Austin High School Records

Dates: 1879-1987
Size: 6.25 linear feet, 15 photographs
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: Archives_AUHS
Provenance: The collection was housed in Chicago Public Library’s Legler Branch Library. In the 1980s Special Collections, working with a Dr. Scholl Foundation grant, transferred and processed the collection to make it fully available to the public. Supplements have been donated by various donors.
Access: No restrictions
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: Austin High School Records [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library.

Historical Note

Austin High School has been the focal point of the Austin neighborhood’s educational activities since the last quarter of the 19th century. Residents of Austin have always expressed pride in their high school.

Delos Buzzell was Austin High School’s first principal from 1876 to 1879. During that time, the school occupied one room of the North School on Ohio Street. In the late 1870s, Austin High School’s library consisted of some 700 books, which led to the hiring of the school’s first librarian.

After Austin’s annexation to the City of Chicago in 1889, Austin High School’s student population began to grow dramatically. From 400 students in 1900, the school’s population increased to 2,298 in 1920. By 1931 6,815 students were enrolled.

Austin High School, like the community it served, experienced turmoil during the 1960s and 1970s. Racial tensions were brought to the surface by federally mandated desegregation attempts and demographic changes in Austin’s population. In addition to reporting other activities and achievements associated with Austin High School, newspaper clippings in this collection document this critical time in Austin’s history.

Scope and Content

The majority of the Austin High School Records are comprised of the Maroon and White yearbook. Also appearing in the collection are newspaper clippings, event programs, historic sketches and photographs.

The initial accession is held in boxes 1-2. Supplement 1 is held in boxes 3-4. Supplement 2 is held in boxes 5-13. During the processing of Supplement 3, the entire collection was checked for duplicates, and several duplicates were discarded. As such, the added yearbooks in Supplement 3 were able to fit into existing boxes.

Arrangement/Series Descriptions

The collection is divided into 6 series.

Series 1: General Records, 1895-1950s

This series consists of bulletins, newspaper clippings, programs, and school correspondence, documenting Austin High School’s activities and students over a period of 55 years. The documents in this series are arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Series 2: Historical Essays and Sketches, 1879-1931

This small series contains written histories of Austin High School, its teachers and students. A history of the high school’s Parent-Teacher Association is also included. This collection, consisting primarily of original typescripts, is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Series 3: Newspaper Clippings, 1900-1970s

Newspaper clippings from local newspapers provide invaluable insights to the activities and people associated with Austin High School. This clipping series is divided chronologically into three folders: 1900-1929, 1930-1949 and 1950-1970.

Series 4: Parent/Teacher Association, 1909-1969 (predominantly 1950s)

Since the early part of the 20th century, the Austin PTA has been active in the affairs of Austin High School. The PTA’s activities are chronicled by bulletins, fliers, newspaper clippings, and programs. The series is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Series 5: Programs, 1916-1965

Numerous Austin High School activities are documented in this series, including class and commencement exercises, Austin High’s Diamond Jubilee, field day, programs from recitals, and music announcements. The material is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Series 6: Publications, 1888-1987 (predominately 1910-1970)

This series contains student newspapers and yearbooks. The materials are arranged alphabetically by title and chronologically within each publication run.

Container List

Series 1: General Records

Box 12 Folder 5 Austin High School North Central Association Visitation, April 7-10, 1975
Box 13 Folder 1 Austin High School North Central Association Self-Evaluation, March 16- 18, l982
Box 1 Folder 1 Bulletins and postings, 1950
Box 3 Folder 1 Class list: Identification of students in an 1890 class photograph
Box 1 Folder 2 Class song (typescript), 1916
Box 1 Folder 3 Dean of Girls, Elva Weston Deaton: Newspaper clipping, undated
Box 1 Folder 4 Ephemera: Daily program card, undated; school letters, undated
Box 1 Folder 5 Football Team: Newspaper clipping, 1895
Box 1 Folder 6 Graduating students: Newspaper clipping, 1916
Box 3 Folder 2 Newspaper clippings, 1931-1953
Box 1 Folder 7 Poem: "Golden Jubilee" (typescript), by Mrs. Stanley E. Young, 1965

Series 2: Historical Essays and Sketches

Box 1 Folder 8 Austin High School (typescript), 1931
Box 1 Folder 9 Austin High School PTA History (typescript), 1906-1915
Box 1 Folder 10 Community Background: Austin High School, 1950
Box 1 Folder 11 Chronology: Principals and Assistant Principals, former students and faculty, (typescript), 1879-1965

Series 3: Newspaper clippings

Box 1 Folder 12 Newspaper clippings, 1900-1929
Box 1 Folder 13 Newspaper clippings, 1930-1949
Box 1 Folder 14 Newspaper clippings, 1950-1970s

Series 4: Parent-Teacher Association

Box 1 Folder 15 Bulletins and fliers, 1950s
Box 4 Folder 8 Handbook; 1938-39
Box 1 Folder 16 Newspaper clippings, 1911-1956
Box 1 Folder 17 Program announcements, 1909, 1955, 1956
Box 1 Folder 18 Program yearbooks, 1954-1957, 1964-1969
Box 4 Folder 9 Reunion of graduates; 1954

Series 5: Programs

Box 1 Folder 19 Class Night Exercises, 1916-1924
Box 3 Folder 3 Programs: Commencement, 1883, 1890, 1938, 1944, 1945
Box 1 Folder 20 Commencement Exercises, 1917-1927
Box 1 Folder 21 Diamond Jubilee, 1965: List of former students; program script
Box 1 Folder 22 Field Day, 1916, 1917
Box 1 Folder 23 General announcements, 1913-1925
Box 13 Folder 2 New Austin High School building dedication, 1931 May 12
Box 1 Folder 24 Recitals and music announcements, 1916-1934; 1954

Series 6: Publications

Box 1 Folder 25 Austin Times (bimonthly), vol. LXVII, nos. 4-5, 8, 1955
Box 1 Folder 26 Austin Times (bimonthly), vol. LXVIII, nos. 1-2, 1956
Box 1 Folder 27 Austin Times (bimonthly), vol. LXXIV, no. 8, 1959
Box 3 Folder 4 The High School Voice (newspaper), March 1898.
Box 5 Folder 1 Maroon and White, 1908, 1909, l910
Box 1 Folder 28 Maroon and White (monthly), vol. X, nos. 1-2, 1915
Box 1 Folder 29 Maroon and White (monthly), vol. XI, nos. 2-4, 1915
Box 1 Folder 30 Maroon and White (monthly), vol. XII, nos. 1, 3, 1916
Box 1 Folder 31 Maroon and White (monthly), vol. XIII, nos. 1, 3-4, 1916
Box 5 Folder 2 Maroon and White, vol. 13, no. 5, 1917
Box 1 Folder 32 Maroon and White (monthly), vol. XIV, no. 2, 1917
Box 1 Folder 33 Maroon and White (monthly), vol. XVI, nos. 3-4, 1918
Box 5 Folder 3 Maroon and White, vol. 16, no. 1-5, vol. 17, no. 1-4, 1918
Box 1 Folder 34 Maroon and White (monthly), vol. XVIII, no. 4, 1919
Box 6 Folder 1 Maroon and White, vol 17, no. 5; vol. 18, no. 1-4; vol. 19, no. 1-4, 1919
Box 3 Folder 5 Maroon and White, April, June, 1919
Box 1 Folder 35 Maroon and White (monthly), vol. XX, 3-4, 1920
Box 1 Folder 36 Maroon and White (monthly), February, September-December, 1920
Box 3 Folder 6 Maroon and White, 1920 January
Box 6 Folder 2 Maroon and White, 1920 1/2, 1921
Box 1 Folder 37 Maroon and White (monthly), vol. XV (volume change), nos. 6-9, 1921
Box 2 Folder 1 Maroon and White (monthly), vol. XVI, nos. 1-4, 1921
Box 3 Folder 7 Maroon and White, 1921 January
Box 3 Folder 8 Maroon and White (semi-annual): 1921½ Jan. (vol. 16, no. 5)
Box 3 Folder 9 Maroon and White, June 1921
Box 6 Folder 3 Maroon and White, 1921 1/2
Box 2 Folder 2 Maroon and White (monthly), April, June, 1922
Box 3 Folder 10 Maroon and White, June 1922
Box 3 Folder 11 Maroon and White, 1922
Box 2 Folder 3 Maroon and White (monthly), vol. III, no. 7, November 1923
Box 3 Folder 12 Maroon and White, June 1923
Box 7 Folder 1 Maroon and White, 1923
Box 13 Folder 3 Maroon and White, 1923 1/2
Box 4 Folder 1 Maroon and White, June 1924
Box 7 Folder 2 Maroon and White, 1924 1/2
Box 4 Folder 2 Maroon and White, January 1925
Box 4 Folder 3 Maroon and White, June 1925
Box 4 Folder 4 Maroon and White, 1926 January
Box 7 Folder 3 Maroon and White, 1926 June
Box 7 Folder 4 Maroon and White, 1926 1/2, 1927
Box 7 Folder 5 Maroon and White, 1927 1/2
Box 7 Folder 6 Maroon and White, 1928
Box 7 Folder 7 Maroon and White, 1928 1/2
Box 8 Folder 1 Maroon and White, 1929 June
Box 2 Folder 5 Maroon and White, 1929 1/2
Box 2 Folder 6 Maroon and White, 1930
Box 2 Folder 7 Maroon and White, 1932
Box 2 Folder 8 Maroon and White, 1932 1/2, 1933
Box 2 Folder 9 Maroon and White, 1933
Box 2 Folder 10 Maroon and White, 1934
Box 8 Folder 2 Maroon and White, 1934 1/2, 1935
Box 8 Folder 3 Maroon and White, 1935 1/2, 1936
Box 4 Folder 5 Maroon and White, 1938 June
Box 8 Folder 4 Maroon and White, 1939
Box 8 Folder 5 Maroon and White, 1940
Box 8 Folder 6 Maroon and White, 1941
Box 8 Folder 7 Maroon and White, 1943
Box 4 Folder 6 Maroon and White, 1944 June
Box 4 Folder 7 Maroon and White, 1945 June
Box 8 Folder 8 Maroon and White, 1946
Box 9 Folder 1 Maroon and White, 1946 1/2, 1947
Box 9 Folder 2 Maroon and White, 1948
Box 9 Folder 3 Maroon and White, 1949
Box 9 Folder 4 Maroon and White, 1951
Box 10 Folder 1 Maroon and White, 1954
Box 10 Folder 2 Maroon and White, 1955
Box 10 Folder 3 Maroon and White, 1956
Box 10 Folder 4 Maroon and White, 1959
Box 10 Folder 5 Maroon and White, 1960
Box 11 Folder 1 Maroon and White, 1961
Box 11 Folder 2 Maroon and White, 1962
Box 11 Folder 3 Maroon and White, 1965
Box 11 Folder 4 Maroon and White, 1966
Box 11 Folder 5 Maroon and White, 1967
Box 11 Folder 6 Maroon and White, 1968
Box 12 Folder 1 Maroon and White, 1969
Box 12 Folder 2 Maroon and White, 1979
Box 12 Folder 3 Maroon and White, 1985
Box 12 Folder 4 Maroon and White, 1987
Box 2 Folder 4 The Pigmy Boomerang, vol. II, no. 5, 1888

PHOTOGRAPHS

Photographs with accession numbers 1.1-1.9 form the original accession. They were collected by various Austin Historical organizations and were housed at the Austin Branch of the Chicago Public Library. Photos with accession numbers 2.1-2.8 were received as part of the West Side Historical Society transfer. The photos are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Photograph 2.6 Austin High School, exterior, 1890s
Photograph 2.3 Austin High School cadets at camp, Antioch, IL, 1890
Photograph 2.4 Austin High School cadets, mess and cook tents, Antioch, IL, 1890
Photograph 1.8 (oversize) Baseball Team, 1894
Photograph 2.8 Baseball Team, 1890s
Photograph 2.5 Fred Bowes, Captain of the Austin High School Cadets
Photograph 1.4 Calesthenics class, circa 1920s
Photograph 1.5 Class, circa 1890
Photograph 2.1 Class, 1881
Photograph 2.2 Class, 1890 (2 copies)
Photograph 2.7 Class, 1890s
Photograph 1.6 (oversize) Field Day, undated
Photograph 1.7 (oversize) Rugby Team, 1894
Photograph 1.9 (oversize) Rugby Team, 1896
Photograph 1.3 Staff of Austin High School, July 5, 1928
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