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Taylor, J.W., Photograph Collection, c.1880-1910

J.W. Taylor Photograph Collection,

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The Art Institute of Chicago

Finding Aid Published: 2003

J.W. Taylor Photograph Collection, c.1880-1910

Accession Number: 1993.3

This collection was processed with the support of a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:J.W. Taylor Photograph Collection, c.1880-1910
EXTENT:.5 linear foot  (1 box)
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:Previously a bookseller, J.W. Taylor (1846-1918) began photographing Chicago in the 1870s and started advertising himself as a commercial photographer in 1889. Taylor worked until 1918, photographing Chicago-area architecture and landscapes, as well as buildings in other cities in the United States. This collection contains images taken in Chicago between about 1880 and 1910.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Black and white and toned photographic prints.
ORIGINATION: Taylor, J. W. 1846-1918
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:The collection was purchased by the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 1993 from Ronald T. Lyman III.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:
J.W. Taylor (1846-1918) began in Chicago as a bookseller, selling stationary and photographs in addition to books. He took up photography in the 1870s, pursued it more actively 1880s, and started advertising himself as a commercial photographer in 1889. Taylor worked until his death in 1918, taking images of Chicago-area architecture and photographing buildings in other cities in the United States, including Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. After Taylor's death, William T. Barnum, possibly a former operator for Taylor, acquired his negatives.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
The collection, consisting of only one series, contains architectural and landscape photographs taken by J.W. Taylor in Chicago between about 1880 and 1910. Buildings represented are or were primarily office buildings located downtown in the Loop area and were designed by noted architects of the day, including Adler and Sullivan, Solon S. Beman, William W. Boyington, Burnham and Root, Cobb and Frost, and Holabird and Roche. Additionally, there are several images of Chicago parks and statuary.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
The collection is arranged in one series, with photographs listed alphabetically by building name or subject.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Taylor, J. W. 1846-1918
Adler and Sullivan
Architecture--Illinois--Chicago
Architecture--Illinois--Chicago--Photographs
Architectural photography--Illinois--Chicago
Chicago Auditorium Building (Chicago, Ill.)
Baumann, Frederick H., 1826-1921
Beman, S. S. (Solon Spencer), 1853-1914
Boyington, William W., 1818-1898
Burnham and Root
Cleveland, H. W. S. (Horace William Shaler), 1814-1900
Cobb and Frost
Haymarket Square Police Monument (Chicago, Ill.)
Holabird & Roche (Chicago, Ill.)
Jenney and Mundie
Jenney, William Le Baron, 1832-1907
Lincoln Park (Chicago, Ill.)--Buildings, structures, etc.
MacMonnies, Frederick William, 1863-1937
Monadnock Building (Chicago, Ill.)
Olmsted and Vaux
Olmsted, Olmsted, and Eliot
Palmer, Charles Maldon, 1845-1928
Parks--Illinois--Chicago
Richardson, H. H. (Henry Hobson), 1838-1886
Rookery Building (Chicago, Ill.)
Saint-Gaudens, Augustus, 1848-1907
Sculpture, American--Illinois--Chicago--19th century
Van Osdel, John M., 1811-1891
Warren, Clinton J., b. 1860

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
BOX.FFBox #, Folder #
c.circa

RELATED MATERIALS IN THE RYERSON AND BURNHAM ARCHIVES, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO:
Historic Architecture and Landscape Image Collection (00.20)

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/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchaccess.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:
J.W. Taylor Photograph Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
This collection was processed by Natasha Derrickson in November 2003.

ACCRUALS:
New acquisitions may be added to this collection on an irregular basis.

ALTERNATE FORM AVAILABLE:
A few items are identical to images also found in the Historic Architecture and Landscape Image Collection, for which digital files are available. Copies of these images may be ordered through the Ryerson and Burnham Archives.

FILE PLAN:
Any identification number originally assigned to an image by J.W. Taylor is recorded with each photograph.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

ARMOUR ELEVATOR CO. CHICAGO, IL.
Box.FF 1.1
Perspective exterior of Elevator "A".
Black and white photographic print.
Taylor #13310.
[c.1890s] 1

ASHLAND AVENUE. CHICAGO, IL.
Box.FF 1.2
Streetscape of west side, looking south toward Union Park Congregational Church.
Toned photographic print.
Taylor #9971.
[c.1890s] 1

AUDITORIUM BUILDING. BUILDING. CHICAGO, IL. Adler and Sullivan, architect.
Box.FF 1.3
Perspective exterior looking northwest.
Toned photographic print.
Taylor #9853.
[1890s] 1
Box.FF 1.3
Interior view of the hotel dining room.
Black and white photographic print.
Taylor #[9386?].
[1890s] 1

BURLEY AND COMPANY BUILDING. CHICAGO, IL.
Box.FF 1.4
Exterior detail of first two floors of front façade.
Toned photographic print.
[c.1890s] 1

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUILDING. CHICAGO, IL. Baumann and Huehl, architect.
Box.FF 1.5
Perspective exterior from northwest.
Toned photographic print.
Taylor #10080.
[1890s] 1
Box.FF 1.5
Interior view of balconies lining court near a stairwell.
Toned photographic print.
Taylor #10044.
[1890s] 1

CHICAGO, IL.
Box.FF 1.6
Aerial view north from the Auditorium Building tower, showing buildings from about Wabash Avenue to Lake Michigan, including the Interstate Exposition Building on Michigan Avenue.
Black and white photographic print.
Taylor #11014.
[c.1880s] 1
Box.FF 1.6
Aerial view southeast from about Michigan Avenue and Adams Street, including part of the Interstate Exposition Building on Michigan Avenue.
Black and white photographic print.
Taylor #9680.
[c.1880s] 1

CHICAGO AND NORTH WESTERN RAILWAY STATION, OLD. CHICAGO, IL. William Boyington, architect.
Box.FF 1.8
Perspective exterior from northeast.
Toned photographic print.
Taylor #2957.
[c.1890s] 1

CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE BUILDING. CHICAGO, IL. William W. Boyington, architect.
Box.FF 1.9
Interior view of trading room.
Black and white photographic print.
Taylor #9809.
[c.1885-1900] 1

CHICAGO OPERA HOUSE. CHICAGO, IL. Cobb and Frost, architect.
Box.FF 1.10
Perspective exterior.
Toned photographic print.
Taylor #2326.
[c.1885-1900] 1

CHURCH OF MESSIAH. CHICAGO, IL. Unknown architect.
Box.FF 1.11
Perspective exterior.
Toned photographic print.
Taylor #13814.
[c.1890s] 1

ELK PICNIC. CHICAGO, IL.
Box.FF 1.12
View of attendees watching an open-air performance of As You Like It.
Black and white photographic print.
Taylor #13398.
1891 1

FAIR STORE. CHICAGO, IL. Jenney and Mundie, architect.
Box.FF 1.13
Perspective exterior.
Toned photographic print.
Taylor #13805.
[c.1896-1910] 1

GRAND CENTRAL STATION. CHICAGO, IL. Solon S. Beman, architect.
Box.FF 1.14
Perspective exterior.
Toned photographic print.
Taylor #13694.
[c.1890s] 1

GRAND PACIFIC HOTEL. CHICAGO, IL. William W. Boyington, architect.
Box.FF 1.15
Perspective exterior from southeast.
Toned photographic print.
Taylor #13817.
[c.1880s] 1

GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL. CHICAGO, IL. Burnham and Root, architect.
Box.FF 1.16
Perspective exterior from southwest.
Toned photographic print.
Taylor #13824.
[c.1890s] 1

HAYMARKET RIOT MONUMENT. CHICAGO, IL. John Gelert, sculptor.
Box.FF 1.17
Perspective exterior.
Toned photographic print.
Taylor #9[1?]23.
[c.1890s] 1

HOTEL METROPOLE. CHICAGO, IL. Clinton J. Warren, architect.
Box.FF 1.18
Perspective exterior.
Toned photographic print.
Taylor #13495.
[c.1890s] 1

JACKSON PARK. CHICAGO, IL. Olmsted, Olmsted and Eliot, landscape architect.
Box.FF 1.19
Waterscape, view of lake with children on opposite shore.
Black and white photographic print.
Taylor #295.
[c.1895-1910] 1
Box.FF 1.19
Landscape, view of paved "beach" with people fishing along Lake Michigan.
Toned photographic print.
Taylor #13939.
[c.1895-1910] 1

LASALLE STREET. CHICAGO, IL.
Box.FF 1.20
Streetscape north from Jackson Boulevard.
Toned photographic print.
Taylor #358.
[c.1885-1895] 1

LEITER, LEVI Z., BUILDING, aka SIEGEL, COOPER AND CO. STORE. CHICAGO, IL. William LeBaron Jenney, architect.
Box.FF 1.21
Perspective exterior from southwest.
Toned photographic print.
Taylor #13706.
[c.1890s] 1

LIBBY PRISON MUSEUM, aka CHICAGO COLISEUM. CHICAGO, IL. Charles M. Palmer, architect.
Box.FF 1.22
Front exterior of the "Enclosure," oblique view south with Grace Episcopal Church in distance.
Toned photographic print.
Taylor #10040.
[c.1890s] 1

LINCOLN PARK. CHICAGO, IL. Swain Nelson and Olaf Benton, landscape architects.
Box.FF 1.23
Perspective exterior of a fountain along the Promenade.
Toned photographic print.
Taylor #[473?].
1891 1
Box.FF 1.23
Landscape showing roadway with ivy-coovered structures.
Black and white photographic print.
Taylor #10045.
1891 1
Box.FF 1.23
Waterscape of lake, showing people boating.
Black and white photographic print.
Taylor #499.
[c1890s] 1
Box.FF 1.23
Landscape, showing water garden with lily beds in foreground.
Black and white photographic print.
Taylor #9121.
1890 1

LINCOLN PARK, JOHAN CHRISTOPH FRIEDRICH VON SCHILLER STATUE. CHICAGO, IL. Ernst Bildhauer Rau, sculptor.
Box.FF 1.24
Front exterior from across the Conservatory Garden.
Toned photographic print.
Taylor #386.
[c.1890s] 1

LINCOLN PARK, STORKS AT PLAY, aka THE BATES FOUNTAIN. CHICAGO, IL. Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Frederick William MacMonnies, sculptors.
Box.FF 1.24
Perspective exterior from across the Conservatory Garden.
Black and white photographic print.
Taylor #9108.
[c.1887-1900] 1

LINCOLN PARK, ULYSSES S. GRANT MEMORIAL. CHICAGO, IL. Louis T. Rebisso, sculptor.
Box.FF 1.24
Perspective exterior.
Toned photographic print.
[c.1890s] 1

MARSHALL FIELD AND CO. WHOLESALE STORE. CHICAGO, IL. Henry Hobson Richardson, architect.
Box.FF 1.25
Perspective exterior.
Toned photographic print.
Taylor #1934.
c.1891 1

MASONIC TEMPLE. CHICAGO, IL. Burnham and Root, architect.
Box.FF 1.26
Perspective exterior from southwest.
Toned photographic print.
[c.1890s] 1

MICHIGAN AVENUE. Chicago, IL.
Box.FF 1.27
Front exterior, oblique view showing façades of Auditorium Building, Studebaker (Fine Arts) Building, and The Art Institute of Chicago.
Toned photographic print.
Taylor #1[0?]017.
[c.1890s] 1

MONADNOCK BUILDING. CHICAGO, IL. Burnham and Root, architect.
Box.FF 1.28
Perspective exterior from northeast, showing remnants of construction.
Black and white photographic print.
Taylor #13699.
[c.1891-1893] 1

PALMER HOUSE. CHICAGO, IL. John van Osdel, architect.
Box.FF 1.29
Perspective exterior.
Black and white photographic print.
Taylor #2580.
[c.1890s] 1

PALMER, POTTER, RESIDENCE. CHICAGO, IL. Cobb and Frost, architect.
Box.FF 1.30
Perspective exterior from northeast before addition of gallery on north side.
Black and white photographic print.
Taylor #10018.
[c.1885-1890] 1

PRAIRIE AVENUE. CHICAGO, IL.
Box.FF 1.31
Streetscape southeast from about 18th Street, showing Glessner Residence.
Black and white photographic print.
Taylor #9974.
[c.1890s] 1

PULLMAN BUILDING. CHICAGO, IL.
Box.FF 1.32
Perspective exterior.
Black and white photographic print.
[c.1885-1900] 1

ROOKERY BUILDING, THE. CHICAGO, IL. Burnham and Root, architect.
Box.FF 1.33
Perspective exterior from northwest.
Black and white photographic print.
Taylor #2738.
[c.1890s] 1

TACOMA BUILDING. CHICAGO, IL. Holabird and Roche, architect.
Box.FF 1.34
Perspective exterior from southeast.
Black and white photographic print.
Taylor #9535.
[c.1890s] 1

UNION STOCK YARDS. CHICAGO, IL.
Box.FF 1.35
Interior of canning room, showing workers.
Toned photographic print.
Taylor #13435.
[c.1890s] 1
Box.FF 1.35
Interior, showing sheep in runs to slaughter pens, with workers.
Toned photographic print.
Taylor #13439.
[c.1890s] 1
Box.FF 1.35
Interior, showing dead hogs in slaughter pens.
Toned photographic print.
Taylor #13440.
[c.1890s] 1

VENETIAN BUILDING. CHICAGO, IL. Holabird and Roche, architect.
Box.FF 1.36
Perspective exterior.
Black and white photographic print.
[c.1890s] 1

WASHINGTON PARK. CHICAGO, IL. Olmsted and Vaux, landscape architect. H.W.S. Cleveland, builder.
Box.FF 1.37
Landscape view of garden and flower beds.
Black and white photographic print.
Taylor #352.
[c.1890s] 1
Box.FF 1.37
Landscape view of garden and flower beds.
Black and white photographic print.
Taylor #13404.
[c.1890s] 1
Box.FF 1.37
Landscape view of garden and flower beds.
Black and white photographic print.
Taylor #13551.
[c.1890s] 1
Box.FF 1.37
Landscape view of garden and flower beds.
Black and white photographic print.
Taylor #13580.
[c.1890s] 1

WASHINGTON PARK, CONSERVATORY. CHICAGO, IL.
Box.FF 1.37
Perspective exterior from across the gardens.
Black and white photographic print.
Taylor #13923.
[c.1890s] 1

WASHINGTON PARK, SOUTH SIDE FOUNTAIN. CHICAGO, IL.
Box.FF 1.37
Perspective exterior, showing carriage horses drinking from fountain.
Black and white photographic print.
Taylor #13349.
[c.1890s] 1

WOMAN'S TEMPLE. CHICAGO, IL. Burnham and Root, architect.
Box.FF 1.38
Perspective exterior.
Black and white photographic print.
Taylor #[1?]3913.
[c.1890s] 1

WORLD'S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION. CHICAGO, IL.
Box.FF 1.39
Streetscape, showing dedicatory parade on State Street, looking north from Madison Street.
Black and white photographic print.
[1893] 1
Box.FF 1.39
Streetscape, showing dedicatory parade on State Street, looking north from Madison Street.
Toned photographic print.
Taylor #15214.
[1893] 1
Box.FF 1.39
Streetscape, showing dedicatory parade on Dearborn Street, looking north from Adams Street.
Toned photographic print.
Taylor #15305.
[1893] 1



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