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University of Chicago Library

Guide to the Mildred Mead Photographs 1948-1962

© 2007 University of Chicago Library

Descriptive Summary

Title:

Mead, Mildred. Photographs

Dates:

1948-1962

Size:

2.5 linear ft. (4 boxes)

Repository:

Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.

Abstract:

The collection contains 300-400 8x10 photographs and slides by the freelance photographer Mildred Mead. Between 1947 and 1962, Mean documented architecture and living conditions in Chicago, particularly on the south side.

Information on Use

Access

No restrictions

Citation

When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Mead, Mildred. Photographs, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Biographical Note

Mildred Mead, born in 1910, worked as a professional photographer (both freelance and by contract). Mead recorded activities associated with the South East Chicago Commission, The Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference, Michael Reese Hospital, the University of Chicago Planning Unit, the Fort Dearborn Project (for Marshall Field), the study of Maxwell Street Market sponsored by agencies when the South Freeway was projected to go through the Market, city parks, the lakefront, the Hyde Park 57th St. Fair, the Robie House, and public housing and urban redevelopment projects of the Land Clearance commission and the Metropolitan Housing and Planning Council.

Scope Note

The collection contains 300-400 8x10 photographs and slides, organized by Mildred Mead.

Related Resources

The following related resources are located in the Department of Special Collections:

http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/spcl/select.html

ADDITIONAL ARCHIVAL SOURCES

South East Chicago Commission

The Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference

Archival Photographic Files

Subject Headings

INVENTORY

Box 1   Folder 1

Hyde Park-Kenwood fires, 1948-1949

Box 1   Folder 2

Fort Dearborn project area, 1954

Box 1   Folder 3

University of Chicago campus and environs, 1949-1952

Box 1   Folder 4

Conservation area problems, 1948-1955

Box 1   Folder 5

18th and Indiana slum, 1950-1954

Box 1   Folder 6

Metropolitan Housing and Planning Council bus tours and observers in housing court, n.d.

Box 1   Folder 7

South Chicago near steel mills, 1950

Box 1   Folder 8

Japanese tea house on Wooded Isle, Jackson Park, between 1935 and 1943

Box 1   Folder 9

"Shyster's Firetrap'' story and other fire sites, 1949-1953

Box 1   Folder 10

"Mother with Problems'' exhibit photos, 1952

Box 1   Folder 11

Demolition for Congress Street superhighway, 1948

Box 1   Folder 12

In and around the Loop, 1952-1955

Box 1   Folder 13

Public housing, 1950-1954

Box 1   Folder 14

John Kalhart renovation, Old Town 1955-1959

Box 1   Folder 15

DeKoven Street, Mrs. O'Leary's house and other historical sites, 1950-1955

Box 1   Folder 16

57th Street Art Fair, 1950-1955

Box 1   Folder 17

Slum conditions, rats, trash, fire hazards, 1948-1950

Box 1   Folder 18

Middle income housing, Marshall Field and the Chicago Dwellings Association, 1952-1954

Box 1   Folder 19

Maxwell Street, 1955

Box 2   Folder 1

57th Street Art Fair participants, 1950-1956

  • Mead, Mr. and Mrs. Sidney
  • Bennett, Rainey
  • Weiner, Egon
  • Kikuchi, Atsushi
Box 2   Folder 2

  • Abercrombie, Gertrude
  • Armin, Emil
  • Baker, Anna
Box 2   Folder 3

  • Reganstiener, Elsa and Blackshire, George
  • Weiner, Egon
  • Platt, Ward
Box 2   Folder 4

  • Richardson, John
  • Forewalter, John
  • Fogle, Vi
Box 2   Folder 5

Schoolcraft, Freeman and Nelson, Perdita Kwok Wai Lau

Box 2   Folder 6

Hyde Park scenes, 1950s

Box 2   Folder 7

215-219 East 31st Street, 1948

Box 2   Folder 8

Alley shack fire, Washburn Street, 1950

Box 2   Folder 9

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference, 1946-1958

Box 2   Folder 10

Housing exhibit, 1948

Box 2   Folder 11

D. E. Mackelmann housing exhibit, 1954

Box 2   Folder 12

Mayor Daley's housing exhibit, 1956

Box 2   Folder 13

"Outhouse Alley'' at 35th and Honore, 1950

Box 2   Folder 14

Chicagonas, 1951-1955

Box 3   Folder 1

Metropolitan Housing and Planning Council luncheons, 1950-1956

Box 3   Folder 2

Back of the Stockyards, 1950

Box 3   Folder 3

City tree cutters at work, 1950

Box 3   Folder 4

Housing near Maxwell Street, 1952

Box 3   Folder 5

University of Chicago Laboratory School city plan, Olga Adams, 1951-1952

Box 3   Folder 6

Illinois Children's Home and Hospital, 1950

Box 3   Folder 7

Industry and housing, shoe factory, 1953

Box 3   Folder 8

Improvised play space, 1951-1955

Box 3   Folder 9

Michael Reese Hospital area, 1948-1956

Box 3   Folder 10

Clearance for New York Life project, 1950-1951

Box 3   Folder 11

Meadville Theological School, 1958

Box 3   Folder 12

Hyde Park Coop, 1954-1957

Box 3   Folder 13

Clearance for industrial redevelopment, 1950

Box 3   Folder 14

Unidentified, 1950-1952

Box 3   Folder 15

Miscellaneous, 1947-1953

Box 3   Folder 16

Mildred Mead sorting photographs, color photo, 1994

Box 4

Slide File 1: Conservation area #4, Normal Park, 1953 (22)

Box 4

Other conservation areas, excluding Hyde Park-Kenwood (20)

Box 4

Sample residences of older suburbs, 1952-1958 (2)

Box 4

Urban League-sponsored clean-up and fix-up, 1952 (5)

Box 4

Planned communities, Park Forest and middle income, Marshall Field Garden Apartments, 1952 (5)

Box 4

Steel mills in south Chicago near housing, 1950s (3)

Box 4

Educational tours for groups by Metropolitan Housing and Planning Council and the Urban League, 1950s (6)

Box 4

West Chesterfield opening for sale to blacks only, 1950s (2)

Box 4

Volunteer observers in Housing Court for Metropolitan Housing and Planning Council (1)

Box 4

Louis Sullivan residence (?) in Kenwood (2)

Box 4

Lincoln Park house, renovated, living room, 1956 (1)

Box 4

Lincoln Park Art Fair, 1955 (20)

Box 4

Maxwell Street Flea Market, 1955-1962 (44)

Box 4

Slide File 2: Hyde Park-Kenwood Conservation:

Box 4

South side plan, 1950s (1)

Box 4

Birthplace of William Rainey Harper, 1960 (1)

Box 4

Overviews of Hyde Park, 1950s-1962 (11)

Box 4

Fountain of Time statues by Lorado Taft, 1958 (11)

Box 4

Chicago Dwellings Association, first subsidized housing built for middle income families in Chicago after World War II, 1950s (5)

Box 4

Tot-lots, block projects using vacat lots in Hyde Park (8)

Box 4

Assorted views in Hyde Park before urban renewal, 1950s (25)

Box 4

"Going out of business'' signs on 55th Street, 1956-1957 (6)

Box 4

Hyde Park Coop, 1956 (3)

Box 4

Houses in Kenwood, 1950s (8)

Box 4

Demolition in Hyde Park, 1956-1957 (22)

Box 4

Repairs to buildings, fires, 1955 and 1957 (8)

Box 4

Beaches along Lake Michigan east of Hyde Park and Kenwood (11)

Box 4

Lake front scenes, 1950s (15)

Box 4

57th Street Art Fairs, 1950 and 1954-1956 (26)

Box 4

Slide File 3: General Chicago:

Box 4

Near and around the Loop (64)

Box 4

Michael Reese Hospital (9)

Box 4

Garfield Park Conservatory (4)

Box 4

Lake Meadows (21)

Box 4

Slum conditions (23)

Box 4

Slum demolition (9)

Box 4

Illinois Institute of Technology (3)

Box 4

Super highway west, clearance (4)

Box 4

In Chicago Public Housing (2)

Box 4

Downtown public library housing exhibits (11)