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William Conger papers, 1950-2013

William Conger papers, 1950-2013

Conger, William, 1937-

Painter, Educator, Author


Collection Information

Size: 5.4 linear feet

Summary: Correspondence, writings, loan files, financial and legal records, photographs, works of art, and printed material regarding William Conger's career as a painter and detailing his business dealings and involvement with Chicago's art community.

Correspondence is with family and friends and also includes letters to Conger from Elaine de Kooning, Robert Mallary, June Leaf, Miyoko Ito, James Valerio, Ed Paschke, Richard Loving, Vera Klement, and others including educators and admirers of Conger's work. Writings include journals, artist's statements, lectures, talks, essays about art written by Conger and reviews. Financial records consist of sales invoices and receipts, consignment agreements and inventory and legal documents relate to the Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, Illinois. Loan files include correspondence about loaned artwork.

Photographs are of Conger, his works of art, and his studio. Works of art include sketches and studies by Conger. Works of art include sketches in various media and drawings by Conger's grandchildren. Printed material consists of exhibition catalogs and announcements, press clippings, and general information on the Chicago art scene (some annotated by Conger).

Biographical/Historical Note

William Conger (1937- ) is an abstract painter in Chicago, Illinois.


Donated 2007 and 2015 by William Conger.

Related Materials

William Conger papers relating to his years as a faculty member at Northwestern University are located at: Northwestern University Archives.

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

Restrictions on Use

Journals: Permission to reproduce for publication requires written permission from William Conger, 3500 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Ill. 60657-1815

How to Cite This Collection

William Conger papers, 1950-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.