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  • Collection ID ARCHIVES EHA
  • Creator Names Englewood Historical Association (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Title Records, 1931-1953.
  • Physical description .5 linear feet : 10 photographs, 2 oversize folders.
  • Biographical or Historical Note In 1931 a group of Englewood residents increased interested in the history of their neighborhood joined together with the staff of the Hiram Kelly Branch Library to form an organization, "to gather and preserve historical material of the Englewood district of Chicago ...," and "to extend its support for the betterment of the community."1 By 1941, the organization had incorporated and was known as the Englewood Historical Association, (EHA). The EHA actively collected manuscript materials, newspapers and photographs documenting their neighborhood's rich historical tradition. From its beginning, the EHA and the Hiram Kelly Branch Library of the Chicago Public Library maintained a close relationship. The EHA held its meetings, stored its materials and received technical advice at the Hiram Kelly Branch Library. In return, the Kelly Branch Library received title and possession of this unique collection. Student participation was an important component of the EHA's sponsored activities. Students from Beale School and Wentworth School participated in the EHA's junior historical organizations. Moreover, the EHA sponsored the writing of historical essays and sketches about the Englewood neighborhood.
  • Access and usage restrictions Available for research in the Special Collections and Preservation Division Reading Room of the Chicago Public Library.
  • Acquisition information From 1931 until 1985, the records of the EHA were kept at the Hiram Kelly Branch Library; located at 6151 S. Normal Boulevard. In 1978, the Special Collections Division of the Chicago Public Library surveyed historical collections extant in the Library's branch system. In February 1985, the Papers of the Englewood Historical Association were removed form the Hiram Kelly Branch Library and placed in the Special Collections Division's office for processing.
  • Finding Aids Note Finding aid available in the Reading Room of the Special Collections and Preservation Division and on the library's web site.
  • Names
    • Englewood Historical Association (Chicago, Ill.) Archives.
    • Chicago Public Library. Kelly Branch.
  • Geographic coverage Englewood (Chicago, Ill.) History Sources.
  • Finding aid URL Finding aid http://www.chipublib.org/fa-englewood-historical-association-records/