• Collection ID 1998.0192collection
  • Creator Names Hedrich-Blessing (Firm), photographer.
  • Title Hedrich-Blessing photograph collection, part 2 [graphic].
  • Dates [ca. 1969-1989, bulk 1970-1979]
  • Physical description
    • ca. 86,100 photographic prints : b&w ; 16 x 20 in. and smaller.
    • ca. 63,700 negatives : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. and smaller.
    • ca. 1,100 transparencies : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. and smaller.
    • ca. 370 transparencies : b&w, slide ; 35 mm.
    • ca. 5,400 photographic prints : col. ; 10 x 20 in. and smaller.
    • ca. 11,600 negatives : col. ; 8 x 10 in. and smaller.
    • ca. 55,800 transparencies : col. ; 8 x 10 in. and smaller.
    • ca. 42,300 transparencies : col., slide ; 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 in. and smaller.
  • Collection arrangement Arranged by job-number and medium.
  • Access and usage restrictions Advance appointment required to view color materials (and a few b&w from HB-38343) in cold storage.
  • Collection summary
    • Photographic archive of primarily 1970s work produced by Hedrich-Blessing, a Chicago-based commercial photography firm specializing in architectural and design photography. Images show exterior and interior views of buildings and structures, including commercial, cultural, educational, government, health care, industrial, office, residential, sports and recreation, and transportation facilities. The collection includes images documenting design and construction processes, such as architectural drawings, architectural models, construction photographs, and portrait photographs of construction workers, architects, and clients. Also included are product portraits of building materials, office furniture, and other commercial goods; some views include people. Includes sites in the United States and abroad.
    • Includes photographs made for prominent Chicago architectural, design, and engineering firms, such as A. Epstein and Sons International, Harry Weese & Associates, Perkins & Will, and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, and other firms located in the Chicago area and throughout the United States. Also included are photographs made for Marshall Field & Company, Meredith Publishing Services (publisher of Better Homes & Gardens magazine), United States Gypsum Company, and other companies, located in the Chicago area and throughout the United States, associated with the domestic and commercial built environments.
  • Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
    • The online images are supplied for reference purposes only. All other uses are restricted. To acquire copies, including improved copies, or permission for use, please contact Chicago History Museum, Rights and Reproductions Office, 1601 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614.
    • Credit photographer(s).
  • Finding Aids Note Descriptive inventory available online with appendices. To see catalog records for each job-file and for series-level summaries, search in the on-line catalog of Chicago History Museum, Research Center, for specific topics, buildings, architects, or addresses.
  • Location of Other Archival Materials Note Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the Hedrich-Blessing photograph collection, ca. 1929-1969 (1991.0505) and the Hedrich-Blessing office files, ca. 1939-1979.
  • Acquisition information Gift of Hedrich-Blessing, which retains its more recent photographs and continues in business in Chicago (1998.0192).
  • Names
    • Hedrich-Blessing (Firm) Archives.
    • A. Epstein and Sons International.
    • Marshall Field & Company.
    • Meredith Publishing Services (Des Moines, Iowa)
    • Perkins & Will.
    • Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
    • United States Gypsum Co.
  • Subjects
    • Apartment houses Illinois 1970-1979. lctgm
    • Apartment houses United States 1970-1979. lctgm
    • Architects Illinois Chicago 1970-1979. lctgm
    • Architectural models United States 1970-1979. lctgm
    • Architectural photography Illinois Chicago 1970-1979.
    • Architecture United States 1970-1979. lctgm
    • Building materials United States 1970-1979. lctgm
    • Commercial facilities United States 1970-1979. lctgm
    • Commercial photography Illinois Chicago 1970-1979.
    • Dwellings Illinois 1970-1979. lctgm
    • Dwellings United States 1970-1979. lctgm
    • Educational facilities United States 1970-1979. lctgm
    • Furniture United States 1970-1979. lctgm
    • Government facilities United States 1970-1979. lctgm
    • Health care facilities United States 1970-1979. lctgm
    • Industrial facilities United States 1970-1979. lctgm
    • Interior decoration Illinois 1970-1979. lctgm
    • Interior decoration United States 1970-1979. lctgm
    • Office buildings United States 1970-1979. lctgm
    • Photographers Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Tall buildings United States 1970-1979.
  • Geographic coverage
    • Chicago (Ill.) Buildings, structures, etc. 1970-1979 Photographs.
    • Chicago Metropolitan Area (Ill.) Buildings, structures, etc. 1970-1979 Photographs.
    • Chicago Suburban Area (Ill.) Buildings, structures, etc. 1970-1979 Photographs.
    • United States Buildings, structures, etc. 20th century Photographs.
  • Genre
    • Architectural drawings. gmgpc
    • Exterior views. aat
    • Film negatives. gmgpc
    • Film negatives Color. gmgpc
    • Film transparencies Color. gmgpc
    • Gelatin silver prints. gmgpc
    • Interior views. aat
    • Photographic prints. gmgpc
    • Photographic prints Color. gmgpc
    • Slides Color. gmgpc
  • Geographic name United States Illinois Cook County Chicago.
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