Gordon Coster photograph collection

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

Approximately 25,500 photographic prints, 10 boxes of nitrate negatives, more than 67,800 negatives in various mediums, approximately 14,850 transparencies in various mediums, 22 motion picture film reels, and 1 box of non-graphic material primarily by Gordon Coster for commercial and fashion assignments. Included is a small component of work done by Institute of Design students under Coster's tutelage (1946–1960) and by professional photographers such as Robert Capa, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Andreas Feininger, George Hurrell, and Wallace Kirkland.

Biographical Historical Note

Gordon H. Coster (1906-1988) was a commercial photographer who worked in Chicago for a major portion of his mature career.  Coster taught photography at the Institute of Design (Chicago, Ill.) in 1946, 1950-51, and in 1960.

Additional Notes

Related collections on Wallace Kirkland: Wallace Kirkland Papers, Hull-House Photograph Collection, and Eleanor Howard Collection of Wallace Kirkland Photographs, University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives.