Phillips, David: Chicago Park District Photographs

Dates: 1872-1963. Size: 0.5 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections. This collection of photographs features 23 of the Chicago Park District's earliest parks, showing park construction, fieldhouses, aerial views, and people enjoying the parks. Celebrated photographers appear in the collection including J.W. Taylor, Kaufmann & Fabry, and George Lawrence. Of particular note are the panoramic views of park construction by J.W. Taylor taken in 1904 that capture the South Park Commission implementing its revolutionary plan to build small parks close to overcrowded, working class, immigrant neighborhoods. [Finding aid]