Indiana University Northwest Calumet Regional Archives

About Indiana University Northwest Calumet Regional Archives

Indiana University Northwest’s Calumet Regional Archives collects, preserves, and makes available records from organizations and individuals to document the history of Indiana's Calumet Region (Lake and Porter Counties) for use by students, scholars, and the general public. Major photograph collections include the U.S. Steel Gary Works Photograph Collection, the Inland Steel Company Photograph Collection, and the Save the Dunes Council Records.

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Smith and Mark Photographs

Stephanie Smith and Steve Mark Collection

The Stephanie Smith and Steve Mark Collection primarily contains photographs taken by Stephen Mark, grandson of industrial magnate Clayton Mark, held by the Calumet Regional Archives at Indiana University Northwest. The photographs were taken in the late 1950s and early 1960s in the Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland region and include those of residents instrumental in preserving tracts of land that received national park status in 2019 (Indiana Dunes National Park)[1]. They also include photographs of President Harry S. Truman, Indiana Representative Charles Halleck [2], and Naomi Svihla [3], as well as images of the daily life and social gatherings of the communities (Ogden Dunes [4] , Portage, Gary, Chicago, Chesterton, Valparaiso, East Chicago, and Marktown).

The collection includes photographs of Clayton Mark (1858-1936), a pioneer in the steel industry, and his descendants [5]. Clayton Mark founded the Mark Manufacturing Company (1888), the Clayton Mark Company (1890), and Marktown (1917), the urban planned worker community in East Chicago designed by Howard Van Doren Shaw.