bulk 1931–1947)
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Ernst Detterer papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1907-1931
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Stephen Deutch and Alfred Deutch papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1924–1997
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Stephen Deutch photograph collection part 1
    Inclusive Dates: 1930–1979
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Stephen Deutch Photograph collection part 2
    Inclusive Dates: 1932–1970
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Ariane Dewey Book Arts collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1994–1995
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Dill Pickle Club records
    Inclusive Dates: 1906–1941, bulk 1915–1935
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Donald Young Gallery records
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Sadie Ellis Garland Dreikurs collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1981–1987
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: John Drury-Marion Neville papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1860–1970
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Ruth Duckworth collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1977–1999
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: Leonidas Dudarew-Ossetynski collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1942–1989
    Repository: Polish Museum of America
  • Collection Title: Richard Durham papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1939–1999
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library Center
  • Collection Title: Agentzia Press archive
    Repository: Northwestern University
  • Collection Title: Joan Rosenfels Eggan papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1958–1998
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center

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