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Creator:
Halstead, Whitney  Search this
Names:
Art Institute of Chicago. School  Search this
Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago, Ill.)  Search this
Nutt, Jim, 1938-  Search this
Yoakum, Joseph, 1886-1972  Search this
Extent:
7.1 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Sketchbooks
Photographs
Sketches
Sound recordings
Journals (accounts)
Drawings
Place:
Chicago (Ill.)
Date:
1920-1982
Summary:
The Whitney Halstead papers measure 7.1 linear feet and date from 1920 to 1982. They document the career of art historian, educator, critic, author, and artist Whitney Halstead. Found within the papers are scattered biographical material; a diary and travel journals; writings and notes (almost one-half of the collection); scattered correspondence; miscellaneous records and printed materials documenting Halstead's tenure at the Art Institute of Chicago; audio-cassette recordings of African and native music; artists files for Jim Nutt and Joseph E. Yoakum; exhibition files; art work by Halstead and others; and photographs of Halstead, friends and colleagues, and art projects. Also found are numerous photographs, slides, and negatives of primitive art, including American Indian art by Southwest tribes.
Scope and Content Note:
The Whitney Halstead papers measure 7.1 linear feet and date from 1920 to 1982. They document the career of art historian, educator, critic, author, and artist Whitney Halstead. Found within the papers are scattered biographical material; a diary and travel journals; writings and notes (almost one-half of the collection); scattered correspondence; miscellaneous records and printed materials documenting Halstead's tenure at the Art Institute of Chicago; audio-cassette recordings of African and native music; artists files for Jim Nutt and Joseph E. Yoakum; exhibition files; art work by Halstead and others; and photographs of Halstead, friends and colleagues, and art projects. Also found are numerous photographs, slides, and negatives depicting primitive art, mostly native American Indian art by Southwest tribes.
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. Series 1: Biographical Material, 1966-1977 (Box 1; 1 folder) Series 2: Personal Correspondence, circa 1933-1978 (Box 1; 6 folders) Series 3: Diary and Travel Journals, 1957-1975 (Box 1; 3 folders) Series 4: School of the Art Institute of Chicago Files, circa 1920-1982 (Box 1-2; 1.1 linear feet) Series 5: Notes and Writings, circa 1923-1978 (Box 2-5; 3.4 linear feet) Series 6: Artist Files, 1967-1977 (Box 5-6, OV 8; 36 folders) Series 7: Hyde Park Art Center File, circa 1960-1977 (Box 6; 4 folders) Series 8: Exhibition Files, 1966-1975 (Box 6, OV 8; 17 folders) Series 9: Art Work, circa 1932-1970 (Box 6, OV 8; 21 folders) Series 10: Photographs, circa 1949-1976 (Box 7; 0.9 linear feet) Series 11: Printed Material, 1966-1975 (Box 7; 5 folders)
Biographical Note:
Art historian, educator, critic, author, and artist Whitney Halstead was born in 1926. After receiving a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Halstead worked as an assistant in the Field Museum's anthropology department. He also taught art history at several Chicago-area universities, including the Art Institute, where he developed a series of courses on primitive art. Some historians have indicated that these courses were an important influence on the work of several artists of the "Chicago School" who studied with Halstead, including Roger Brown, Phil Hanson, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, and Karl Wirsum, among others. Halstead also played a prominent role in the 1965 Art Institute's faculty strike that resulted in better working conditions for the instructors, and by 1967, he had become Chairman of the Division of Fine Arts. In 1970, he assumed the position of Graduate Advisor. Halstead wrote critical reviews for Artforum, the Chicago Daily News, and numerous articles and essays promoting local and primitive art, including the work of Jim Nutt and naïve artist Joseph E. Yoakum. He also curated several exhibitions, including Made In Chicago and Ulu/Inua: Form and Fantasy in Eskimo Art. Halstead's own art work, exhibitied primarily during the 1950s and early 1960s, was in a variety of media and reflected his interest in Dadaism and Surrealism. Whitney Halstead died in 1979.
Related Material:
Additional Whitney Halstead papers are held by the Art Institute of Chicago.
Provenance:
The Whitney Halstead papers were donated by Theodore Halkin, the executor of Halstead's estate in 1986.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment.
Rights:
The Whitney Halstead papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Art historians -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Works of art  Search this
Art critics -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Photographs
Sketches
Sound recordings
Journals (accounts)
Drawings
Citation:
Whitney Halstead papers, 1920-1982. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.halswhit
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-halswhit