Amundsen High School Collection
Scope and Contents
This collection consists mostly of student publications, including the school newspaper, The Amundsen Log, and the student yearbook,The Viking. It also contains Parent Teacher Association yearbooks and related material, newspaper clippings, a diploma, a few graduation programs, an alumni reunion program, and a small number of photographs.
- 1931 - 1987
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Biographical / Historical
Amundsen High School was constructed in 1930 and named for Roald Engebreth Gravning Amundsen, a Norwegian polar explorer who disappeared while on a rescue mission to the North Pole in 1928. The school is located on Damen Avenue at Foster Avenue in Winnemac Park on the North Side of Chicago and is part of the Chicago Public Schools district. For its first few years Amundsen served as a junior high school, but it was converted to a four-year high school in 1933 and has continued to serve as a high school since that time. In the 1960s, it also hosted junior college classes in the evenings.
2.5 Linear Feet (in 4 boxes and 7 photographs, plus 1 oversize folder)
Language of Materials
Amundsen High School was constructed in 1930 on Damen Avenue at Foster Avenue in Winnemac Park on the North Side of Chicago. Originally a junior high school, it was converted to a four-year high school in 1933 and has continued to serve as a high school since that time. The collection contains yearbooks, clippings, programs, the school newspaper, and photographs.
The collection is arranged in two series.
Series 1: General Historical Files, 1931-1987
This series contains Subseries A: Documents and Subseries B: Photographs. Each subseries is arranged alphabetically.
Subseries A consists primarily of Parent Teacher Association yearbooks and newspaper clippings from local papers about Amundsen High School. There are also a few graduation programs, a song booklet, an alumni reunion program, and a short story and song lyrics.
Subseries B contains one oversize class photograph from 1934 and six photographs of a 1949 Amundsen High School football game.
Series 2: Publications, 1933-1981
This series contains issues of the school newspaper, The Amundsen Log; volumes of the school yearbook,The Viking; and one issue ofThe Bullshevik Bugle, a humor magazine. It is arranged alphabetically.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Some of the folders in this collection were originally part of the Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection and were processed and made available for researchers in 1982. In 1984, after a number of yearbooks were acquired, the Amundsen High School material was removed to create a separate collection. Additional material, such as yearbooks, were added in the following years.
- High schools -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Sources. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- School yearbooks Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Student newspapers and periodicals Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Ravenswood-Lake View Historical Association (Organization)
- Wermich, LaVerne, 1920-2005 (Person)
- Baker, Judith (Person)
- Guide to the Amundsen High School Collection
- Originally processed by Robert Marshall, 1984. Updated and ingested into ArchivesSpace by Allyson Smally, 2020-2021.
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Finding Aid written in English.
Part of the Northside Neighborhood History Collection Repository
Sulzer Regional Library
Chicago Public Library
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