Featured Collections


Chicago Blues and Folk Music - Photography by Raeburn Flerlage
Chicago Blues and Folk Music - Photography by Raeburn Flerlage

Raeburn Flerlage was a Chicago-based record distributor and photographer who, beginning in the late 1950s, captured some of the city and nation’s most important musicians, especially legends of the blues genre. Muddy Waters, Bobby Bland, Howling Wolf, and BB King are just some of the artists represented in this robust collection. Flerlage’s photographs often landed in national industry publications such as Down Beat, Rhythm and Blues, and Jazz but were just as likely to be seen locally in the Chicago Daily News or used on artists’ album covers.

American Civil Rights Era - Photography by Declan Haun
American Civil Rights Era - Photography by Declan Haun

During the 1960s, Americans questioned the future of their nation. Furious debates raged over politics, race, religion, and war. Americans argued over conservative and liberal strategies, integrationist and segregationist policies, and sacred and secular approaches to the country’s problems. While photojournalists often recorded the decade’s violent clashes, Declan Haun’s quiet and contemplative views revealed his subjects’ inner resolve and measured the decade’s greatest debates with a compassionate eye. In 2002, the Chicago Historical Society acquired the Declan Haun archive through the generosity of the photographer’s estate.