• Identification00004131
  • TitleDescriptive inventory for the Association House of Chicago visual materials, ca. 1900-1964
  • PublisherChicago Historical Society
  • Language
    • English.
    • English
  • RepositoryChicago History Museum Research Center 1601 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60614-6038
  • OriginationAssociation House of Chicago
  • Date1900-1964
  • Physical Description
    • 8 albums (404 photographic prints and a few clippings) ; 26 x 28 cm. (9 1/4 x 11 in.) or smaller
    • 391 photographic prints : b&w ; 11 x 14 in. or smaller
    • 3 photographic prints : col. ; 9 x 9 cm. (3 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.)
    • 19 negatives : cellulose nitrate negative ; 9 x 11 cm. (3 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.)
    • 5 photomechanical prints : postcard ; 9 x 14 cm. (3 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.)
    • 1 photomechanical print : stat ; 8 x 6 cm. (2 x 3 in.)
    • 1 drawing : ink drawing ; 18 x 24.5 cm. (7 x 9 1/2 in.)
    • 1 folder of non-graphic material
  • Location
    • 1980.0171 PPL
    • 1980.0171 PCLF
    • 1980.0171 PNG
    • 1980.0171 PNN

Digitization and preservation of the nitrate negatives was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Advance appointment required to view color photographs in cold storage.

Nitrate negatives restricted from access, see reference copies instead.

Credit photographer(s).

Gift of Association House of Chicago (1980.0171).

Association House of Chicago visual materials (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Black-and-white and color photographic prints and negatives, photographic albums, postcards, photostats, clippings, and drawing related to residents, members, and activities of the Association House of Chicago in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago. Images depict children in groups, at structured play in classroom or gymnasium situations, and at unstructured play at playgrounds, beaches, or camps (in Delevan, Wisc. and Grays Lake, Ill.). Children are also shown at parties and banquets, participating in theatrical performances, and receiving child care. Also include are images of residents supervising children, and members participating in English or stenographic classes, social functions, theatrical performances, and hobbies (e.g. rugmaking). Includes a few portraits of directors, notably Alfred E. Rath, and early administrators Carrie B. Wilson, Norma Williams and Ellen Holt. Some photoprints are identified and the 1900-1917 album is annotated. Some photonegatives have been printed.

The Association House of Chicago originated in 1899 as a recreational and educational program for youth in the West Town area of Chicago. Under the auspices of the Young Women's Christian Association, the group rented a building to house resident staff and provide space for classrooms and recreational activities. In 1901 the organization was incorporated as the Association House of Chicago with the mission of providing religious and industrial instruction and engaging in the work typically carried out by social and religious settlements. A new structure was built in 1905-1906 at 2150 W. North Avenue. In 1926, Association House gave up its independent status and officially transferred its property to the Presbyterian Church Extension Board. Over time, Association House adapted its services to changes in the economy and the population in the area by providing emergency relief, English and citizenship classes, counseling and day care services, summer camps, and space for clubs and neighborhood groups. Providing educational experiences for potential professional social workers became one of the major objectives of program planning, and the work of the professional staff was supplemented by the efforts of social work students and volunteers. In the 1960s, Association House entered into cooperative relationships with neighborhood conservation and planning councils. Programs and activities were increasingly oriented around the needs and interests of Spanish-speaking people, especially Puerto Ricans, who came to be the largest component in the area served. As of 2016, Association House was still operating in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago.

Eliminated call number 1980.0171 PNN-0031 during nitrate digitization project 2017/03/29.

  • Names
    • Holt, Ellen--Portraits
    • Rath, Alfred E.--Portraits
    • Rath, Nancy Susan--Portraits
    • Williams, Norma--Portraits
    • Wilson, Carrie B.--Portraits
    • Association House of Chicago--Photographs
    • Boys' Clubs of America--Portraits
    • Boy Scouts of America--Portraits
  • Subject
    • Adult education--Illinois--Chicago--1900-1969
    • Beaches--Illinois--Chicago--1900-1969
    • Camps--Illinois--Grays Lake--1900-1969
    • Camps--Wisconsin--Delevan--1900-1969
    • Charitable organizations--Illinois--Chicago--1900-1969
    • Chess--Illinois--Chicago--1900-1969
    • Child care--Illinois--Chicago--1900-1969
    • Children--Illinois--Chicago--1900-1969
    • Children--Health & welfare--Illinois--Chicago--1900-1969
    • Children cooking--Illinois--Chicago--1900-1969
    • Children playing--Illinois--Chicago--1900-1969
    • Children playing billiards--Illinois--Chicago--1900-1969
    • Christmas--Illinois--Chicago--1900-1969
    • Ethnicity--Illinois--Chicago--1900-1969
    • Floor coverings--Illinois--Chicago--1900-1969
    • Halloween--Illinois--Chicago--1900-1969
    • Gymnasiums--Illinois--Chicago--1900-1969
    • Libraries--Illinois--Chicago--1900-1969
    • Playgrounds--Illinois--Chicago--1900-1969
  • Geographic Coverage
    • Chicago (Ill.)--Economic conditions--1900-1969
    • Grayslake (Ill.)--Photographs
    • Delevan (Wis.)--Photographs
    • West Town (Chicago, Ill.)--1900-1969--Photographs
    • Chicago (Ill.)--Streets--North Ave.--West--474
    • Chicago (Ill.)--Streets--North Ave.--West--2150

The collection is arranged into four series by physical format.

Series 1. Photographic prints and albums, ca. 1900-1962 (box 1-5)

Black-and-white photographic prints and photographic albums depict portraits of Board of Directors, residents, and members, as well as children and adult activities at the Association House of Chicago such as cooking classes, camp, dances, English and citizenship classes, gym classes, theatrical productions, banquets, and holiday parties. Also included are interior and exterior views of the Association House buildings, including views of its gymnasium, library, playground, and surrounding neighborhood.

Series 2. Nitrate negatives, 1917-1930 (folders 1-3)

Black-and-white cellulose nitrate negatives related to Association House summer camps, possibly located in Delevan, Wisconsin. Images depict beach scenes, activities on lawn, tents, and exteriors of buildings.

Series 3. Color photographs, 1964 (folder 4)

Color photographic snapshots of a girls summer Grant Park activity.

Series 4. Information file, undated (folder 5)

Printed material providing supplemental information about collection images.