• IdentificationAPHP-MINC
  • TitleAdler Planetarium Historic Photographs
  • LanguageEnglish
  • RepositoryArchives
  • OriginationAdler Planetarium
  • Date1911-present
  • AbstractThe Adler Planetarium Historic Photograph collection documents the history of the Planetarium from its construction in 1929 to the present. The collection documents the construction of and later modifications to the building and grounds, as well as Planetarium staff, visitors, exhibits, events, and other related activities.

Access may be obtained by completing a Research Request Form. Contact the Webster Institute for the History of Astronomy at astrohistory@adlerplanetarium.org. Some restrictions may apply due to individual privacy issues or the fragile nature of certain original photographic materials. Permission is at the discretion of the Curator of the collection.

The Adler Planetarium Historic Photograph collection contains approximately 40,000 images documenting the history of the Planetarium. The majority of the collection consists of photographic images created by Planetarium staff from 1929 to the present, in various original formats including photographic prints, slides or transparencies, and digital images. The subjects documented by the images include the building and grounds both under construction and undergoing modifications, Adler Planetarium staff, visitors, exhibits, events, and other topics related to the history of the institution.

This collection spans the years 1911 to the present. The materials are organized in the following series: Series I: People Series II: Building & Grounds Series III: Departments Series IV: Collections Series V: Exhibits Series VI: Public Programs & Members' Events Series VII: Special Events Series VIII: Century of Progress Series IX: Planetarium Shows Series X: Zeiss Projector Series XI: Visitors Series XII: Offsite

The historic photograph collection was cared for by the Adler Planetarium staff photographer prior to its transfer to the Webster Institute for the History of Astronomy.

Images will accrue to the Adler Planetarium Historic Photograph collection on a yearly basis.

  • Subject
    • Max Adler
    • Robert S. Adler
    • Roderick S. Webster
    • Marjorie Webster
    • Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum
    • Planetariums -- United States -- History -- 20th century