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Googerty, Thomas F., Collection, c.1902-c.1909

Thomas F. Googerty (1865-1945) Collection,

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

Finding Aid Published: 1999

Thomas F. Googerty (1865-1945) Collection, c.1902-c.1909

Accession Number: 1999.2

Electronic access to this finding aid was made possible through a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:Thomas F. Googerty (1865-1945) Collection, c.1902-c.1909
EXTENT:1 oversize portfolio
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:Drawings, photographs, and a typescript of noted Chicago blacksmith Thomas Googerty's designs for decorative metalwork and publications.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:Graphite drawings, ink drawings, typescript papers and black and white photographic prints.
ORIGINATION: Googerty, Thomas F. (1864-1954)
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:The source of the Googerty collection is unknown.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:
Thomas Francis Googerty (1864-1945) was born in Pontiac, Illinois. In the 1890s, after almost a decade of travel and apprenticeship, Googerty returned to his hometown, where for nearly forty years he taught blacksmithing to young inmates at the Illinois State Reformatory. While serving as a teacher, Googerty was an active artist-craftsman exhibiting throughout the United States, including annual exhibitions at The Art Institute of Chicago. In 1915, Googerty and his students won a gold medal for ornamental ironwork at the Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco. Among his many honors, Googerty was elected as Craftsman member of the prestigious Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston. Rather than setting up a commercial shop and seeking large commissions, Googerty sought to transform his shop at the reformatory into a classic atelier, where he conveyed life skills and artistic vision to generations of students. Googerty believed that character, like iron, could be forged and his notion of teaching extended beyond teaching students how to do their work to how to live their lives. Googerty's artistic vision and skills reached a wide audience through his publications, Hand Forging and Wrought-Iron Ornamental Work (1911), and Practical Forging and Art Smithing (1915). These illustrated books continue to influence American blacksmithing today.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
The collections consists of four groups of material: photographs of Googerty's ironwork; exercises and designs in pen and ink; ironwork techniques in pen and ink; and the cover design and preface page for an ironwork manual, also executed in pen and ink.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
Items are listed in the order in which they were numbered in the original portfolio.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Googerty, Thomas F. (Thomas Francis), b. 1865
Googerty, Thomas F. (Thomas Francis), b. 1865--Archives
Ironwork--Illinois--Pontiac--History--Sources
Blacksmithing--Illinois--Pontiac--History--Sources
Architectural ironwork--Illinois--Pontiac--History--Sources
Forging--Illinois--Pontiac--History--Sources
Blacksmiths--Illinois--Pontiac--Archives

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
c.circa
n.d.not dated
OPOversize Portfolio

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/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:
Thomas F. Googerty Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
The collection was processed by staff of the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 1999. This finding aid was revised and expanded by Annemarie van Roessel in 2003.

CUSTODIAL HISTORY:
This collection was transferred from the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries to the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 1999.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

OP 1
Fireplace Fender description.
Typescript.
n.d. 1
OP 1
#1-61, 63. Googerty's ironwork, including door handles, door knockers, lamps, fireplace hardware, church ironwork (a poorbox, crosses, silverware), and outdoor items (a bench and a birdbath).
Black and white photographic prints.
n.d. 62
OP 1
#62. Thomas Googerty with Dr. Ryan and unidentified man.
Black and white photographic print.
n.d. 1
OP 1
#64. Shaw, W.C., Residence.
Black and white photographic print.
n.d. 1
OP 1
#65. Unidentified building, possibly a factory.
Black and white photographic print.
n.d. 1
OP 1
#66. Interior view of ironworks factory.
Black and white photographic print.
n.d. 1
OP 1
#67. Plan for a coal-fired forge.
Black and white photographic print.
n.d. 1
OP 1
#68-88. Geometric exercises, linear designs of leaves and flowers, and applied designs, including murals and book covers comprise this group.
Graphite drawings on paper and ink drawings on paper.
1902-1903, 1905 21
OP 1
#89-123 Illustrations of ironwork techniques, such as split-welding and anvil usage.
Graphite drawings on paper, ink drawings on paper and ink drawings on linen.
c.1909, n.d. 35
OP 1
#124. Design for cover for Manual Training Ornamental Forging Problems.
Ink drawings on linen.
n.d. 1
OP 1
#125. Design for preface page for Manual Training Ornamental Forging Problems.
Mixed media on linen.
n.d. 1


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