Regionally Significant Collections

Both Chicago and the Lowcountry have significant collections that illuminate each region’s artistic, cultural and historic heritage. Many of these collections are not currently accessible to the public. In some instances, they are in danger of deterioration or permanent loss. Our goal is to preserve these collections, provide greater public access to them, and promote new ways of experiencing their rich content.

Collections of regional significance - including such things as art, artifacts, letters, photographs, maps, and books - are time capsules of our culture. They are rich sources of information about our two regions, but often lack the resources to ensure their preservation and robust public access.

The Foundation supports efforts to preserve and provide greater access to regionally significant collections. The Foundation's strategy is to support a range of specific projects including stabilization, cataloguing, preservation and restoration, digitization, enhanced opportunities for access by both the general public and scholars, and reinterpretation.

News & Resources from the Blog

From the Blog

Calumet Field Notes

Notes from our three day immersive board meeting in the Calumet region. Read More »

Begin Here

What has five syllables, is difficult to pronounce but is an easy way to learn more about the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation? Read More »

Remembering Life Director Elliott R. Donnelley

We are saddened to share that Elliott Ranney Donnelley, eldest son of Gaylord and Dorothy, passed away Friday, April 11, 2014. Elliott was the first of Gaylord and Dorothy’s children... Read More »

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