• Identification00064739
  • TitleDescriptive inventory for the C.D. Peacock and Co. (Chicago, Ill.) records, ca. 1837-1993
  • PublisherChicago Historical Society
  • LanguageEnglish.
  • RepositoryChicago History Museum Research Center 1601 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60614-6038
  • Date1837-1993
  • OriginationC.D. Peacock and Co. Dayton Hudson Corporation
  • Physical Description
    • 5 linear ft. (10 boxes)
    • 13 volumes
    • 5 sound recordings
  • LocationMSS Lot C

For listening purposes, it is necessary to use a copy, not the original (and to have a listening copy made if one is not available).

Gift of Birks International, Inc., parent company of C.D. Peacock and Co.; (1993.0042).

C.D. Peacock Co. (Chicago, Ill.) records (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

General ledgers (1904-1912, 1981-1983), other account books and audit reports (1912-1955), correspondence, leases, insurance policies, publicity materials, catalogs, audio tapes, historical information, and other records of C.D. Peacock and Co.; one of the oldest and most prominent jewelers in Chicago. Peacock's main store was on State Street in the Loop, and the company eventually established suburban stores as well. Also present in the collection are some materials from and about the Peacock family, which settled in Chicago in 1837 and continued to own the business until 1969.

C.D. Peacock and Co. is one of the oldest and most prominent jewelers in Chicago (Ill.). The company was founded in 1837 as the "House of Peacock" by Elijah Peacock and specialized in the sale and repair of jewelry and watches. In 1889, the business came to be known as C.D. Peacock, after Charles D. Peacock, son of Elijah Peacock, who had assumed ownership. Around the time of the World's Columbian Exposition, C.D. Peacock began selling more luxury items and publishing a mail-order catalog. The company remained in the Peacock family until 1969, when it was sold to Dayton-Hudson Corp., and has had other owners subsequently. As of 2011, C.D. Peacock and Co. had several retail locations in the Chicago area.

  • Names
    • Peacock Family
    • Peacock, Charles Daniel. 1838-
    • Peacock, Elijah. 1818-1889
    • C.D. Peacock & Co. (Chicago, Ill.) -- Archives
    • C.D. Peacock (Firm) -- Archives
  • Subject
    • Families -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 19th century
    • Families -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 20th century
    • Family-owned business enterprises -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 19th century
    • Family-owned business enterprises -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 20th century
    • Jewelers -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 19th century
    • Jewelers -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 20th century
    • Jewelry stores -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 19th century
    • Jewelry stores -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 20th century
  • Geographic Coverage
    • Chicago (Ill.) -- Commerce -- 19th century
    • Chicago (Ill.) -- Commerce -- 20th century

The collection is arranged in three series:

Series 1. Promotional materials, ca. 1889-1993 (box 1-3)

Series 1 consists of magazine and newspaper clippings, mail-order catalogs, audio tapes of radio advertisements, stationary, and other promotional materials.

Series 2. Financial records, 1899-1984 (box 4-7, 13 v.)

Series 2 contains general ledgers (1904-1912, 1981-1983), bonds, canceled checks, leases, order information, employee records, loose diamond register (1899-1904), diamond shipping records (1979-1984), repair and job journals (1982-1984), cash receipts (1970-1972), audit reports (1912-1955), and profit sharing reports.

Series 3. General records, 1837-1993 (box 8-10)

Series 3 consists of certificates of appreciation, historical accounts and timelines, correspondence, descriptions of real estate, engraving tickets, safety deposit key, list of insured property, and insurance policies.