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: Secretary's records from the Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
    Inclusive Dates: 1894–1943
    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: Antiquarian Society records
    Inclusive Dates: 1896–1984
    Repository: Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives
  • 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: 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

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