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Bronzeville historic slides, 1950s

Identifier: 050.01.10

A collection of 35 mm black and white slides numbered 1 to 12 (there are 2 copies of slide no. 1 for a total of 13 slides) of street scenes, people and housing in the historically black south Chicago community know as Bronzeville. Images include some interior house scenes and some "projects" (public housing). All of these images were used in "The Poorhouse: Subsidized Housing in Chicago, 1895 - 1976" by Devereux Bowly, Jr. (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University, 1978). Presumably the slides were made from the images in the book. Images are credited to Mildred Mead*, courtesy of Chicago Historical Society, Devereux Bowly, Jr., and Chicago Housing Authority. Page numbers on which the images appear are noted below. *Note that The University of Chicago Archives holds the "Mildred Mead Photographs" in their photographic files. Slide images are as follows: 1. Alley scene showing backs of houses with children playing; p. 29 2. Two low rise developments (Bridgeport Homes); p. 39 3. Modern interior kitchen scene with woman at sink; p. 41 4. Large crowd of people in a street; p. 52 5. Three story brick apartment building; p. 53 6. Interior scene showing modern living room and kitchen; p. 54 7. Woman on front porch of older wooden home; p. 59 8. Girl dipping water from a bath tub in a kitchen; p. 60 9. Male clerk at front desk of Douglas Hotel (men's rooming house); p. 62 10. Street scene of modern high rises (Stateway Gardens); p. 116 11. Aerial view. (Looking north at Robert Taylor Homes); p. 125 12. Interior view of modern living room; p. 126


  • Creation: 1950s


Language of Materials

Records are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Research

Collection Size

12 Images


Provenance of these slides are unknown. Note that reproduction of these images cannot be made available by IIT Archives; presumably, the original photos are in The University of Chicago Archive as noted above in the scope and contents paragraph. Formerly 1998.045


Catherine Bruck, University Archivist

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