• Creator Names Hercz, Arthur, 1866-1941.
  • Title Arthur Hercz papers [manuscript], 1888-1994.
  • Physical description 4.5 linear ft. (7 boxes)
  • Collection summary
    • Correspondence and newsclippings relating to buildings or interiors designed by Arthur Hercz, a Chicago architect; scripts, musical scores, costume and scenery sketches, and programs for pageants and festivals designed or directed by Hercz; essays; articles; condolence letters to Hercz's family after his death (1941), and other items. The pageants often portrayed German, German American, or American patriotic themes. Essays by Hercz concern the architecture of the Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-34) and architecture of the Chicago Steuben Club. An essay (ca. 1994) by Hercz's son, Arthur R. Hercz, describes his childhood in the Lincoln Park neighborhood (near 2700 Pine Grove Avenue) and shops, transportation, recreation, ethnic relations, and itinerant salesmen, ca. 1912-16. The collection also includes articles (in German) by Hercz's father-in-law Hermann Raster, 1888-89.
    • Included are materials for these pageants and exhibitions: "Festspiel" of the Germania Mannerchor (1900), dedication ceremonies for the Altenheim in Forest Park (1914), "Humanitaet" festival (1914), "Mai est" (1915), "Weihnachts Markt" (1916), "Dunes Pageant" (1917), "Illinois Centennial Pageant" (1918), "All-American Exposition (1919), 75th anniversary celebration for Chicago Turn-Verein (1927), anniversary celebration for Columbia Woman's Club (1933), the musical comedy, "Heaven and Hades," "The Romance of Chicago" for the Century of Progress International Exposition (1933, planned but not performed), and "Fight for Democracy" (planned but not performed). Some musical scores are by Paul Galico and G. Paoli and lyrics by Anna Hercz.
  • Acquisition information Gift of Arthur R. Hercz (1993.0094; 1995.0267).
  • Location of Other Archival Materials Note Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the Architectural records for buildings and interior designs by Arthur Hercz and firms associated with him (AT1982.0291) and a small photograph collection by his son, Arthur R. Hercz.
  • Biographical or Historical Note Arthur Hercz was born in Hungary; educated at Vienna's Academy of Fine Arts; came to Chicago to work on the German exhibit at the World's Columbian Exposition; joined Adolph Cudell to form Cudell & Hercz; changed spelling of his name in 1898 when he became an American citizen; joined Louis Guenzel to form Guenzel & Hercz in 1898; served as architectural director for William Baumgarten and Co. in New York ca. 1903-1909; became a partner in Pooley-Hercz Co. (Chicago, Ill.) ca. 1909; organized Arthur Hercz Studios in 1916.
  • Names
    • Hercz, Arthur, 1866-1941 Archives.
    • Galico, Paul.
    • Hercz, Anna.
    • Hercz, Arthur R.
    • Paoli, G.
    • Raster, Hermann, 1827-1891.
    • Altenheim (Nursing Home : Forest Park, Ill.)
    • Chicago Columbia Club Anniversaries, etc.
    • Chicago Turn-Gemeinde.
    • Chicago Turn-Verein.
    • Germania Ma╠łnnerchor (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Steuben Club of Chicago.
    • All-American Exposition.
    • Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-1934 : Chicago, Ill.)
    • Illinois Centennial Pageant.
    • Galico, Paul.
    • Hercz, Anna.
    • Hercz, Arthur R.
    • Paoli, G.
    • Raster, Hermann, 1827-1891.
    • All-American Exposition.
    • Illinois Centennial Pageant.
  • Subjects
    • Architects Illinois Chicago 19th century.
    • Architects Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Buildings Illinois Chicago 19th century.
    • Buildings Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Festivals Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • German Americans Illinois Chicago 19th century.
    • German Americans Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Theater Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Pageants Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • World War, 1914-1918.
  • Geographic coverage
    • Chicago (Ill.) Buildings, structures, etc. 19th century.
    • Chicago (Ill.) Buildings, structures, etc. 20th century.
    • Chicago (Ill.) History 19th century.
    • Chicago (Ill.) Social life and customs 19th century.
    • Chicago (Ill.) Social life and customs 20th century.
    • Chicago (Ill.) Social conditions 19th century.
    • Chicago (Ill.) Social conditions 20th century.
    • Illinois History 19th century.
    • Lincoln Park (Chicago, Ill. : Community area)
  • Genre
    • Articles. aat
    • Correspondence. aat
    • Drawings. aat
    • Essays. aat
    • German language items. chs
    • Newspaper clippings. aat
    • Programs (documents) aat
    • Scripts. aat
    • Sheet music. aat
    • Sketches. aat
  • Geographic name United States Illinois Cook County Chicago.