• IdentificationMidwest MS Ehrhardt
  • TitleInventory of the Ehrhardt Family Papers, 1890-1998, bulk 1890-1921 Midwest.MS.Ehrhardt
  • PublisherThe Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts
  • RepositoryThe Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts
  • Physical Description0.4 linear feet (1 box)
  • Date
    • Bulk, 1890-1921
    • 1890-1998
  • Location1 14 6
  • AbstractCollection of children's schoolwork, composition books, drawings, correspondence and church bulletins of German-American family, the Ehrhardts, from Chicago, Illinois.
  • OriginationEhrhardt, Edward, 1887-1956

Gift of Ron Ehrhardt, 2005.

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

The Ehrhardt Family 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.

Ehrhardt Family Papers, The Newberry Library, Chicago.

Emma Martin, 2011.

This inventory was created with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this inventory do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Chicago-area German-American family.

Louis Carl Ehrhardt was born in 1851 in Germany and arrived in Chicago in 1871. In 1872, Ehrhardt married his wife, Caroline Erbs, a German immigrant, and paid for his parents and siblings to join them in Chicago. His parents, Frederich and Joana, bought a home and land for a nursery for violets in Park Ridge, Illinois. Louis bought land nearby, and the area was then called Ehrhardt’s Grove for several decades thereafter.

Louis and Caroline had 11 children: Ernst (1873-1883), Alma (1875-1961), Ida (1876-1956), Hertha (1878-1957), Lydia (1881-1964), Otto (1886-1887), Edward (1887-1956), Elsie (1889-1988), Erna (1893-1977), Herbert (1896-1951), and Luella (1899-1900). Three of the Ehrhardt children preceded their parents in death: Luella and Helena in infancy and Ernst in a streetcar accident. The Ehrhardt children continued to speak and write in German, with Edward also studying the language briefly in Vienna, Austria.

Louis died in 1913 and Caroline died in 1935.

Collection contains church bulletins, school work, composition books, and drawings. Additionally, there is a small amount of German language correspondence from 1912, when Edward Ehrhardt studied in Vienna, Austria and a set of check stubs from L. Ehrhardt Flour and Feed which was located at 751 S. Wells Street.

Materials arranged alphabetically.

  • NamesEhrhardt, Edward, 1887-1956 -- Family
  • Subject
    • Chicago
    • Children of immigrants -- Illinois -- Chicago
    • Children’s drawings -- Illinois -- Chicago
    • Family Papers
    • Lutherans -- Illinois -- Chicago
    • Manuscripts, American -- Illinois -- Chicago
    • School children -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Geographic CoveragePark Ridge (Ill.) -- History -- Sources