Photo Archives - Urban Landscapes


In October 2006, the Library's Photo Archives began the Urban Landscapes project the goal of which was to use digital technology to create replacement-quality, high-resolution replicas of a collection of over 800 original glass negatives in the collection of the Photo Archives. The images date from 1894 to 1925 and show Chicago and outlying areas’ flora, fauna, parks, and neighborhoods. They also document architectural changes to the Field Columbian Museum in Jackson Park and The Field Museum in its present location in Grant Park.

Images from the Urban Landscapes project, can be viewed the Illinois Digital Archives (IDA).  We encourage scientists and the general public to contact us with questions or comments. Fill out their interactive form on the Urban Landscapes page on IDA.