Esther A. Barlow Digital Collection

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Chicago Public Library staff, Lake View Branch, circa 1950


Esther Barlow was a children’s librarian in neighborhood branches of Chicago Public Library from 1927 until 1976.

Included in this collection are photographs of the Barlow family and images of Esther Barlow at work at the Hild Regional Library and Lake View Branch Library. Photographs showcase Barlow with her colleagues and her work with children.

The Esther A. Barlow Collection is housed in the Northside Neighborhood History Collection at Sulzer Regional Library.

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Chicago Public Library collects images, documents and other archival materials from different communities and time periods to preserve and make available the cultural and historical record. As historical objects, some of these materials contain harmful or disturbing content. CPL presents these artifacts as an unfiltered social record and does not endorse the views expressed therein.

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