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Henry D. Green Photograph Collection

Identifier: nnhc-hdg

Scope and Contents

The photographs depict everyday life on Chicago’s North Side during the 1940s and early 1950s. Many of his photographs reflect the home front during World War II in local businesses and clubs, as well as activities in neighborhood schools and parks. All photographs are black and white, mostly 8 x 10 inches. Most have corresponding 4 x 5 negatives, though not all. Additional materials by Henry Delorval Green are held at the Chicago History Museum.


  • 1944 - 1954


Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Henry Delorval Green was born in Linwood, Nebraska on November 24th, 1896. He moved to Chicago in the 1920s and opened a photography studio in the Merchandise Mart. During the depression he worked for the Federal Art Project under Works Progress Administration auspices. He moved to the Lake View neighborhood during World War II and set up his studio, taking photographs of many weddings, private celebrations and civic events, in addition to commercial assignments for local businesses. He was also employed as a “stringer” for several neighborhood newspapers. His wife, Doris, worked with him, taking care of the business accounts, and his son, Thomas, worked with him as a photographer after serving in the war. Mr. Green retired in 1968, and died in Chicago on March 26th, 1984.


396 Photographic Prints

232 Photographic negatives

Language of Materials



Henry D. Green was a commercial photographer on Chicago’s North Side. Subjects in the collection include local businesses, community groups, celebrations in neighborhood parks and events at local schools. Many photographs reflect life on the North Side during World War II. Additional materials by Henry Delorval Green are held at the Chicago History Museum.


The collection is organized into the following series:

Series 1: Businesses Series 2: Clubs and Organizations Series 3: Hospitals Series 4: Municipal Agencies Series 5: Parks Series 6: Portraits Series 7: Religious Organizations Series 8: Residences Series 9: Schools Series 10: Street Scenes Series 11: Transportation Series 12: Wartime Activities

Within each series photographs have been further arranged either alphabetically or chronologically where appropriate.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to the Chicago Public Library by the Chicago Historical Society in 1983. The Chicago Historical Society acquired the collection after Mr. Green retired in 1968 and sold the building with his studio. After surveying the collection, the Chicago Historical Society kept some of the photographs and donated some to Hild Regional Library.

Existence and Location of Copies

Select photographs from this collection are available in the Library's Henry D. Green Photograph Digital Collection.

Related Materials

Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection; Robert W. Krueger Photograph Collection; Henry Delorval Green Photograph Collection [at the Chicago History Museum]

Guide to the Henry D. Green Photograph Collection
Originally processed by Becky Haglund, 1984. Revised by Julie Lynch and Morag Walsh, 2018. Ingested into ArchivesSpace by Allyson Smally and Julie Lynch, 2022.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Northside Neighborhood History Collection Repository

Sulzer Regional Library
Chicago Public Library
4455 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago IL 60625 United States
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