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  • Collection ID 1986.0302
  • Creator Names Cheney, Elizabeth F. (Elizabeth Florence), 1902-1986.
  • Title Elizabeth Cheney collection of visual materials [graphic].
  • Dates ca. 1850-1970 (bulk 1890-1920)
  • Physical description
    • 20 albums containing photographic prints ; 29 x 40 cm. (11 1/2 in. x 16 in.) or smaller.
    • 2888 photographic prints (in 20 albums) : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. or smaller.
    • 1811 photographic prints : b&w ; 45 x 38 cm. (17 1/2 x 15 in.) or smaller.
    • 163 photographs : cabinet card ; 17 x 11 in. (6 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.)
    • 93 photographic prints : col. ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.
    • 42 photographs : carte de visite ; 11 x 7 cm. (4 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.)
    • 16 photographic prints : cyanotype ; 12 x 19 cm. (4 1/2 x 7 1/2 in.) or smaller.
    • 30 photographs : tintype ; 9 x 7 cm. (3 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.) or smaller.
    • 7 photographs : ambrotype ; 12 x 10 cm. (5 x 4 in.) or smaller.
    • 6 photographs : Daguerreotype ; 15 x 12 cm. (6 x 5 in. or smaller.
    • 487 negatives : cellulose nitrate ; 10 x 15 cm. (4 x 6 in.) or smaller.
    • 24 negatives : glass ; 8 x 10 in. or smaller.
    • 2 negatives : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. or smaller.
    • 345 photomechanical prints : postcard ; 9 x 14 cm. (3 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.)
    • 11 photomechanical prints ; 14 x 19 cm. (5 1/2 x 7 1/2 in.)
    • 6 photomechanical prints : viewbook ; 11 x 16 cm. (4 x 6 1/2 in.)
    • 3 albums containing photomechanical prints ; 32 x 26 cm. (13 x 10 1/2 in.) or smaller.
    • 4 transparencies : stereograph, col. ; 35 mm.
    • 1 folder of non-graphic material.
  • Collection arrangement Series: 1. Homes and haunts; 2. Portraits; 3. Various subjects; 4. Postcards; 5. Albums.
  • Access and usage restrictions
    • To examine glass negatives or a cased image (daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes) it is necessary to make an advance appointment by email to Research@chicagohistory.org or by U.S. mail to the Research Center. Cased images may be handled only by conservation staff of Chicago History Museum.
    • Nitrate negatives closed pending digitization.
  • Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Photographs made before 1900 may not be photocopied.
  • Collection summary
    • Photographs from the estate of Elizabeth Cheney, Oak Park (Ill.) resident, antique collector, daughter of Florence and William Wallace Cheney, and last in the line of descendants of Chicago pioneer Philo Carpenter. Includes portraits of Elizabeth Cheney, primarily as a child and young adult. Also includes formal and informal portraits from several family branches, particularly Carpenter, Cheney, Clary, Dole, Forbes, Hooker and Solomon families; and interiors and exteriors of homes (ca. 1900) and farms, many in the Chicago area and midwestern United States. Vacation snapshots, generally in albums, show Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, and the western United States, notably Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Parks.
    • Albums also contain snapshots of the World's Columbian Exposition (Chicago, Ill. : 1893). Loose photographs, some commercial, depict the Century of Progress world's fair (Chicago, Ill. : 1933-1934). Postcards include some images of the 1893 and 1933 world's fairs and views of the United States, including a series of Georgian style doorways in Massachusetts. Scrapbooks (ca. 1882-1912) contain clipped images of theatrical personalities, a courtship tale illustrated with clippings, and greeting cards.
  • Location of Other Archival Materials Note Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the Elizabeth F. Cheney papers.
  • Finding Aids Note Container list available (1986-302).
  • Acquisition information Gift of Elizabeth Cheney, 1986 (1986.0302).
  • Names
    • Carpenter, Philo, 1805-1886 Portraits.
    • Cheney, Elizabeth F. (Elizabeth Florence), 1902-1986 Portraits.
    • Cheney, Florence (Florence Eliza Hooker) Portraits.
    • Cheney, William Wallace, 1877- Portraits.
    • Clary family Portraits.
    • Dole family Portraits.
    • Forbes family Portraits.
    • Harlow family Portraits.
    • Hooker family Portraits.
    • Solomon family Portraits.
    • Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-1934 : Chicago, Ill.)
    • World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)
  • Subjects
    • Actors United States. lctgm
    • Actresses United States. lctgm
    • Children Illinois Oak Park. lctgm
    • Courtship & love. lctgm
    • Doors and doorways Massachusetts. lctgm
    • Dwellings Chicago Metropolitan Area. lctgm
    • Dwellings United States. lctgm
    • Families Illinois Chicago Metropolitan Area. lctgm
    • Mothers & children Chicago Metropolitan area. lctgm
    • Women Illinois Chicago metropolitan area. lctgm
  • Geographic coverage
    • Canada Pictorial works.
    • Chicago Metropolitan Area (Ill.) Biography.
    • Grand Canyon National Park (Ariz.) Pictorial works.
    • Hawaii Pictorial works.
    • Massachusetts Pictorial works.
    • Mexico Pictorial works.
    • Oak Park (Ill.) Biography.
    • Wisconsin Pictorial works.
    • Yellowstone National Park Pictorial works.
  • Genre
    • Ephemera. gmgpc
    • Greeting cards. gmgpc
    • Group portraits. gmgpc
    • Periodical illustrations. gmgpc
    • Postcards. gmgpc
    • Scrapbooks. gmgpc
    • Snapshots. gmgpc
    • Souvenir viewbooks. gmgpc
    • Albumen prints. gmgpc
    • Ambrotypes. gmgpc
    • Cabinet photographs. gmgpc
    • Card photographs. gmgpc
    • Cartes de visite. gmgpc
    • Cellulose nitrate negatives. gmgpc
    • Cyanotypes. gmgpc
    • Daguerreotypes. gmgpc
    • Film negatives. gmgpc
    • Glass negatives. gmgpc
    • Tintypes. gmgpc
  • Finding aid URL Finding aid available online http://chsmedia.org/media/fa/fa/1986/302.htm