Amundsen High School Collection

Dates: 1931-1987
Size: 2.5 linear feet in 4 boxes and 7 photographs, plus 1 oversize folder
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Regional Library, Northside Neighborhood History Collection, 4455 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625
Collection Number: nnhc.ahs
Provenance: Some of the folders in this collection were originally part of the Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection and were processed and made available for researchers in 1982. In 1984, after a number of yearbooks were acquired, the Amundsen High School material was removed to create a separate collection. Additional material, such as yearbooks, were added in the following years
Access: No restrictions
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: Amundsen High School Collection, [Box #, Folder #], Northside Neighborhood History Collection, Chicago Public Library
Processed by: Robert Marshall, 1984; updated by Allyson Smally, 2021

Historical Note

Amundsen High School was constructed in 1930 and named for Roald Engebreth Gravning Amundsen, a Norwegian polar explorer who disappeared while on a rescue mission to the North Pole in 1928. The school is located on Damen Avenue at Foster Avenue in Winnemac Park on the North Side of Chicago and is part of the Chicago Public Schools district. For its first few years Amundsen served as a junior high school, but it was converted to a four-year high school in 1933 and has continued to serve as a high school since that time. In the 1960s, it also hosted junior college classes in the evenings.

Scope and Content

This collection consists mostly of student publications, including the school newspaper, The Amundsen Log, and the student yearbook, The Viking. It also contains Parent Teacher Association yearbooks and related material, newspaper clippings, a diploma, a few graduation programs, an alumni reunion program, and a small number of photographs.

Arrangement/Series Description

The collection is arranged in two series.

Series 1: General Historical Files, 1931-1987

This series contains Subseries A: Documents and Subseries B: Photographs. Each subseries is arranged alphabetically.

Subseries A consists primarily of Parent Teacher Association yearbooks and newspaper clippings from local papers about Amundsen High School. There are also a few graduation programs, a song booklet, an alumni reunion program, and a short story and song lyrics.

Subseries B contains one oversize class photograph from 1934 and six photographs of a 1949 Amundsen High School football game.

Series 2: Publications, 1933-1981

This series contains issues of the school newspaper, The Amundsen Log; volumes of the school yearbook, The Viking; and one issue of The Bullshevik Bugle, a humor magazine. It is arranged alphabetically.

Related Materials

Lake View High School Collection, 1874-2002

Lane Technical High School Collection, 1912-1988

Ravenswood Lake View Community Collection, Schools

Subject Headings

  • High schools — Illinois — Chicago — Sources
  • School yearbooks
  • Student newspapers and periodicals

Container List

Series 1: General Historical Files, 1931-1987

Subseries A: Documents, 1931-1987

Box 1 Folder 1 Alumni Association reunion program and letters for the class of 1946, 1986-1987
Box 1 Folder 1 News clippings, directory information, and historical notes, 1931-1987
Box 1 Folder 2 Parent Teachers Association news clippings and “Assembly Songs” booklet, 1931-1953
Box 1 Folder 3 Parent Teacher Association yearbooks, 1934-1938
Box 1 Folder 4 Parent Teacher Association yearbooks, 1939-1942
Box 1 Folder 5 Parent Teacher Association yearbooks, 1943-1948
Box 1 Folder 6 Parent Teacher Association yearbooks, 1949-1954, 1960-1961
Box 1 Folder 7 Program for commencement exercises and diploma, 1946
Box 1 Folder 7 Programs for commencement exercises, 1934, 1939
Box 1 Folder 7 “The Prophesy” short story and song lyrics, undated

Subseries B: Photographs, 1934, 1949

Oversize Photograph 1.1 Class photograph, 1934
Photograph 1.2 Football game against Taft High School, 1949 September
Photograph 1.3 Football game against Taft High School, 1949 September
Photograph 1.4 Football game against Taft High School, 1949 September
Photograph 1.5 Football game against Taft High School, 1949 September
Photograph 1.6 Football game against Taft High School, 1949 September
Photograph 1.7 Football game against Taft High School, 1949 September

Series 2: Publications, 1933-1981

  Oversize Folder 1 The Amundsen Log, 1933 December
  Oversize Folder 1 The Amundsen Log, 1934 March 8, 22
  Oversize Folder 1 The Amundsen Log, 1934 April 2, 19
  Oversize Folder 1 The Amundsen Log, 1934 October 4
Box 1 Folder 8 The Amundsen Log, 1944 September-1945 June
Box 1 Folder 9 The Amundsen Log, 1944 October 19
Box 1 Folder 9 The Amundsen Log, 1948 November 4
Box 1 Folder 9 The Amundsen Log, 1948 December 2
Box 1 Folder 9 The Amundsen Log, 1949 December 22
Box 1 Folder 10 The Amundsen Log, 1950 April-November
Box 1 Folder 11 The Amundsen Log, 1951 January-May
Box 1 Folder 12 The Amundsen Log, 1951 September-1952 June
Box 1 Folder 12 The Amundsen Log, 1956 September-1957 June
Box 1 Folder 13 The Bullshevik Bugle, 1950 March 31
Box 2 Folder 1 The Viking yearbook, 1936
Box 2 Folder 2 The Viking yearbook, 1937
Box 2 Folder 3 The Viking yearbook, 1938
Box 2 Folder 4 The Viking yearbook, 1939
Box 2 Folder 5 The Viking yearbook, 1946
Box 2 Folder 6 The Viking yearbook, 1971
Box 3 Folder 1 The Viking yearbook, 1973
Box 3 Folder 2 The Viking yearbook, 1974
Box 3 Folder 3 The Viking yearbook, 1975
Box 3 Folder 4 The Viking yearbook, 1976
Box 3 Folder 5 The Viking yearbook, 1977
Box 4 Folder 1 The Viking yearbook, 1979
Box 4 Folder 2 The Viking yearbook, 1980
Box 4 Folder 3 The Viking yearbook, 1981
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