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Descriptive inventory for the Association House of Chicago visual materials, ca. 1900-1964

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Descriptive inventory for the Association House of Chicago visual materials, ca. 1900-1964

Prepared by Diane Ryan, 1988; revised by D. Rinder, 2008; revised by Dana M. Lamparello, 2017.
Digitization and preservation of the nitrate negatives was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
  
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Chicago, IL 60614-6038
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Association House of Chicago visual materials, circa 1900-1964 (inclusive)
Creator: Association House of Chicago
Dates: circa 1900-1964 (inclusive)
Accession number: 1980.0171
Bib number: 00004131
Call numbers: 1980.0171 PPL
1980.0171 PCLF
1980.0171 PNG
1980.0171 PNN
Size:8 albums (404 photographic prints and a few clippings) ; 26 x 28 cm. (9 1/4 x 11 in.) or smaller
391 photographic prints : b&w ; 11 x 14 in. or smaller
3 photographic prints : col. ; 9 x 9 cm. (3 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.)
19 negatives : cellulose nitrate negative ; 9 x 11 cm. (3 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.)
5 photomechanical prints : postcard ; 9 x 14 cm. (3 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.)
1 photomechanical print : stat ; 8 x 6 cm. (2 x 3 in.)
1 drawing : ink drawing ; 18 x 24.5 cm. (7 x 9 1/2 in.)
1 folder of non-graphic material
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Gift of Association House of Chicago (1980.0171).

Terms governing use:

Credit photographer(s).

Restriction(s):

Advance appointment required to view color photographs in cold storage.

Nitrate negatives restricted from access, see reference copies instead.

Alternate format available:

Nitrate reference copies available online http://digitalcollection.chicagohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/p16029coll5/id/1443.

Please cite this collection as:

Association House of Chicago visual materials (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Additional Materials +/-

Separated material:

Separated materials include the Association House of Chicago records, 1899-1974 (bib# 64602).

Collection Summary +/-

Black-and-white and color photographic prints and negatives, photographic albums, postcards, photostats, clippings, and drawing related to residents, members, and activities of the Association House of Chicago in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago. Images depict children in groups, at structured play in classroom or gymnasium situations, and at unstructured play at playgrounds, beaches, or camps (in Delevan, Wisc. and Grays Lake, Ill.). Children are also shown at parties and banquets, participating in theatrical performances, and receiving child care. Also include are images of residents supervising children, and members participating in English or stenographic classes, social functions, theatrical performances, and hobbies (e.g. rugmaking). Includes a few portraits of directors, notably Alfred E. Rath, and early administrators Carrie B. Wilson, Norma Williams and Ellen Holt. Some photoprints are identified and the 1900-1917 album is annotated. Some photonegatives have been printed.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

The Association House of Chicago originated in 1899 as a recreational and educational program for youth in the West Town area of Chicago. Under the auspices of the Young Women's Christian Association, the group rented a building to house resident staff and provide space for classrooms and recreational activities. In 1901 the organization was incorporated as the Association House of Chicago with the mission of providing religious and industrial instruction and engaging in the work typically carried out by social and religious settlements. A new structure was built in 1905-1906 at 2150 W. North Avenue. In 1926, Association House gave up its independent status and officially transferred its property to the Presbyterian Church Extension Board. Over time, Association House adapted its services to changes in the economy and the population in the area by providing emergency relief, English and citizenship classes, counseling and day care services, summer camps, and space for clubs and neighborhood groups. Providing educational experiences for potential professional social workers became one of the major objectives of program planning, and the work of the professional staff was supplemented by the efforts of social work students and volunteers. In the 1960s, Association House entered into cooperative relationships with neighborhood conservation and planning councils. Programs and activities were increasingly oriented around the needs and interests of Spanish-speaking people, especially Puerto Ricans, who came to be the largest component in the area served. As of 2016, Association House was still operating in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Adult education--Illinois--Chicago--1900-1969
Beaches--Illinois--Chicago--1900-1969
Camps--Illinois--Grays Lake--1900-1969
Camps--Wisconsin--Delevan--1900-1969
Charitable organizations--Illinois--Chicago--1900-1969
Chess--Illinois--Chicago--1900-1969
Child care--Illinois--Chicago--1900-1969
Children cooking--Illinois--Chicago--1900-1969
Children playing billiards--Illinois--Chicago--1900-1969
Children playing--Illinois--Chicago--1900-1969
Children--Health & welfare--Illinois--Chicago--1900-1969
Children--Illinois--Chicago--1900-1969
Christmas--Illinois--Chicago--1900-1969
Ethnicity--Illinois--Chicago--1900-1969
Floor coverings--Illinois--Chicago--1900-1969
Gymnasiums--Illinois--Chicago--1900-1969
Halloween--Illinois--Chicago--1900-1969
Libraries--Illinois--Chicago--1900-1969
Playgrounds--Illinois--Chicago--1900-1969
Persons:
Holt, Ellen--Portraits
Rath, Alfred E.--Portraits
Rath, Nancy Susan--Portraits
Williams, Norma--Portraits
Wilson, Carrie B.--Portraits
Organizations:
Association House of Chicago--Photographs
Boy Scouts of America--Portraits
Boys' Clubs of America--Portraits
Genre/Form:
Albumen prints
Cellulose nitrate negatives
Gelatin silver prints
Ink drawings
Photograph albums
Photographic prints -- Color
Postcards
Stats
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.)--Economic conditions--1900-1969
Chicago (Ill.)--Streets--North Ave.--West--2150
Chicago (Ill.)--Streets--North Ave.--West--474
Delevan (Wis.)--Photographs
Grayslake (Ill.)--Photographs
West Town (Chicago, Ill.)--1900-1969--Photographs

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged into four series by physical format.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Photographic prints and albums, ca. 1900-1962 (box 1-5)
Series 2. Nitrate negatives, 1917-1930 (folders 1-3)
Series 3. Color photographs, 1964 (folder 4)
Series 4. Information file, undated (folder 5)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Dana M. Lamparello with Oxygen XML Editor, 2017.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Other Finding Aids: Finding aid also submitted to Explore Chicago Collections portal.
Processing Note:Eliminated call number 1980.0171 PNN-0031 during nitrate digitization project 2017/03/29.
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