Atkinson family collection of visual materials
- Atkinson family collection of visual materials
- ca 1860-1929
4 photographic prints :
b&w ;3 1/2 x 5 3/4 in. or smaller.
8 photographs :
cabinet card photograph ;4 1/2 x 6 in.
4 photographs :
carte de visite photograph ;2 1/2 x 4 in.
7 photomechanical prints :
b&w ;5 1/4 x 6 in. or smaller.
4 photographs :
tintype ;6 1/2 x 8 in. or smaller.
- 1 box of non-graphic material.
- Material is in English unless otherwise noted.
Conditions for Access
To examine the tintypes, it is necessary to make an advance appointment by email to Research@chicagohistory.org or by U.S. mail to the Research Center. Tintypes may be handled only by conservation staff of Chicago History Museum.
Conditions Governing Use
A common citation for archives is as follows: Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Collection title, ID number, Repository name, location.
Accession information not specified.
Gift of Michelle Madison, 1990 (1990.0366).
Scope and Content
Photographs and prints related to Isaac and Emma Atkinson and their descendants, one of the first African-American families to settle in Chicago. Isaac was the son of Richard Atkinson, who emigrated from Scotland to the United States, and Cecilia, a full-blooded Cherokee. Isaac married Emma Jane, who was half African American and half Cherokee, and they came to Chicago in 1847. An article about the Atkinson family and this collection, entitled "Family Album: A Personal History of Black Chicago, 1847-1992," appeared in the Chicago Tribune Magazine, February 23, 1992.
Alternate Format Available
Also available as copy negatives: ICHi 21938-21964.
Container list available.
- Chicago --Old Settlers Social Club -- Portraits
- Families -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 1860-1929
- Cherokee Indians -- Portraits
- African Americans -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 1860-1929
- South Side (Chicago, Ill.) -- 1860-1929
- Chicago (Ill.) -- 1860-1929
- Portrait photographs
- Albumen prints
- Photomechanical prints
- Gelatin silver prints