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  • Collection ID ARCHIVES BOW
  • Creator Names Bowman, Louis Andrew, 1872-1959.
  • Title Papers, 1876-1959.
  • Physical description .25 linear feet : 17 photographs, 2 oversize folders.
  • Biographical or Historical Note Louis Andrew Bowman was born November 23, 1872, in Rock Island, Illinois. He attended the Rock Island public schools and became involved with the Rock Island YMCA. In 1890, he left Rock Island and settled in Chicago, where he continued with YMCA work and attended the Moody Bible Institute. In 1900, he received a degree from Kent College of Law in Chicago. He married Ella Mae Colville on June 28, 1898 and they settled in Oak Park, Illinois, where they joined the First Presbyterian Church. Bowman practiced law and volunteered with the YMCA. In the early 1900s he became involved with the Olivet Institute, a rescue mission on Chicago's Near North Side. In addition to church and charitable work, Bowman was active in the Sons of the American Revolution. He was a member of the Union League Club, the Hamilton Club and the American Protective League. From 1919 to 1928 he was the non-resident treasurer of the Yenching Women's College in China. These and many other volunteer efforts were made possible by Bowman's long and successful business career, including positions as: Instructor at Chicago Business Law School (1906-1907); Assistant Manager of the Chicago Trust Company (1912-1915); Assistant Attorney for the Northern Trust Company (1915-1922); Vice President and Trust Officer for the American Trust and Safe Deposit Company (1922-1929); Trust Officer, National Builders Bank (1930-1941); and Department Manager and Assistant Trust Officer for the Central National Bank (1941 until retirement). Louis Bowman authored several pamphlets and one monograph, The Life of Isaac E. Brown (1927). Of his many accomplishments, he was perhaps most proud of his work which culminated in the words "Under God" being added to the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag. Ellen Colville Bowman died in Oak Park, Illinois on August 23, 1947. Louis Bowman continued to live in Oak Park until his death on January 26, 1959.
  • Collection summary This collection is divided into two series: General and Writings. The Writings series includes radio addresses, speeches, articles, pamphlets, and his book. Other material in the collection documents Bowman's varied volunteer service. In addition, there are two Oversized items, as well as a run of Photographs.
  • Access and usage restrictions Available for research in the Special Collections and Preservation Division Reading Room of the Chicago Public Library.
  • Acquisition information The materials in this collection were given to the Chicago Public Library by Louis Bowman's only son, Norman Barr Bowman in January and April, 1991.
  • 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
    • Bowman, Louis Andrew, 1872-1959 Archives.
    • Bowman, Ella Mae Colville, 1873-1947 Archives.
    • YMCA of Rock Island (Ill.) History Sources.
    • Sons of the American Revolution. Illinois Society History Sources.
  • Subjects Lawyers Illinois Chicago History Sources.
  • Geographic coverage
    • Oak Park (Ill.) History Sources.
    • Norman B. Barr Camp (Wis.) History Sources.
  • Uniform Title Pledge of Allegiance Sources.
  • Finding aid URL Finding aid http://www.chipublib.org/fa-louis-andrew-bowman-papers/