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Baldwin Kingrey Collection, 1939-2004 (bulk 1947-1957)

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Finding Aid Published: 2006

Baldwin Kingrey Collection, 1939-2004 (bulk 1947-1957)

Accession Number: 2006.1


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COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:Baldwin Kingrey Collection, 1939-2004
EXTENT:1.75 linear feet (4 boxes).
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:Photographs, correspondence, personal papers, printed materials, business papers, book manuscript materials, and negatives documenting the history of Chicago modern furniture retailer Baldwin Kingrey, opened by architect Harry Weese, his wife, Kitty Baldwin Weese, and their partner, interior designer Jody Kingrey.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:Correspondence, printed materials, typescript papers, photocopies, black and white photographs, color laser prints and negatives.
ORIGINATION: Weese Family
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:This collection was donated by Kitty Baldwin Weese's children, Shirley Weese Young, Marcia Weese, and Kate Weese, in 2006. Additional materials were donated by Stanley Allan.

HISTORICAL NOTE:
American architect Harry Weese (1915-1998), his wife, Kitty Baldwin Weese (1917-2005), and their partner, interior designer Jody Kingrey (1918-2003), opened the modern furniture retailer Baldwin Kingrey in 1947. Located in Chicago's Diana Court Building at North Michigan Avenue and Ohio Street, it offered affordable functional furniture from European and American designers, including Alvar Aalto, Eero Saarinen, Bruno Mathsson, Charles and Ray Eames, and Harry Weese, and textiles, glassware, and other accessories by Angelo Testa, Fulvio Bianconi, James Prestini, and Harry Bertoia. The store was a gathering place for students and faculty at the Institute of Design as well as Chicago's modern architects and interior designers who were inspired by its Scandinavian furniture displays and modern art exhibitions. Baldwin Kingrey was sold in 1957 and remained open in its original location through the mid-1960s. A second Baldwin Kingrey store was opened in late 1947 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and closed a year later.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
This collection is divided into eight series. Series I, Photographs, consists of photographs of furniture, interior and exterior views of Chicago and Minneapolis stores, and colleagues and relatives. Series II, Business and Professional Papers, includes correspondence, publicity materials and other printed matter. Series III, Artists and Designers, consists of drawings, printed materials and correspondence related to artists and designers. Series IV, Baldwin Kingrey: Midcentury Modern in Chicago, 1947-1957, includes typescript photocopies and galleys of Baldwin Kingrey: Midcentury Modern in Chicago, 1947-1957 and book-related correspondence. Series V, Financial and Legal Papers, includes promissory notes, a contract of sale for Baldwin Kingrey, and an invoice. Series VI, Printed Matter, includes newspaper articles on Chicago design and Jody Kingrey. Series VII, Personal Papers, includes Kitty Weese's mental examiner certificate, diploma, and correspondence. Series VIII, Negatives, consists of negatives primarily of furniture and store interior and exterior views.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
SERIES I: PHOTOGRAPHS. Divided into four subseries: Baldwin Kingrey Store, Harry Weese Furniture, Other Designers, and Personal Photographs.

SERIES II: BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL PAPERS. Divided into four subseries: Publicity Materials, Correspondence, Price Lists, and Miscellaneous.

SERIES III: ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS. Arranged alphabetically by last name.

SERIES IV: BALDWIN KINGREY: MIDCENTURY MODERN IN CHICAGO, 1947-1957. Divided into three subseries: Letters, General Correspondence, and Manuscript.

SERIES V: FINANCIAL AND LEGAL PAPERS.

SERIES VI: PRINTED MATTER. Divided into two subseries: Newspaper Articles and Miscellaneous.

SERIES VII: PERSONAL PAPERS.

SERIES VIII: NEGATIVES. This series is not yet processed and is restricted from use by patrons. Print surrogates may be available in Series I: Photographs.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Baldwin Kingrey (Firm)
Baldwin Kingrey (Firm)--Archives
Weese, Kitty Baldwin
Weese, Harry, 1915-
Kingrey, Jody
Aalto, Alvar, 1898-1976
Prestini, James, 1908-
Artek Oy Ab
Furniture design--History--20th century--Sources
Furniture designers--Archives
Interior Decorators--United States--Archives
Interior decoration--United States--History--20th century
Brunetti, John

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
AICArt Institute of Chicago
BOX.FFBox #, Folder #
c.circa

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Brunetti, John. Baldwin Kingrey: Midcentury Modern In Chicago, 1947-1957. Chicago: Wright, 2004.

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

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS:
Portions of this collection are restricted; wherever possible, surrogate copies are provided for patron use. The remainder of 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, patrons are requested to consult http://www.artic.edu/aic/access/access.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:
Baldwin Kingrey collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
This collection was processed by Stacey Schroeder and Nathaniel Parks in 2006, Nathaniel Parks in 2009 and Jessica Gradolf in 2014.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES I: PHOTOGRAPHS

BALDWIN KINGREY STORES:
Box.FF 1.1-1.10
Chicago, Illinois store. Exterior and interior views.
Black and white photographs and color laser prints. Includes views of storefront and window displays; glass shelving unit and other display systems by Harry Weese; and furniture by Alvar Aalto, Bruno Mathsson, Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, Borge Mogensen, and Harry Weese. Also includes store floor plan and views of Aalto and Venini glassware; James Prestini bowls and plates; Harry Bertoia jewelry; and in-store exhibition of Aalto's work.
c.1947-c.1957, 08/1948 101
Box.FF 1.11-1.12
Minneapolis, Minnesota store. Exterior and interior views.
Black and white photographs. Includes views of glassware and James Prestini bowls and plates; furniture by Harry Weese, Borge Mogensen, Alvar Aalto, Charles and Ray Eames, and Koford Hansen; and model-house showroom.
c.1947-c.1948 23

HARRY WEESE FURNITURE:
See also: BALDWIN KINGREY STORES
Box.FF 1.13-1.14
Baldry furniture.
Black and white photographs. Views of double sofa bed, slat bench, unit case, desk, lamps.
c.1947-c.1957, 1952 43
Box.FF 1.15
Harry Weese museum design project with Armour Foundation.
Black and white photographs. All views of collapsible open storage case.
1948 5

OTHER DESIGNERS:
Box.FF 1.16
Aalto, Alvar, furniture.
Black and white photographs. Views of webbed chairs, bookcase, and chest of drawers.
c.1947-c.1957 13
Box.FF 1.17
Bertoia, Harry, jewelry and paintings.
Black and white photographs.
1947, 1952 2
Box.FF 1.17
Koford, Warsaw chair.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.17
Le Corbusier, chair.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.17
Mathsson, Bruno, Pernilla lounge chair.
Black and white photograph.
1949 1
Box.FF 1.17
Mogenson, Søborg chairs, #122.
Black and white photograph.
03/1952 1
Box.FF 1.18
Prestini, James, sculpture and portrait.
Black and white photographs. Views of steel scuplture; clipping of wood bowl.
c.1950, 1970, 1977 8
Box.FF 1.18
Woelffer, Emerson, portrait.
Black and white photograph.
1941 1
Box.FF 1.18
Unidentified baskets (wicker?).
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1

PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHS:
Box.FF 1.19-1.22
Various.
Black and white photographs and photocopies. Includes portaits of Kitty Weese, Harry Weese, Shirley Weese, Marcia Weese and Jody Kingrey; candid photos of Alvar Aalto, Eero Saarinen, Lily Saarinen, Maire and Harry Gullickson; photographs of colleagues and relatives, Harry Weese and others at Cranbrook, and Jody Kingrey's wedding; Hugo Weber at Weese's first apartment in Chicago; wedding portrait of Ray Eames; and Christmas cards from Charles and Ray Eames.
1939-1964, 05/2002 81






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES II: BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL PAPERS
Box.FF 2.1-2.3
Publicity materials.
Typescript papers and printed materials. Includes advertisements, press releases, catalogs, brochures, postcards, and other printed materials. Many of these items were designed by Harry Weese.
c.1947-c.1957 36
Box.FF 2.4
Correspondence.
Correspondence. Letters to Kitty Weese and Jody Kingrey from Ruth Lee, president of Chicago Chapter of Home League Fashions, regarding award for contributions to home furnishings field; letter sent out with Baldwin Kingrey Artek catalog.
1952-1954 3
Box.FF 2.5
Price lists.
Printed papers. Price lists for Alvar Aalto, Artek, and Borge Mogensen furniture.
c.1947-c.1957, 02/01/1951 9
Box.FF 2.6
Miscellaneous.
Printed materials. Order forms, letterhead, envelope, and paper bag.
c.1947-c.1957 11






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SERIES III: ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS
Box.FF 2.7-2.10
Aalto, Alvar.
Printed materials. Artek catalogs, exhibition catalog, signature, obituary, newspaper and magazine clippings.
1942-1959, 1975-1998 13
Box.FF 2.11
Bertoia, Harry.
Correspondence, printed materials and photocopies. Letters to Kitty Weese and other papers regarding Harry Bertoia catalogue raisonné, brochure of sculptures, and newspaper article.
2000-2001 9
Box.FF 2.12
Eames, Charles and Ray.
Printed materials. Exhibition invitation, book announcement postcard, and magazine clippings.
c.1940s, 1998-1999 5
Box.FF 2.13
Franck, Kaj.
Printed paper. Advertisement for dinnerware.
c.1955-c.1960 1
Box.FF 2.14
Mathsson, Bruno.
Printed materials and fabric samples. Brochures of furniture, clipping and fabric samples.
c.1945-c.1955, n.d. 5
Box.FF 2.15
Moholy-Nagy, László.
Printed materials and photocopies. Photocopies of portaits of László Moholy-Nagy and Sibyl Moholy-Nagy; exhibition announcements.
c.1939-c.1940, 2003-2004 6
Box.FF 2.16-2.17
Prestini, James.
Correspondence, photocopies and printed materials. Photocopies of oral history transcripts; chapters and other pages from books; and magazine article. Letters from James Prestini to Kitty Weese and Harris Bank calendar card with image of sculpture.
1962-1991 14
Box.FF 2.18
Tague, Robert and Emerson Woelffer.
Printed materials. Show announcement.
c.1940s 1
Box.FF 2.18
Waldheim, John and Edgar Bartolucci.
Photocopy. Advertisement.
c.1940s 1
Box.FF 2.19-2.20
Weese, Harry.
Notebook, laser prints and printed paper. Includes: notebook containing store ideas and sketches of furniture; photocopy of war journal entry concerning idea for home furnishings store; fashion advertisement for Baldry slat bench; preliminary drawings for furniture (laser prints; originals at Chicago History Museum); design and working drawings for lamps, chairs, unit cases, store displays and store signage (laser prints; originals at Chicago History Museum).
1942, c.1950s 29
Box.FF 2.21
Miscellaneous.
Printed paper. Magazine article on Joan and Gary Gand's Keck & Keck home, including views of midcentury modern furniture, ceramics, and glass.
11/24/2002 1






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SERIES IV: BALDWIN KINGREY: MIDCENTURY MODERN IN CHICAGO, 1947-1957
Box.FF 3.1-3.2
Correspondence.
Correspondence. Letters from architects, designers, artists, and other Baldwin Kingrey patrons giving their impressions of the store; letter Kitty Weese sent out requesting comments on the store.
2002 52
Box.FF 3.3-3.6
Correspondence.
Correspondence. Correspondence from John Brunetti; Studio Blue, including proposals, schedules, and invoices; and Graham Foundation regarding publication grant. Kitty Weese's book notes and thank-you letters she received for gift of book.
2002-2004 100
Box.FF 3.7-3.10a
Book typescript.
Typescript papers and photocopies. Photocopied incomplete draft and typescript fragments from John Brunetti, photocopied illustrations, and galleys from Studio Blue.
2003 7
Box.FF 3.7-3.10a
Book
Published book Published copy of Baldwin Kingrey: Midcentury Modern in Chicago, 1947-1957 by John Brunetti. Gift of Stanley Allan.
2004 7






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SERIES V: FINANCIAL AND LEGAL PAPERS
Box.FF 3.11
Various.
Printed and holograph papers. Contract of sale of Baldwin Kingrey, promissory notes, comparative net sales records (1947-1951) and invoice.
1940-1956 8






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SERIES VI: PRINTED MATTER
Box.FF 3.12
Newspaper articles.
Printed papers. Newspaper articles on Chicago design and Jody Kingrey.
1947, c.1980s-2002 4
Box.FF 3.13
Miscellaneous.
Photocopies and printed materials. Photocopied pages from Chicago History Society furniture exhibition catalog and Wright auction postcard announcements.
1984-2003 3






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SERIES VII: PERSONAL PAPERS
Box.FF 3.14
Various.
Correspondence and printed papers. Letter to Kitty from Dr. B. J. Baldwin; Letter of resignation from Nell Marion and other correspondence; Kitty Weese's mental examiner certificate and diploma.
1928, 1939-1955, 1978-2003 9






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SERIES VIII: NEGATIVES
REST
Interior and exterior views of store and furniture.
Negatives. Includes furniture by Harry Weese, Alvar Aalto, Bruno Mathsson, and Borge Mogensen; and views of Harry Weese and colleagues at Cranbrook. This series is restricted; wherever possible, surrogate copies are provided for patron use. Please consult the Archivist for more information. Prints of some of the negatives are available in Series I, Photographs.
c.1947-c.1957, 05/2002







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