Through the Chicago Stock Yards
Through the Chicago Stock Yards,
Rand McNally and Company

Turning Attention Back to Chicago

Posted 02.19.2016

After a year of working on behalf of the amazing National Museum of African American History and Culture, we are excited at Armstrong-Johnston to turn our attention back to Chicago collections and research topics. The New Year brought interesting film projects our way, which have allowed us to delve deep into picture research on the Chicago Stockyards as well as the fascinating history of Chicago advertising for the upcoming doc Chicago AdTown.

National Dairy Council poster
National Dairy Council poster, ca. 1942.
Courtesy, Dairy Management International

Associations, Associations

Posted 01.6.2016

Interesting work this winter for two important, and long-standing Chicago based organizations; the American Dental Association and Dairy Management, Incorporated (formerly known as the National Dairy Council). Both associations hold fascinating archives documenting advocacy of their respective constituents (American dentists on the one hand, and American Dairy farmers on the other).

Leigh and Mindy, working hard. 2015
Leigh and Mindy, working hard. 2015

We are Five

Posted 12.20.2015

2015 was an amazing year for us at Armstrong-Johnston - a year full of rewarding projects and exciting company growth. Notably, and due entirely to the support of our clients, colleagues, and friends, we celebrated our fifth year of business! Five years ago, we joined forces to form a scrappy little company committed to the mission of providing high-quality, low-cost, research and archival services to organizations and individuals. Today, as then, we are propelled by our shared love of history and visual culture.

Roger Brown sketchbook
Roger Brown sketchbook 5, cover.
Courtesy, Roger Brown Study Collection

Roger Brown Study Collection

Posted 07.01.2015

Recently completed - digitization of 21 sketchbooks compiled between 1965-1997 by the late Chicago artist Roger Brown. Often associated with the Chicago Imagist school, Brown's skechbooks reveal the origin and development of his creative process, and are useful documents that help in the interpretation of his major artworks. Digital surrogates of the sketchbooks will be made available to the public electronically though the Roger Brown Study Collection and the School of the Art Institute.

Bennett College Women’s Basketball Team, 1935
Bennett College Women's Basketball Team,

Image Procurement for Smithsonian

Posted 04.20.2015

We are pleased to be working closely with staff at the Smithsonian on image procurement for the Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opens to the public in late-summer 2016. We are soliciting images, and negotiating terms and fees for works selected for inclusion in ten of the museum's permanent galleries. This is an exciting challenge for us – and great opportunity to explore resources available at repositories throughout the nation that document varied aspects of African American experience.

Women's Business Enterprise

Congratulations to us!

Posted 11.30.2014

Armstrong-Johnston is pleased to announce that we were recently certified as a women's business enterprise by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation's largest third-party certifier of the businesses owned and operated by women in the U.S.

Otis Rush and Little Bobby
Otis Rush and Little Bobby at Peppers, 1963

The Raeburn Flerlage Archive

Posted 06.14.2014

This summer we're taking on a fascinating project - representation of the Raeburn Flerlage archive, which documents in glorious photographs, the blues, jazz, and folk scenes in Chicago during the 1960s. Of his career as a photographer, Flerlage wrote: "I had been kicking around on the fringes of the music business in Cincinnati and Chicago since 1939. I did promotional work for record stores, organizational promotion, concert reviews, music columns, lectures and magazine articles…For that an a variety of other reasons I was a natural person to capture, in pictures, the major blues, jazz and folk artists of the era.” (2000)

Colvin Tree, Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens. IL003002
Colvin Tree, Smithsonian Institution,
Archives of American Gardens. IL003002

Chicago Botanic Garden

Posted 01.14.2014

For the next several months, we’ll have the great pleasure of conducting historical image research and licensing on behalf of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Our work will be conducted in consultation with Cathy Jean Maloney, who is penning the book Growing Forward: 125 Years of the Chicago Horticultural Society for the Garden. Growing Forward will be released by Northwestern University Press in summer 2015.