William Day Gates photograph collection [graphic], ca. 1890-1910


Finding Aid for the Collection at the Chicago History Museum, Research Center

Rev. by D. Rinder, 2008


Copyright 2008, Chicago Historical Society, 1601 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614-6038


Title: William Day Gates photograph collection [graphic]

Main entry: Gates, William Day

Inclusive dates: ca. 1890-1910


31 photographic prints : b&w ; 28 x 36 cm. or smaller.

3 photomechanical prints : postcard ; 9 x 14 cm.

Accession #: 1982.0054

Call #: 1982.0054 PPL


Description of the collection:

Photographs of Gates, his American Terra Cotta Company in Terra Cotta and Spring Valley, Illinois, and his homes in Crystal Lake, Hinsdale and Terra Cotta, Illinois.


Some photoprints also available as copy negative in the Rights & Reproductions Office at the Chicago Historical Society: ICHi 18453-18454.


Gift of Ms. Ora Gates, 1981 (1982.0054).


Storage: Box Lot (12 x 15 in. box)


List of online catalog headings:

Gates, William Day.

American Terra Cotta Company (Terra Cotta, Ill.)

Dwellings -- Illinois -- Hinsdale.

Dwellings -- Illinois -- Terra Cotta.

Industrial buildings -- Illinois -- Spring Valley.

Industrial buildings -- Illinois -- Terra Cotta.

Industries -- Illinois -- Terra Cotta.


Ceramic industries -- Illinois -- Terra Cotta.

Dwellings -- Illinois -- Crystal Lake.

Chicago (Ill.) -- Biography.


Photographic prints.


Container list of box number and titles:

Box 1

Snapshot of home at Hinsdale, Illinois

Snapshot of home at Hinsdale, Illinois

Snapshot of "Trail's End"

Photograph of factory, showing lake, on left hand side is chapel built with terra cotta. William Day Gates was an Episcopalian and he conducted services in the chapel as a Lay Reader for family and employees. The chapel was on the grounds of American Terra Cotta Company, and adjoined the factory.

View of the factory

Picture of factory with water lilies

Picture of large vases and stone wall, home at Terra Cotta

Large picture of home at Hinsdale, made of terra cotta

Side view of home at Hinsdale, made of terra cotta

Picture of William Day Gates beside large vase, home at Terra Cotta

Picture of office at Terra Cotta with murals on side and lion, elephant and vases

Inside plaster, mold room at Terra Cotta

side view of home at Terra Cotta

View of factory from top of hill, Price Williams, Jr. with dog, grandson of William Day Gates

Vases at rock wall

Office at Terra Cotta, post card

Kilns at Terra Cotta

Kilns at Terra Cotta, post card

Picture of the Lemon Eater

Postcard picture of the factory, Terra Cotta

Picture of two vases

Front view of home at Hinsdale, Illinois

Original factory Spring Valley Tile Works, which burned, and American Terra Cotta Company rebuilt

Rebuilding of factory

Book with Trail's End pictures, including inside of home, last home of William Day Gates

Picture of M. E. Gates, son of William Day Gates, who made quite a number of inventions for the factory