Wallace Kirkland papers

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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

45.0 linear feet of material consisting of photography, writings, correspondence, exhibit materials and family papers of Wallace William Kirkland. The majority of the material dates from the early 1920s to Kirkland's death in 1979. The collection contains material pertaining to Kirkland's work with the YMCA, his career as a social worker at Hull-House, and his career as a photojournalist with Life magazine. Also included is material about the Kirkland family and artwork by Kirkland, art photography, and unpublished short stories.

Biographical Historical Note

Wallace Kirkland was a resident 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 Eleanor Howard Collection of Wallace Kirkland Photographs, University of Illinois at Chicago; Gordon Coster Photograph Collection, Chicago History Museum.