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Taft, Lorado, Collection, 1908-1938

Lorado Taft (1860-1936) Collection,

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Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
The Art Institute of Chicago

Finding Aid Published: 2001

Lorado Taft (1860-1936) Collection, 1908-1938

Accession Number: 2001.7

This collection was processed with the support of a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
©Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago. All rights reserved.

COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:Lorado Taft (1860-1936) Collection, 1908-1938
EXTENT:.5 linear foot (1 box)
REPOSITORY: Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries,
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603-6110
(312) 443-7292 phone
rbarchives@artic.edu
http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchives.html
ABSTRACT:Chicago sculptor Lorado Taft, noted for his monumental outdoor sculptures, worked, taught, and lectured about art throughout his career. This collection contains a lecture typescript and photographs of his work.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Typescript papers, black and white photographic prints, and color photographic prints.
ORIGINATION: Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago
.
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:One copy of the lecture typescript was a gift from Mary Taft Smith to the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries in 1978. The sources of acquisition for the photographs are recorded in the Ryerson Library's photograph accession ledgers, now held in the Ryerson and Burnham Archives.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:
Lorado Taft was born in Elmwood, Illinois, on April 29, 1860. He began his artistic training with a Belgian sculptor in Champaign, Illinois, after his father was appointed to a teaching position at the University of Illinois. Taft attended the university, receiving his bachelor's degree in 1879 and his master's degree in 1880; he studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1880 to 1883. Following his return to Chicago, Taft began teaching at The Art Institute of Chicago and opened his own sculpture studio. His first important commission was for sculptures in the Horticulture Building at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. Taft won awards for his work there and at other expositions, both national and international. In addition to earning an international reputation for his sculptures, Taft also taught, lectured, and wrote about art history throughout his career. He continued to work until a week before his death on October 30, 1936.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
The collection contains a typescript carbon and a typed copy of Taft's lecture, "The French Cathedrals and their Builders," and mounted photographs of five sculptures by Taft: The Blind, Fountain of Time, Knowledge, Orpheus Consoled, and Paducah Fountain.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
The papers are listed first, followed by the photographs, which are arranged alphabetically by sculpture title.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Taft, Lorado, 1860-1936
Taft, Lorado, 1860-1936--Archives
Taft, Lorado, 1860-1936. French cathedrals and their builders
Sculpture, American--19th century--Photographs
Sculpture, American--20th century--Photographs
Sculptors--United States--Archives

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
Box.FFBox #, Folder #
circacirca
n.d.no date

RELATED MATERIALS IN THE RYERSON AND BURNHAM ARCHIVES, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO:
Historic Architecture and Landscape Image Collection, 00.20
Nellie V. Walker Collection, 1988.4

RELATED MATERIALS IN THE INSTITUTIONAL ARCHIVES, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO:
Art Institute of Chicago. Office of the Director, Records, 1882-1914, Microfilm 1996 8.

RELATED MATERIALS IN CURATORIAL DEPARTMENTS, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO:
Sculpture by Lorado Taft is held in the permanent collection of the Department of American Art.

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
The collection is housed in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries' on-site stacks.

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS:
This collection may be used by qualified readers in the Reading Room of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at The Art Institute of Chicago. Collections maintained on-site are available for patron use without prior arrangement or appointment. Collections maintained in off-site storage will be retrieved with advance notification; please consult the Archivist for the current retrieval schedule. For further information, consult http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchaccess.html

USER RESTRICTIONS:
The Art Institute of Chicago is providing access to the materials in the Libraries' collections solely for noncommercial educational and research purposes. The unauthorized use, including, but not limited to, publication of the materials without the prior written permission of the Art Institute is strictly prohibited. All inquiries regarding permission to publish should be submitted in writing to the Archivist, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to permission from the Art Institute, permission of the copyright owner (if not the Art Institute) and/or any holder of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) may also be required for reproduction, publication, distribution, and other uses. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of any item and securing any necessary permissions rests with the persons desiring to publish the item. The Art Institute makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the materials or their fitness for a particular purpose.

PREFERRED CITATION:
Lorado Taft Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
The collection was processed by Natasha Derrickson of the Ryerson and Burnham Archives. This finding aid was revised and expanded by Annemarie van Roessel in 2003.

CUSTODIAL HISTORY:
This collection is comprised of mounted photographs transferred from the Historic Architecture and Landscape Image Collection (00.20) and papers transferred from the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries in 2001 and 2003.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS


PAPERS:
Box.FF 1.1
Taft, Lorado. "The French Cathedrals and their Builders."
Typescript carbon, with manuscript notations.
c.03/30/1920 1
Box.FF 1.1
Taft, Lorado. "The French Cathedrals and their Builders."
Typescript copy. Gift of Mary Taft Smith, 1978.
c.03/30/1920 2

PHOTOGRAPHS:
BLACKHAWK MONUMENT, OREGON, IL (1911)
Box.FF 1.2
Front view from the left.
Black and white photographic print. Gift of the Taft Estate.
1
THE BLIND, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, URBANA (1908)
Box.FF 1.3
Front view.
Black and white photographic print.
1
Box.FF 1.3
Front view from the left.
Black and white photographic print.
1
Box.FF 1.3
Front view from the right.
Black and white photographic print.
1
Box.FF 1.3
Detail of upper part of front.
Black and white photographic print.
1
Box.FF 1.3
Detail of a head.
Black and white photographic print.
1
FOUNTAIN OF TIME, CHICAGO, IL (1922)
Box.FF 1.4
Front view.
Black and white photographic print.
1
Box.FF 1.4
Front view.
Black and white photographic print.
1
Box.FF 1.4
Front three-quarter view to the left.
Black and white photographic print.
1
Box.FF 1.4
Front three-quarter view to the left.
Black and white photographic print.
1
Box.FF 1.4
Side view to the right.
Black and white photographic print.
1
Box.FF 1.5
Front three-quarter view of the semicircle to the right.
Black and white photographic print.
1
Box.FF 1.5
Front three-quarter view of the semicircle to the right.
Black and white photographic print.
1
Box.FF 1.5
Front three-quarter view of the semicircle to the right.
Color photographic print.
1
Box.FF 1.6
Detail of semicircle, front central portion.
Black and white photographic print.
1
Box.FF 1.6
Detail of semicircle, front central portion.
Black and white photographic print.
1
Box.FF 1.6
Detail of semicircle, front of south end.
Black and white photographic print.
1
Box.FF 1.6
Detail of semicircle, front of south end.
Black and white photographic print.
1
KNOWLEDGE, UNIDENTIFIED LOCATION (N.D.)
Box.FF 1.7
Front view from the left.
Black and white photographic print.
1
ORPHEUS CONSOLED, ORANGE, NJ (1922)
Box.FF 1.8
Front view from the right.
Black and white photographic print.
1
PADUCAH FOUNTAIN, PADUCAH, KY (1908)
Box.FF 1.9
Front view from the left.
Black and white photographic print.
1


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