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Marjorie Kriz Aviation Photographs and Ephemera Collection

Identifier: TL026

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Scope and Contents

Marjorie Kriz (1922-2007) was a reporter and editor covering O’Hare International Airport and a public affairs officer for the Federal Aviation Administration. Later in life, Kris was a freelance writer of Chicago history and aviation-related topics. This collection includes aviation photographs and ephemera that Kriz collected.

Series 1: Aviation photographs, undated, includes seventy photographs collected by Kriz. Many photographs depict images ranging in date from 1876 to 1978, but the physical photographs appear to have been reproduced at a later date. Topics and subjects in the series include O’Hare International Airport, famous aviators, current and defunct airlines, aircraft, and more.

Series 2: Bicycle and Aviation Ephemera, 1956-1969, includes six bicycle advertisements and pamphlets, and five Trans World Airlines (TWA) advertisements and pamphlets. This series also includes a metal American Airlines bracelet and an O’Hare button. The bike advertisements include information kits and manuals from bicycle-related companies to a safety pamphlet from the American Automobile Association (AAA). TWA ephemera includes materials like a TWA paper doll advertisement, informational pamphlets, and a folder with TWA advertisements on it.


  • 1956-1969

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on use of the materials in the department for research; all patrons must comply with federal copyright regulations.

Biographical / Historical

Marjorie Minsk Kriz (1920-2007) graduated from Northwestern University with both a BA in Theatre in 1942 and an MA in 1943. After college, Kriz was briefly a theatre publicist in Chicago and Manhattan. She then became a reporter for the City News Bureau from 1944 to 1954, where she covered police and county beats. In 1968, Kriz was widowed and continued to work full time at City News to support her children. There, she became aviation editor and covered news at O’Hare International Airport until 1972. At this time, Kriz left City News Bureau to begin as a Public Affairs Officer for the Federal Aviation Administration until her retirement in 1989.

Kriz was also a freelance writer of local Chicago history and aviation-related subjects. See: Soaring above Setbacks: The Autobiography of Janet Harmon Bragg, African American Aviator (Transportation Library - 5 North ; TL540.B8 S676)


1 Boxes (1 box ; 0.5 LF)

Language of Materials



Marjorie Kriz Aviation Photographs and Ephemera Collection includes 70 aviation and Chicago-related photographs, as well as aviation and bicycle related ephemera like pamphlets, advertisements, jewelry, and a button.


This collection contains two series. Series one, Aviation Photographs, is organized alphabetically by photograph subject. Series two, Bicycle and Aviation Ephemera, is organized topically then chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Marjorie Kriz Aviation Photographs and Ephemera Collection was donated to Northwestern Transportation Library at an unknown date.

Guide to the Marjorie Kriz Aviation Photographs and Ephemera Collection
Zoe Lively
November 2023
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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Transportation Library Repository

Main Library, 5th Floor, North Tower
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US