Contains primarily exhibition records and office files of curatorial departments. Exhibition files are organized according to the originating department, and include research files, loan correspondence, installation and fundraising documentation, catalogue preparation files, press coverage and follow-up material. Of particular interest are files from the Annual Exhibition of American Painting and Sculpture, 1888+ ; the Annual Exhibition of the Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, 1897+ ; and the Annual Exhibition of Applied Arts, 1902-1923.
African and Amerindian Art. (1957+)
American Arts (before 1900). (1975+)
Asian Art (1922+)
European Decorative Arts & Sculpture and Classical Arts. (1914+)
Harding Collection of Arms and Armor
Thorne Miniature Rooms
European Painting (before 1900). (1926+)
Prints & Drawings. (1910+)
Twentieth Century Painting and Sculpture. (1953+)
Katharine Kuh Papers. (1953-1957)
A. James Speyer Papers. (1961-1986)
Artists Biographical Data Sheets. (1948-1965)
Libraries and Archives
Records of the Ryerson Library (1901-1957), the Burnham Library of Architecture (1912-1957), and the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries (1957+). The two libraries were merged administratively in 1957, but were not integrated physically until 1967. The records consist primarily of annual reports of the librarians, documentation on major library acquisitions, special projects such as oral histories and microfilming of architectural drawings, and the building history of the libraries.
First established as the Department of Museum Instruction in 1913, the name changed in 1934 to the Department of Museum Education. Prior to 1913, museum guides were available, and on occasion this service was referred to as the Museum Guidance Department, never officially established, and with no permanent staff member assigned to this: senior museum staff members and volunteers performed this service.
Gallery of Art Interpretation, 1926-1954
Garfield Park Art Gallery, 1935-1937
Junior Museum, 1963+
Records of transactions involving museum collections: Accessions, deaccessions, loans, insurance information, shipping arrangements, condition reports, etc. The majority of the records consists of shipping orders and receipts of object. Access restrictions apply.
Interesting for researchers is the Collection Records series: files arranged by donor or collection name, including correspondence, lists, appraisals, biographical data, etc.
Press releases, news clippings, audio-visual press coverage and other publicity about Art Institute exhibitions and events.
Press coverage (microfilm access only)
Corporate Records (Office of the Secretary)
Essential archival records of the corporation, documenting the founding of museum and school, changes in its corporate structure and policies, and history of gifts, estates and bequests to the institution.
Records of gifts, bequests and estates (access restricted)
Charter and by-laws
Minutes of the Board of Trustees and its committees, 1879-1991
Annual reports, 1880-1997
Photographs of exhibition installations, buildings occupied by the museum and school, special events, school classes, artists and administrators.
1 day 15 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Mary Cassatt was the only American artist to exhibit with the original Impressionist group. This sensitive portrayal of a mother and child reflects the most advanced 19th-century ideas about raising children. Scientists and physicians of the day encouraged mothers (instead of wet nurses and nannies) to care for their children and to include regular bathing in their hygiene practices to prevent disease. #5WomenArtists
See three paintings by Mary Cassatt now on view: http://bit.ly/2nl9Z68
Image: [Now on view in Gallery 273] Mary Cassatt. The Child's Bath, 1893. Robert A. Waller Fund.
1 day 19 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago APRIL 21—Join us for After Dark in the Modern Wing!
Check out the new exhibition Go with special tours and late-night access. And catch live performances by Monakr and Mano.
Must be 21+. Hosted by The Evening Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago.