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Percy H. Sloan Collection of Photographs

Identifier: Midwest-MS-Sloan

Scope and Content of the Collection

The collection of late nineteenth and early twentieth century photographs of Chicago and some neighboring towns, most of which presumably were taken by Sloan, consists of shots of churches, houses, schools, libraries, civic and commercial buildings, monuments and statuary. Most of this material is undated. Also includes a group of aerial views of the city and some suburban land, taken between 1925 and 1930 by the Chicago Aerial Survey Co. Sloan’s checklists of his work indicate he was particularly interested in Chicago churches and in various architectural styles, and includes an inventory of negatives sold to the Art Institute.


  • Creation: approximately 1890-1942



Materials are in English.


The Percy H. Sloan Collection of Photographs is open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Percy H. Sloan Collection of Photographs is the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

Biography of Percy H. Sloan

Chicago art teacher and photographer.

Born in 1867, the son of Junius R. Sloan, a self-taught, locally prominent Midwest landscape painter, Percy Sloan spent much of his life as an art teacher and supervisor of art in the Chicago Public Schools. After his retirement in 1926, he became a private art teacher and art collector. Shortly before his death he donated his collection of paintings and an endowment to maintain it to Valparaiso University.

Percy H. Sloan, who never married, died in Chicago in 1950.


0.6 Linear Feet (2 boxes)


Collection of late nineteenth and early twentieth century photographs of Chicago and environs, which includes aerial views of the city and some suburbs (1925-1930), and a large collection of church, civic, commercial and domestic architecture. Also, views of Chicago monuments and statuary and a group of Sloan’s checklists of his work. Most images are annotated with addresses and but not dates.


The collection is organized by type of material: Aerial Views, 1925-1930; Chicago Buildings, ca. 1912-1938; Suburban Buildings, ca. 1913-1941; Statuary, ca. 1912 and undated; Miscellaneous photographs, ca. 1915-1938; and Checklists, ca. 1937-1938.

Collection Stack Location

1 31 2


Provenance is unknown.

Processed by

Virginia Hay Smith, 2008.

Inventory of the Percy H. Sloan Collection of Photographs, approximately 1890-1942 Midwest.MS.Sloan
Finding aid prepared by Virginia Hay Smith
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States