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Lake Shore Club of Chicago Collection

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Collection Identifier: C.2015-06
Extent of collection
5 reels of 8mm film totaling 250 feet; 1 booklet from the Lake Shore Club of Chicago; 1 large photo from Lake Shore Club of Chicago
Inclusive Dates
1948 - 1962
This collection of home movies documents an unknown family at various Chicago neighborhood and downtown locations. The majority of the films document scenes shot at the outdoor pool and rooftop of the Lake Shore Club of Chicago, an 18-story luxury country club once located at 850 North Lake Shore Drive in downtown Chicago. Also of note are reels documenting the 1948-1949 Chicago Railroad Fair and the subsequent Chicago Fair of 1950, which both took place on Chicago's lakefront.
Custodial History
The exact provenance of the Lake Shore Club of Chicago Collection is unknown. The films were anonymously donated to the Chicago History Museum. The donor deposited the materials in the museum's cafe with no return address or contact information. In June of 2015 the CHM donated the materials to Chicago Film Archives.
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Access Restrictions
This collection is open to on-site access. Appointments must be made with Chicago Film Archives. Due to the fragile nature of the films, only video copies will be provided for on-site viewing.