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Descriptive inventory for the Art Shay photograph collection, 1944-2002

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Descriptive inventory for the Art Shay photograph collection, 1944-2002

Prepared by Dominique Tremblay, 2008; edited by Dana Lamparello, 2018.
  
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Chicago History Museum, Research Center
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Chicago, IL 60614-6038
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Art Shay photograph collection, 1944-2002 (inclusive)
Creators: Art Shay
Chicago History Museum. Essential Art Shay (Exhibition)
Dates: 1944-2002 (inclusive)
Accession number: 2007.0001.1-144
Bib number: 00209171
Call number: 2007.0001 PPL
Size: 2 linear feet, including 144 images (6 boxes)
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

This collection was purchased by the Chicago History Museum in 2006 (accession number: 2007.0001.1-144).

Terms governing use:

To purchase copies of this material, it is necessary to contact the photographer's estate.

Additional Materials +/-

Related material:

Related material at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, includes the Studs Terkel program, Interview with Art Shay [sound recording] in which Shay discusses his book, Nelson Algren's Chicago; the visual materials collection on Art Shay photographing Chicagoans Going Strong (2014.0024); and the Art Shay photograph collection for Chicagoans Going Strong exhibition (2014.0023).

Collection Summary +/-

The collection includes a wide variety of images depicting people in Chicago neighborhoods (such as Maxwell Street Market and a skid row along Madison Street), celebrities in Chicago and elsewhere, entertainers, politicians, gamblers, prisoners, authors, and other cultural symbols. Many images qualify as Art Shay’s famous “one-liners,” in which one photograph combines unlikely and disparate elements and perhaps a caption to create multiple meanings within the same frame.

The photographic prints in this collection were made from original negatives (1948-2002) and selected in conjunction with: "The Essential Art Shay: Selected Photographs," a retrospective exhibition of works by Chicago photojournalist Art Shay at the Chicago History Museum in 2007. They are indentified by the accession number written on the back and by Mr. Shay's "A" number written on the back.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

Professional photojournalist Arthur Shay was born in the Bronx in 1922 and showed an interest in photography at an early age. Using his father’s old folding Kodak, he made portraits of classmates at school (P.S. 77) and members of his Boy Scout troop by printing the snapshots in the basement coal bin of his family’s apartment building. Years later, after serving in World War II as a field navigator in the Air Force, Shay worked as a reporter for "Life" magazine in the San Francisco, California office. In 1948, shortly after "Life" relocated him to Chicago, Shay began working as a freelance photojournalist. His first effort involved a collaborative project documenting the life of Chicago author Nelson Algren. This project, which Shay pitched to "Life" magazine under the title “Poet of the Chicago Slums,” (unpublished) resulted in fifteen year collaboration between Shay and Algren. Shay soon found himself with a steady stream of clients, including "Life," "Time," "Sports Illustrated," "Parade," "Coronet," and others.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Authors, American--Illinois--Chicago--1940-2010
Celebrities--Illinois--Chicago--1940-2010
Celebrities--United States--1940-2010
Courtrooms--Illinois--Chicago--1940-1969
Entertainers-United States--1940-2010
Gangsters--Illinois--Chicago--1940-1979
Guided missile bases--Illinois--Chicago--1970-1979
Photojournalism--Illinois--Chicago--1940-2010--Exhibitions
Photojournalism--Illinois--Chicago--1940-2010--Exhibitions
Photojournalists--Illinois--Chicago--1940-2010
Politicians--Illinois--Chicago--1940-1979
Persons:
Accardo, Anthony J – Portraits
Algren, Nelson, 1909-1981--Portraits
Ali, Muhammad,1942- --Portraits
Beauvoir, Simone de, 1908-1986--Portraits
Bellow, Saul--Portraits
Daley, Richard J., 1902-1976--Portraits
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969--Portraits
Garland, Judy--Portraits
Graziano, Rocky--Portraits
Hefner, Hugh M. (Hugh Marston), 1926--Portraits
Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961--Portraits
Hoffa, James R. (James Riddle), 1913- --Portraits
Jackson, Mahalia, 1911-1972--Portraits
Johnson, Virginia--Portraits
Jones, James, 1921-1977--Portraits
Jones, Spike, 1911-1965--Portraits
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963--Portraits
Kroc, Ray, 1902-1984--Portraits
Liberace, 1919-1987--Portraits
Mantle, Mickey, 1931-1995--Portraits
Marceau, Marcel, 1923-2007--Portraits
Maris, Roger, 1934-1985--Portraits
Masters, William H.--Portraits.
McCarthy, Joseph, 1908-1957--Portraits
Sinatra, Frank, 1915-1998--Portraits
Taylor, Elizabeth, 1932- --Portraits
Organizations:
Chicago History Museum--Essential Art Shay (Exhibition)
Maxwell Street Market (Chicago, Ill.)
Pacific Garden Mission (Chicago, Ill.)--Photographs
Genre/Form:
Group portraits
Photographic prints
Portrait photographs
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.)--Social conditions--1940-2010
Near North Side (Chicago, Ill.)--Social conditions--1940-2010
Near West Side (Chicago, Ill.)--Social conditions--1940-2010

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in one series by format.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Black-and-white photographic prints, 1948-2002 (6 boxes)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Katie Bergen and Dana Lamparello using Oxygen editor, 2017-2018.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Other Finding Aids: Finding aid also submitted to the Explore Chicago Collections portal.
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