Motley family photograph collection

Inclusive Dates: 
1880–1949
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

1 box of photographic prints consisting primarily of portraits of the friends and relatives of the Archibald Motley family of Chicago. Most images are from outside of the Chicago area.

Biographical Historical Note

Archibald John Motley Jr. was a Chicago painter notable for his portraits of African American sitters and his images of life in Chicago’s southside African American neighborhoods created from the 1920s through the 1970s.

Additional Notes

Related collection: Archibald J. Motley, Jr., Papers and Photographs Collection, Chicago History Museum.