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Descriptive inventory for the Bonnie Koloc collection of visual materials, ca. 1964-2003

Bonnie Koloc collection of visual materials

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Descriptive inventory for the Bonnie Koloc collection of visual materials, ca. 1964-2003

Prepared by Leigh Moran, 2004; revised 2006; edited by Dana Lamparello, 2018.
  
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Chicago History Museum, Research Center
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Chicago, IL 60614-6038
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Bonnie Koloc collection of visual materials, circa 1964-2003 (inclusive)
Creators: Bonnie Koloc
Curt Cole Burkhart
Mort Shapiro
Greg Mellinger
Charles Osgood
Dates: circa 1964-2003 (inclusive)
Accession number: 2003.0222
Bib number: 00145576
Call numbers: 2003.0222 PPL
2003.0222 PCP-0233
2003.0222 PFL
2003.0222 V (0MM.26)
Size:88 photographic prints; b&w; 16 x 20 in. or smaller.
7 photographic prints; col.; 11 x 14 in. or smaller.
28 posters; 20 x 24 in. or smaller.
4 videotapes (3 VHS, 1 Beta).
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Gift of Bonnie Koloc (2003.0222).

Terms governing use:

Koloc retains copyright to original artwork. Copyright to some photographs may be held by individual photographers. Credit photographer

Restriction(s):

Advance appointment required to view color material in cold storage.

For viewing videos, it is necessary to use a copy, not the original (and to have a copy made if one is not available).

Additional Materials +/-

Related material:

Related material at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, includes the Bonnie Koloc papers and sound recordings.

Collection Summary +/-

Photographs, posters, prints, and videotapes relating to the life and career of American folk singer and artist, Bonnie Koloc. Includes many portrait photographs of Koloc, some showing her in performance with Curt Cole Burkhart, folk singers Steve Goodman, John Prine, Fred Holstein and various celebrities; backstage at venues, such as the Earl of Old Town, Mister Kelly's, and the Ravinia Festival; and with her dog at home or walking around Chicago. Many images were made by photographers working in Chicago, including Curt Cole Burkhart, Mort Shapiro, Greg Mellinger and Charles Osgood. Some of these photos were used by Koloc for publicity and on album covers, especially photos by Burkhart. The collection also includes original artwork by Bonnie Koloc.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

Born in Waterloo (Iowa), Bonnie Koloc achieved great recognition as a folk singer and songwriter in her early twenties after moving to Chicago (Illinois) in 1968. Between 1968 and the early 1980s, Koloc was a prominent member of Chicago’s folk scene, performing regularly at venues such as the Earl of Old Town (a pub that Koloc's performances helped to make famous), Somebody Else’s Troubles, Mister Kelly’s, Amazing Grace Café, The Quiet Night, and the Old Town School of Folk Music. She often performed on the same bill as other noted Chicago folk singers, including John Prine and Steve Goodman. In addition to Prine and Goodman, Koloc has performed and recorded with musicians Corky Siegel, Howard Levy, Jim Post, Fred Holstein and Ed Holstein, Elliot Delman, and Jim Tullio. As of 2003, she has recorded more than ten full-length albums.

Noted photographer Curt Cole Burkhart, whose work is represented in this collection, was Koloc’s boyfriend from 1973 until his death in 1975 at the age of 34. In 1982, Koloc moved to New York City, where she studied and performed in local theater. In 1986 she returned to Chicago, where she continued to perform for the next several years. Then, after a brief move to Nashville, Koloc returned to her native Iowa, where she dedicated most of her creative energies to her work in the visual arts.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Dogs--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Folk singers--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Folk singers--United States--20th century
Musicians--Illinois--Chicago. lctgm
Women singers--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Persons:
Bryne, Jane
Burkhart, Curt Cole, d. 1975
Goodman, Steve
Holstein, Fred
Koloc, Bonnie
Pionke, Earl
Prine, John
Seeger, Pete
Organizations:
Earl of Old Town (Tavern : Chicago, Ill.)
Mister Kelly's (Nightclub : Chicago, Ill.)
Ravinia Festival
Genre/Form:
Photographic prints--Color
Portrait photographs
Posters
Silver gelatin prints
Videocassettes
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.)--Social life and customs--20th century

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in four series by format.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Black-and-white photographic prints, circa 1964-1984 (2 boxes)
Series 2. Color photographic prints, circa 1969-1989 (1 box)
Series 3. Posters and prints, undated (1 folder)
Series 4. Videotapes, circa 1980-1997 (1 box)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Katie Bergen using Oxygen editor, 2017.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Other Finding Aids: Finding aid also submitted to the Explore Chicago Collections portal.
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