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Pullman Town Construction Photographs, c.1880-1881

Pullman Town Construction Photographs,

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Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
The Art Institute of Chicago

Finding Aid Published: 1990

Pullman Town Construction Photographs, c.1880-1881

Accession Number: 1990.7

Electronic access to this finding aid was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:Pullman Town Construction Photographs, c.1880-1881
EXTENT:1 oversize portfolio
REPOSITORY: Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries,
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603-6110
(312) 443-7292 phone
rbarchives@artic.edu
http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchives.html
ABSTRACT:The construction of George Pullman's Palace Car Company's Chicago Works and the model factory town of Pullman, Illinois, is documented in black and white photographs.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:Black and white photographic prints.
ORIGINATION: The origination of this collection is unknown.
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:The collection was purchased by the Ryerson and Burnham Archives from a private dealer in 1990. Contributions toward the purchase were received from: Frank and Ingrid Beberdick; Jeremy and Frances Beman; Andrew and Martha Brislen; the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; and Charles and Barbara Gregersen.

HISTORICAL NOTE:
Recognized today as the first planned industrial town in the United States, the model community of Pullman, Illinois, was conceived by railroad car magnate George Pullman for his Chicago Palace Car Company's Chicago Works factory and its laborers, whose residence in the town was a condition of employment. Sited on four thousand acres between Lake Calumet and Lake Michigan, the town was designed by Chicago architect Solon Spencer Beman and landscaped by Nathan Bennett. Construction began in 1881 and included factory and administration buildings, as well as housing, stores, and public buildings for as many as 10,000 residents. Pullman was annexed to the City of Chicago in 1889.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
The photographs were taken during the construction phase of Pullman, Illinois. Although the photographs are undated, they were likely taken during late 1880 (for the residential blocks) and early 1881 (the town's first permanent residents moved into their home at 11109 St. Lawrence on on January 1, 1881). The photographer is unknown.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Pullman (Ill.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--History--Sources
Pullman (Ill.)--History--Sources
Beman, S. S. (Solon Spencer), 1853-1914--Archives
Architecture--Illinois--Chicago--19th century--Sources
Architecture--Illinois--Chicago--20th century--Sources
Architecture--Illinois--Chicago--Archives

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
c.-p. neg.cross-polarized negative
doc. neg.documentary negative
n.d.no date
OPOversize Portfolio

RELATED MATERIALS IN THE RYERSON AND BURNHAM ARCHIVES, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO:
Solon S. Beman and Spencer S. Beman Collection, 2001.06
Historic Architecture and Landscape Architecture Image Collection, 00.20

RELATED MATERIALS IN CURATORIAL DEPARTMENTS, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO:
Architectural drawings by Solon Spencer Beman for buildings in Pullman, Illinois, are housed in the permanent collection of the Department of Architecture at The Art Institute of Chicago.

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
The collection is housed in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries' on-site stacks.

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS:
This collection may be used by qualified readers in the Reading Room of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at The Art Institute of Chicago. Collections maintained on-site are available for patron use without prior arrangement or appointment. Collections maintained in off-site storage will be retrieved with advance notification; please consult the Archivist for the current retrieval schedule. For further information, consult http://www.artic.edu/aic/access/access.html

USER RESTRICTIONS:
The Art Institute of Chicago is providing access to the materials in the Libraries' collections solely for noncommercial educational and research purposes. The unauthorized use, including, but not limited to, publication of the materials without the prior written permission of the Art Institute is strictly prohibited. All inquiries regarding permission to publish should be submitted in writing to the Archivist, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to permission from the Art Institute, permission of the copyright owner (if not the Art Institute) and/or any holder of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) may also be required for reproduction, publication, distribution, and other uses. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of any item and securing any necessary permissions rests with the persons desiring to publish the item. The Art Institute makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the materials or their fitness for a particular purpose.

PREFERRED CITATION:
Pullman Town Construction Photographs, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
The collection was processed by the staff of the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 1990. This finding aid was revised and expanded by Annemarie van Roessel in 2002.

ALTERNATE FORM AVAILABLE:
Copy prints of all photographs may be ordered from copy negatives made by The Art Institute of Chicago. Both a documentary and cross-polarized copy negative are available for each original print. A photograph from a documentary negative will essentially replicate the image of the original photograph while a photograph from the cross-polarized negative will offer greater light/dark contrast and range and is more suitable for publication purposes.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

OP 1
1. Engine room with Corliss Centennial Engine.
AIC doc. neg. E23237. AIC c.-p. neg. E23710.
c.1881 1
OP 1
2. Dwellings (11100 block of S. Champlain Avenue).
AIC doc. neg. E23232. AIC c.-p. neg. E23846.
c.11/1880 1
OP 1
3. Wood-machine shop interior.
AIC doc. neg. E23240. AIC c.-p. neg. E23847.
c.1881 1
OP 1
4. Blacksmith shop interior.
AIC doc. neg. E23239. AIC c.-p. neg. E23848.
c.1881 1
OP 1
5. Boiler room interior.
AIC doc. neg. E23238. AIC c.-p. neg. E23849.
c.1881 1
OP 1
6. Water tower foundation, with rear view of iron-machine and blacksmith shops.
AIC doc. neg. E23241. AIC c.-p. neg. E23845.
c.1881 1
OP 1
7. Allen Paper Car Wheel Co. Building.
AIC doc. neg. E23234. AIC c.-p. neg. E23852.
c.1881 1
OP 1
8. View of the Chicago Works from southeast.
AIC doc. neg. E23235. AIC c.-p. neg. E23850.
c.1881 1
OP 1
9. Erecting shop and office building exterior.
AIC doc. neg. E23236. AIC c.-p. neg. E23850.
c.1881 1
OP 1
10. Dwellings (11100 block of S. Saint Lawrence Avenue).
AIC doc. neg. E23233. AIC c.-p. neg. E23853. View looking east. Foundation in foreground is that of Hotel Florence.
c.11/1880 1


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