Building Legacies


Building Legacies


Diagrams by Jacob Chartoff


A look at the Artists’ and Architects’ Papers, the Chicago Architects Oral History Project, and the Chicago Film Archives.


Artists’ and Architects’ Papers

The collection held at The Ryerson & Burnham Archives at the Art Institute of Chicago contains correspondence, writings, scrapbooks, architectural drawings and prints, business papers, photographs, slides, and other ephemera. The collection is separated by subject and measured by the number of linear feet it takes up on the shelf; ranging from .25 to well over 200.













Artists’ and Architects’ Papers © Jacob Chartoff


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Chicago Architects Oral History Project (CAOHP)

Started by the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Architecture in 1983, the CAOHP set out with the goal of documenting the life and experiences of architects that have contributed to the built environment in and around Chicago.





Chicago Architects Oral History Project (CAOHP) © Jacob Chartoff


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Chicago Architects Oral History Project (CAOHP) – Birthplaces © Jacob Chartoff


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Chicago Architects Oral History Project (CAOHP) – Post secondary education © Jacob Chartoff


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Chicago Film Archives

Consisting of over 15,266 reels of film, the Chicago Film Archives is a dedicated to collecting, preserving and providing access to films that represent the Midwest.




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Jacob Chartoff is the campus Architect for Columbia College Chicago. Previously he worked at Gluck+, where he designed the tallest prefabricated building in New York City, and at Wheeler Kearns Architects in Chicago, where he redefined their graphic and digital identity.

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