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Jesse Lowe Smith Image Collection

  • US IlHpHS 1996.5
  • Collection
  • Bulk, 1911-1914

The Jesse Lowe Smith Image Collection was created by Jesse Lowe Smith, who was principal of the Elm Place School and Superintendant of Schools in Highland Park, Illinois for 32 years until his death in 1934. Smith took the bulk of the photographs himself specifically for educational purposes . Smith had a life-long interest in nature, culture and the arts. Smith promoted an innovative and progressive educational style by including nature expeditions and theatrical productions as part of Elm Place School’s curriculum. The collection consists of 3”x4” glass slides and 5”x7” glass photographs and negative plates which either were taken by Jesse Lowe Smith himself, or which he purchased from a Highland Park photographer, E.E. Paratt or from the Nichol’s Slide Company (a provider of educational slides). Some of the slides are hand-colored by Charlotte Pinkerton, an artist who at the time worked in Chicago. The slides collection range from 1907 to 1933 with the bulk being from 1911 to 1914. The bulk of the images are botanical in nature, focusing on plant studies, trees, and flowers and include landscape scenes. There are also images of Elm Place School including classrooms and artwork exhibited in the school, some class photos of students and teachers, the outside of the school, and theatrical productions of a play and operetta. The collection includes travel photographs from trips Smith took to Montana, the Pacific Northwest, and abroad. There are also slides of song lyrics, flags and history lessons. Thus far, the following series are created: Botanical slides; Travel photographs from Smith’s travels abroad, notably India, but also Europe; and a third series for Lincolniana of photographs relating to Abraham Lincoln.

There is a second collection of botanical slides from Elm Place School currently in the possession of the Park District of Highland Park which exhibited them in 1995. There may be overlap between the two collections.

Smith, Jesse Lowe, Superintendent of Schools, Highland Park, Illinois

Pike, C. Harlan collection

  • US IlHpHS 2015.10
  • Collection
  • 1928-1968

The collection contains correspondence, a newspaper clipping, the memorial service program for Jesse Lowe Smith, and newsletters of the Old Timer's Club. The Old Timer's Club met once a year and was composed of teachers who were at Elm Place School when Mr. Jesse Lowe Smith was the principal.
Also included is a photograph of students at Elm Place School dated June 1928, a photograph of the Class of February, 1928: William Nunn, Henry Witten, Bob Phelps, Melvin Cummings, Tom Russell, Jefferson Bennett (Class President), Jesse Craig, Richard Rioux, Rudolph Stricker, Irving Garling.
Martin Bennett, Fred Fell, Alfred Meyer, Selma L. Cook, Jane Holmes, Norma Finley, Edith Kilgore, Helene Borchardt, Grace Lindstrom, Raymond Bock, Sam Ugolini. Florence Skuldy, Mary Wohlbruck, Ruth Durment, Dorothy Anderson, Elinor Fischer. Esther Drake, Isabel Mann, Clifford Thomas, Lee Randall, Mary Mayor. Robert Freeman, Robert Wood, Nelson Forrest, Eugene Masterson, Alice Mulvihill. Dorothy Schadewitz, Miss Lena M. Nixon, Gladys Arnold.
It also contains a photograph of the Class of June, 1928: Miss Etta Grunewald, Amelia Ostrowsky, Mildred Dostalek, Miss Lena M. Nixon, Louise Willard, Almyra Gibson, Muriel Prato, Marion R. Moon, Priscilla Mann. Elizabeth Zimmerman, Muriel M. Mowers, Esther Drake, Barbara Sullivan, Jane Kaufman, MacDonald Lowe, Marco Carani. Barbara Funke, Melvin Finney, Henry B. Clark, Sara Ann McClernan, Robert Fay, Grace Arline Flint, Edward Marder, Glen Christenson. O'Neal Ronzani, Hugo Winkler, William Walker, Ella Hupprich, Sadie L. Coates, Mavern Hamilton, Ray Bock. Elmer M. Nielsen, Theodore Pasquesi, Janet Gaidzik, Kathleen Slack, Irvin Garling, Jesse A. Craig, Walter O'Neill, Melvin Cummings, Harlan Pike (Class President), Frank Goffo, Eva Scott, Florence Warren, Luella Dunn, Nouri Mancogian, Thomas E. Russell, Norman Alfred Gastfield, Charlotte Clark.

Pike, C. Harlan

Eight and a half going on nine

  • US IlHpHS 67.290.1
  • Item
  • 1949, 1952

Local history text book for the third grade written by teacher Mamie Dorsch. A November 20, 1952 clipping describing the text and local history program is inserted into the monograph.

Dorsch, Mamie P

Visual : Elm Place School

  • US IlHpHS visu.elm
  • Collection
  • 1870-1933

This collection documents early Highland Park and Elm Place School. It is a series of class photographs and teaching aids. The collection has been arranged into 5 series with a list of each item in that series. They are mostly black and white and a few have been damaged. They are all 4x5. These slides may have been taken chiefly by Jesse Lowe Smith. Brand Studio may also be responsible for some of the photography.

Elm Place School.