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George Silas Duntley Photographs

Identifier: 75/31/30

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Scope and Contents

This collection has been digitized and can be viewed here: George Silas Duntley Photographs, 1899-1920.

The collection is comprised of dry plate photographic negatives made during the period circa 1899-1918 by George Silas Duntley. Largely depicting people, places, and events in and around the Duntley family’s home of Bushnell, Illinois, the photographs contain revealing details of family and community life, vernacular architecture, and material culture. Also included in the collection are several photographs of Northwestern University’s Evanston campus and of its Medical School and School of Pharmacy, both located in Chicago. Northwestern University structures documented by the photographs include University Hall, Fayerweather Hall, and Lunt Hall, and the Medical School and School of Pharmacy buildings, along with the affiliated Wesley Hospital. There also are views of the Chicago neighborhood in which Duntley lived while a student, and photographs of Chicago’s Masonic Temple Building, a celebrated structure designed by the architectural firm of Burnham and Root. Noteworthy among the images are three views of Theodore Roosevelt campaigning for office from the back of a railcar while in Bushnell, Illinois.


  • 1899-1920


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. All images in this collection have been digitized and can be viewed online.


9 Boxes

Language of Materials



The photographs of George S. Duntley fill 8 boxes and cover the years from approximately 1899-1918. The collection consists of dry plate negatives and record Duntley’s years in Chicago and Evanston while he was attending Northwestern University Medical School. Also included are photographs taken in Bushnell, Illinois, his home town and surrounding areas.


The photographs are arranged according to size.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired by Northwestern University Archives in October, 2006 (Accession 06-138). The negatives were cleaned and digitized for public access by the Preservation and Digital Collections departments of Northwestern University Libraries, 2015-2016.

Materials Specific Details

Measurements for slides are in inches.

Guide to the George Silas Duntley Photographs
Mimi Head
March 2017
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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US