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Alexander Hesler Photograph Collection

Identifier: 75/55/4

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Scope and Contents

The series consists of approximately one hundred and fifty photographic prints made by Evanston, Illinois, photographer Alexander Hesler during the 1870s and 1880s. Most of the prints are portraits of Northwestern University faculty, administrators, and students. Also included are a number of photographs of class and student groups, University buildings, and portraits of Northwestern University Preparatory School students. Most of the prints are mounted on cardboard stock and range in size from approximately 4" x 6" to 4-1/2" x 7". Prints of buildings and student groups are sorted into alphabetically-arranged topics. Portraits of Northwestern faculty and administrators are arranged alphabetically by the subjects’ surnames. Portraits of students are arranged by their class year (year of graduation; for example, Class of 1878, Class of 1879, etc.) When multiple portraits exist for a given year they are alphabetized within folders by students’ surnames. Unidentified or partially identified portraits are at the end of the series. The series includes two copies of Hesler’s book, Photographic Views of Picturesque Evanston (1887).

This collection has been digitized and can be viewed here: Alexander Hesler Photograph Collection, 1870-1887.


  • 1870-1887



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Over 150 photographic prints (mostly 4x6 cabinet size, mounted on cardstock) taken by noted Evanston, Illinois, photographer Alexander Hesler, dating circa 1870-1887 and depicting Northwestern University faculty, students, and buildings. The collection includes 2 copies of the published volume Photographic Views of Picturesque Evanston (1887).


alphabetical order by surname); topically-arranged photographs (in alphabetical order); Photographic Views of Picturesque Evanston.

Source of Acquisition

Separated from Northwestern University Archives General Photographic Collection, 1996

Related Materials

See also Class Photograph Albums, 1874-1888 (series 75/31/24), The work of many Evanston and Chicago photographers will be found in these albums, but a number of the images were made by Alexander Hesler. Hesler's identified work is heavily concentrated in albums 7 through 16 (representing the classes of 1877-1880) and found in more limited quantities in albums 18 (1881) and 20 through 24 (1882-1887).

Guide to the Alexander Hesler Photograph Collection
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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