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Mildred Mead collection

Identifier: AG 179

Scope and Contents

The Mildred Mead collection is made up of five series including Biographical materials, Activity files, Exhibition files, Printed materials, and Photographic materials.

Series one, Biographical materials, contains Mead’s curriculum vitae, trophies won in photography contests, and newspaper articles related to Mead and her husband.

Series two, Activity files, includes research files on Maxwell Street, the Metropolitan Housing Council, the Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhood, as well as a large amount of miscellaneous newspaper articles pertaining to poor Chicago housing.

Series three, Exhibition files, contains flyers, newspaper articles, and notes on multiple exhibitions of Mead’s photographs, as well as installation photographs from an unidentified show.

Series four, Printed materials, includes four books, four periodicals, and one exhibition catalog which is signed.

Series five, Photographic materials, includes three sets of study prints organized and titled by Mead’s original folders, and Xeroxed prints. One folder was labeled “To keep – mine” with a piece of paper in the folder that stated “duplicated – for me,” while the Xeroxed prints were in a folder labeled “Xerox – dupes.”


  • Creation: 1937-1990s


Language of Materials

Material in English

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission from the copyright owner (which could be the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates or literary executors) prior to any copyright-protected uses of the collection.

The user agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents, the University of Arizona, Center of Creative Photography, including its officers, employees, and agents, from and against all claims made relating to copyright or other intellectual property infringement

Biographical Note

Mildred Mead (1910-2001) was a resident of Hyde Park, Chicago and worked as a professional photographer in association with the Metropolitan Housing and Planning Council, the Chicago Land Clearance Commission, the Chicago Housing Authority, the South East Chicago Commission, the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference, Michael Reese Hospital, the Fort Dearborn Project, the study of the Maxwell Street Market, the University of Chicago Planning Unit, and other entities associated with urban redevelopment. Mead photographically informed urban redevelopment reports by photographing areas of Chicago targeted for urban renewal, revealing poor housing conditions and overcrowding. She also photographed revitalized areas of Chicago, and other aspects of Chicagoan community life. Mead died in Arizona in 2001.


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Metadata Rights Declarations

  • License: This record is made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Creative Commons license.


Papers, clippings, publications, and awards, 1937-1990s, of Mildred Mead (1910-2001), photographer.


The Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Series 1: Biographical materials, n.d., 2 folders, 2 items
  2. Series 2: Activity files, n.d., 1946, 4 folders
  3. Series 3: Exhibition files, n.d., 5 folders
  4. Series 4: Printed materials, n.d., 1937-1984, 9 folders
  5. Series 5: Photographic materials, n.d., 2 boxes

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was a gift of the artist to the Center in 2000.

Related Materials

The Chicago History Museum has around 1000 prints and about 6000 negatives, and the University of Chicago Library has between 300 and 400 8 X 10 prints, as well as some slide transparencies, 1948-1959.


  • Guide to the Mildred Mead Photographs 1948-1962.The University of Chicago Library, Accessed May 26, 2020.
  • Mildred Mead – I Step Out of Myself. The University of Chicago Library, Accessed May 26, 2020.
  • Mildred Mead photograph collection, 1951-1958.Explore Chicago Collections, Accessed May 26, 2020.


  1. Mead, Mildred, 1910-2001
  2. Metropolitan Housing and Planning Council University of Chicago
  3. Documentary photography Photography
  4. Chicago Metropolitan Area (Ill.) Maxwell Street (Chicago, Ill.)

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid updated by Meghan Jordan in June 2016. Finding aid was updated again in 2020 by Tai Huesgen.Processed in of

Mildred Mead collection 1937-1990s
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Repository Details

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