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This collection comprises over 55,000 images of urban life
captured on glass plate negatives between 1902 and 1933 by photographers
employed by the Chicago Daily News, then one of Chicago's leading
The photographs illustrate the enormous variety of topics and events
covered in the newspaper, although only about twenty percent of the
images in the collection were
published in the newspaper.
Most of the photographs were taken in Chicago,
or in nearby towns, parks, or athletic fields. In addition to many
Chicagoans, the images include politicians, actors, and other prominent
people who stopped in Chicago during their travels and individual athletes
and sports teams who came to Chicago.
Also included are photographs illustrating the operations of the
Chicago Daily News itself and pictures taken
on occasional out-of-town trips by the Daily News's photographers to
important events, such as the inauguration of presidents in Washington,
The mission of the Library of Congress is to make its resources available
and useful to Congress and the American people and to sustain and preserve
a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations.
The goal of the Library's National Digital Library Program is to offer
broad public access to a wide range of historical and cultural documents
as a contribution to education and lifelong learning. Digital collections
from other institutions complement and enhance the Library's own
The Library of Congress presents these documents as part of the record of
the past. These primary historical documents reflect the attitudes,
perspectives, and beliefs of different times. The Library of Congress and
the Chicago History Museum do not endorse the views expressed in
these collections, which may contain materials offensive to some readers.
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The source materials for this collection are housed at the Chicago Historical Society (now known as the Chicago History Museum).
The digitization and presentation of these materials by The Chicago History Museum were
supported by the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Contact the museum with requests for
For more information about the original materials
use the society's online contact page.
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