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: Anita Willets-Burnham and Burnham family collection
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1900-1990
    Repository: Winnetka Historical Society
  • Collection Title: Gaar Williams cartoons collection and Gaar Williams drawings collection
    Inclusive Dates: 1928–1935, 1927–1932
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Wilmette Historical Commission records
    Inclusive Dates: 1948–1977
    Repository: Wilmette Historical Museum
  • Collection Title: Wilmette Historical Museum reference files
    Inclusive Dates: circa 1870s–present
    Repository: Wilmette Historical Museum
  • Collection Title: Alexander Wilson papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1802 and undated
    Repository: Chicago History Museum
  • Collection Title: Eugene Winslow papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1885–1993
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: Eugene Winslow papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1851–1994
    Repository: Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library Center
  • Collection Title: Records of the Woman's Club of Evanston
    Inclusive Dates: 1890–2010
    Repository: Northwestern University
  • Collection Title: Women in Design of Chicago records
    Inclusive Dates: 1978–2005
    Repository: University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
  • Collection Title: 57th Street Art Fair collection by Mary Louise Womer
    Inclusive Dates: 1948–1987
    Repository: Chicago History Museum

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