Ellsworth-Arnold Photograph Album Collection

Dates: 1892-1894
Size: 3 photograph albums
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: WCE/EAPA
Provenance: The albums formed part of the James W. Ellsworth Collection that was transferred to the Chicago Public Library from Western Reserve Academy in 1946.
Access: To protect the 100 year old originals from further deterioration, copyprints and a detailed inventory of the photographs are available to researchers in the Special Collections Reading Room. We can provide reproductions of these photographs for a fee, please consult the reference librarian on duty for further information.
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: Ellsworth-Arnold Photograph Album Collection, [Album #, Image #], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library

Historical Note

The Ellsworth-Arnold Albums were photographed by official Fair photographer C.D. Arnold for James W. Ellsworth, a member of the Exposition's Board of Directors.

Scope and Content

The three-volume Ellsworth-Arnold Photograph Album Collection (WCE/EAPA) consists of over 800 photographs of the sights and scenes at the World’s Columbian Exposition. Like the larger C. D. Arnold Collection, the images included in the Ellsworth-Arnold Albums document the progression of Jackson Park from a mossy landfill into one of the most beautiful and fleeting architectural gems of the 19th century.

Volume I documents the construction of the fairgrounds, with views of most of the Exposition structures under construction, close-ups of “staff” (the temporary building materials), as well as details of the statuary and bas reliefs on and/or near the buildings.

Volume II continues with construction photographs, but also includes photographs of the completed buildings and grounds.

Volume III includes completed sculptural and building details, and also provides a striking visual record of the buildings and grounds after the close of the Exposition. Much deterioration can be seen in these photographs. Volume III also includes photographs of the Cold Storage Building fire, as well as the building remains from the fires that swept the fairgrounds in 1894.

A detailed subject index of the Albums follows. Please consult the copyprint binders for a photograph inventory.

Subject Index

Administration Building

Volume I Image numbers: 36, 43, 49, 103, 112, 115, 118, 140, 143, 162-171, 177, 181, 201, 241, 242, 290, 301, 309
Volume II Image numbers: 11, 18, 21, 67, 70-72, 80, 108, 111, 128, 180, 182, 242-246
Volume III Image numbers: 33-36, 127, 129, 130

Agricultural Building

Volume I Image numbers: 63, 67, 114, 158-161, 173, 202, 228, 244, 249, 251, 283, 291, 296, 297, 307
Volume II Image numbers: 2, 6, 8, 9, 13, 14, 16, 27, 62, 63, 65, 84, 129-131, 253, 255, 256
Volume III Image numbers: 5-7, 143, 144

Allis Engine

Volume II Image numbers: 175

Art Palace

Volume I Image numbers: 83, 86, 129, 200, 207, 311, 313
Volume II Image numbers: 50, 79, 109, 116, 177, 152-155, 167
Volume III Image numbers: 18-21, 131

Art Palace Exhibits

Volume II Image numbers: 156-159

Bandstand

Volume II Image numbers: 172

Basin

Volume I Image numbers: 33, 202
Volume II Image numbers: 38, 52, 56, 58-60, 147, 208
Volume III Image numbers: 121,123, 128

Boarding Houses

Volume I Image numbers: 21, 46, 50

Boone & Crockett Club

Volume II Image numbers: 184, 185
Volume III Image numbers: 74

Brazilian Cafe

Volume III Image numbers: 55

Bridges

Volume I Image numbers: 75
Volume II Image numbers:165
Volume III Image numbers: 52

Cafe de la Marine

Volume II Image numbers: 187
Volume III Image numbers: 159

Cannon from Santo Domingo

Volume I Image numbers: 72

Casino

Volume II Image numbers: 217

Childs, G.W.

Volume I Image numbers: 312

Choral Hall

Volume II Image numbers: 192, 193

Cliff Dwellers Exhibit

Volume II Image numbers: 173

Codman, Henry Sargent

Volume II Image numbers: 89

Cold Storage Building Burning

Volume III Image numbers: 41-46

Colonnade

Volume III Image numbers: 134, 141, 156

Columbian Guard

Volume III Image numbers: 96-98

Columbian Half Dollar

Volume III Image numbers: 95

Commissary and Restaurant

Volume I Image numbers: 66

Court of Honor

Volume III Image numbers: 122, 124

Dairy

Volume I Image numbers: 174, 219

Dedicatory Ceremonies - October 22, 1892

Volume II Image numbers: 135-139

Department of Works - Architects and designers of the Fair

Volume II Image numbers: 5, 114

Department of Works - Personnel

Volume I Image numbers: 24, 70

Edge Moor Bridge Works

Volume I Image numbers: 243, 275

Electric Launch

Volume II Image numbers: 29, 53, 57, 101

Electric Subway

Volume I Image numbers: 198, 263
Volume III Image numbers: 77-80

Electricity Building

Volume I Image numbers: 12, 14, 25, 29, 48, 54, 78, 87, 91, 99, 100, 107, 116, 130, 133, 149, 190, 194, 226, 300
Volume II Image numbers: 12, 15, 76, 97, 183
Volume III Image numbers: 22-25, 145-147

Engle Garbage Crematory

Volume III Image numbers: 70

Ferris Wheel

Volume III Image numbers: 172

Fire Engine House, Fire Equipment

Volume I Image numbers: 51, 95, 287
Volume II Image numbers: 90, 94

Fisheries Building

Volume I Image numbers: 92, 111, 121, 151-153, 155, 187, 191, 204, 205, 214, 232-236, 239
Volume II Image numbers: 19, 36, 40, 69, 186, 188, 189
Volume III Image numbers: 100, 153, 154

Fitzsimons & Connell Construction

Volume I Image numbers: 8

Foreign Buildings

Volume II Image numbers: 269-281
Volume III Image numbers: 107, 167-170

Forestry Building

Volume I Image numbers: 134, 221
Volume II Image numbers: 209

Fountains - Columbian (MacMonnies)

Volume II Image numbers: 202, 203
Volume III Image numbers: 125, 139

Fountains - General

Volume I Image numbers: 269
Volume II Image numbers: 202, 203

Gate #1

Volume II Image numbers: 48

General Views

Volume I Image numbers: 292, 293
Volume II Image numbers: 32, 34, 35, 39, 123, 145, 146
Volume III Image numbers:158, 161, 162

German Village

Volume II Image numbers: 234-237

Grand Canal

Volume I Image numbers: 22, 23

Great Fire of July 6, 1894

Volume III Image numbers: 174-179

Ho-o-den

Volume II Image numbers: 199-201

Horticulture Building

Volume I Image numbers: 56, 97, 106, 110, 117, 128, 145, 147, 156, 179, 185, 210, 215, 253, 254, 288, 295
Volume II Image numbers: 7, 68, 75, 89, 91-93, 103, 119, 124, 160-163, 166, 168, 194
Volume III Image numbers: 1-3, 108-111, 155

Hospital

Volume I Image numbers: 18, 154, 176

Illinois State Building

Volume I Image numbers: 281
Volume II Image numbers: 118
Volume III Image numbers: 101, 102

Indian Village

Volume III Image numbers: 67

Infanta Eulalia of Spain - Procession on the Midway Plaisance

Volume II Image numbers: 222, 224

Irish Village

Volume II Image numbers: 238

Japanese Tea Garden

Volume III Image numbers: 176

Kemeys, Mr. & Mrs.

Volume III Image numbers: 73

Krupps Building

Volume II Image numbers: 210,212

La Rabida

Volume II Image numbers: 206, 207

Lagoon

Volume I Image numbers: 4, 27, 28, 39, 64, 77, 85
Volume II Image numbers: 51,55, 176
Volume III Image numbers: 121

Lake, Lakeshore

Volume I Image numbers: 34, 35, 40, 45, 47, 53, 59, 61

Libby Glass Factory

Volume II Image numbers: 240

Live Stock Pavilion

Volume III Image numbers: 59, 60

Machinery Building (Palace of Mechanic Arts)

Volume I Image numbers: 175, 180, 182-184, 186, 206, 255, 257, 274, 315
Volume II Image numbers: 42, 44, 86, 132-134, 169, 171, 252
Volume III Image numbers: 8-10, 113-116, 140, 142

Manufactures & Liberal Arts Building

Volume I Image numbers: 62, 68, 69, 223-227, 231, 243, 245, 247, 248, 252, 261, 264, 271, 272, 276-280, 282, 284, 285, 299, 302, 306, 310
Volume II Image numbers: 10, 17, 20, 23, 26, 28, 31, 41, 64, 66, 85, 95, 96, 100, 115, 149, 195, 196
Volume III Image numbers: 28, 81, 84, 135-138

Manufactures & Liberal Arts Exhibits

Volume II Image numbers: 148, 150, 151
Volume III Image numbers: 82, 83, 85-94, 119

Merchant Tailors Building

Volume II Image numbers: 190

Michigan Logging Camp

Volume II Image numbers: 215

Midway Plaisance

Volume I Image numbers: 262
Volume II Image numbers:4, 223, 225-229
Volume III Image numbers:57, 58, 173

Millet, Francis

Volume II Image numbers: 99

Mines & Mining Building

Volume I Image numbers: 16, 37, 44, 60, 65, 71, 88, 93, 98, 109, 113, 119, 124, 131, 135, 138, 144, 146, 148, 211, 308
Volume II Image numbers: 24, 25, 177, 179
Volume III Image numbers: 26, 27, 148, 149

Mines & Mining Exhibits

Volume II Image numbers: 178

Moveable Sidewalk

Volume III Image numbers: 64

Music Hall

Volume II Image numbers: 197, 216
Volume III Image numbers: 157

Naval Exhibit

Volume I Image numbers: 31, 32, 38, 84, 102, 108, 122, 192
Volume II Image numbers: 81, 83, 105
Volume III Image numbers: 165

Old Vienna

Volume II Image numbers: 230-233

Opening Ceremonies - May 1, 1893

Volume II Image numbers: 140-143

Palace of Mechanic Arts - See Machinery Building

Pennsylvania State Building

Volume II Image numbers: 112, 113, 120, 122

Penobscot Indian Wigwams

Volume II Image numbers: 174

Peristyle

Volume II Image numbers: 125-127, 144
Volume III Image numbers: 37, 38, 126

Power Houses

Volume I Image numbers: 42, 57, 259

Railroads - General

Volume I Image numbers: 26, 76

Railroads - Intramural Railway

Volume III Image numbers: 29, 61, 106, 120

Railroads - Locomotives

Volume III Image numbers: 47, 48, 52

Road Roller

Volume II Image numbers: 45, 87

Ships

Volume II Image numbers: 219
Volume III Image numbers: 163

Ships - Columbus Caravels

Volume II Image numbers: 218, 220
Volume III Image numbers: 104

Shoe & Leather Building

Volume III Image numbers: 75

Sixty-Second Street Turnstile

Volume II Image numbers: 43

Sixty-Third Street

Volume III Image numbers: 53

Sprague Motor

Volume I Image numbers: 139

Staff Construction

Volume I Image numbers: 172, 209, 272, 218, 223-227

State Buildings

Volume II Image numbers: 77, 282-317
Volume III Image numbers: 99, 171

Statuary - Columbus

Volume II Image numbers: 181

Statuary - General

Volume II Image numbers: 241-251
Volume III Image numbers: 71-72

Statuary - Philip Martiny Models

Volume I Image numbers: 158-160

Statuary - Statue of the Republic

Volume I Image numbers: 195, 246, 289, 303-305
Volume II Image numbers: 198, 204, 205

Statuary - The Still Hunt

Volume II Image numbers: 98

Street in Cairo

Volume III Image numbers: 56

Terminal Station

Volume III Image numbers: 39, 40, 54

Transportation Building

Volume I Image numbers: 55, 74, 80, 96, 123, 137, 141, 157, 196, 197, 199, 208, 213, 216, 229, 230, 238, 240, 250, 256, 260, 286, 294
Volume II Image numbers: 22, 30, 73, 102, 104, 107, 110, 191
Volume III Image numbers: 11-17, 103, 104, 150-152

Tunisian Cafe

Volume II Image numbers: 241

U.S. Government Building

Volume I Image numbers: 17, 19, 58, 104, 150, 236
Volume II Image numbers: 33
Volume III Image numbers:66

U.S. Weather Building

Volume II Image numbers: 214

Van Buren Street Pier

Volume III Image numbers: 49-51

Vedder, Elihu

Volume II Image numbers: 106

Wah-Mee Exposition Company

Volume II Image numbers: 239

Warehouses, Office Buildings

Volume I Image numbers: 176, 178, 314
Volume II Image numbers: 211

White Star Line Pavilion

Volume III Image numbers: 65

Windmill Exhibit

Volume II Image numbers: 170

Women's Building

Volume I Image numbers: 20, 41, 52, 73, 79, 101, 105, 120, 125-127, 131, 142, 189, 193, 217, 220
Volume II Image numbers:1, 3, 74, 121
Volume III Image numbers:30-32, 132, 133

Wooded Island

Volume I Image numbers: 30, 81, 82, 89
Volume II Image numbers: 37, 46
Volume III Image numbers: 1, 160

Worthington Pump House

Volume III Image numbers: 69, 112, 117, 118
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