• IdentificationMidwest MS Hamill
  • TitleInventory of the Alfred E. Hamill Papers, 1856-1967, bulk 1937-1953 Midwest.MS.Hamill
  • PublisherThe Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts
  • RepositoryThe Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts
  • Physical Description2.3 linear feet (6 boxes)
  • Date
    • Bulk, 1937-1953
    • 1856-1967
  • Location1 20 7
  • AbstractChicago investment banker, Centaur Press founder, Newberry Library trustee, and calligraphy and gypsy lore collector. Personal letters of Alfred E. Hamill to a Russian émigré, Alexandra Fredericks, and of Dora E. Yates, a librarian and the secretary of the Gypsy Lore Society, to Hamill. Also typescript copy of a diary kept 1918-1919 while in France with the American Red Cross, a letter to Andrei Gromyko in 1945 regarding U.S.-Soviet relations, bookplates, photographs, poems, and other memorabilia.
  • OriginationHamill, Alfred E., (Alfred Ernest), 1884-1953

Gift, Alfred E. Hamill, ca. 1951; Frances Hamill, 1980; and Hamill & Barker, Booksellers, 1988.

The Alfred E. Hamill Papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

The Alfred E. Hamill Papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

Alfred E. Hamill Papers, The Newberry Library, Chicago.

Lenore Glanz, 2011.

Chicago and Lake Forest investment banker, book collector, philanthropist, and president of the Newberry Library Board of Trustees, 1929-1953.

Alfred Ernest Hamill was born in Chicago in 1883. He graduated from Yale University in 1905 and resided in Lake Forest, Illinois, where he was founder of the Centaur Press. His business career began at the Northern Trust Company and ended at Goldman, Sachs, and Company. A trustee of the Presbyterian Hospital and Chicago Child Care Society, vice-president of the Art Institute of Chicago, and president of the Lake Forest Public Library and the Newberry Library boards of trustees, Hamill’s philanthropic activities were wide-ranging. He died in 1953. He bequeathed his calligraphy collection and gypsy lore materials to the Newberry Library and established the Alfred E. Hamill Fund for the purchase of books and manuscripts.

Correspondence, writings, and other materials of Alfred E. Hamill.

Two major sets of letters are included: letters from Hamill to Alexandra Fredericks, and letters from Dora Yates to Hamill. There are also other letters, photographs, various kinds of memorabilia, and unpublished works by Hamill including poems, notes, essays, a commonplace book, and a daily journal of his work in France with the Red Cross in 1918.

Papers are organized in the following series:

Title Box Series 1: Alfred E. Hamill--Incoming and Outgoing Correspondence, 1937-1967 Boxes 1-3 Series 2: Alfred E. Hamill--Miscellany, ca. 1890-1950 Box 4 Series 3: Dora E. Yates--Letters and Miscellany, 1856-1953 Boxes 5-6

  • Names
    • Centaur Press.
    • Cleland, T. M. , (Thomas Maitland), 1880-1964
    • Fredericks, Alexandra, b. 1897 -- Correspondence
    • Gypsy Lore Society.
    • Hamill, Alfred E., (Alfred Ernest), 1884-1953
    • University of Liverpool.
    • Willoughby, Vera, d. 1939
    • Yates, Dora Esther, b. 1879
    • Yates, Dora Esther, b. 1879 -- Correspondence
  • Subject
    • Adultery -- Illinois -- Chicago
    • Librarians -- England -- Correspondence
    • Love-letters
    • Man-woman relationships -- Illinois -- Chicago
    • Manuscripts, American -- Illinois -- Chicago
    • Manuscripts, English
    • Romanies -- Europe
    • Women
    • World War, 1914-1918 -- France -- Personal narratives
    • World War, 1914-1918 -- War work -- Red Cross
    • World War, 1939-1945 -- England -- Yorkshire -- Personal narratives
  • Geographic CoverageYorkshire (England) -- Economic conditions -- 20th century -- Sources