Photographs of Lucy Flower Technical High School in Chicago

Inclusive Dates: 
circa 1916–1985
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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

76 black and white photographic prints, 5 photomechanical prints, and 2 negatives primarily showing activities at Lucy Flower Technical High School for girls, located at Wabash Avenue and East 61st Street in Chicago (Ill.). Includes three photographs of murals by Edward Millman depicting famous women and their heroic deeds. One photograph shows a cartoon by Millman for the fresco. Negatives show images of the murals copied from an unidentified publication. A few views are duplicates.

Biographical Historical Note

Edward Millman studied with Diego Rivera in Mexico City and became one of Chicago’s most renowned mural painters of the 1930s. His mural Outstanding American Women (1938-40) created under the sponsorship of the Federal Art Project for the Lucy Flower Technical and Vocational High School (now Lucy Flower Career Academy High School), was deemed inappropriate by school board officials as “misery laden”; painted over eighteen months after it was completed, it was uncovered and restored in 1997-98.