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: Records relating to Ganz Hall
    Inclusive Dates: 1971–2002
    Repository: Roosevelt University
  • Collection Title: Portrait collection from the Roosevelt University
    Repository: Roosevelt University
  • Collection Title: David Root photograph collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1965–1974
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Ted Rose photography and art
    Inclusive Dates: 1950s–2000s (bulk 1960s–1990s)
    Repository: Lake Forest College Library
  • Collection Title: Julius Rosenwald papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1905–1963
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: Roslyn Group for Arts and Letters records relating to the exhibition of The Dinner Party
    Inclusive Dates: 1978–1984
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Seymour Rosofsky collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1953–1954, 1977
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections and Preservation Division
  • Collection Title: Peter Frederick Rothermel
    Inclusive Dates: 1880
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Edward Rozanski collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1946–1988
    Repository: Polish Museum of America
  • Collection Title: Leonard S. Rubenstein design collection
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Norma Rubovits papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1966–1998
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: George F. Rumsey papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1862–1870
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Eileen Ryan papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1991–1997
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives
  • Collection Title: Martin A. Ryerson personal papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1890–1932
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: DeForest Sackett papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1876-1994
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: George Salter papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1919–1967
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: William Deering family papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1845–1983
    Repository: Northwestern University
  • Collection Title: Carl Schniewind papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1918–1965
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Franz Schulze art and architecture collections
    Inclusive Dates: 1940s–2000s
    Repository: Lake Forest College Library
  • Collection Title: Rachelle Schur negative collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1960–1969
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Martin Schütze papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1900–1950
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: Isaac Scott papers
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1875–circa 1920
    Repository: Glessner House Museum
  • Collection Title: Walter B. Scott papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1907–2002
    Repository: Northwestern University
  • Collection Title: William Edouard Scott papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1846–2007
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library Center
  • Collection Title: Lars Gustaf Sellstedt collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1863–1898
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Susan Sensemann papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1969–2011
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives
  • Collection Title: Ralph Fletcher Seymour collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1898–1966
    Repository: Lake Forest College Library
  • Collection Title: Fern Shaffer papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1982–2005
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives
  • Collection Title: Raymond E. Shank papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1926–1993
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Joseph Randall Shapiro papers
    Repository: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
  • Collection Title: Alfred P. Shaw collection
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Winterbotham-Shaw Family papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1909–1991
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Frances Wells Shaw papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1866–1976, (bulk 1925–1937)
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Shaw-Wells Family papers and Wells-Shaw Family photograph collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1792–1977, 1870–1929 (bulk 1880–1899)
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Winterbotham-Shaw Family papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1909–1991
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Gary Sheahan
    Inclusive Dates: 1946–1957
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Shedd Aquarium archives
    Repository: Shedd Aquarium
  • Collection Title: Vaughn Shoemaker cartoon collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1961–1991
    Repository: Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections
  • Collection Title: Arthur Siegel papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1927–1985
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Arthur Siegel photograph collection supplement 1
    Inclusive Dates: 1930–1960
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Arthur Siegel photograph collection supplement 2
    Inclusive Dates: 1950–1969
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Arthur Siegel photograph collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1930–1969
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Layle Silbert papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1910–2003
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: Michael Silikis collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1920s–1960s
    Repository: Lithuanian Research and Studies Center
  • Collection Title: Jack Simmerling collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1950–2012
    Repository: Glessner House Museum
  • Collection Title: Hi Simons papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1915–1950
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: Diane Simpson papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1978–2012
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives
  • Collection Title: Otto G. von Simson papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1944–1957
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: SisterSerpents records
    Inclusive Dates: 1989–2001 (bulk 1989–1996)
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, Women and Leadership Archives
  • Collection Title: Smart Museum records
    Inclusive Dates: 1960s–2007
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: Benjamin K. Smith papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1935–circa 1985
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Frank W. Smith Glass plate slide collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1873–1903
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections and Preservation Division
  • Collection Title: Fredrika Shumway Smith papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1941–1967
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Kay Smith papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1976–1996
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Society for Contemporary Art records
    Inclusive Dates: 1940–1980
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Society of Typographic Arts collection of visual materials for 1982–1983
    Inclusive Dates: 1982–1983
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Society of Typographic Arts collection of visual materials from the 1960s
    Inclusive Dates: 1965–1985 (bulk 1965–1966)
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Society of Typographic Arts Workshop records
    Inclusive Dates: 1980–1995
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: Society of Typographic Arts collection of visual materials
    Inclusive Dates: 1927-1981
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Society of Typographic Arts records
    Inclusive Dates: 1927–2010
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Israel Solon collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1918–1940s
    Repository: University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center
  • Collection Title: Cornel Somogy photograph collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1937–1999
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: South Shore Commission records
    Inclusive Dates: 1958–1976
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Archives of the South Side Community Art Center
    Inclusive Dates: 1938–2008
    Repository: South Side Community Art Center
  • Collection Title: Esther Sparks papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1969–1972
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: Jared Sparks papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1824–1859 and undated
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Platt R. Spencer papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1827–1951, bulk 1850–1900
    Repository: Newberry Library
  • Collection Title: A. James Speyer collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1931–1996
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
  • Collection Title: A. James Speyer curatorial papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1961–1986
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • Collection Title: Anne Spicer papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1916–1942
    Repository: Kenilworth Historical Society
  • Collection Title: Saint James Press contemporary designers collection
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Michael St. James photograph collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1890–1920
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library Center
  • Collection Title: Bill Stamets collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1959–1989
    Repository: Chicago Film Archives
  • Collection Title: Melville P. and Margaret H. Steinfels Papers
    Repository: Loyola University Chicago, University Archives and Special Collections
  • Collection Title: Virginia Stewart collection on Sylvia Shaw Judson
    Inclusive Dates: 1890s–1970s (bulk 1920s–1970s)
    Repository: Lake Forest College Library

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