Exploring the Ryerson & Burnham Archives at
the Art Institute of Chicago
April 25, 2015


Bob and Dorene Barns Residence, Canyon City, California, 1955 © Bruce Goff Archive, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago


Saturday, April 25, 2015. 11:00 am.


On Saturday, April 25, 2015, readers of MAS Context will have the chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at the Ryerson & Burnham Archives located at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Mary Woolever, Art and Architecture archivist, and Nathaniel Parks, assistant archivist, will provide an overview of their archival work, as well as highlight key and rare works from the collections. They will also discuss the influential Chicago Architects Oral History Project, a collection of oral histories that, since 1983, has been documenting the contributions of architects to Chicago during the twentieth-century.

The Ryerson & Burnham Archives’ collections are notably strong in late nineteenth- and twentieth-century American architecture, with particular depth in midwestern architecture. Architects such as Edward Bennett, Daniel Burnham, Bruce Goff, Bertrand Goldberg, Ludwig Hilberseimer, Mies van der Rohe, Louis Sullivan, and Frank Lloyd Wright are represented in a broad range of papers. Major architectural events, such as the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago, The Century of Progress International Exposition of 1933–1934 in Chicago, and the World’s Fair of 1939 in New York, are also represented in an individual archive.

The event is free with museum admission. Please, check coats and bags before entering the library.

This event is organized as part of the Legacy issue of MAS Context.

Donations to support our public program are welcome. For more information about how to support MAS Context, please visit www.mascontext.com/support/


When: Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 11:00 am until 12:30 pm.
Where: Art Institute of Chicago, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries – 111 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60603
Registration: Yes as space is limited.

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