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: Frank Beard collection of visual materials
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1880–1890
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Bruce Beck design collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1953–1984
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Edward S. and Clare F. Beck autograph collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1878–1882
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Solon Spencer Beman papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1904–1959
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Enella Benedict papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1920–1942
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Benjamin Galleries records
    Inclusive Dates: 1941–1979
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Benjamin Galleries
    Inclusive Dates: 1939–1979?
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Edward H. Bennett collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1901–1954
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: William Benton papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1839–1973
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: Vera Berdich personal papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1935–2000
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Peter L. Berg Silver Designs collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1909–circa 1915
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: New Deal Federal Art Project research collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1934–1982
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Bertsch & Cooper image collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1904–1910
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Louis Betts collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1918–1994
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Beverly Arts Center exhibition records
    Inclusive Dates: circa 2005–present
    Repository: Beverly Arts Center
  • Collection Title: Mildred B. Bevis notebook of designs for the Kalo Shop
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1910–1913
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Barbara Blades papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1976–2004
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives
  • Collection Title: William McCormick Blair records
    Inclusive Dates: 1958–1966
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Hayward Blake design collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1960s–2000s and undated
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Margaret Day Blake scrapbook
    Inclusive Dates: 1952–1964
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Rufus Blanchard collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1880–1940
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Betty J. Blum Blatchford Family research papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1862–1983
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Bennet Harvey collection's scrapbook on Chicago artist Grace Gassette's work in World War I Paris
    Inclusive Dates: 1914–1919
    Repository: Lake Forest College Library
  • Collection Title: Edward Augustus Brackett collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1839
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: James D. Breckenridge papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1924-1983
    Repository: Northwestern University
  • Collection Title: Harvey Breit correspondence
    Inclusive Dates: 1940–1965 (bulk 1945–1960)
    Repository: Northwestern University
  • Collection Title: Daniel Brenner papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1947–1986
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Walter S. Brewster Collection of Whistleriana
    Inclusive Dates: 1871–1947
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Morrie Brickman cartoons
    Inclusive Dates: 1966–1985
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Old Northwest Territory Art Exhibit collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1947–1951
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Edgar and Margaret Britton papers
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Edgar and Margaret Britton papers
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Robert Broderick papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1926–2003
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, University Archives and Special Collections
  • Collection Title: Virginia Gaertner Broderick papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1909–2004
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives
  • Collection Title: Caroline Shawk Brooks photograph collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1880–1910
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: William Bross papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1813–1956
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Adolf J. Brown stencil collection
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: James Gordon and Elizabeth Palmer Brown archive
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Roger Brown Study Collection
  • Collection Title: Francis Fisher Browne papers
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1860–1949, bulk 1873–1915
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Thomas Barbour Bryan letters
    Inclusive Dates: 1853–1889
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Henry Lewis Bullen papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1908-1912
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Henry Lewis Bullen printing history collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1933–1936
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: E. A. Burbank papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1897–1949
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: David L. Burke design collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1964–1978
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Daniel H. Burnham collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1836–1946 (bulk 1880–1925)
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Jack Burnham Biographical File
    Repository: Northwestern University
  • Collection Title: Fanny Butcher papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1830–1984, bulk 1910–1984
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Architectural records for buildings by Francis Barry Byrne
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1914–1967
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: John M. Cadel papers
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1920s–circa 1970s
    Repository: Casa Italia
  • Collection Title: John Cage correspondence addenda
    Inclusive Dates: 1914–1992
    Repository: Northwestern University
  • Collection Title: John Cage correspondence
    Inclusive Dates: 1901-1993 (bulk 1960-1990)
    Repository: Northwestern University
  • Collection Title: John Cage Notations Project collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1884–1978 (bulk 1960–1969)
    Repository: Northwestern University
  • Collection Title: John Alden Carpenter Papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1890-1964, bulk 1900-1950
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Gertrude Lueneburg Carrier papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1921–1991
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Christian Carsten papers
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1912–1917
    Repository: Wilmette Historical Museum
  • Collection Title: Carter Manny papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1893–1991
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Steven Jay Urry research collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1960–2012
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: George Catlin papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1837–1894
    Repository: Field Museum of Natural History
  • Collection Title: George Catlin letters
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Caxton Club records
    Inclusive Dates: 1895–[ongoing]
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Century of Progress records
    Inclusive Dates: 1928–1934
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections and Preservation Division
  • Collection Title: A Century of Progress records
    Inclusive Dates: 1927–1952
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Century of Progress : Chicago world's fair centennial celebration
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1933–1934
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Childerly Chapel photograph album
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1926–circa 1930
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Christopher John Chamales papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1919–1987
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1878–1932
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: Warren Chappell book layouts for a proposed Christmas book on commission for Alfred E. Hamill
    Inclusive Dates: 1949–1967, bulk 1949
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Edouard and Olga Chassaing personal papers and sketchbooks
    Inclusive Dates: 1900–1970
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: David B. Cheskin papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1935
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Commission for the Encouragement of Local Art records
    Inclusive Dates: 1915–1978
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Municipal Reference Collection
  • Collection Title: Commission for the Encouragement of Local Art records
    Inclusive Dates: 1914–1945
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Public Art Program records
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1978–present
    Repository: City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
  • Collection Title: Chicago Academy of Design records
    Inclusive Dates: 1871–1907
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Chicago Art Silver Shop and Art Metal Studios records
    Inclusive Dates: 1912–circa 1929
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Chicago Artists' Coalition records
    Inclusive Dates: 1975–1989
    Repository: Chicago History Museum

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