Photographs from the Chicago Daily News [Electronic Resource]

Institution: Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: (312) 642-4600
Date: 1902-1933
Extent: Linear Feet
Finding Aid: None

Biographical/Historical Note:
The Chicago Daily News was an afternoon newspaper that for many years kept its price at one cent so that it was easily affordable to working people on their way home from a day's labor. Newspapers were the primary media of mass communication before radio became widely available, and the Chicago Daily News played its public role with zest.

Scope and Content Note:
Presents 55,000 images of urban life, primarily in or near Chicago, Illinois, captured on glass plate negatives by photographers employed by the Chicago Daily News, then one of Chicago's leading newspapers. The photographs feature a variety of topics and events covered in the newspaper as well as politicians, actors, and other prominent people who stopped in Chicago during their travels and individual athletes and sports teams who came to Chicago. Also includes views of the operations of the Chicago Daily News itself and photographs taken on occasional out-of-town trips to important events such as the inauguration of presidents in Washington (D.C.). Only about 20% of these images were published in the newspaper. Offered as part of the American Memory online resource compiled by the National Digital Library Program of the Library of Congress. A grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supported the scanning and cataloging of the oldest glass plate negatives from the Chicago Daily News in 1998-2002. Images from this project are part of the Library of Congress's American Memory Web-site (at and are available through the online catalog at Chicago History Museum, Research Center.

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