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Whitney B. Halstead papers, 1920-1982

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 11 series by either type of material or subject file, and chronologically within each series. Oversized material from various series has been housed in OV folder 8 and is noted in the Series Description/Container Listing Section at the appropriate folder title with see also/see references.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1966-1977
(Box 1; 1 folder)

Biographical material consists of resumes and notes concerning Halstead's career.
Description Container
Resumes and notes, 1966-1977
1
1

Series 2: Personal Correspondence , 1933-1978, undated
(Box 1; 6 folders)

Personal correspondence consists of letters concerning Halstead's activities outside of his tenure at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Included are three letters from Jim Nutt, one of which is illustrated.
Description Container
Personal Correspondence, 1933-1978, undated
1
2-7

Series 3: Diary and Travel Journals , 1957-1975
(Box 1; 3 folders)

The diary contains notes concerning Halstead's daily thoughts rather than a record of daily activities. It also contains references to Jim Nutt. The travel journals contain notes concerning his travels to Europe and to Peru.
Description Container
Travel Journal about Europe, 1957
1
8
Travel Journal about Peru, 1971
1
9

Series 4: School of the Art Institute of Chicago Files and Records , 1920-1982, undated
(Box 1-2; 1.1 linear feet)

This series contains records of Halstead's teaching activities at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, including inter-departmental correspondence, minutes of meetings, reports, a scrapbook concerning the 1965 faculty strike, clippings, school publications, exhibition catalogs, and photographs.
Description Container
Correspondence, 1951-1982, undated
1
10-29
Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws, 1981
1
30
Faculty Handbook, 1982
1
31
Minutes of Meetings, 1957-1960
1
32
Miscellaneous Reports, 1957-1968
1
33-39
Self-Study Reports, 1980-1982
1
40-42
Faculty Report in Response to Self-Study Reports, 1982
1
43
Scrapbook on the Faculty Strike, 1962-1965
1
44-47
Notes on the Curriculum, 1958-1982
1
48-49
Catalogs of Courses, 1920-1982
1
50-53
Student Handbook, 1980-1982
2
1
Clippings, 1958-1977, undated
2
2
Exhibition Catalogs from the Art Institute of Chicago, 1952-1982
2
3-5
Graduation Programs, 1959-1966
2
6
Booklets on the M.F.A. Candidates, 1968-1969
2
7
Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1954, undated
2
8
Photographs of Protest Marches, 1965
2
9
Photographs of Art Work, undated
2
10
Photographs of Fellowship Exhibition, 1968
2
11

Series 5: Notes and Writings , 1923-1978, undated
(Box 2-5; 3.4 linear feet)

Notes include notebooks pertaining to various art history topics, including the art of primitive cultures, Impressionism, Dadaism and Surrealism, American art, collage and assemblage, ceramics, and photography. Other notebooks contain reproductions of examples of late 19th century art and illustrations of primitive art styles. An index card file contains notes for art history lectures and bibliographic entries. Also found are six audiocassettes recordings of African, Native American, and Oceanic music. Writings include typescripts on various art history topics written for publications, including Artforum and the Chicago Daily News. There are also typescripts concerning individual artists, including Roger Brown, Ed Paschke, Kerig Pope, Christina Ramberg, and Barbara Rossi.
Description Container
Notebooks on Art History, 1923-1978, undated
2
12-29
Notebooks on Art History, 1923-1978, undated
3
1-8
Notebook of Reproductions of Paintings and Drawings, undated
3
9-12
Notebook of Illustrations of Primitive Art, 1954, undated
3
13-25
Notes on Chicago Art, 1971-1974
3
26
Miscellaneous Notes, undated
3
27
Index Card File of Lecture Notes and Bibliographies, undated
(1.0 linear feet)
4
Audiocassettes of African Music, undated
5
1-2
Audiocassettes of Native American Music, undated
5
3
Audiocassette of Oceanic (Maori) Music, undated
5
4
Miscellaneous Typescripts, 1950-1974, undated
5
5-35
Typescript "Distortion and Proportion" for Delphian Charter Extension VII Program Fifteen, 1963-1964, undated
5
36-41
Typescripts for Artforum, 1965-1969
5
42-56
Typescripts for Chicago Daily News, 1967-1973
5
57-63
Miscellaneous Typescript Fragments, undated
5
64

Series 6: Artist Files , 1967-1977
(Box 5-6, OV 8; 36 folders)

Artist files contain biographical material, correspondence primarily discussing exhibitions and sales of art work, notes, writings, printed material, and photographs pertaining to painters Jim Nutt and Joseph E. Yoakum.
Description Container
Jim Nutt
Typescripts for Museum of Contemporary Art Exhibition Catalog, 1973-1974
5
65
Miscellaneous Typescripts about Jim Nutt, 1973-1974
5
66-69
Clippings, 1974-1975
5
70
Press Release and Exhibition Catalogs, 1974
5
71
Joseph E. Yoakum
Biographical Material, 1972-1975
5
72
Correspondence, 1968-1977
5
73-77
Miscellaneous Notes, 1972-1976
5
78-80
Typescript for Whitney Museum Exhibition Catalog, 1972
5
81
Drafts of a Manuscript, 1975
5
82-89
Drafts of a Manuscript, 1975
6
1-5
Typescript "Joseph E. Yoakum" by Philip H. Hanson, 1969
6
6
Photographs of Yoakum, 1967-1969, undated
6
7
Photographs of Art Work and an Exhibition, undated
6
8
Slides of Art Work, undated
6
9
Clippings, 1971-1972
6
10
Exhibition Announcements, 1968-1976
(see also OV 8)
6
11
Oversize Exhibition Poster for Yoakum, 1968
OV 8
Oversize Exhibition Poster for Yoakum, 1976
OV 8

Series 7: Hyde Park Art Center File , 1960-1977, undated
(Box 6; 4 folders)

Miscellaneous printed material documenting the exhibitions and art-related activities of the Hyde Park Art Center of Chicago.
Description Container
Brochures and Announcements, 1960-1977, undated
6
12
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1962-1977, undated
6
13-14
Newsletters, circa 1966
6
15

Series 8: Exhibition Files , 1966-1975
(Box 6, OV 8; 17 folders)

Exhibition files contain correspondence, notes, writings, photographs, and printed material pertaining to miscellaneous exhibitions. The file for the "Two Artists" exhibition contains a photograph of Pauline Simon.
Description Container
"Bauhaus,", Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, undated
6
16-17
"Object Poems," Something Else Gallery, New York City, 1966
6
18
"Famous Artists," Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1969
(see also OV 8)
6
19
"Two Artists," Pauline Simon and Joseph E. Yoakum, Wabash Transit Gallery, Chicago, 1971
6
20
"Illinois Painters II," Illinois Arts Council, Chicago, 1971-1972
6
21
"Chicago Imagist Art," Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1972
(see also OV 8)
6
22
"Made in Chicago," Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1973-1975
6
23-26
"Ulu/Inua: Form and Fantasy in Eskimo Art," Casino Gallery, Chicago, 1974
6
27-31
"Pauline Simon Retrospective," Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, 1974
6
32
Oversize Exhibition Poster for "Famous Artists," Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1969
OV 8
Oversize Exhibition Poster for "Chicago Imagist Art," Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1972
OV 8

Series 9: Art Work , 1932-1970, undated
(Box 6, OV 8; 21 folders)

Art work includes sketchbooks, loose sketches, collage books, and prints by Halstead, several antique engravings, and miscellaneous drawings and art photographs by others. Art photographs are by Jerome Aronson, Ken Josephson, Ceil London, Tom Palazzolo, Charles Reynolds, and Roger Vail.
Description Container
Sketchbooks by Halstead, 1950, undated
6
33-35
Loose Sketches by Halstead, 1932-1949, undated
(See Also OV 8)
6
36-44
Collage Books by Halstead, 1949, undated
6
45-47
Loose Collages by Halstead, undated
6
48
Prints by Halstead?, 1947, undated
(see also OV 8)
6
49
Antique Engravings, undated
6
50
Miscellaneous Drawings and Cut-Out Designs by Others, undated
(see also OV 8)
6
51
Art Photographs by Others, 1965-1970, undated
6
52-53
Oversize Sketch, undated
OV 8
Oversize Prints, undated
OV 8
Oversize Cut-Out Design, undated
OV 8

Series 10: Photographs , 1949-1976, undated
(Box 7; 0.9 linear feet)

Photographs are of Halstead, his friends and colleagues including Jack Burnham, Claes Oldenburg and Karl Wirsum, Arts Club exhibitions, works by Chicago artists, and artists from primitive times through the 20th century including Al Boutin, Christo, John Henry, David Reif, and Marguerite Weber. There are also several hundred slides of Halstead, art work, miscellaneous activities with friends and students, subjects for art work including plants and animals, exhibitions, and views of Chicago and New York.
Description Container
Photographs of Halstead and the Halstead Cemetery Plot, 1968, undated
7
1
Photographs of Family and Friends, 1968-1969, undated
7
2
Photographs of Miscellaneous Exhibitions at the Arts Club, undated
7
3
Negatives of Native American Pottery, undated
7
4
Color Transparencies of Paintings by Master Artists, undated
7
5
Color Transparencies of Jewelry and Sculpture by Master Artists, undated
7
6
Photographs of Work by Chicago Artists, undated
7
7-13
Photographs of Work by Miscellaneous 20th Century Artists, undated
7
14-30
Photographs of Karl Wirsum and his Studio, 1971
7
31
Photographs of the Hancock Building, Chicago, undated
7
32
Photographs of Miscellaneous Houses, 1963
7
33
Miscellaneous Photographs, undated
7
34
Slides of Miscellaneous Subjects, 1949-1976, undated
(0.5 linear feet)
7
35

Series 11: Printed Material , 1966-1975
(Box 7; 5 folders)

Printed material consists of clippings and booklets written by Halstead about the Japanese prints and the culture of the American Southwest as it pertains to the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Description Container
Clippings, 1966-1975
7
36
Booklets written by Halstead, undated
7
37-40

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