• Identification00066716
  • TitleDescriptive inventory for the Albert Pick, Jr. and family papers, 1920-1979, bulk 1940-1977
  • PublisherChicago Historical Society
  • RepositoryChicago History Museum Research Center 1601 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60614-6038
  • OriginationAlbert Pick, Jr.
  • Date
    • 1920-1979
    • 1940-1977
  • Physical Description
    • 3 linear ft. (4 boxes)
    • 10 vols.
    • 1 oversize folder
    • 4 sound recordings
  • Location
    • Mss Lot P
    • Mss Oversize P
    • Mss AlphaV P
  • LanguageEnglish

Advance appointment with special permission is required to view a small portion of the collection. Photocopies of these items are available for research use.

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).

Copyright may be retained by the creators of items, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law, unless otherwise noted.

Gift of Mrs. Albert Pick, Jr. (accession #: M1980.0027).

Albert Pick, Jr. and family papers (Chicago History Museum), with a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of the specific item(s).

This collection contains correspondence, scrapbooks, newspapers, newspaper clippings, certificates, plaques, audio recordings, and other papers belonging to Chicago philanthropist and hotel executive Albert Pick, Jr. and to his family. Much of the collection consists of commemorative certificates, plaques, and scrapbooks presented to Albert Pick, Jr. Also present are items pertaining to Pick family history and printed materials about the Pick Hotels Corporation, including a few issues of a newsletter entitled "Pick Topicks."

Albert Pick, Jr. (1895-1977), born Isidore Pick, was a Chicago businessman, hotel executive, and philanthropist. Pick served as president, and later chairman of the board, of the Pick Hotels Corporation, a family business co-founded by Pick, his father, and other family members. Pick was also a prominent philanthropist who contributed funds to many institutions, including the La Rabida Children's Hospital (also known as La Rabida Jackson Park Sanitarium), the University of Chicago, and Northwestern University. In 1947, Pick established the Albert Pick, Jr. Fund, which awards grants to nonprofit organizations located in the city of Chicago. Pick was a trustee of the University of Chicago and the La Rabida Children's Hospital. In 1967, former president Eisenhower named Pick director of People to People International.

Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the Albert Pick, Jr. and family visual materials (1928.0027), Pick-Congress Hotel collection (M1984.0026), as well as publications by and about the Pick Hotels Corporation.

  • Names
    • Pick, Albert, 1895-1977--Archives
    • Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994
    • Pick, Albert, d. 1955
    • Pick Hotels Corporation
  • Subject
    • Businessmen--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Family corporations--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Hotels--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Philanthropists--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
  • Geographic Coverage
    • Chicago (Ill.)--Commerce--20th century
    • Chicago (Ill.)--Social life and customs--20th century

The collection is arranged in four series.

Series 1. Biographical files, 1920-1979 (bulk 1955-1977) (box 1)

Series 1 includes biographies of Albert Pick, Jr., and Albert Pick, Sr.; copies of the Pick Topicks, a publication of Pick Hotels Corporation (1957, 1960, 1973); printed materials advertising Pick Hotels; and items on Pick family history. Also present are 2 reel-to-reel audiotapes and 2 45 rpm records of a 1961 interview with Pick, Jr.

Series 2. Newspapers, 1940-1977 (box 1-2)

Series 2 contains newspapers and newspaper clippings related to the activities and interests of Albert Pick, Jr. Topics include the dedication of Pick Hall at the University of Chicago, the Pick Hotels Corporation, the 1952 and 1968 presidential elections, the assassination of President Kennedy, and Apollo 11. Also present are articles written on the deaths of Albert Pick, Sr. (1955) and Albert Pick, Jr. (1977).

Series 3. Scrapbooks, 1953-1970 (10 vols.)

Series 3 consists of ten scrapbooks containing correspondence and newspaper clippings commemorating events in the life of Albert Pick, Jr. Seven volumes contain congratulatory letters on the occasion of Pick's 75th birthday; one contains newspaper articles about Pick's term as president of the American Hotels Association (1953-1954); one relates to Pick's visit to the United States Army Infantry Center at Fort Benning, Georgia (1957); and one relates to a "Couple of the Year" award.

Series 4. Awards and recognition, 1946-1977 (box 3-4, oversize folder)

Series 4 contains certificates, plaques, and other awards received by Albert Pick, Jr. and Sr. Includes a certificate of appreciation and signed photograph from President Nixon, a certificate from the Greater Chicago Hotel Association for the Pick family's 100 years of work in the hotel industry, wooden keys to the city of Cleveland, and a citation from the 1946 Metropolitan Miami Fishing Tournament. Also present is a portrait drawing of Albert Pick, Jr.