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Barnes-Crosby collection of glass negatives and master photographs, [ca. 1904-1913]

Photographs and negatives of popular Chicago streets and sites primarily in the Loop area, by the commercial photography studio Barnes-Crosby Company. Many focus on individual buildings such as hotels, office buildings, stores, museums, theaters, hospitals, libraries, government buildings, organi...


Changing Chicago project photographs by Bob Thall, 1987.

Documentary photographs of southeast Chicago to Gary (Ind.) show the decline of the steel industry and its effect on the landscape. Images concentrate on abandoned industrial plants, empty lots, gas stations, homes, railroads and waterways found in communities along Lake Michigan from 79th Street...

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Changing Chicago project photographs by Rhondal McKinney, 1985-1987.

Documentary photographs of sites found in Chicagos southwestern suburbs along the historic Illinois and Michigan Canal. Towns depicted include Lemont and Joliet. Includes images of historic sights, buildings such as churches, restaurants, retail stores, industrial plants, gas stations, an...

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Charles R. Childs postcard and photograph collection, [1907-1950s, bulk 1920s-1940s]

Picture postcards, photographic postcards, photoprints, and photonegatives of Chicago people, places, and events that mostly were taken by photographer Charles R. Childs and sold as postcards. A few views show Childs' place of business, and one photograph shows Childs on an outing with a group of...

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Chicago Association of Commerce and Industry collection of visual material, [1930-1976, bulk 1960-1976]

Views of Chicago by photographer Kee T. Chang to illustrate the Association's efforts to promote commercial growth and civic improvement. Includes views of Chicago (skyline, people on the street, aerial views, etc.), historic buildings, Lake Michigan and the waterfront, activities and festivals, ...

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Chicago illustrated, 1866-1867.

Images of Chicago (Ill.) in the early nineteenth century that were lithographed from original drawings by Louis Kurz. Scenes include prominent buildings, streets, and views of Chicago. Buildings include public buildings, hotels, railroad stations, churches, theaters, waterworks, and gas works. St...

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Chicago Plan Commission lantern slide collection, 1910s-1930s.

Collection of lantern slides used by the Chicago Plan Commission, which was formed in 1909 as an outcome of the Burnham Plan. Slides were used to illustrate lectures that were given to organizations and businesses to promote the Plan. Subjects include street, park, and lakefront improvements espe...

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Chicagoland-in-pictures slides 1983 donation, 1961-1983 (bulk 1982-1983).

Images, mostly made September 1982-March 1983 (but some date as early as 1961), by these photographers: Howard Anderson, Charles Johnson, Jim Lattimer, H. Michgelson, Casey Prunchunas, Robert Reiter, and Jack Schwab. Views include demolition of buildings at Cabrini Green; activities on Calumet ha...

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City of Chicago Maps, [ca. 1673-ongoing, bulk 1800-2000]

In the Research Center, please request a map by its author/title, category, date, and its number (if there is one). This is a collection of maps relating to the city of Chicago, or the area that was to become Chicago. Some maps include insets of more than one time period and this is indicated in ...


Collection of Edwin Whitefield prints and watercolors, ca. 1856-1870; bulk 1860-1861.

Primarily contains views of Chicago (Ill.) published by Whitefield in 1860 and 1861. Some views were designed after earlier photographs or engravings. Includes cityscapes, street views, panoramic views, and specific or well-known sites. Views show buildings and other structures, such as hotels an...

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Collection of prints published by Jevne & Almini of Chicago (Ill.), 1866-1867.

Contains original lithographic prints of Chicago (Ill.) in the early ninteenth century that were based on original drawings by Louis Kurz. Scenes include prominent buildings, streets, and views of Chicago. Buildings include public buildings, hotels, railroad stations, churches, theaters, waterwor...

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Cook and Adjacent Counties Maps

This is a collection of maps relating to Cook and the adjacent counties in Illinois, or the area that was to become Cook and adjacent counties. Some maps include insets of more than one time period and this is indicated in the Contents note. Maps often show specific townships within Cook and othe...

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Francis Neil MacDonald photograph collection, 1986.

Primarily scenes from "Ukrainian village," a Chicago neighborhood. Includes exteriors of homes, two interiors of the Hoyne Ave. Wesleyan Methodist Church, 2 workmen in a home interior and a few residents in front of their houses. Also includes a few scenes outside of Chicago--an industrial plant ...

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Frank M. Getchel slide collection

Views of Chicago by amateur photographer Getchel, including Buckingham Fountain, the Chicago Board of Trade building, the Chicago River, the Conrad Hilton Hotel, Field Museum of Natural History, gypsies on Maxwell Street, Michigan Avenue, Midway Airport, North Avenue Beach with bathers, the Railr...


Illinois Counties Maps

This is a collection of maps relating to counties in Illinois. Some maps include insets of more than one time period and this is indicated in the Contents note. Maps often show specific townships within counties. Maps often show subdivision of areas into lots and often relate to census, real esta...

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John Kimmich photograph collection, 1979-1981.

Street scenes in Chicago's Loop area, near West and near North sides. Includes industrial settings, parking facilities, high-rise buildings and the spaces in between high-rises. Also includes street traffic, elevated railroad tracks, intersections, street cornerrs and bus stops. Signs, lighting, ...

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Journal of a voyage from Boston to Chicago

Anonymous journal (incomplete) of a voyage from Boston (Mass.), along the Atlantic coast, around Florida, up the Gulf of Mexico to New Orleans, up the Mississippi River to the Illinois River, through the Illinois and Michigan Canal to Chicago, by propeller steamboat on Lake Michigan to New Buffal...

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Jun Fujita negatives collection

Views of the 1919 Race Riots in Chicago (Ill.); the St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1929); bridge construction, farm scenery, Chicago skylines, Lincoln Park Zoo, various railroad lines; other topics; and portrait negatives of Al Capone, John Alden Carpenter, Albert Einstein, Colonel Fabynn, J. L. K...


Karoly Szelenyi photograph collection, 1994.

Images of Michigan Avenue "Bridge pylon with relief"; "The Elevated train loops downtown-the Loop"; "Chicago-rail hub of America"; "Trucks ready to distribute the Chicago Tribune, Chicago's 'greatest newspaper'"; "The livable city studded with parks"; "The river at dusk"; "Skyline from south rive...

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Marguerite Hartmann collection of slides of Chicago attractions

Color 35 mm. slides (64 items) show Chicago attractions photographed by Marguerite Hartmann. Images depict the Chicago Railroad Fair, Chicago Shriners Parade 1948-1949, Buckingham Fountain, State Street Christmas decorations, and the Chicago River at night.

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Photographs of the Sanitary and Ship Canal, 1892 Sept. 3-1900 May 1.

Progress photographs documenting the construction of the Chicago Drainage Canal, which spanned approximately five miles from Damen Avenue in Chicago to Lockport (Ill.). Includes scenes from groundbreaking to dedication showing blasting the terrain with dynamite, equipment and vehicles, finding fo...

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