John George M. Glessner photograph collection

Inclusive Dates: 
1880s–1890s (bulk 1892–1893)
Survey Repository: 

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

273 black and white photographic prints and 172 glass and nitrate black and white negatives made by amateur photographer George M. Glessner, consisting mainly views of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also includes images of Lincoln Park, Garfield Park, Jackson Park, and South Park; the Potter Palmer residence; and other subjects.

Biographical Historical Note

John George M. Glessner was the son of prominent Chicagoans John Jacob and Frances Macbeth Glessner and resided at Glessner House, at 1800 South Prairie Avenue.

Additional Notes

Related collections: Views of the World's Columbian Exposition, Laban Deardorff Collection of Visual Materials, George Frederick Newhall Glass Negatives of the World's Columbian Exposition, Olson-Moore Collection of World's Columbian Exposition Lantern Slides, World's Columbian Exposition Card Photographs, World's Columbian Exposition and Other Lantern Slides, Lantern Slides from the World's Columbian Exposition, C.D. Arnold Photograph Albums of World's Columbian Exposition Construction, Photograph Album of the World's Columbian Exposition, Album of Photographs of the Woman's Building at the World's Columbian Exposition, World's Columbian Exposition Card Photographs, Bertha Palmer and Palmer Family Research Collection, H. and F Photo C Potter Palmer and Palmer Estate Papers, Chicago Woman's Club records,  Chicago History Museum;

D.H. Burnham Collection, Bertha Honoré Palmer Correspondence World's Columbian Exposition Collection, World's Columbian Exposition Photographs by C.D. Arnold, Historic Architecture and Landscape Image Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago;

C. D. Arnold Photographic Collection, Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections and Preservation Division.