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: John Michael (Acorn Press) design collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1955–1962
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Robert Hunter Middleton papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1921–1985
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: R. Hunter Middleton letters
    Inclusive Dates: 1949–1952
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Robert Hunter Middleton design papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1927–1984
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: University of Chicago Midway Studios records
    Inclusive Dates: 1962–1975
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: Midwest Women’s Center records
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1975–1993
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Mieczyslaw Haiman correspondence vertical file
    Inclusive Dates: 1867–1976 (bulk 1930s–1940s)
    Repository: Polish Museum of America
  • Collection Title: Roundtable discussion “Crombie Taylor, Aaron Siskind, and the Adler and Sullivan Project,” and Crombie Taylor, Aaron Siskind, and the Adler & Sullivan Project collection
    Inclusive Dates: June 14, 2008, 2008
    Repository: Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Collection Title: Melville Vaughn Millbourn papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1918–1987
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Edgar Miller papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1924–1989
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Passavant Memorial Hospital records, general art files, and Edgar Miller collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1865–1972, circa 1906–1972, 1944
    Repository: Northwestern Memorial Hospital Archives
  • Collection Title: Pullman-Miller family papers
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1823–1988
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Thomas H. E. Miller Design papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1953–1996
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: William Deering family papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1845–1983
    Repository: Northwestern University
  • Collection Title: Frances Minor papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1863–2009
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library Center
  • Collection Title: Harry Mintz papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1914–1995
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: László Moholy-Nagy
    Inclusive Dates: 1943
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Chicago School of Design film out-takes
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1940–1944
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Harriet Monroe papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1873–1944
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: Gordon Monsen papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1952–1962
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Montgomery Ward and Company records
    Inclusive Dates: 1872–2000
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Charlotte Moorman archive
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1933–1991 (bulk 1959–1990s)
    Repository: Northwestern University
  • Collection Title: The World of Charlotte Moorman collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1957–2000
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Connie Moran collection of visual materials
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1917–1939
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Anna Morgan papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1890–1934
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: John G. Morris papers and addenda
    Inclusive Dates: 1903–2000s
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: Helen Balfour Morrison collection [manuscripts and artifacts]
    Inclusive Dates: 1895–2002
    Repository: Morrison-Shearer Foundation
  • Collection Title: Helen Balfour Morrison’s Great Americans collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1934–1946 and circa 1974
    Repository: Morrison-Shearer Foundation
  • Collection Title: Artists files from the Morton Arboretum, Sterling Morton Library
    Inclusive Dates: 1922–2014
    Repository: Morton Arboretum, Sterling Morton Library
  • Collection Title: Jacqueline Moses papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1988–2011
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives
  • Collection Title: Charles D. Mosher papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1876–1915
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Motley family photograph collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1880–1949
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Archibald J. Motley, Jr., papers and photographs collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1894–2004, bulk 1920–1990
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Municipal Art League of Chicago records
    Inclusive Dates: 1901–1922
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Municipal Reference collection clipping file
    Inclusive Dates: 1956–2011
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Municipal Reference Collection
  • Collection Title: Harry Daniel Murphy cartoon collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1928–1929
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Harry Daniel Murphy drawings
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1920s
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Museum of Contemporary Art artist files
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1970s–present
    Repository: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
  • Collection Title: Museum of Contemporary Art exhibition records
    Inclusive Dates: 1967–present
    Repository: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
  • Collection Title: Performing Arts Events archive
    Inclusive Dates: 1967–1980
    Repository: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
  • Collection Title: Video archive from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1980s–1990s
    Repository: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
  • Collection Title: Museum of Contemporary Photography artists files
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1979–present
    Repository: Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago
  • Collection Title: When Aaron Met Harry exhibition files
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1996
    Repository: Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago
  • Collection Title: Joseph Nash artist collection and biography
    Inclusive Dates: 1930s–1951 (bulk 1940s)
    Repository: Lake Forest College Library
  • Collection Title: Thomas Nast
    Inclusive Dates: 1895
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park files
    Inclusive Dates: 1970–present
    Repository: Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park
  • Collection Title: Artists files from the National Museum of Mexican Art
    Inclusive Dates: 1984–present
    Repository: National Museum of Mexican Art
  • Collection Title: National Museum of Mexican Art's Exhibition files
    Inclusive Dates: 1984–present
    Repository: National Museum of Mexican Art
  • Collection Title: Needlework and Textile Guild of Chicago records
    Inclusive Dates: 1940–1982
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Elinor Castle Nef papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1891–1966 (bulk 1920–1953)
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: John Ulric Nef, Jr. papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1840–2008
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: New Art Examiner records
    Inclusive Dates: 1970s–2002
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Butler, Pierce subject files
    Inclusive Dates: 1923–1933
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Newberry Library Office of the President and Librarian program and projects files
    Inclusive Dates: 1888–976
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Walter L. Newberry collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1859–1867
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: William Edward Newton papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1914–1994, (bulk 1960–1994)
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Nichols and Jones family papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1879–1910
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Alex Nicoloff papers
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1972–2006
    Repository: Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Collection Title: North Park University art survey
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1985
    Repository: North Park University
  • Collection Title: North Park University archive, record series 9/1/7/7: library files
    Inclusive Dates: 1939–2012
    Repository: North Park University
  • Collection Title: North Park University archive
    Repository: North Park University
  • Collection Title: North Shore Art League records
    Inclusive Dates: 1924–present
    Repository: North Shore Art League
  • Collection Title: Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission
    Inclusive Dates: 1923–1972
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Records of the Department of Art Centennial Loan Exhibition of Modern Paintings
    Inclusive Dates: 1950–1951
    Repository: Northwestern University
  • Collection Title: Records of the Department of Art
    Inclusive Dates: 1956–1974
    Repository: Northwestern University
  • Collection Title: Northwestern University's Department of Art Scrapbooks
    Inclusive Dates: 1946–1959
    Repository: Northwestern University
  • Collection Title: Records of the Art History Department
    Inclusive Dates: 1972–1980
    Repository: Northwestern University
  • Collection Title: Falwick Novick and Sons records
    Inclusive Dates: 1909–1950
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Falwick Novick papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1915–1954, (bulk 1940–1950)
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Chicago Wesley Memorial Hospital Records, general art files, and Andrew O’Connor, Jr. collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1888–1972, circa 1915–1972, 1916–1941
    Repository: Northwestern Memorial Hospital Archives
  • Collection Title: Oak Park Art League archive
    Repository: Oak Park Art League
  • Collection Title: Lindsay Obermeyer papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1989–2010
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives
  • Collection Title: Old Town Art Fair poster collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1958–1994
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Olson-Moore collection of World's Columbian Exposition lantern slides
    Inclusive Dates: 1893
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Carey Orr cartoons
    Inclusive Dates: 1915–1937
    Repository: Newberry Library

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