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Descriptive inventory for the Kalo Shop collection of visual materials, 1920-1970

Kalo Shop collection of visual materials

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Descriptive inventory for the Kalo Shop collection of visual materials, 1920-1970

Prepared by D. Rinder, 2008; revised by Katie Bergen, 2017; edited by Dana Lamparello, 2018.
  
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Chicago History Museum, Research Center
1601 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614-6038
Web-site: http://libguides.chicagohistory.org/research
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E-mail: research@chicagohistory.org
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Kalo Shop collection of visual materials, 1920-1970 (inclusive)
Creator: Kalo Shop (Chicago, Ill.)
Dates: 1920-1970 (inclusive)
Accession number: 1979.0034
Bib number: 00004602
Call numbers: 1979.0034 PPL-OV
1979.0034 PFL
Size: Approximately 13 linear feet, including 1,200 drawings (8 boxes, 1 folder)
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Purchase (accession # 1979.0034).

Please cite this collection as:

Kalo Shop collection of visual materials (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and series/box/folder/call number of a specific item.

Additional Materials +/-

Related material:

Related materials at the Chicago History Museum include volumes, "The Arts and Crafts Movement in America, 1876-1916," ed. by Robert Judson Clark, 1972 and "Chicago Metalsmiths," by Sharon S. Darling (Chicago : Chicago Historical Society, 1977).

Collection Summary +/-

Designs, patterns, and sketches illustrating items from the Kalo Shop, designers and makers of hand-wrought silverware and jewelry and other art metalwork in Chicago (Ill.). Collection includes drawings, sketches, and metal and cardboard cut-outs of designs for bowls, vases, and household objects, including dresser sets, condiment holders, candlesticks, boxes, and other various accessories. Most drawings have design numbers noted, which are included in the folder listing.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

The Kalo Shop, designers and makers of hand-wrought silverware and jewelry, was founded in 1900 by Clara Barck Welles in Park Ridge (Ill.) with a salesroom located in Chicago (Ill.) at Michigan Avenue and Adams Street. In 1914 the shop moved to 32 North Michigan Avenue, its workshops overlooking Grant Park. In 1918 the shop again moved to the Fine Arts Building, joining the numerous other craft shops located there. From 1937 to 1970, the shop was located at 222 South Michigan Avenue. Mrs. Welles retired in 1940, and designer Robert R. Bower ran the shop in her stead. The designs initiated by Mrs. Welles were continued through the years as craftsmen followed her designs. The shop closed in 1970 after the deaths of Daniel H. Pederson and Yngre H. Olsson, Kalo's most popular silversmiths in its later period.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Art metal-work
Industries--Illinois--Chicago
Metal-work--Illinois--Chicago
Silverwork--Illinois--Chicago
Silverwork--Illinois--Park Ridge
Studios & workshops
Organizations:
Kalo Shop (Chicago, Ill.)
Genre/Form:
Design drawings
Drawings
Pattern sheets
Photographic prints
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.)--Commerce--20th century

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in one series.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Designs, Patterns, and Sketches

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Katie Bergen using Oxygen editor, 2017.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Processing Note:Arrangement and preliminary inventory was created in 2008 by D. Rinder. Katie Bergen completed and encoded the finding aid in 2017, at which time the inventory listed in the preliminary finding aid was determined missing.
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