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  • Skunk with prey in mouth
  • Photography storage boxes
  • Photo negative

The Academy photography collection includes thousands of still photos and more than 1,300 motion pictures representing some of the earliest natural history photography. Many were made by Academy scientists and local naturalists who were using the then new technology to study the Chicago Wilderness region. Many of their images record now lost landscapes of the Midwest.

Manuscripts and Institutional Archives

  • Pages from the journal of William Stimpson
  • Drawing of Mushroom by Herman Pepoon
  • Drawing of Nautilus in William Stimpson's Journal
The Academy’s archives contain more than 100 linear feet of manuscripts and 400 linear feet of institutional records and ephemera including field journals, maps and drawings, and publications. The collection is strongly focused on the Midwest and documents local naturalists’ studies of the region’s ecosystems, flora, and fauna. Types of materials include letters and personal correspondence, field notes, maps, drawings, research files and notes, printed materials, scrapbooks, photographs, meeting minutes, calendars, ephemera, and other materials.

Finding aids are available for the manuscript collections. The following is a list of the manuscript collections. Please contact the Collections Department to request additional information or to schedule an appointment to visit the archives. 



Collection NameFinding Aid
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Andrews Family Papers (Edmund Andrews, M.D., Irene D. Andrews, and Edward W. Andrews, IV) Andrews Family Finding Aid 
Elizabeth E. Atwater Papers
(in process)

Laura Brodie Papers (in process)

Chicago Ornithological Society Records (in process)

Charles B. Cory Papers (in process)

William C. Davidson, U.S.N. Papers William C. Davidson Finding Aid 
Francis S. Dayton Papers Francis S. Dayton Finding Aid 
Ruthven Deane Papers Ruthven Deane Finding Aid
William Dreuth Papers William Dreuth Finding Aid
C.W.G. Eifrig Papers C.W.G. Eifrig Finding Aid
Benjamin T. Gault Papers Benjamin T. Gault Finding Aid 
Gregory Brothers Papers (Stephen S. Gregory, Jr. and Arthur Tappan Gregory) Gregory Brothers Finding Aid 
Edward G. Howe Papers Edward G. Howe Finding Aid 
Roger Howe Papers Roger Howe Finding Aid 
Robert Kennicott Papers Robert Kennicott Finding Aid 
Komarek Family Papers (Betty Komarek, Edwin V. Komarek, Sr., Roy V. Komarek)
(in process)

William I. Lyon Papers William I. Lyon Finding Aid 
J. de Navarre Macomb, Jr. Papers J. de Navarre Macomb, Jr. Finding Aid 
Margaret Morse Nice Papers Margaret Morse Nice Finding Aid 
Ida E.S. Noyes Papers Ida E.S. Noyes Finding Aid 
Kathryn Olmstead Papers
(in process)

Amanda Parelius Papers Amanda Parelius Finding Aid 
Herman S. Pepoon Papers Herman S. Pepoon Finding Aid 
Donald T. Ries Papers Donald T. Ries Finding Aid 
Robert Ridgway Papers 
(in process)

Harry D. Sicher Papers Harry D. Sicher Finding Aid 
Winnifred Smith Papers
(in process)

William Stimpson Papers William Stimpson Finding Aid 
Reuben M. Strong Papers
(in process)

Leon F. Urbain Papers Leon F. Urbain Finding Aid 



 
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