Grand Boulevard/Gage Family Collection

Dates: 1909 – 1926
Size: 78 photographs
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: Archives_GFC
Provenance: Mr. Stanley Gage donated the Gage Family Collection to the Special Collections and Preservation Division at the Harold Washington Library Center in 2006. The collection was processed in June 2009.
Access: No restrictions
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: Grand Boulevard / Gage Family Collection [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library.

Historical Note

Stanley and Katherine L. Gage married in 1905 and by 1910 were living at 4236 S. Prairie Avenue. Stanley was born in Illinois about 1877 and worked in real estate, as did his father. His son, William H. Gage, was born in 1912. Living at the same address were Henry H. and Mary B. Gage, Stanley’s parents.

The Gage home at 4236 S. Prairie Avenue is in the Grand Boulevard community, four miles south of the Chicago Loop. It is bounded by 39th and 51st Streets to the north and south, Cottage Grove Avenue and the Chicago Rock Island Railroad tracks to the east and west. The area is named for a tree-lined street built in 1874 which was later renamed for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In the 1870s great mansions were built along Grand Boulevard, with more modest homes and 3-flat apartment buildings springing up on the adjacent streets. Originally part of the township of Hyde Park, this area would become part of Chicago through annexation in 1889. Many German-Jewish and Irish immigrants moved to the area at the turn of the century, followed by African American migrants from the South after WWI. By the 1930s, African Americans made up 95% of the population of Grand Boulevard and the area came to be called Bronzeville.

Scope and Content

The Gage Family Collection consists of family photographs that document the daily life of a middle-class family living in the Grand Boulevard community in the early 1900s. Besides the immediate family, individuals pictured here include Stanley’s brother, Edward Gage, and his son Henry Crum Gage. Also represented are Stanley’s sister, Portia Gage, her husband William Lee, and their daughter Portia M. Lee, who was born in 1907. Others living in the household are D. Milton Woods and Alfred Hayne, who were lodgers. Names of identified persons are transcribed as given by the donor. These are all exterior photos, taken in front of, or near, the family home at 4236 S. Prairie Avenue.

Sources: 1900 U. S. Federal Census; 1910 U. S. Federal Census; 1930 U. S. Federal Census; 1915 and 1916 city directories for Chicago.

Arrangement

The photographs are arranged in groups by year with undated photos following those with dates.

Photographs 1.1 – 1.9 1908:
  • Gage, Edward
  • Gage, Henry Crum
  • Gage, Katherine
  • Lee, Portia
  • Lee, Portia Mary
  • Lee, William
  • Woods, D. Milton
Photographs 1.10 – 1.15 1909:
  • Gage, Katherine L.
  • Hayne, A. S.
  • Woods, D. Milton
Photographs 1.16 - 1.19 1910:
  • Gage, K. P.
  • Gage, O. K.
  • Lee, William H.
  • Lee, Portia G.
  • Lee, Portia Mary
  • Tommy (dog)
Photographs 1.20 – 1.21 1911:
  • Gage, Eleanor
Photographs 1.22 – 1.25 1914:
  • 4236 S. Prairie Avenue
  • Gage, Bill
  • Gage, Katherine L.
  • Hayne, Mr.
  • Woods, D. M.
Photographs 1.26 – 1.37 1917:
  • Finney (dog)
  • Gage, Bill
  • Lee, Portia Mary
Photograph 1.38 1918:
  • Finney (dog)
  • Gage, Bill
  • Gage, Katherine
  • Gage, Stanley
  • Lee, Portia
Photograph 1.39 1922:
  • Lee, Portia Mary
Photograph 1.40 1926:
  • Gage, S.K.
Photograph 1.41 circa early 1920s:
  • Lee, Portia
Photographs 1.42 – 1.54 Undated:
  • 4236 S. Prairie Avenue
  • Cooper, Therman
  • Gage, Bill
  • Jad (dog)
  • Lee, Portia Gage
  • Lee, Portia Mary
  • Lee, William
  • Waidner, John
  • Waidner, Mary Ella
Photographs 1.55 – 1.78 Undated:
  • Unidentified persons
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