• Collection ID 1977.0222
  • Creator Names Glessner, John George M. (John George Macbeth), 1871-1929, photographer. pht
  • Title John George M. Glessner photograph collection [graphic].
  • Dates 1880s-1890s, bulk 1892-1893.
  • Physical description
    • 273 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. or smaller.
    • 142 negatives : glass ; 4 x 5 in.
    • 50 negatives : nitrate ; 4 x 5 in.
  • Collection arrangement
    • Organization: Negatives by number assigned by photographer.
    • Organization: Photoprints by box: 1. Baptisms; 2-7. Events-Exhibitions-World's Columbian Exposition; 8. Fire engines & equipment, Grain elevators, Industry,; 9. Parks, Pullman community, Railroad cars, Ships, Tennis.
  • Access and usage restrictions
    • To consult the glass negatives in this collection in the Research Center it is necessary to make an advance appointment (email: Research@chicagohistory.org ).
    • Nitrate negatives closed pending digitization.
  • Collection summary Mainly views of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition made by amateur photographer Glessner, including 35 platinum photographs in excellent condition. Also includes images of Lincoln Park, Garfield Park, Jackson Park, and South Park; the Potter Palmer residence; Calumet Clubhouse; fires and fire equipment; and street scenes along Michigan Avenue and 18th Street. The Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, summer residences of the Fairbanks, Sturgis, and Seiter families are shown. Glessner was the son of prominent Chicagoans John Jacob and Frances Macbeth Glessner and resided at Glessner House, at 1800 South Prairie Avenue.
  • Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Credit photographer.
  • Acquisition information Gift of Mrs. Charles Batchelder, 1973, 1974, 1977 (1977.0222).
  • Location of Other Archival Materials Note Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include a Glessner family scrapbook on microfilm (cataloged separately); many photographs of family members filed by name; and the Glessner family papers.
  • Names
    • World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.) Photographs.
    • Glessner, John George M. (John George Macbeth), 1871-1929.
    • Glessner, John George M. (John George Macbeth), 1871-1929 Homes and haunts Illinois Chicago.
    • Glessner, John Jacob, 1843-1936 Homes and haunts Illinois Chicago.
    • Fairbanks family Homes and haunts Wisconsin Lake Geneva.
    • Sturges family Homes and haunts Wisconsin Lake Geneva.
    • Seiter family Homes and haunts Wisconsin Lake Geneva.
  • Subjects
    • Baptisms Illinois Chicago. lctgm
    • Clubhouses Illinois Chicago. lctgm
    • Dwellings Illinois Chicago. lctgm
    • Exhibitions Illinois Chicago. lctgm
    • Fire engines & equipment Illinois Chicago. lctgm
    • Fires Illinois Chicago. lctgm
    • Grain elevators Illinois Chicago. lctgm
    • Industrialists Illinois Chicago 1910-1919. lctgm
    • Monuments & memorials Illinois Chicago. lctgm
    • Parks Illinois Chicago. lctgm
    • Railroad cars Illinois Chicago. lctgm
    • Ships Illinois Chicago. lctgm
    • Telegraph Illinois Chicago. lctgm
    • Tennis Illinois Chicago. lctgm
  • Geographic coverage
    • Chicago (Ill.) Pictorial works.
    • Garfield Park (Chicago, Ill. : Park)
    • Jackson Park (Chicago, Ill. : Park)
    • Lake Geneva (Wis.) Buildings, structures, etc.
    • Lincoln Park (Chicago, Ill)
    • South Park (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Pullman (Chicago, Ill.)
    • 18th Street (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Chicago (Ill.) Streets Michigan Avenue South.
    • Chicago (Ill.) Streets Wabash Avenue.
  • Genre
    • Amateur works. gmgpc
    • Cellulose nitrate negatives. gmgpc
    • Dry plate negatives. gmgpc
    • Glass negatives. gmgpc
    • Photographic prints. gmgpc
    • Platinum photographic prints. tgm
  • Geographic name United States Illinois Cook County Chicago.