Grace Mason papers/Atkinson 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

Partially processed. 3 linear feet of material consisting mainly of nearly 100 photographic portraits of “prominent Negro Chicagoans.” Created between 1885 and 1915, many of these photographs were exhibited at the 1940 American Negro Exposition. In addition to photographs of the “Old Settlers” is an official register of the Chicago Old Settlers Club, founded by Ida McIntosh Dempsey in 1904. Later Scott family records and photographs are also included.

Biographical Historical Note

Grace Mason, a descendant of pioneering Chicago African American photographer Franklin [or Franklyn] Atkinson Henderson, donated his collection of nearly 100 portrait photographs of prominent black Chicagoans.