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Slack Family Photograph Album

 Collection
Identifier: spe-n00145

Scope and Contents

The people in the 56 photographs in this album are not identified, but many of the prints bear stamps from Chicago photography studios. It is presumed the album contains images of Kathryn M. Slack’s ancestors. The portraits include children, adults and older family members, and provide a view on the typical clothing and styles of a white family with the means to purchase photographic services in the late 1800s in Chicago. A wedding announcement for John Charles Slack and Kathryn Bain Sharp is included in the back of the album. The album itself is covered in purple velvet, with a large metal clasp.

Dates

  • Circa 1870s-circa 1890s

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Please consult staff to determine ability to reuse materials from collection.

Biographical / Historical

The biographical information below was gathered by OPRF Museum staff.

Kathryn M. Slack was born in Chicago on December 25, 1913. Her parents were John Charles Slack (born March 7, 1874) and Kathryn Bain Sharp (born October 26, 1880). The Slack family lived at 1035 N. Lorel Ave. in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago.

John Charles Slack was an accountant in his early career and later became superintendent at Chicago Policlinic and Hospital. Slack also ran for Illinois State Senate from the 23rd District as a Republican candidate. Slack took his own life in 1930.

Following her father’s death, Kathryn and her mother moved to Oak Park, where they lived for the rest of their lives. Kathryn Bain Sharp died June 12, 1967, and Kathryn M. Slack died in 1995.

Extent

1 Linear Feet (in 1 box, including 56 photographs)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Kathryn M. Slack spent the first few decades of her life in Chicago's Austin neighborhood before moving to Oak Park. It is presumed the album contains images of Kathryn M. Slack’s ancestors. The portraits include children, adults and older family members, and provide a view on the typical clothing and styles of a white family with the means to purchase photographic services in the late 1800s in Chicago.

Arrangement

Images are arranged in the original order they appear in the album.

Custodial History

The album was donated to OPRF Museum by a family friend of Kathryn M. Slack, but because the content focused on Chicago rather than Oak Park, the Museum donated it to Chicago Public Library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Oak Park River Forest (OPRF) Museum in 2020.

Related Materials

Austin Community Collection

Title
Guide to the Slack Family Photograph Album
Status
Completed
Author
Johanna Russ, 2020. Updated and ingested into ArchivesSpace by Johanna Russ, 2021.
Date
2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Unit at Harold Washington Library Center Repository

Contact:
Harold Washington Library Center, 9th Floor
Chicago Public Library
400 S. State Street
Chicago IL 60605 United States
(312) 747-4875