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Amling family business papers

Business records of the Amling family of Maywood, Illinois, prominent florists and rose growers. Includes a daybook of Albert F. Amling Company (1 v., 1902-1907), newsclippings ca. 1910s-1940s, family records including a genealogy, and Amlings catalogs, 1970s-1980s.

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B. Leader & Sons photograph collection, [ca. 1920-1997]

Images of jewelry designed and crafted by B. Leader & Sons (Chicago, Ill.) as well as images of several generations of Leader family members who worked in the business, including Michael Leader, Hymen Leader, Rose Leader, Jesse Leader, Tillie Leader, and store founder, Benjamin Leader.

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Benjamin Benedict Green-Field photograph collection

Primarily photographs and clippings relating to the life and business of Chicago milliner Green-Field, who was known for his imaginative women's hat designs and his unique personal sense of style. Twenty-one photograph albums (containing several thousand snapshots) relate to Green-Field's persona...

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Benjamin Gingiss papers, 1905, 1925-1987, bulk 1965-1985

Correspondence, newspaper clippings, promotional literature, photographs, and other papers of Benjamin Gingiss, co-founder of Gingiss Brothers, a Chicago men's formalwear business, which later became a franchise operation with stores nationwide. Materials relate to Gingiss' professional and perso...

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Carl Curtis Bullock papers

Correspondence and financial documents including bills, statements, ledgers, and cashbooks of Carl Curtis Bullock, who resided in the Ravinia District of Highland Park (Ill.) and was a partner in Bullock Brothers at 149-153 State Street in Chicago, Illinois. The collection includes bills and stat...

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C.D. Peacock and Co. (Chicago, Ill.) records, ca. 1837-1993

General ledgers (1904-1912, 1981-1983), other account books and audit reports (1912-1955), correspondence, leases, insurance policies, publicity materials, catalogs, audio tapes, historical information, and other records of C.D. Peacock and Co.; one of the oldest and most prominent jewelers in Ch...

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Changing Chicago project photographs by James Newberry, 1987.

Documentary photographs concerning ethnic traditions of Chicago's Palestinian, Indian, Iranian, and Asian communities. Images include group shots of family members at family-owned businesses, such as local ethnic stores, restaurants, and bakeries; residents and customers posed for photos in neigh...

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Chas. A. Stevens store records, part 1

Records for Chas. A. Stevens Department Store (Chicago, Ill.) include company charter, minutes, notes for talks and lectures and misc. items, 1865-1979. Also included are the records of the American Silk Company that include their operating license and company minutes, 1902-1910. Collection inclu...

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Chicago neighborhoods glass negative collection, ca.1890's, bulk 1895.

Primarily images of small businesses in Chicago neighborhoods taken by an unknown photographer, ca. 1895. Many of the photographs show the people who owned or were employed in these businesses. Included are views of grocery stores, barrooms, commercial laundries, barbershops, restaurants, pharmac...

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Crane family and Lillie family papers, 1833-1978

Correspondence, financial papers, newsclippings, diaries, notebooks, biographical material, and genealogical items by and about Frances Crane Lillie, a daughter of Richard Teller Crane (founder of the Crane Company), her husband Frank Rattray Lillie, and other family members, especially materials...


Edward Grais papers

Clippings, certificates, awards, meeting minutes, financial records, correspondence, and other papers of Edward Grais and the Grais family primarily relative to their business, Rubin Grais & Sons, Inc., Chicago manufacturers of leather outerwear. Included are magazine and newspaper advertisements...

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Elizabeth F. Cheney papers

Correspondence, legal documents, account books, diaries, scrapbooks, genealogies, family photographs, sympathy letters and other mourning items, and other miscellaneous papers of Miss Elizabeth F. Cheney of Oak Park (Ill.), who gathered much of this material from members of several families of wh...

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Erbes family photograph collection, [ca. 1946-1950]

Includes exterior views of 2 stores owned by Helen Erbes: Erbes Food Shop, known as "Helen's," at 2058 North Dayton in Chicago (Ill.), which she owned in 1945-1947, and the shop at 4257 North Harding (corner of Elston Avenue), which she owned in 1948-1950. Her husband Anton Erbes, his brother (?)...

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Ernest A. Griffin Family Papers, 1862-2007

Papers of family historian Ernest A. Griffin, proprietor of the Griffin Funeral Home on Chicago's south side, including family documents, photographs, audio/visual material, genealogical notes, and materials relating to the history of Camp Douglas (on which the funeral home stood) and Charles H. ...

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Ernest J. Stevens papers

Correspondence, legal papers, financial records, menus, newsclippings, and other papers, primarily of Stevens and of his father James W. Stevens, chiefly concerning business activities although some personal material is included as well as some correspondence and other papers of Stevens' wife Eli...

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Fairbank-Graham Family Papers, 1775-1980

Correspondence, personal and business materials, documents, diaries, writings, photographs, and maps of the Fairbank and Graham families. These families were connected by the marriage of Nathaniel Kellogg Fairbank, a prominent Chicago businessman, and Helen Beeckman Graham, daugher of East Coast ...

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Falwick Novick papers

Correspondence with customers, bills and receipts, and miscellaneous notes concerning operation of Novick's shop at 828 E. 43rd St., Chicago (Ill.), where he designed, crafted, and sold handwrought copper and silverware. The collection contains a few items from as early as 1915 from the Kalo Shop...

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Francis Trowbridge Sherman Papers, 1849-1894

Correspondence of Francis Trowbridge Sherman of Chicago, and his traveling companion, Henry A. Ballentine, documenting their travel overland to the California gold fields and experiences there, 1849-1850. Also photocopies of a few of Sherman's (colonel 88th Illinois Infantry) letters regarding th...

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Frank E. Spooner family photograph collection, ca. 1865-1900.

Photographs relating to the Spooner family and Frank E. Spooner's real estate business in Chicago.

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Frederick John Rank Papers, 1872-2013

The Frederick John Rank Papers contain his diaries from 1875-1939, which record his daily life and touch upon his work as a packer for Montgomery Ward. A bound volume about Rank's diaries, compiled by Rank's great-granddaughter Janet Rank Spaletto, is also present. Additionally the papers contain...

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George Dillwyn Cook papers

Correspondence, ledgers, minute book, advertisements, and other papers of George Cook, an Iowa businessman who came to Chicago in 1878 to engage in handling investment securities and became an organizer of the American Steel Wire Company and the American Bridge Company. His company, George D. Coo...

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George S. Bowen papers, 1856-1928.

Correspondence, diaries, financial records, legal documents, promotional materials, and newspaper clippings related to George S. Bowen's career as an entrepreneur and civic leader in Chicago and Elgin (Ill.). Topics include manufacturing and trade in woolen textiles and pottery and glassware (186...

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Grannis family photograph collection, [ca. 1850-1870]

Cased photographs of mostly unidentified friends and relatives of the Grannis family related to Uri Balcomb (Uriah Balcom), who was a businessman who made his fortune primarily in lumber. One image is an ambrotype view of a lumberyard. Balcomb's adopted daughter (his wife's niece) married W.C.D. ...

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H. & A. Reitz Lumber Company corporate record book

Record book of the H. & A. Reitz Lumber Company (probably in Chicago), including mostly meeting minutes. The minutes discuss annual elections of board members and stockholder meetings. Topics include the resignation of one of the Reitz brothers (1921) and the subsequent company name change from H...

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