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Descriptive inventory for the John Walley visual materials, 1937-1974

John Walley visual materials

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Descriptive inventory for the John Walley visual materials, 1937-1974

Prepared by Diane Ryan; revised D. Rinder, 2008; revised Brienne Callahan, 2016; revised Dana Lamparello, 2017.
Digitization and preservation of the nitrate negatives was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
  
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Chicago History Museum, Research Center
1601 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614-6038
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: John Walley visual materials, 1937-1974 (inclusive)
Creator: John Walley
Dates: 1937-1974 (inclusive)
Accession numbers: 1985.0708
1986.0105
1986.0206
Bib number: 00004587
Call numbers: 1985.0708 PPL
1985.0708 PCLF
1985.0708 PPN-0024-0025
1985.0708 PNN
1985.0708 PCT-0020
Size: 8.5 linear feet, including approximately 1800 images (10 boxes, 4 folders)
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Gift of Mrs. Jano Walley (accession #: 1985.0708, 1986.0105, 1986.0206).

Terms governing use:

Credit photographer, some restrictions may apply.

Restriction(s):

Advance appointment required to view color material in cold storage or negatives in cool storage; please email research@chicagohistory.org.

Nitrate negatives restricted from access, see reference copies instead.

Alternate format available:

Nitrate reference copies available online http://digitalcollection.chicagohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/p16029coll5/id/1439.

Please cite this collection as:

John Walley visual materials (Chicago History Museum), with a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of the specific item(s).

Additional Materials +/-

Related material:

Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include Selected Papers by John Walley (call #: N85 .W25 1975 OVERSIZE).

Separated material:

Other materials donated by Jano Walley were separated by creator and type and are part of the Institute of Design holdings at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, including the John Walley papers [manuscript], the Jano Walley collection of visual materials [graphic], the Connie Moran collection of visual materials [graphic], and the Franz Lipp collection of visual materials [graphic].

Collection Summary +/-

Black-and-white photographic prints (approximately 950), negatives (approximately 700), color photographic prints (13), art work and design projects documenting the career of John Walley, including materials and images from his work at the Institute of Design (Chicago, Ill.) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC, then University of Illinois at Navy Pier), as well as images from Walley’s 1937 Federal Art Project assignment to document life and industry in Alaska. Original 2-dimensional artwork includes items in pen and ink, pastel, charcoal, watercolor, and color photography, as well as prints and watercolors by Walley's students at UIC. Design works include original art work for a book, Basic Design, designs for furniture, plans for the layout of studio/living quarters, and curriculum plans for UIC College of Architecture and Art. A portfolio, Display Systems, contains mounted photoprints and reproduced design drawings for racks and display devices designed by John and John’s wife, Jano Walley. This collection forms part of the Institute of Design holdings at Chicago History Museum, Research Center. Alaska-related images in the collection include black-and-white photographic prints and nitrate negatives as well as building construction and agricultural activities, landscapes, views of natural features, such as the Mendenhall Glacier (near Juneau), and pictures of towns and structures.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

John Walley (1910-1974) was an artist, designer and faculty member at the Institute of Design and UIC. John met his wife, artist Jane “Jano” Walley in art school in Chicago; the couple spent much of their careers working together. In 1937, Walley was sent to Alaska by the Federal Art Project to document life and industry in the territory, accompanied by Jano. He later served as State Director of the Federal Art-Craft Project in Illinois. Following service in the Army during World War II, John joined the faculty at the Institute of Design in 1945, which became affiliated with the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1949. In 1952, he moved to University of Illinois at Chicago, then located at Navy Pier. Walley argued effective teachers needed to be practitioners, and remained active in the art and design world throughout his career. John and Jano Walley also received media attention for architectural transformations of their living spaces, including a remodeled building in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood. A more complete biography, written by John Walley, is included in the John Walley papers [manuscript].

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Agriculture--Alaska. snapshots
Art education--Illinois--Chicago
Art--Illinois--Chicago
Artists studios--Illinois--Chicago
Artists--Illinois--Chicago
Dwellings--Illinois--Chicago
Exhibitions--Illinois--Chicago
Fishing industry--Alaska. snapshots
Furniture--Illinois--Chicago
Popular culture--Illinois--Chicago
Sculpture--Illinois--Chicago
Totem poles--Alaska. snapshots
Persons:
Walley, Jano
Organizations:
Federal Art Project
Illinois Institute of Technology. Institute of Design.
Institute of Design (Chicago, Ill.)
Genre/Form:
Cartoons
Cellulose nitrate negatives
Collages
Constructions
Contact sheets
Design drawings
Drawings
Film negatives
Gelatin silver prints
Landscapes
Pen works
Pencil works
Photograms
Photographic prints--Color
Photomechanical prints
Portfolios
Prints
Samples
Student works
Watercolor paintings
Geographic:
Alaska--Pictorial works
Chicago (Ill.)--Streets--Erie--East--6
Chicago (Ill.)--Streets--Halsted Street--North--2117

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in two series.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Art and Design, ca. 1938-1974 (boxes 1-8, folders 1-3)
Series 2. Alaska, 1937, undated (boxes 9-10, folder 4)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Brienne Callahan using Oxygen Editor, 2016; revisions made by Dana Lamparello using Oxygen Editor, 2017.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Processing Note:Minimally reprocessed into series in August 2016 to unify the collection and add biographical note. Some box numbers may have changed; folder contents, order, and titles have not been changed. Non-graphic materials originally included in the collection have been transferred to the John Walley papers (Bib# 66132); this material includes a long-form biography for the Walleys and a curriculum vitae for John Walley. Eliminated call number 1985.0708 PNN-0008 during nitrate digitization project 2017/03/08.
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