Eleanor Howard Collection of Wallace Kirkland photographs

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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

0.5 linear feet of material consisting of correspondence, photographs (holiday greetings, humorous, nudes, and sculptures), and an exhibit catalog sent by photographer Wallace Kirkland to his friend Eleanor Howard. Although the majority of the material is undated, the dated materials start in 1952 and end in 1969. The bulk of the collection appears to date to the period after Kirkland’s retirement from his career as a photojournalist with Life magazine.

Biographical Historical Note

Wallace Kirkland was a social worker at Chicago’s Hull-House when he began using photography as an activity for the boys in his charge. He documented life at Hull-House, but eventually embarked on a fulltime career as a professional photographer, notably as a staff photographer for Life magazine.

Additional Notes

Related collections: Hull-House Photograph Collection and Wallace Kirkland papers, University of Illinois at Chicago; Gordon Coster Photograph Collection, Chicago History Museum.