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University of Chicago Library

Guide to the Vi Fogle Uretz Papers 1930-2003

© 2008 University of Chicago Library

Descriptive Summary

Title:

Uretz, Vi Fogle. Papers

Dates:

1930-2003

Size:

18.5 linear feet (19 boxes)

Repository:

Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.

Abstract:

This collection contains the papers of Vi Fogle Uretz (1916-2007), a University of Chicago alumna, artist and community activist. The collection includes material related to the organization of the 57th Street Art Fair and the threatened closure of the university's International House. Also included are samples of Uretz's artwork, such as sketches and photographs of urban renewal in Hyde Park.

Information on Use

Access

Series III contains videocassettes and audio tapes that are restricted due to re-formatting and equipment requirements.

The remainder of the collection is open for research, with no restrictions.

Citation

When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Uretz, Vi Fogle. Papers, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Biographical Note

Vi Fogle Uretz (1916-2007) was a University of Chicago alumna, wife of faculty member Robert B. Uretz, and an active member of the Hyde Park community. She was involved in many community organizations, including the radio station WFMT, the Hyde Park Historical Society, the 57th Street Art Fair, and the Cleaner Air Committee. As an artist, Uretz exhibited her paintings and sketches across the United States, as well as locally at the 57th Street Art Fair. Within the Hyde Park community, Uretz documented changes to the landscape of the city during urban renewal through her paintings, sketches and photographs.

Scope Note

This collection contains the papers of Vi Uretz and is divided into three series, each organized alphabetically.

Series I: Community Activities, contains materials related to Uretz's involvement with local organizations and events. Included here is information on the 57th Street Art Fair, highlighting the development of the 50th anniversary book, as well as materials from 57th Street Art Fair founder Mary Louise Womer. Boxes 1, 2, and 3 contain oversized materials relating to the Art Fair, including posters, photographs, and book layout pages. This series also contains information concerning University of Chicago events such as lectures, exhibits, and the threatened closure of the International House in 2000. Box 10 contains oversized materials relating to the University, including visual art information and a scrapbook.

Series II: Family, contains the late-nineteenth century correspondence of Agnes Seely, a relative of Uretz.

Series III: Artwork and Audio-Visual Materials, contains reproductions of Uretz's illustrations and a small number of originals, as well as photographs and slides of urban renewal in Hyde Park. This series also contains videocassette tapes of artwork and interviews for a documentary made for the 50th anniversary of the 57th Street Art Fair. Boxes 17 and 18 contain oversized materials, including slides and sketches relating to urban renewal.

Related Resources

The following related resources are located in the Department of Special Collections:

http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/spcl/select.html

57th Street Art Fair. Records

Subject Headings

INVENTORY

Series I: Community Activities

Box 1

57th Street Art Fair, posters, 1978-1999

Box 2

57th Street Art Fair, 50th anniversary book layout pages with photographs, 1996-1997

Box 3   Folder 1

57th Street Art Fair, photographs by Nancy Hays, 1965-1980

Box 3   Folder 2

57th Street Art Fair, posters and press clippings, 1950-2001

Box 3   Folder 3

57th Street Art Fair, photographs omitted from the 50th anniversary book, 1958

Box 4   Folder 1

57th Street Art Fair, 1973-1997

Box 4   Folder 2

57th Street Art Fair, 50th anniversary, 1996-1997

Box 4   Folder 3

57th Street Art Fair, 50th anniversary, book information, 1996-1997

Box 4   Folder 4

57th Street Art Fair, 50th anniversary, book, planning materials, 1996-1997

Box 4   Folder 5

57th Street Art Fair, 50th anniversary, book, proofs and final, 1997

Box 4   Folder 6

57th Street Art Fair, 50th anniversary, book revisions, 1997

Box 4   Folder 7

57th Street Art Fair, 50th anniversary, book, source material, 1996

Box 4   Folder 8

57th Street Art Fair, list of volunteers, 1997

Box 4   Folder 9

57th Street Art Fair, newspaper clippings, 1958-2001

Box 4   Folder 10

57th Street Art Fair, research for 50th anniversary book, 1948-1997

Box 5   Folder 1

African Festival, supplement, Chicago Tribune, 1997

Box 5   Folder 2

Chicago community groups, 1994

Box 5   Folder 3

Cleaner Air Committee, 1958-1971

Box 5   Folder 4

Greene-Mercier, book by Frank Elgar, 1978

Box 5   Folder 5-6

Greene-Mercier, Marie Zoe, correspondence, information and artwork, 1971-1996

Box 5   Folder 7

Hyde Park Historical Society, newsletters, event information, 1984- 2003

Box 5   Folder 8

Hyde Park Historical Society, urban renewal, 1961

Box 5   Folder 9

Hyde Park history, 1950-2002

Box 5   Folder 10

Medicine on the Midway, magazine, 1994-2002

Box 5   Folder 11

Publications, 1982-1993

Box 5   Folder 12

University of Chicago calendars, 1989-2003

Box 6   Folder 1

University of Chicago, catalogues of exhibitions held in Special Collections, 1977-2002

Box 6   Folder 2

University of Chicago, Compton lecture series, Brown, Edward, 2001

Box 6   Folder 3

University of Chicago, Compton lecture series, Chabala, Jan, 1992

Box 6   Folder 4

University of Chicago, Compton lecture series, "Challenges in Imaging," 1998

Box 6   Folder 5

University of Chicago, Compton lecture series, "Invasions in Particle Physics," 2001

Box 6   Folder 6

University of Chicago, Compton lecture series, Kessler, Richard, 2000

Box 6   Folder 7

University of Chicago, Compton lecture series, notes, 1998-2000

Box 6   Folder 8

University of Chicago, Compton lecture series, Pryke, Clem, 2002

Box 6   Folder 9

University of Chicago, Compton lecture series, Ries, Harold, 1998

Box 7   Folder 1

University of Chicago, Court Theatre, 2002

Box 7   Folder 2-4

University of Chicago, International House, 2000

Box 7   Folder 5

University of Chicago, International House, newspaper articles, 2000-2001

Box 7   Folder 6

University of Chicago, International House, newspaper articles, Chicago Business, 2000

Box 7   Folder 7

University of Chicago, International House, newspaper articles, Chicago Maroon, 2000

Box 8   Folder 1

University of Chicago, International House, newspaper articles, Chicago Maroon, 2000

Box 8   Folder 2-3

University of Chicago, International House, newspaper articles, Chicago Weekly News, 2000

Box 8   Folder 4-5

University of Chicago, International House, newspaper articles, Hyde Park Herald, 2000

Box 8   Folder 6

University of Chicago, International House, newspaper articles, University of Chicago Chronicle, 2000

Box 9   Folder 1

University of Chicago Magazine, 1985-1997

Box 9   Folder 2

University of Chicago Oriental Institute, publications, 1990

Box 9   Folder 3

University of Chicago Presents, 2002-2003

Box 9   Folder 4-5

University of Chicago publications, 1960-2001

Box 9   Folder 6

University of Chicago publications, history, 1982-2000

Box 10   Folder 1

University of Chicago and Hyde Park, visual art information, 1980

Box 10   Folder 2

University of Chicago, "A Place Where the Remarkable Happens," n.d.

Box 10   Folder 3

University of Chicago, scrapbook, 1935-1938

Box 11   Folder 1

University of Chicago Renaissance Society, 1980-2003

Box 11   Folder 2-3

University of Chicago Renaissance Society, material, 1934-2001

Box 11   Folder 4

University of Chicago, the Smart Museum of Art, 1974-2002

Box 11   Folder 5

Visual art, exhibitions and articles, 1977-1998

Box 11   Folder 6

Visual art information, University of Chicago and Hyde Park, 1974- 1997

Box 11   Folder 7

Washington travel information, 1981

Box 11   Folder 8

Womer, John Robert, notes, 1995

Box 12   Folder 1-2

Womer, Mary Louise, 1941-1996

Box 12   Folder 3

Womer, Mary Louise, 50th anniversary cards, 1995

Box 12   Folder 4

Womer, Mary Louise, art notes and information, 1964-1991

Box 12   Folder 5

Womer, Mary Louise, artists, 1959-1993

Box 12   Folder 6

Womer, Mary Louise, auction and memorial service, 1997

Box 12   Folder 7

Womer, Mary Louise, California artists, 1938-1995

Box 12   Folder 8

Womer, Mary Louise, Chicago Historical Society, annual reports, 1979-1980

Box 12   Folder 9

Womer, Mary Louise, correspondence, 1950-1980

Box 12   Folder 10

Womer, Mary Louise, exhibition calendars, 1950-1965

Box 12   Folder 11

Womer, Mary Louise, gifts to Chicago Historical Society, 1979-1991

Box 12   Folder 12

Womer, Mary Louise, Hyde Park Fine Art, 1991

Box 12   Folder 13

Womer, Mary Louise and John, photograph, n.d.

Box 12   Folder 14

Womer, Mary Louise, list of art fair poster designers, 1948-1997

Box 13   Folder 1

"Womer and McCartney, Movies and Videos," 1996

Box 13   Folder 2

Womer, Mary Louise (nee Clifton), MFA thesis, "Folk Art of the Ozarks," 1941

Box 13   Folder 3

Womer, Mary Louise, papers, 1948-1995

Box 13   Folder 4

Womer, Mary Louise, reading group and contacts, 1994-1995

Box 13   Folder 5

Womer, Mary Louise, receipts from art purchases, 1966-1979

Series II: Family

Box 13   Folder 6

Biographical data on Agnes Seely, n.d.

Box 13   Folder 7-8

Correspondence, Agnes Seely, 1865-1880

Box 14   Folder 1-6

Correspondence, Agnes Seely, 1865-1880

Series III: Artwork and Audio-Visual Materials

Box 15

57th Street art fair, interviews and artwork for documentary on 50th anniversary, videocassette tapes, 1999-1997

Box 16   Folder 1

57th Street Art Fair, 30th anniversary talk at Hyde Park Art Center, audiocassette tape, 1978

Box 16   Folder 2

Artistic reproductions, prints, photographs, and magazine clippings, 1930-1940

Box 16   Folder 3

Specimen type faces of historic interest, n.d.

Box 16   Folder 4

University of Chicago campus, photographs, 1989

Box 16   Folder 5

University of Chicago, former Deans of Biological Sciences, photographs n.d.

Box 16   Folder 6

University of Chicago, Harper Library, photographs, 1946

Box 16   Folder 7

University of Chicago, Learning Center, photographs, 1992

Box 16   Folder 8

University of Chicago, Mitchel Hospital construction, photographs, 1982

Box 16   Folder 9

Urban renewal, clippings of sketches, circa 1957

Box 16   Folder 10

Urban renewal in Hyde Park, slide show for the Hyde Park Historical Society, audiocassette tape, 1996

Box 16   Folder 11

Urban renewal, new town homes construction, demolition, moving signs, photo negatives, 1957-1964

Box 17

Urban renewal, demolition of Hyde Park, slides, 1957-1958

Box 18    Folder 1

"Urban Renewal 3," sketch, 1957

Box 18    Folder 2

"Urban Renewal 4," sketch, 1957

Box 19   Folder 1

Urban renewal, photographs, 1956-1957

Box 19   Folder 2

Urban renewal, photographs as seen for 5529 Dorchester, 1956

Box 19   Folder 3

Urban renewal, photographs and slides of demolition of church and hotel, 1957-1971

Box 19   Folder 4

"Urban Renewal", sketch, 1957

Box 19   Folder 5

Urban renewal, sketch, 1957

Box 19   Folder 6

Urban renewal, sketch, n.d.

Box 19   Folder 7

"Urban Renewal 5," sketch, 1957

Box 19   Folder 8

"Urban Renewal 6," sketch, 1957

Box 19   Folder 9

"Urban Renewal 49," sketch, n.d.

Box 19   Folder 10

"Urban Renewal 65," sketch, n.d.

Box 19   Folder 11

Urban renewal, "Brick Pickers," sketch, 1957

Box 19   Folder 12

Urban renewal, "Demolition of Kenwood Gardens 2," 1957

Box 19   Folder 13

Urban renewal, view looking west toward 5500 block of Kenwood Ave., sketch, 1957

Box 19   Folder 14

Urban renewal, University of Chicago Magazine, November 1957

Box 19   Folder 15

Womer, John, memorial service, audiocassette tape, 1996

Box 19   Folder 16

Womer, Mary Louise, videocassette tapes, 1985-1998