Visit our Home Page Artist Biographies Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor Artists Drawing and Sketching Artists Prints, Lithos, etc.

Find Information on Little-Known Artists of 19th Century America

ALL THIS INFORMATION AND MORE IS NOW AVAILABLE AT ClassyArts Artists pages.

Artists Listed in City and County Directories:

Lesser Known 19th Century American Artists
Vol. IV - Midwestern States

1,684 Names from 115 Directories



The value of your signed paintings and drawing, lithographs, pottery and porcelain, artist-signed postcards, illustraded books and magazines, etc., are all enhanced if you know something of the artist. For well-known and prolific artists that is easy, there are several books and on-line sources with information about them. But what of the less known artists? Their work is often of the highest quality, but due to low production levels or limited distribution, they are not widely known.

This new resource gives you the key to finding more information about those lesser known artists. Using City and County Directories, mostly from the late Victorian period (1880s and 1890s), we have compiled thousands of names of persons who listed their occupation as artist. Women artists, in particular, are much more heavily represented in this compilation than in traditional lists of 'famous' artists.

This publication is part of a five volume set that covers all of the United States and includes a total of 12,201 names. Because the same person may be listed in several directories (usually for different years at the same location) those 12,201 listings represent 9,577 different persons.

Of course, famous artists are also listed in directories, so we have those too ... but the vast majority of names are of little-known or unknown artists.

Typical listings look like this:

   Barnes, Hiram P
scenic artist | 1207 Main | Michigan City | IN | 1893 | Source #382
   Barnes, Marie
artist | 381 W. 8th | Cincinnati | OH | 1890 | Source #132
   Barnett, Arthur
artist | 531 Superior | boards same | Toledo | OH | 1889 | Source #591
   Bartlett, Clarence D.
Artist in Oil, Pastel and Crayon; Classes in these Branches | 30 W. 4th | Cincinnati | OH | 1890 | Source #132
   Bartlett, Miss Jennie C.
artist | 703 N. Adams | Peoria | IL | 1890 | Source #469
   Bassett, Charles
artist | boards 57 8th | Grand Rapids | MI | 1890 | Source #230

With this information as a starting point, you can easily find additional information on these individuals using census records, local history resources, and local expertise -- most of which is available on-line.

This fourth volume covers the Midwestern states of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. Sates west of the Mississippi that are sometimes included in that imprecise and misleading term 'Midwestern' will be found in Volume V. Volume IV includes 1,684 names from these 115 directories:

SOURCE # - DIRECTORY LOCATION AND DATE
4 - Adams County, Illinois Directory 1892
11 - Alpena, Michigan Directory 1887
12 - Alpena, Michigan Directory 1891
13 - Alton, Illinois Directory 1889
14 - Alton, Illinois Directory 1890
20 - Anderson, Indiana Directory 1889
21 - Ann Arbor, Michigan Directory 1886
22 - Ann Arbor, Michigan Directory 1888
23 - Ann Arbor, Michigan Directory 1890
24 - Ann Arbor, Michigan Directory 1892
29 - Appleton, Wisconsin Directory 1884
30 - Appleton, Wisconsin Directory 1887
31 - Appleton, Wisconsin Directory 1889
32 - Appleton, Wisconsin Directory 1892
33 - Appleton, Wisconsin Directory 1893
34 - Appleton, Wisconsin Directory 1896
35 - Appleton, Wisconsin Directory 1897
37 - Ashland, Wisconsin Directory 1888
38 - Ashland, Wisconsin Directory 1890
39 - Ashland, Wisconsin Directory 1891
40 - Ashland, Wisconsin Directory 1893
65 - Berrien County, Michigan Directory 1892
119 - Canton, Ohio Directory 1888
120 - Canton, Ohio Directory 1889
121 - Canton, Ohio Directory 1891
132 - Cincinnati, Ohio Directory 1890
134 - Columbiana County, Ohio Directory 1891
135 - Columbus, Ohio Directory 1887
136 - Columbus, Ohio Directory 1888
137 - Columbus, Ohio Directory 1889
138 - Columbus, Ohio Directory 1890
139 - Columbus, Ohio Directory 1891
152 - Danville, Illinois Directory 1889
156 - Darke County, Ohio Directory 1885
157 - Dayton, Ohio Directory 1888
158 - Dayton, Ohio Directory 1889
166 - Detroit, Michigan Directory 1890
176 - East St. Louis, Illinois Directory 1889
177 - Eau Claire, Wisconsin Directory 1889
178 - Eau Claire, Wisconsin Directory 1891
179 - Eau Claire, Wisconsin Directory 1893
184 - Elkhart, Indiana Directory 1890
196 - Evanston, Illinois Directory 1890
197 - Evanston, Illinois Directory 1892
198 - Evanston, Illinois Directory 1893
199 - Evansville, Indiana Directory 1888
200 - Evansville, Indiana Directory 1889
201 - Evansville, Indiana Directory 1890
202 - Evansville, Indiana Directory 1891
203 - Evansville, Indiana Directory 1892
214 - Fremont City, Ohio Directory 1889
229 - Grand Rapids, Michigan Directory 1889
230 - Grand Rapids, Michigan Directory 1890
232 - Greenville, Ohio Directory 1885
234 - Hammond, Indiana Directory 1891
239 - Hartford City and Montpelier, Indiana Directory 1895
265 - Huntington, Indiana Directory 1897
266 - Indianapolis, Indiana Directory 1889
267 - Indianapolis, Indiana Directory 1890
272 - Jackson, Michigan Directory 1887
273 - Jackson, Michigan Directory 1888
274 - Jackson, Michigan Directory 1890
285 - Johnson County, Indiana Directory 1890
287 - Joliet, Illinois Directory 1884
288 - Joliet, Illinois Directory 1885
289 - Joliet, Illinois Directory 1887
290 - Joliet, Illinois Directory 1888
291 - Joliet, Illinois Directory 1889
292 - Joliet, Illinois Directory 1891
293 - Joliet, Illinois Directory 1892
294 - Kankakee City, Illinois Directory 1876
314 - La Porte County, Indiana Directory 1896
315 - Lafayette, Indiana Directory 1885
316 - Lafayette, Indiana Directory 1887
317 - Lafayette, Indiana Directory 1891
318 - Lawrence County, Indiana Directory 1890
366 - Mansfield, Ohio Directory 1883
381 - Michigan Business Directory 1863
382 - Michigan City, Indiana Directories 1893
383 - Michigan Western, Directory 1884
385 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin Directory 1889
386 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin Directory 1890
387 - Monroe County, Michigan Directory 1892
388 - Monroe County, Michigan Directory 1897
395 - Muncie, Indiana Directory 1893
397 - Muskegon, Michigan Directory 1887
398 - Muskegon, Michigan Directory 1889
439 - Norwalk, Ohio Directory 1892
469 - Peoria, Illinois Directory 1890
470 - Peoria, Illinois Directory 1891
498 - Quincy, Illinois Directory 1887
499 - Quincy, Illinois Directory 1889
500 - Racine, Wisconsin Directory 1890
501 - Racine, Wisconsin Directory 1892
510 - Rock Island and Moline, Illinois Directory 1882
511 - Rock Island and Moline, Illinois Directory 1885
512 - Rock Island and Moline, Illinois Directory 1889
513 - Rock Island and Moline, Illinois Directory 1891
523 - Saginaw, Michigan Directory 1889
524 - Saginaw, Michigan Directory 1890
550 - Shelbyville, Indiana Directory and Gazetteer 1892
561 - Springfield, Illinois Directory 1855
564 - Springfield, Ohio Directory 1890
565 - Springfield, Ohio Directory 1892
566 - Springfield, Ohio Directory 1893
589 - Terre Haute, Indiana Directory 1890
590 - Terre Haute, Indiana Directory 1892
591 - Toledo, Ohio Directory 1889
592 - Toledo, Ohio Directory 1890
594 - Trumbull County, Ohio Directory 1889
602 - Valparaiso, Indiana Directory 1885
616 - Waukesha, Wisconsin Directory 1890
617 - Waukesha, Wisconsin Directory 1892
645 - Youngstown, Ohio Directory 1889
647 - Zanesville, Ohio Directory 1890


This is an ebook, so it will be sent by email - NO SHIPPING CHARGE! It is in PDF format, a reader is available free, and probably already on your computer. You can read the text in the Acrobat Reader, or print it out. The search function will automatically find any word or name you are looking for, anywhere it appears in the text. Text can be enlarged for easier reading.

ALL THIS INFORMATION AND MORE IS NOW AVAILABLE AT ClassyArts Artists pages.



AJM Home | Contact | Privacy and Policies | Feedback

© 2003-2013 by Andrew J. Morris -- www.ajmorris.com -- All Rights Reserved