Fenger High School Records

Dates: 1925-1965
Size: 3.5 linear feet, 28 photographs, 1 oversize folder
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: Archives_FHS
Provenance: The material comprising the Fenger High School Records was gathered together by members of the student body and faculty throughout the 1930s-1960s. The largest addition to the collection was the donation of scrapbooks and various editions of the school yearbook, Fenger Courier, by Mrs. Beryl Fenstemacher, English teacher at Fenger High School from 1956-1970. The papers were processed as part of a grant received from the Dr. Scholl Foundation and reopened for research in fall 1982.
Access: No restrictions
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: Fenger High School Records [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library.

Historical Note

Fenger High School, formerly called Curtis High School, first opened in 1903 as a branch of Curtis Elementary School and was located on the corner of 115th and State streets. Both elementary and high school shared a principal and total enrollment numbered only 80 students.

In 1905, the high school was placed on the accredited list of Chicago schools. Three years later, the first class, consisting of only thirteen students, was graduated. And in 1910, in honor of the noted surgeon, the school was renamed the Christian Fenger High School.

As student enrollment and faculty members increased, it was evident that the old structure was no longer adequate to meet the needs of the growing body. Construction began on a larger, modern facility and in 1926, the new building at the present site of 112th and Wallace streets was completed.

Throughout its history, Fenger High School has had a long tradition of school and community involvement by the student body. Their participation in the many activities of the school's clubs and organizations is reflected in the material that comprises the collection.

Scope and Content

Series 1: Publications, 1925-1965.

This large series of published materials includes one issue of the student newspaper, The Fenger News, an anniversary brochure written by staff and faculty members on the tenth anniversary of occupancy of the present school building, and a number of the school yearbooks, the Fenger Courier (which in its early years was published twice yearly).

Series 2: Scrapbooks of Mrs. Beryl Fenstemacher, 1952-1972.

This series is comprised of three scrapbooks put together by Mrs. Fenstemacher throughout her career as English teacher at Fenger High School. The scrapbooks contain photographs of students and faculty at various school and social events. Also included are announcements, invitations and programs relating to the activities of the school. The scrapbooks clearly reflect the active role Mrs. Fenstemacher played in the activities of her students on a professional as well as social level.

Related Material

Photo CRCC 1.239, from the Calumet Region Community Collection, is the groundbreaking ceremony for Fenger High School, 1924.

Container List

Series 1: Publications

Box 1 Folder 1 Fenger Courier, Jan. 1925
Box 1 Folder 2 Fenger Courier, June 1925
Box 1 Folder 3 Fenger Courier, Feb. 1926
Box 1 Folder 4 Fenger Courier, June 1926
Box 1 Folder 5 Fenger Courier, 1927
Box 1 Folder 6 Fenger Courier, Feb. 1928
Box 1 Folder 7 Fenger Courier, June 1928
Box 1 Folder 8 Fenger Courier, June 1929
Box 1 Folder 9 Fenger Courier, Feb. 1930
Box 1 Folder 10 Fenger Courier, June 1934
Box 1 Folder 11 Fenger Courier, Jan. 1935
Box 2 Folder 1 Fenger Courier, June 1935
Box 2 Folder 2 Fenger Courier, Jan. 1936
Box 2 Folder 3 Fenger Courier, June 1936
Box 2 Folder 4 Fenger Courier, Jan. 1937
Box 2 Folder 5 Fenger Courier, June 1938
Box 2 Folder 6 Fenger Courier, Jan. 1939
Box 2 Folder 7 Fenger Courier, June 1939
Box 2 Folder 8 Fenger Courier, June 1945
Box 2 Folder 9 Fenger Courier, Jan. 1946
Box 2 Folder 10 Fenger Courier, 1949
Box 3 Folder 1 Fenger Courier, 1950
Box 3 Folder 2 Fenger Courier, 1951
Box 3 Folder 3 Fenger Courier, 1954
Box 3 Folder 4 Fenger Courier, 1956
Box 3 Folder 5 Fenger Courier, 1957
Box 4 Folder 1 Fenger Courier, 1957
Box 4 Folder 2 Fenger Courier, 1959
Box 4 Folder 3 Fenger Courier, 1960
Box 4 Folder 4 Fenger Courier, 1961
Box 5 Folder 1 Fenger Courier, 1962
Box 5 Folder 2 Fenger Courier, 1963
Box 5 Folder 3 Fenger Courier, 1964
Box 5 Folder 4 Fenger Courier, 1965
Box 5 Folder 5 History of Fenger, 1903-1936; PTA Yearbooks, 1943-1944, 1959-1960

Series 2: Scrapbooks of Mrs. Beryl Fenstemacher, 1952-1972

Box 6 Beryl Fenstemacher Scrapbook, Book I, 1952-1956
Box 6 Beryl Fenstemacher Scrapbook, Book II, 1967-1969
Box 7 Beryl Fenstemacher Scrapbook, Book III, 1969-1972

Photographs

There are 28 photographs of a dance for Fenger High School students at the Shoreland Hotel, 55th Street and Lakeshore Drive, on January 10, 1946. The photos are entirely unidentified, and consist of three types of shots: individual couples, posed; multiple couples, posed; and candid photographs taken on the dance floor.

Photograph 1.1 Fenger High School dance, unidentified couple, 1946
Photograph 1.2 Fenger High School dance, unidentified couple, 1946
Photograph 1.3 Fenger High School dance, unidentified couple, 1946
Photograph 1.4 Fenger High School dance, unidentified couple, 1946
Photograph 1.5 Fenger High School dance, unidentified couple, 1946
Photograph 1.6 Fenger High School dance, unidentified couple, 1946
Photograph 1.7 Fenger High School dance, unidentified couple, 1946
Photograph 1.8 Fenger High School dance, unidentified couple, 1946
Photograph 1.9 Fenger High School dance, unidentified couple, 1946
Photograph 1.10 Fenger High School dance, unidentified couple, 1946
Photograph 1.11 Fenger High School dance, unidentified couple, 1946
Photograph 1.12 Fenger High School dance, unidentified couple, 1946
Photograph 1.13 Fenger High School dance, unidentified couple, 1946
Photograph 1.14 Fenger High School dance, unidentified couple, 1946
Photograph 1.15 Fenger High School dance, multiple couples, 1946
Photograph 1.16 Fenger High School dance, multiple couples, 1946
Photograph 1.17 Fenger High School dance, multiple couples, 1946
Photograph 1.18 Fenger High School dance, multiple couples, 1946
Photograph 1.19 Fenger High School dance, multiple couples, 1946
Photograph 1.20 Fenger High School dance, multiple couples, 1946
Photograph 1.21 Fenger High School dance, multiple couples, 1946
Photograph 1.22 Fenger High School dance, dance floor scene, 1946
Photograph 1.23 Fenger High School dance, dance floor scene, 1946
Photograph 1.24 Fenger High School dance, dance floor scene, 1946
Photograph 1.25 Fenger High School dance, dance floor scene, 1946
Photograph 1.26 Fenger High School dance, dance floor scene, 1946
Photograph 1.27 Fenger High School dance, dance floor scene, 1946
Photograph 1.28 Fenger High School dance, dance floor scene, 1946

Oversize:

Oversize Fenger News, Nov. 9, 1951
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