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: 57th Street Art Fair records and addenda
    Inclusive Dates: 1964–2006, 2005
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: 57th Street Art Fair collection of visual materials and 57th Street Art Fair files of Adrian Alexander
    Inclusive Dates: 1947–2001, 1964–1982
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Walter Burt Adams papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1926–1988
    Repository: Evanston History Center
  • Collection Title: George Ade papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1865–1971
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum institutional records
    Inclusive Dates: 1912–2008
    Repository: Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
  • Collection Title: Mortimer Adler papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1914–1995
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: Fritz W. Albert photograph collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1895–1935
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Photographs of the Century of Progress
    Inclusive Dates: 1933–1934
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Ivan Albright collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1888–1995 (bulk 1900–1980)
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Ivan Albright medical drawings made in Nantes, France
    Inclusive Dates: 1918–1919
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: Harold Allen Egyptomania collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1780–1998
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Washington Allston papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1816
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Franz Altschuler collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1910–2007
    Repository: Pritzker Military Museum & Library
  • Collection Title: American Center for Design records
    Inclusive Dates: 1927–1994
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: American Terra Cotta Company photograph collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1890–1915
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Polly Scribner Ames papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1938–1993
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: Michael Anania papers
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1950s–2006
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: Anchor Graphics archive
    Inclusive Dates: 1990–2016
    Repository: Columbia College Chicago
  • Collection Title: Donald M. Anderson papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1942–1995
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Sherwood Anderson papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1872–1992
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: William B. Andruss diary and commissions
    Inclusive Dates: 1855–1876
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: ARC Gallery records
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Arché Club records
    Inclusive Dates: 1890–1990
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Emil Armin papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1929–1971
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: May Armstrong autograph book [manuscript]
    Inclusive Dates: 1875–1881
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: World's Columbian Exposition photographs by C.D. Arnold
    Inclusive Dates: 1891–1894
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: C. D. Arnold photographic collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1891–1893
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections and Preservation Division
  • Collection Title: C.D. Arnold photograph albums of World's Columbian Exposition construction
    Inclusive Dates: 1891–1892
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Views of the World's Columbian Exposition
    Inclusive Dates: 1893
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Isaac N. Arnold papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1860–1885
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Rus Arnold papers
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1920, circa 1938–1987
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Florence Arquin collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1956–1974
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Art Alliance of America scrapbook
    Inclusive Dates: 1918–1919
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Museum Services records
    Inclusive Dates: 1919–1983
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Art Institute of Chicago photographs
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1885–2010
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Public Affairs Department records
    Inclusive Dates: 1939–1998
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Registrar's records from the Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
    Inclusive Dates: 1894–1983
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Anonymous scrapbook from the Art Institute of Chicago's Institutional Archives
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1895
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Secretary's records from the Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
    Inclusive Dates: 1894–1943
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Department of 20th-Century Painting and Sculpture records from the Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
    Inclusive Dates: 1939–1976
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Secretary's scrapbooks from the Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
    Inclusive Dates: 1890–1937
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Women's Board, art rental and sales gallery records
    Inclusive Dates: 1954–1986
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Junior Museum and Gallery of Art Interpretation records
    Inclusive Dates: 1924–1956
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Antiquarian Society records
    Inclusive Dates: 1896–1984
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Scrapbook of art and artists of Chicago [microform]
    Inclusive Dates: 1875–1993
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: American Mural Painting scrapbooks
    Inclusive Dates: 1934–1944
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Architects' and Designers' papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1767–2003 (bulk 1889–1920)
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Historic Architecture and Landscape Image collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1865–1973
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Illinois Artists, Art Institute questionnaires and Illinois Academy of Fine Arts biographical data
    Inclusive Dates: 1918, 1929
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Artists' papers from the Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
    Inclusive Dates: 1636–1970 (bulk 1800s)
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: World's Columbian Exposition collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1890–1896
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Work[s] Progress Administration Federal Art Project photograph collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1930s
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Century of Progress Collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1920s–1980
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Pamphlet files
    Inclusive Dates: early 20th century–ongoing
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: School of the Art Institute of Chicago records
    Inclusive Dates: 1879–2010
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: On Art and Artists video collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1974–present
    Repository: Video Data Bank
  • Collection Title: Art Resources in Teaching records
    Inclusive Dates: 1906–1994 (bulk 1945–1991)
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Artemisia Gallery records
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Artists Book Works records
    Inclusive Dates: undetermined
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Arts Club records
    Inclusive Dates: 1892–2004
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Chicago Area Topical Collection on Art—Atlan Ceramic Art Club
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Adeline Lobdell Atwater papers
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1932–1956
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Auditorium Theatre Council records
    Inclusive Dates: 1955–1970
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Auditorium Theatre Council (Chicago, Ill.) records
    Inclusive Dates: 1960–1982
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: John James Audubon [papers]
    Inclusive Dates: 1829–1844
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: B. F. Ferguson Monument Fund records
    Inclusive Dates: 1906–2000
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: B. Leader & Sons photograph collection and B. Leader & Sons items
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1920–1997, circa 1957–1990
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Baltramaitis collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1960s–1981
    Repository: Lithuanian Research and Studies Center
  • Collection Title: Laura Bannon collection of illustrations
    Inclusive Dates: 1939–1958
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Claude A. Barnett papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1918–1967 (bulk 1928–1963)
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: James Prestini collection of Frank Barr designs
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1940–1969
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Susan Barron papers
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Frederic Clay Bartlett Personal Papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1900-1950
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: J.B. Beale collection of visual materials
    Inclusive Dates: 1870s
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Lester Beall design collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1934–1962
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives

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