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Architectural records for buildings by Rapp & Rapp, [ca. 1911-1971 (bulk 1911-1959)]

Job files (ca. 260) for buildings and alterations by Rapp & Rapp, based in Chicago (Ill.), primarily in the Chicago area but also in other locations. Files for a building often contain drawings, blueprints, elevations, other plans, etc. Collections includes many photographs of the buildings as we...

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Arthur Hercz papers

Correspondence and newsclippings relating to buildings or interiors designed by Arthur Hercz, a Chicago architect; scripts, musical scores, costume and scenery sketches, and programs for pageants and festivals designed or directed by Hercz; essays; articles; condolence letters to Hercz's family a...


Auditorium Theatre Council Records, 1955-1970

Clippings, notes, memos, and press releases regarding the Auditorium Theatre. Collection includes details of the theater's condition at the end of the 1950s and the renovation to restore it to its former condition. Most materials seem to be used to generate attention and funds for the renovation ...

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Commission on Chicago Historical and Architectural Landmarks records

Files collected by individuals who served on the commission, including Joe Benson, Clement Silvestro, and Harold Skramstad.

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Granada Theater Collection, 1925-1987

Architectural drawings and photographs documenting the Granada Theater in Chicago, Illinois, designed by architects Levy and Klein in 1925.

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Hope Abelson Papers, 1914-2008

Materials related to the theater career, business, and personal life of Chicago theater producer and philanthropist Hope Abelson, including scripts, theater mementos, correspondence, financial documents, photographs, audio recordings, and video recordings.

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Moving Picture Palaces exhibition collection, photographs by Russell B. Phillips and Don DuBroff, 1983-1985.

Interiors of motion picture theaters in the Chicago area which were constructed between 1920 and 1959. Most theaters exhibit a thematic architectural or decorative style, such as Egyptian or Moorish. Theaters are empty of people and are lit to show their architectural details.

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Raven Theatre Records, ca 1940-2015

Records related to Chicago’s Raven Theatre’s administration, development, history, and productions. Materials include box office reports, building plans, and correspondence, as well as budgets, flyers, photographs, reviews, press releases, programs, annotated scripts, and set designs for Raven Th...

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Shaw-Wells family papers, 1792-1977

Correspondence, diaries, articles, poems, short stories, plays, clippings, mementos, estate documents, and other family papers of Chicago (Ill.) author Frances Wells Shaw and her husband, architect Howard Van Doren Shaw, and of their parents, daughters, other relatives, and ancestors. Topics incl...