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Whitney Halstead papers

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:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
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.

Missing Title

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 Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Art historians -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Art critics -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Works of art  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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Whitney Halstead papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9692b929b-832d-4d31-b6aa-41d0d04a7d88
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-halswhit
Online Media:

What I saw

Artist:
Yoakum, Joseph 1886-1972  Search this
Editor:
Pascale, Mark 1954-  Search this
Contributor:
Adler, Esther (Curator)  Search this
Kopp, Édouard 1974-  Search this
Ash-Milby, Kathleen E  Search this
Broadway, Mary  Search this
Granzotto, Clara  Search this
Halstead, Whitney  Search this
Majeed, Faheem 1976-  Search this
Minton, Laura K  Search this
Sutherland, Ken  Search this
Publisher:
Art Institute of Chicago  Search this
Host institution:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.),.)  Search this
Menil Collection (Houston, Tex.),.)  Search this
Physical description:
251 pages illustrations (chiefly color), map 32 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Expositions
Exhibition catalogs
Catalogues d'exposition
Place:
United States
États-Unis
Date:
2021
20th century
20e siècle
Topic:
African American artists  Search this
African American painters  Search this
Outsider artists  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Outsider art  Search this
Artistes noirs américains  Search this
Peintres noirs américains  Search this
Artistes bruts  Search this
Art américain  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1157156

Animistic landscapes : Joseph Yoakum drawings

Author:
Yoakum, Joseph 1886-1972  Search this
Morris, Randall  Search this
Janet Fleisher Gallery (Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Subject:
Yoakum, Joseph 1886-1972  Search this
Physical description:
56 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1989
C1989
Topic:
Animism in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_793808

Joseph E. Yoakum : a survey of drawings

Title:
Survey of drawings
Author:
Yoakum, Joseph 1886-1972  Search this
University of California, Berkeley Memorial Union Art Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Yoakum, Joseph 1886-1972  Search this
Physical description:
1 folded sheet ([6] p.) : ill. ; 22 x 22 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
California
Davis
Date:
1988
Topic:
Drawing, American  Search this
Call number:
NC139.Y63 A4 1988
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_785685

Joseph Yoakum, 1886-1972 / [essay by Kenneth Walker]

Author:
Yoakum, Joseph 1886-1972  Search this
Hirschl & Adler Modern  Search this
Subject:
Yoakum, Joseph 1886-1972  Search this
Physical description:
1 folded sheet (6 p.) : col. ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1985
1985]
Call number:
NC139.Y63 A4 1985
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_946336

Traveling the rainbow : the life and art of Joseph E. Yoakum / Derrel B. DePasse

Author:
DePasse, Derrel B  Search this
Subject:
Yoakum, Joseph 1886-1972  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 166 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
2001
C2001
Topic:
Artists  Search this
Outsider art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_950058

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