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Chicago Calligraphy Collective Records

Identifier: Wing-Modern-MS-CCC

Scope and Content of the Collection

Organizational, administrative, and membership records of the Chicago Calligraphy Collective.

Records include those of workshops and exhibits sponsored by the club, correspondence, publications, and files of the newsletters of other calligraphy clubs.


  • Creation: 1963-ongoing
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1975 - 2015



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Chicago Calligraphy Collective Records are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Chicago Calligraphy Collective Records are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

History of the Chicago Calligraphy Collective

The Chicago Calligraphy Collective is the most important calligraphy organization in Illinois; its members are drawn from Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana as well as Illinois.

It was founded in 1976 by a group of calligraphy enthusiasts including Moira Collins and Judith Chambliss, who consulted with some of the established Chicago lettering artists of the time, including Brian Clare, Raymond F. DaBoll, and James Hayes. The collective sponsors workshops and exhibits in the Chicago region. One of its two annual exhibits, a juried show open to members, has been hosted by the Newberry Library since 1989. Since 1995, the Newberry exhibit has featured a purchase prize that allows the acquisition of one work from the exhibit for the library's collection. The prize-winning works can be accessed through the Newberry's online catalog under the entry, "Newberry Library Purchase Prize."


15 Linear Feet (23 boxes, 2 oversize boxes, and 2 record cartons)


Non-profit public education organization founded in 1976 to promote the study, practice, and appreciation of calligraphy in all of its historical and present-day applications. Collection includes newsletters, posters, exhibit announcements, invitations, workshop materials, and other printed items. Also included is correspondence among early members, as well as between members and calligraphers outside of Chicago. There is an extensive collection of the newsletters of other calligraphy clubs from 1978 to1996.


Papers are organized in the following series

Series 1: Administrative records, 1975-2008
Boxes 1-8
Series 2: Publications of the Chicago Calligraphy Collective, 1977-2009
Boxes 9-13
Series 3: Exhibits, miscellaneous publications, 1978-2009
Boxes 13-16
Series 4: Artifacts, photographs and slides
Boxes 17-18
Series 5: External publications, 1963-1996
Boxes 19-25
Series 6: Oversize materials, 1976-2001
Boxes 26-27

Collection Stack Location

3a 59 5-6


Ongoing gift of the Chicago Calligraphy Collective.

Processed by

Adrian Alexander, 2012-2014; Mette Shayne, 2015.

Inventory of the Chicago Calligraphy Collective Records, 1963-ongoing, bulk 1975-ongoing
Mette Shayne
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States