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Guide to the Irene Tufts Mead Collection of Alice Boughton Photographs 1904

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Descriptive Summary


Mead, Irene Tufts, Collection of Alice Boughton. Photographs




0.25 linear feet (1 box)


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


The Irene Tufts Mead Collection contains five portrait photographs by Alice Boughton (1865-1943). All of the images date to 1904. Subjects include George Herbert Mead, Alice Chipman Dewey, Lucy Dewey, Evelyn Dewey, and Sabino Dewey. George Herbert Mead was Irene Tufts Mead's father-in-law. The Deweys were immediate family members of John Dewey who was a friend of George Herbert Mead.

Information on Use


This collection is open for research.


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

Biographical Note

Irene Tufts Mead was born in Chicago on November 17, 1893, to James Hayden Tufts III and Cynthia Hobart Whitaker. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago in 1915. In 1917, she married Henry Castle Albert Mead, son of George Herbert Mead and Helen Kingsbury Castle.

Tufts Mead received a medical degree from Rush Medical College in 1926. After earning her degrees, Mead worked at the University of Chicago in the Student Health Department as a part-time physician. Notably, she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha, and the American Medical Society. Irene Tufts Mead died in 1984.

Alice Boughton, born in Brooklyn, New York in 1865, studied painting at the Pratt Institute in New York and in Paris. She began her photographic career as an apprentice in Gertrude Kaserbier's studio. She opened her first studio in 1890. She participated in the Third Chicago Photographic Salon in 1902. By 1906, Boughton became a member of the Photo-Secession movement. Her most celebrated works include portraits of William Butler Yeats, Yvette Guilbert, and Maxim Gorki. Alice Boughton died in 1943.

Scope Note

The Irene Tufts Mead collection contains five photographic prints, all of which date to 1904. Two prints appear to be made by the same negative of George Herbert Mead, Irene Tufts Mead's father-in-law. The collection also depicts members of John Dewey's family: Alice Chipman Dewey, his wife, Lucy Dewey and Sabino, his children. Each image is approximately 20 cm tall by 14 cm in width.

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Subject Headings


Box 1

George Herbert Mead, 1904

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George Herbert Mead, 1904

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Alice Chipman Dewey and Lucy Dewey, 1904

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Evelyn Dewey, 1904

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Alice Chipman Dewey and Sabino, 1904