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William Conger papers, 1950-2018

Conger, William, 1937-

Painter, Author, Educator


Collection Information

Size: 6.5 Linear feet

Summary: The william Conger papers measure 6.5 linear feet and date from 1950-2018. Included are correspondence, writings, exhibition and loan files, project files, financial and legal records, photographs, works of art, and printed material and an audio cassette recording 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. Project files relate to grants, commissions and files on public art. Financial records consist of inventories and appraisals of works of art, lists of paintings, sales invoices and receipts, consignment agreements and inventory and legal documents relating to the Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.
Photographs are of Conger, his family, friends, events, works of art, and his studio and negatives and slides of early studios and works of art. Works of art include sketches and studies by Conger 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). Also included is an audio recording on cassette "Conger, Paschke and Valerio" .

Biographical/Historical Note

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


Donated 2007, 2015 and 2019 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: Authorization to quote or reproduce for purposes of publication must be obtained from William Conger

How to Cite This Collection

William Conger papers, 1950-2018. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.