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Laurie M. Leigh Photographs

Identifier: spe-n00100

Scope and Contents

The 87 images in this collection depict scenes from around Chicago. Especially well represented is Chicago’s Lake Front. The Belmont Harbor and the Oak Street Beach areas are well documented. Of note is a portrait of comedian Dick Gregory.


  • 1977 - 1991


Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Laurie Leigh (1929-2019) was a freelance photographer in Chicago. She contributed regularly to the Chicago Reader and worked on several projects that featured construction equipment, industrial machinery, and mechanical apparatus. Leigh was also involved in environmental activism, especially surrounding Lake Michigan, and she documented the Lake Front through her photography.


1 Linear Feet (in 1 box, including 87 photographs)

Language of Materials



This collection contains 87 photographs taken in neighborhoods around Chicago by photographer Laurie M. Leigh. While the majority of the photographs are of buildings and areas in the city, the collection also includes two portraits.


The collection is arranged by subjects that largely correspond to series in other collections in the Neighborhood History Research Collection. These subjects are arranged alphabetically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Laurie Leigh in 2001 and 2002.

Related Materials

  • Chicago Park District Records: Photographs
  • Neighborhood History Research Collection

Guide to the Laurie M. Leigh Photographs
Special Collections staff and Emma Lipkin; supervised by Johanna Russ, July 2018. Updated and ingested into ArchivesSpace by Johanna Russ, 2021.
2018 July
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Repository Details

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

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