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  • Collection ID 1980.0019
  • Creator Names Shaw, Frances Wells, 1872-1937
  • Title Wells-Shaw family photograph collection [graphic].
  • Dates [ca. 1870-1929 (bulk 1880-1899)]
  • Physical description
    • 2 albums (156 photographic prints) ; 30 x 24 cm. (11 3/4 x 9 1/4 in.) or smaller.
    • 3 albums (89 cartes de visite, 5 photographic prints, 4 tintypes) ; 16 x 14 cm. (6 1/4 x 5 1/4 in.) or smaller.
    • 61 photographic prints : b&w ; 23 x 32 cm. (9 x 12 1/2 in.) and smaller.
    • 18 photographs : cabinet card ; 11 x 17 cm. (4 1/4 x 6 1/2 in.)
    • 16 photographs : carte de visite ; 7 x 11 cm. (2 1/2 x 4 1/4 in.)
    • 1 photograph : tintype ; 8 x 11 cm. (3 x 4 1/2 in.)
    • 1 photomechanical print : col. ; 15 x 18 cm. (7 1/4 x 5 3/4 in.)
    • 1 drawing : ink drawing ; 18 x 17 cm. (7 x 6 1/2 in.)
    • 26 negatives : cellulose nitrate negative ; 4 x 5 in.
    • 1 negative : b&w ; 5 x 7 in.
  • Collection arrangement Organization: By box: 1-2. Cartes-de-visite albums, 3-4. Photograph albums, 5. Loose photographs, 6. Rolled photograph.
  • Access and usage restrictions
    • Nitrate negatives closed pending digitization.
    • To examine the tintypes, it is necessary to make an advance appointment by email to Research@chicagohistory.org or by U.S. mail to the Research Center. Tintypes may be handled only by conservation staff of Chicago History Museum.
  • Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Photographs made before 1900 may not be photocopied.
  • Collection summary Cartes de visite albums include portraits of Chicago area residents, members of the Wells, Shaw, and Searls families. Photoprint albums show a house party for Martha Wells at Lake Geneva (Wis.). Includes group portraits of guests, a horseback riding excursion, scenes of the lake and local railroad platforms. Collection also includes snapshots of Howard Van Doren Shaw family, presumably taken in the Chicago area. Loose photoprints are primarily portraits of members of the Wells and Shaw families plus friends, Ragdale estate in Lake Forest, and Howard Shaw's living quarters as a student at Yale (ca.1890). A large rolled photograph shows a panoramic view from the veranda of the Mountain Meadows Inn in Asheville (N.C.). Nitrate negatives depict a Canadian camping trip. One photonegative has a portrait of Frances Wells Shaw. The ink drawing is a page decoration for a book.
  • Location of Other Archival Materials Note Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include cased images from this accession that are individually cataloged, the Shaw-Wells family papers, and the Sylvia Shaw Judson Haskins papers.
  • Biographical or Historical Note Howard Van Doren Shaw, architect, and Frances Wells Shaw, writer, had 3 daughters: Evelyn Shaw McCutcheon, 1894-1977 (married John T. McCutcheon), Sylvia Shaw Judson Haskins, 1897-1978 (married Clay Judson and after his death, Sidney Haskins), and Frances Theodora Shaw King (known as Theodora), 1913-1996 (married John Lord King).
  • Finding Aids Note Container list available (1980-19).
  • Acquisition information Gift of Alice Ryerson, 1979 (1980.0019).
  • Names
    • Acton, Hortense (Hortense Mitchell)
    • Atkinson, C. T.
    • Atkinson, Martha (Martha Wells)
    • Childs, Martha (Martha Searls)
    • Donnelly, Ted.
    • Farmington, Grace (Grace Otis)
    • Searle family
    • Shaw, Frances Wells, 1872-1937 Portraits.
    • Shaw, Howard Van Doren, 1869-1926
    • King, Theodora Shaw, 1913-1996
    • Haskins, Sylvia Shaw Judson, 1897-1978
    • McCutcheon, Evelyn Shaw, 1894-1977
    • Shaw family
    • Van Doren, William Howard.
    • Wells, Fannie (Frances Searls)
    • Wells, Martha
    • Wells, Moses D.
    • Wells, Nathalie.
    • Wells family
    • Ragdale (Estate : Lake Forest, Ill.)
    • Yale University
    • Shaw, Howard Van Doren, 1869-1926
  • Subjects
    • Camping Canada. lctgm
    • Children Illinois Chicago metropolitan area. lctgm
    • Dwellings Illinois Lake Forest. lctgm
    • Dwellings Wisconsin Lake Geneva. lctgm
    • Families Illinois Chicago Metropolitan Area. lctgm
    • Fathers & children Illinois Chicago metropolitan area. lctgm
    • Horseback riding Wisconsin. lctgm
    • Hotels North Carolina Asheville. lctgm
    • Interior views Connecticut New Haven. aat
    • Lakes & ponds Wisconsin Lake Geneva. lctgm
    • Railroad stations Wisconsin. lctgm
    • Universities & colleges Connecticut New Haven. lctgm
    • Weddings Illinois Chicago metropolitan area. lctgm
    • Women Clothing & dress Illinois Chicago metropolitan area.
  • Geographic coverage
    • Chicago Metropolitan Area (Ill.) Biography.
    • Geneva, Lake (Walworth County, Wis. : Lake)
    • Lake Geneva (Wis.) Social life and customs.
    • Lake Forest (Ill.) Social life and customs.
  • Genre
    • Group portraits. gmgpc
    • Interior views. aat
    • Panoramic views. gmgpc
    • Photograph albums. gmgpc
    • Portrait photographs. gmgpc
    • Albumen prints. gmgpc
    • Cabinet photographs. gmgpc
    • Cartes de visite. gmgpc
    • Cellulose nitrate negatives. gmgpc
    • Film negatives. gmgpc
    • Ink drawings. gmgpc
    • Panoramic photographs. gmgpc
    • Photomechanical prints Color. gmgpc
    • Gelatin silver prints. gmgpc
    • Tintypes. gmgpc
  • Geographic name United States Illinois Cook County Chicago.
  • Finding aid URL Finding aid available online http://chsmedia.org/media/fa/fa/1980/19.htm