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Nitrate reference copies available online
John Walley visual materials, 1937-1974 [graphic].
Walley, John E., 1910-1974.
Phys. desc: 
8.5 linear feet, including approximately 1800 images (10 boxes, 4 folders)
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Nitrate negatives restricted from access, see reference copies instead.
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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.
Finding aid: 
Descriptive inventory available on the Chicago History Museum Collection Online (
The Institute of Design began in Chicago in 1937 as the New Bauhaus; closed in 1938; reopened in 1939 as the Chicago School of Design; changed name in 1944 to the Institute of Design; and became affiliated with the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1949.
Some negatives unprinted.
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].
Please cite this collection asJohn Walley visual materials (Chicago History Museum), with a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of the specific item(s).
Other copy: 
Nitrate reference copies available online.
Digitization and preservation of the nitrate negatives was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include Selected Papers by John Walley (call #: N85 .W25 1975 OVERSIZE) and the Franz Lipp collection of visual materials, the Connie Moran collection of visual materials, the Jano Walley collection of visual materials, and the John Walley papers.
Gift of Jano Walley (Mrs. John Walley) in 1985 and 1986 (accession: 1985.0708; 1986.0105; 1986.0206).
Forms part of the Institute of Design collection at Chicago History Museum, Research Center.
Subject per: 
Walley, Jano.
Walley, John E., 1910-1974.
Subject corp: 
Illinois Institute of Technology. Institute of Design.
Institute of Design (Chicago, Ill.)
Federal Art Project
Subj topic: 
Agriculture -- Alaska. lctgm snapshots.
Art -- Illinois -- Chicago. lctgm
Dwellings -- Illinois -- Chicago. lctgm
Exhibitions -- Illinois -- Chicago. lctgm
Fishing industry -- Alaska. lctgm snapshots.
Sculpture -- Illinois -- Chicago. lctgm
Totem poles -- Alaska. lctgm snapshots.
Popular culture -- Illinois -- Chicago.
Furniture -- Illinois -- Chicago. lctgm
Artists studios -- Illinois -- Chicago. lctgm
Artists -- Illinois -- Chicago. lctgm
Art education -- Illinois -- Chicago. lctgm
Subject geo: 
Chicago (Ill.) -- Streets -- Erie -- East -- 6.
Alaska -- Pictorial works.
Chicago (Ill.) -- Streets -- Halsted Street -- North -- 2117.
Design drawings.
Student works.
Cellulose nitrate negatives.
Contact sheets.
Film negatives.
Pen works.
Pencil works.
Photomechanical prints.
Photographic prints -- Color.
Gelatin silver prints.
Watercolor paintings.
Walley, Jano.
Institute of Design (Chicago, Ill.)
Illinois Institute of Technology. Institute of Design.
Chicago History Museum. Research Center. Institute of Design Collection.
Federal Art Project
Copy/Holding information
Call No.CopyCollectionStatus 
1985.0708 PPLblack and white photographic printsPhotos-Use white callslipChecked In
1985.0708 PCLFcolor photoprintsPhotos-Use white callslip-Advance notice requiredAdvance Request
1985.0708 PPN0024-0025black and white negativesPhotos-orig negative-Advance notice requiredAdvance Request
1985.0708 PNNnitrate negativesPH-orig neg. nitrChecked In
1985.0708 PCT0020color transparenciesPH-orig transprncy-Advance notice requiredAdvance Request

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