• Collection ID 1986.0207
  • Creator Names Mayer, Lyle, photographer. pht
  • Title Lyle Mayer photograph collection [graphic].
  • Dates 1947-1967.
  • Physical description
    • 2112 negatives : b&w ; 35 mm.
    • 254 negatives : b&w ; 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.
    • 245 negatives : b&w ; 4 x 5 in.
    • 1 negative : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
    • 74 photographic prints : b&w, contact sheet ; 8 x 10 in. or smaller.
    • 1 folder of non-graphic material.
  • Collection summary Negatives from Mayer's student photographic work at Institute of Design (Chicago, Ill.). Undergraduate work (1948-1949) includes Chicago scenes of transient hotel fronts on north Clark Street, Roosevelt University, a Chinese-American laundry, traffic and street scenes in the vicinity of Madison Street and Pulaski Road, slum clearance on the Near South Side, and the Isabel Roberts home (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1908) in River Forest (Ill.). Images of people include construction workers, shoppers on Michigan Avenue, inhabitants--chiefly African American children--of public housing projects, and African Americans at the Newberry Avenue Center settlement house. Also includes photographic design studies with a variety of objects, backgrounds and lighting; distorted images; and close-up views of foliage. One short series may be of photographs by Aaron Siskind against a white background with some random retouching. Mayer's M.A. thesis work (1966-1967) consists of images of antique stores and theaters.
  • Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Credit photographer.
  • Acquisition information Gift of Lyle Mayer, 1986 (1986.0207).
  • Names
    • Isabel Roberts House (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Newberry Avenue Center (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Roosevelt University
    • Illinois Institute of Technology. Institute of Design
    • Institute of Design (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Siskind, Aaron
    • Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959
    • Chicago History Museum. Research Center. Institute of Design Collection.
    • Institute of Design (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Illinois Institute of Technology. Institute of Design
  • Subjects
    • African Americans Illinois Chicago.
    • African American children Illinois Chicago.
    • Antique dealers Illinois Chicago.
    • Antique dealers Illinois Galena.
    • Charitable organizations Illinois Chicago. lctgm
    • Chinese Americans Employment Illinois Chicago.
    • City & town life Illinois Chicago. lctgm
    • Cleaning establishments Illinois Chicago. lctgm
    • Hotels Illinois Chicago. lctgm
    • Housing Illinois Chicago. lctgm
    • Laborers Illinois Chicago. lctgm
    • Photography Illinois Chicago. lctgm
    • Slums Illinois Chicago. lctgm
    • Traffic congestion Illinois Chicago. lctgm
    • Universities & colleges Illinois Chicago. lctgm
  • Geographic coverage
    • Douglas (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Chicago (Ill.) Streets Clark Street North 500-600.
    • Chicago (Ill.) Streets Michigan Avenue North.
    • Chicago (Ill.) Streets Newberry Avenue South 1335.
    • Chicago (Ill.) Buildings, structures, etc.
    • Galena (Ill.) Buildings, structures, etc.
  • Genre
    • Cellulose diacetate negatives. gmgpc
    • Contact sheets. gmgpc
    • Film negatives. gmgpc
    • Gelatin silver prints. gmgpc
  • Geographic name
    • United States Illinois Cook County Chicago.
    • United States Illinois Jo Daviess Galena.