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: Fritz Kredel letters
    Inclusive Dates: 1948–1960
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Dulah Evans Krehbiel papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1900–1950
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Kathryn Kucera papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1950–2011
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives
  • Collection Title: Louis Kurz papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1856–1938
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Louis Kurz Family photograph collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1850–1919
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Luis Kutner papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1916–1981 (bulk 1950–1980)
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Florence James Adams memorial scrapbook
    Inclusive Dates: 1910–1943
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Grace Lai papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1915–2010 (bulk 1990s)
    Repository: Chinese-American Museum of Chicago
  • Collection Title: Reference files from the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society
    Repository: Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Historical Society
  • Collection Title: Passavant Memorial Hospital records, general art files, and Norman LaLiberté collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1865–1972, circa 1906–1972, 1973–1975
    Repository: Northwestern Memorial Hospital Archives
  • Collection Title: Roy Langley papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1909–1981, bulk 1951–1961
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Margaret Lanterman papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1991–2002
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives
  • Collection Title: George W. Lawe papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1754–1914 (bulk 1820–1860)
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Michael S. Lerner papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1953–1985
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Conrad Sulzer Regional Library
  • Collection Title: Nathan Lerner papers
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1960–1979
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Allen Lewis papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1873–1985
    Repository: Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections
  • Collection Title: Archie Lieberman collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1950s–2003
    Repository: Columbia College Chicago
  • Collection Title: Crane family and Lillie family papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1833–1978 (bulk 1890s–1960s)
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Abraham Lincoln collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1804–1948
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Robert Todd Lincoln manuscript collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1864–1926
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Franz Lipp papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1930–1997
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Franz Lipp collection of visual materials
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1950–1951
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Little Room records
    Inclusive Dates: 1898–1931
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1980–2010
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives
  • Collection Title: Arthur Logan papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1924–1997
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library Center
  • Collection Title: Stephen Longstreet collection
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: Loujon Press and The Outsider collections
    Repository: Northwestern University
  • Collection Title: Helen Macbeth papers
    Repository: Glessner House Museum
  • Collection Title: Charles MacMurray design collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1960–1981
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: George Maher Family collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1891–circa 2000
    Repository: Kenilworth Historical Society
  • Collection Title: Kazimierz Majewski cartoon collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1953–1964
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Silvia Malagrino papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1985–2011
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives
  • Collection Title: Sol Malkoff papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1944–1992
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Marianne Deson Gallery records
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Federated Department Stores' records of Marshall Field & Company
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1875–2003
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Gordon Martin design collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1954–1957
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Martyl papers
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Records of the Block Gallery
    Inclusive Dates: 1932–1997
    Repository: Northwestern University
  • Collection Title: Grace Mason papers/Atkinson photograph collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1880–1920
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library Center
  • Collection Title: Passavant Memorial Hospital, general art files, and Michael Mason, MD, papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1865-1972
    Repository: Northwestern Memorial Hospital Archives
  • Collection Title: Stieglitz-Mathieu correspondence
    Inclusive Dates: 1943–1945
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: Bill Mauldin collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1941–2003
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: John Moore Maxon papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1959–1977
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Don May papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1927–2009, bulk 1935–1982
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Frank B. Mayer collection of sketchbooks, drawings, and oil paintings of Sioux Indians during the 1851 Treaty Negotiations at Traverse des Sioux and Mendota, Minn
    Inclusive Dates: 1851–1886
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Frank Blackwell Mayer diaries
    Inclusive Dates: 1851 May 7–July 18
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Lyle Mayer photograph collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1947–1967
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Mayor Dever's Committee of 75 to Purchase Gilbert Stuart's Portrait of George Washington records
    Inclusive Dates: 1924
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: U.S. Work Projects Administration, Illinois, poster collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1930s–1940s
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: William McBride, Jr. papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1907–1995
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library Center
  • Collection Title: Bob McCamant papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1934–1981 (bulk 1977–1983)
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Chauncey McCormick papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1887–1955
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Leander Hamilton McCormick papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1874–1923 (bulk 1874–1893)
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, University Archives and Special Collections
  • Collection Title: George Barr McCutcheon papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1910–1930
    Repository: Lake Forest College Library
  • Collection Title: John T. McCutcheon photograph collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1890-1900
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: John Tinney McCutcheon cartoons
    Inclusive Dates: 1895–1946
    Repository: Northwestern University
  • Collection Title: John T. McCutcheon negatives collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1900–1946
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: John T. McCutcheon cartoons collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1907
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: John T. McCutcheon book of caricatures and poems
    Inclusive Dates: 1907
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: John T. McCutcheon pen and ink cartoons
    Inclusive Dates: 1905-1931
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Portrait of John T. McCutcheon
    Inclusive Dates: 1909
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: John T. McCutcheon papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1834–1996, bulk 1889–1950
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: John T. McCutcheon collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1915–1944
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: John T. McCutcheon papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1898–1945
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Southern Illinois University (SIU) collection
    Repository: Chicago Film Archives
  • Collection Title: Don McIlvaine collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1961–1972
    Repository: Chicago Film Archives
  • Collection Title: Northwestern Memorial Hospital records, general art files, Franklin McMahon collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1972– , 1972– , circa 1970–1980
    Repository: Northwestern Memorial Hospital Archives
  • Collection Title: Margot McMahon papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1983–2004
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives
  • Collection Title: Douglas C. McMurtrie papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1910–1944, bulk 1925–1944
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Media Burn independent video archive
    Inclusive Dates: 1968–present
    Repository: Media Burn Archive
  • Collection Title: Interviews with Chicago Journalists by Medill School of Journalism students
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1975–1985
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Joseph Meert collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1970s–1980s
    Repository: Koehnline Museum of Art at Oakton Community College
  • Collection Title: Warren Menaker thought books
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, John M. Flaxman Library
  • Collection Title: Menzel Family collection
    Repository: Winnetka Historical Society
  • Collection Title: Menzel Family collection
    Repository: Winnetka Historical Society

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