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  • Collection ID ARCHIVES WT
  • Title West Town Community Collection 1860-2007.
  • Physical description 1 linear foot, : 82 photographs, 3 oversize folders.
  • Collection arrangement Files are arranged in eleven series. Folders within series are arranged alphabetically.
  • Access and usage restrictions Available for research in the Special Collections and Preservation Division Reading Room of the Chicago Public Library. No restrictions.
  • Collection summary These files cover the history of Chicago's West Town neighborhood, its residents, and its institutions including religious institutions, businesses, charitable organizations, settlement houses, schools, and libraries.
  • Biographical or Historical Note West Town is community area 24 of Chicago's 77 communities. The West Town neighborhood is 3 miles from the Loop on Chicago's northwest side. The neighborhood extends roughly from Bloomingdale Avenue south to Kinzie Street and from the Chicago River to a varying border at times as far west as Kedzie Avenue. West Town is comprised of all or part of several smaller neighborhoods including Bucktown, Wicker Park, Humboldt Park, Noble Square, Logan Square, Ukrainian Village, and East Ukrainian Village. Historically, the neighborhood was Eastern European: Polish, German, and Ukrainian. In the second half of the twentieth century, Puerto Rican and Mexican communities established and grew. Issues such as demographic shifts, gentrification, and homelessness are covered in these files.
  • Finding Aids Note Finding aid available in the Reading Room of the Special Collections and Preservation Division and on the library's web site.
  • Acquisition information Before being transferred to Special Collections, the records from before 1970 were collected by the Legler Branch of the Chicago Public Library. Those from after 1970 were collected by the Eckhart Park Branch.
  • Subjects
    • Gentrification Illinois Chicago.
    • Hispanic Americans Illinois Chicago.
    • Immigrants Illinois Chicago.
    • Polish people Illinois Chicago Sources.
    • Quarries and quarrying Illinois Chicago.
    • Urban renewal Illinois Chicago.
  • Names
    • Catholic Church Illinois Chicago History.
    • Ashland Avenue Bridge (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Association House of Chicago.
    • Chicago Artesian Well Company.
    • Columbus School (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Erie Family Health Center (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Erie Neighborhood House (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Goldblatt Brothers Department Store (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Hochspeier Funeral Home (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Holy Family Church (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Humboldt Park School (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Milwaukee Avenue (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Moos School (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Bernhard Moos Elementary School (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Northwest Division High School (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Northwestern University Settlement (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Saint Boniface Catholic Church (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Murray F. Tuley High School (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Geographic coverage
    • West Town (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Humboldt Park (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Wicker Park (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Ukrainian Village (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Finding aid URL http://www.chipublib.org/fa-west-town-community-collection/