Chicago Plan Commission lantern slide collection, 1910s-1930s.
Finding Aid for the Collection at Chicago History Museum, Research Center
Rev. by Lesley Martin, 2008
© Copyright 2008, Chicago Historical Society, 1601 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614-6038
Title: Chicago Plan Commission lantern slide collection [graphic], 1910s-1930s.
Inclusive dates: 1910s-1930s.
Size: 3615 transparencies : lantern slide ; 9 x 10 cm. (3 1/4 x 4 in.) or smaller.
Call #: 1986.0497 PLS.a-b
Accession #: 1986.0497
Restriction: To consult this collection in the Research Center it is necessary to make an advance appointment (email: Research@chicagohistory.org ).
This finding aid includes:
Description of the collection,
List of headings in the online catalog for this collection,
Container list of box and slide numbers and descriptions.
Lantern slides used by the Chicago Plan Commission (CPC), which was formed in 1909 as an outcome of the Burnham Plan. Slides were used to illustrate lectures that were given to organizations and businesses to promote the Plan of Chicago. Subjects include street, park, and lakefront improvements especially in the Grant Park and south lakeshore areas of Chicago; and new and remodeled public buildings, such as railroad stations and museums. Slides show photographs, aerial photographs, drawings, maps, and diagrams, and sometimes text.
Includes illustrations for plans for other cities that were considered by Chicago planners, including London, New York City, Washington, Paris (?), Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Des Moines, Detroit, Harrisburg (Pa), Houston, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, Portland, St. Louis, Seattle, and Spokane.
Numbers on slides are not consecutive but presumably were used in creating different presentations. Some slides are unnumbered or have two numbers.
Some glass slides are cracked and should be handled with care.
Gift of Department of Planning, City of Chicago, 1986 (1986.0497).
List of headings in the online catalog for this collection:
Chicago (Ill.). Dept. of Planning
Chicago Plan Commission
City planning--New York (State)--New York.
Chicago (Ill.)--Pictorial works.
Chicago River (Ill.)
South Water Street (Chicago, Ill.)
Michigan Avenue Chicago (Ill.)
Outer Lake Shore Drive Chicago (Ill.)
Avondale Avenue (Chicago, Ill.)
Lincoln Park (Chicago, Ill. : Park)
Grant Park (Chicago, Ill.)
Loop (Chicago, Ill.)
Near North Side (Chicago, Ill.)
Burnham, Daniel Hudson, 1846-1912
Chicago (Ill.). Dept. of Planning
Chicago Plan Commission
Commercial Club of Chicago. Plan of Chicago.
United States--Illinois--Cook County--Chicago.
Call #: 1986.0497 PLS.a-b
42 boxes (4 x 5 in.)
Container list of box and slide numbers and descriptions:
Items already available as digital copies are labeled with ICHi-numbers.
6††††††††† Aerial, probably medical district, including University of Illinois hospital
20††††††† Aerial of Chicago lakefront
30††††††† Caption: (Plan of Chicago.) A $40,000,000 park is being constructed along the lake front.
33††††††† Labeled "Field Museum--aerial"† Shows the building that was the Fine Arts Building in 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, then Field Museum, eventually became Museum of Science and Industry's building
34††††††† Grant Park--aerial
57††††††† Chicago River--aerial, early 1920s.
63††††††† Port of Chicago area, freight yards (broken slide)
68††††††† Michigan Avenue, aerial north from Chicago River showing Wrigley Building
72††††††† Ogden Avenue improvement
73††††††† Chicago River--aerial
74††††††† Chicago, aerial view. ca. 1937 shows Lake Shore Drive Bridge
75††††††† Aerial--six block area. Cermak and Cottage Grove
76††††††† Pershing Road improvement, Cicero to Lake
77††††††† Aerial of Roosevelt Road looking west, ca. 1920s. (Scan ICHi-51864)
83††††††† Lake Zurich, Illinois (slide cracked)
86††††††† Small boats marina, possibly South Lincoln Park lagoon
90††††††† Plan of Chicago improvements: Grant Park. (Image appeared in National Geographic, January 1919)
96††††††† Rush Street Bridge, 1910s
97††††††† River view with small bridge (Lagoon?)
98††††††† Bridge freight yard, possibly Kinzie Street Bridge
981††††† Proposed bridge over Chicago River
100††††† Field Museum--construction
105††††† Sherman House images from 1837, 1844, 1861, 1873, and 1910
106††††† Sherman House images from 1837 and 1910
107††††† Chicago's Navy Pier
108††††† Field Museum, artist conception
110 †††† Wells Street and new Chicago and Northwestern Railway Depot
115††††† Park in the city (?) with flags
29c††††† Two barges on Lake, landfill operations near Lawrence Ave. (ICHi-51881 scan)
39††††††† Des Plaines River drawing
58††††††† Radial street map
78††††††† Civic Center and 12th Street Terminals, birdís eye view
98 (or 86)††††††† Proposed Northwestern University at Lake Shore Drive & Chicago Avenue
131††††† Elevation of proposed Civic Center
139††††† Labeled "New plan for civic center Graham and Burnham & Co." also "Terminal Talk only. Pennsylvania Civic Center plan."
149††††† Chicago dock area
168††††† Chicago survey map of a west side district, 1922, South Lawndale, Little Village
170††††† Map showing heights of buildings, South Lawndale, Little Village
185††††† McMillan Plan of Washington D.C., 1902 (ICHi-51865 scanned)
187††††† Chicago River north, waterfront improvement plan 1926 (ICHi-51866 scanned)
271††††† Chicago, Blighted District map 1937
288††††† Chicago, map showing building types (single family; two-flat, etc.) South Lawndale, Little Village
305††††† Chicago, drawing of proposed express highways, 1929
2††††††††† Chicago in 1834
121††††† Michigan Avenue, Wrigley Building
123††††† Michigan Avenue, Wrigley Building
387††††† Chicago, drawing of Navy Pier
400††††† Des Plaines River (ICHi-51867 scanned)
402††††† Des Plaines River
nn†††††††† Plat of property of the railroads in the business center of Chicago (ICHi-37503 scanned)
nn.††††††† Chicago, Plan of Field Museum
nn†††††††† Waterfront view. Not Chicago; probably Paris
nn.††††††† Chicago, Northwestern University proposed campus
nn.††††††† Chicago Land Use Survey; Woodlawn neighborhood
nn.††††††† Chicago, map of highways 1916
nn†††††††† Map of proposed roads between Chicago River's South Branch and Lake Michigan
nn.††††††† Chicago tree sites, shows radius around existing park, 1930s?
nn†††††††† Artist conception, aerial along Chicago River
125††††† River (broken)
138††††† Canal Street development (broken)
144††††† Des Plaines River
150††††† Wooden structure by river edge
151††††† Midway Plaisance
154††††† Boat on lake
177††††† Chicago, Water Street and Michigan Avenue
190††††† Chicago, alley
6††††††††† Outer Lake Shore Drive improvement, Michigan Canal substructure
7††††††††† Outer Lake Shore Drive improvement, Michigan Canal substructure
8††††††††† Outer Lake Shore Drive improvement
9††††††††† Outer Lake Shore Drive improvement looking northeast
10††††††† Outer Lake Shore Drive improvement
11††††††† Outer Lake Shore Drive improvement, Michigan Canal substructure
12††††††† Outer Lake Shore Drive improvement
13††††††† Outer Lake Shore Drive improvement
19C.††† Outer Lake Shore Drive improvements, stone filled steel sheet piling breakwater 1931
21A†††† Outer Lake Shore Drive improvements
22A†††† Outer Lake Shore Drive improvement
23A†††† Outer Lake Shore Drive improvement, 1931 Rest pier
24A?††† Outer Lake Shore Drive improvements
25A†††† Outer Lake Shore Drive improvement, Chicago River Bridge
193††††† Outer Lake Shore Drive improvement study 1927 (cracked)
List of box numbers and topics:
Box# / Topic
1 Chicago's Grant Park area--aerial views
2 Chicago parks, rivers
3 Chicago streets, diagrams
4 Chicago area land use, rivers
5 Chicago area parks, rivers
6 Chicago's Outer Lake Shore Drive improvement study, 1927
7 Chicago's Lincoln Park landfill, 1931
8 Chicago's Montrose Harbor--Margate to Foster Avenue, 1931
9 Chicago traffic plans
10 Chicago lakeshore--aerial views
11 Chicago Loop area planning maps
12 Chicago land use, Grant Park
13 Chicago land use, lakeshore--aerial views
14 Chicago traffic plans
15 Chicago traffic plans
16 Chicago's Avondale Avenue iimprovement--aerial views
17 Chicago proposed building designs
18 Chicago proposed building designs
19 Chicago proposed building designs
20 Chicago proposed building designs
21 Chicago aerial views
22 Chicago aerial views, proposed road plans, building designs
23 Chicago proposed road plans & by-passes
24 Chicago proposed road plans, South Water Street
25 Chicago proposed road plans
26 Chicago proposed road plans, maps & diagrams
27 Chicago proposed road plans, maps & diagrams
28 Chicago proposed road plans, maps & diagrams
29 Chicago proposed road plans, maps & diagrams
30 Chicago proposed road plans, maps & diagrams
31 City plans studied by CPC: Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus
32 City plans studied by CPC: Des Moines, Detroit
33 City plans studied by CPC: Harrisburg (PA), Houston, Kansas City, Minneapolis
34 City plans studied by CPC: New York City
35 City plans studied by CPC: New York City, Philadelphia
36 City plans studied by CPC: Pittsburg, Portland, St. Louis, Seattle, Spokane
37 City plans studied by CPC: Washington, D.C.
38 City plans studied by CPC: London
39 City plans studied by CPC: London
40 City plans studied by CPC: London
41 City plans studied by CPC: London & unidentified
42 City plans studied by CPC: Unidentified - probably London or Paris