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Addison Ballard papers

Real estate documents, letters, newsclippings, etc., primarily about lumber trade and real estate interests of Addison Ballard and Mary Ballard Derby of Chicago (Ill.). Includes letter from a friend inquiring about Ballard's lumber yard after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871; reminiscence in 1902 o...

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Arthur Cobb letter

Letter of Arthur Cobb, Orange, N.J., to Louise B. Cobb. Reminisces about his impressions of the family store, known as Cobb, Pritchard and Company, Booksellers and Stationers, which was located on Lake Street in Chicago (Ill.) before the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Tells the history of the busine...

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Biography of Edward Bornemann

Biographical sketch of Edward Bornemann, a German American Chicagoan, written by his widow in the 1930s, with emphasis on his service in the Union Army during the Civil War, employment in the real estate office of Ernst Prussing, and his pride in Germany's cultural and industrial achievements. Al...

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Bishop family papers

Photocopies of a scrapbook of items relating to members of the Bishop family of Chicago and Ravenswood (Ill.). Includes obituaries and funeral notices for Rev. Hiram N. Bishop; reports on St. John's Protestant Episcopal Church, Chicago; business affairs of coal dealers who employed Frank C. Bisho...


Blatchford Family Papers, 1777-1987

Extensive collection of letters, photographs, scrapbooks, diaries, writings, and genealogical research materials centering around Chicago lead manufacturer, Newberry Library founding trustee, and Christian social activist Eliphalet Wickes Blatchford, his wife Mary Williams Blatchford, their paren...


Boyce-Gilbert Family Papers, 1831-2000

Diaries, correspondence, photographs, and genealogical information about the Boyce-Gilbert family, beginning with the diary of Le Roy Boyce, a Cortland, New York native and successful Chicago drugstore owner. Collection also includes diaries from Simeon Leonard Boyce beginning in 1869 and Elizabe...

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C.H. Jordan & Company funeral home records

Business record books (daybooks labeled with the first year of the volume) and one ledger (circa 1921- ) of C. H. Jordan, C. H. Jordan & Company, and C. H. Jordan and Company, Inc., Chicago (Ill.) funeral directors. Daybooks detail accounts for funerals and also include an inventory of goods lost...

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Charles B. Sawyer papers

Account books, leases, and other miscellaneous business papers primarily relating to Charles B. Sawyer's wholesale boot and shoe trade in Chicago (Ill.). The collection contains two account books with invoices (2 volumes., 241 p., 1869-1871) and also includes an 1856 lease by Matthew Laflin to Sa...

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Charles R. Clark photograph collection, ca. 1898-1916.

Black-and-white photographic albums (3) and acetate and nitrate negatives of images relating to the history of Chicago. Includes cityscapes, streets scenes, and monuments of Chicago. Also includes copy photographs of images of the Chicago fire of 1871 and ruins, the Republican National Convention...

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Chase family papers

Letterpress copy book of outgoing letters (1869 Feb. 22-1874 Apr. 15; 449 p. plus 9 p. index to addressees); abstract of title entries without names of property owners (1857-1866; 54 p.) for land in Townships 35-42 and for other property in and around Chicago; the first certificate of title issue...

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Chicago Fire Department collection

Ledgers, transcripts, correspondence, minutes, certificates, payrolls, and other records of the Chicago Fire Department. Collection includes individual membership certificates from the 1850s; a transcript of the inquiry into the cause of the Great Chicago fire of 1871 and the actions of the fire ...

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Chicago Fire Newspaper Collection, 1871-1909

The Chicago Fire Newspaper Collection consists of newspapers, a newsprint magazine, and a newsprint flyer, mainly related to the 1871 Chicago fire. Publications included in the collection are Western Rural Times, Chicago Times, Chicago Daily Tribune, Chicago Illustrated, and Chicago Tribune. The ...

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Chicago Fire of 1871 centennial portfolio of views, 1971.

Loose prints show ruins of the Chicago fire of 1871 that destroyed much of the city. Includes captioned sites and an introductory leaf.

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Chicago fire of 1871 collection : Chicago Fire Department transcripts

Transcript of Inquiry into cause of Chicago Fire and actions of Fire Department therein. Testimony of 49 witnesses.

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Chicago fire of 1871 collection : Chicago Fire Guards

Collection of muster rolls, orders and reports of the Chicago Fire Guards, a regiment of volunteers organized with approbation of Mayor Mason, in pursuance of orders of Gen. P.H. Sheridan; called First Regiment Chicago Volunteers, under command of Col. Francis T. Sherman. Also includes farewell m...

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City of Chicago Maps, [ca. 1673-ongoing, bulk 1800-2000]

In the Research Center, please request a map by its author/title, category, date, and its number (if there is one). This is a collection of maps relating to the city of Chicago, or the area that was to become Chicago. Some maps include insets of more than one time period and this is indicated in ...


Cook County (Ill.) collection about Court House bell

Letters and receipts relative to storage of the bell from the Cook County Court House, which survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 although the building did not, and to the disposition of souvenir relics made from the bell. Plus miniature bell made from metal of the Court House bell.

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C.R. Clark Photograph Book, ca. 1865-1872, 1911

Volume of individually mounted photographs compiled by C.R. Clark for Byron L. Smith, ca. 1911, showing scenes of Chicago before and after the 1871 fire. Includes a letter relating to Smith’s acquisition of the photograph book, and the original front and back covers.

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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...


Emily C. Pullman papers

Correspondence, account books (3 v., 1859-64), and diaries (17 v., 1873-92) of Emily C. (Minton) Pullman, primarily letters from her children on personal and family matters while they were at school in the 1860s and 1870s and during the later years of her life. Plus other letters, clippings, etc....

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Eugene E. Prussing Papers, 1928-1980

Manuscript autobiography and related notes by Eugene E. Prussing (interleaved with photographs and clippings). Also clippings and letters relating to Prussing’s two books on George Washington, genealogical information about the Peltzer family, and a biography of father Ernst Prussing.

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Francis Ambrose Eastman letter

Letter from Francis Ambrose Eastman, postmaster of Chicago (Ill.), to G. H. Williams, superintendent of carriers, Boston Post Office. Acknowledges relief gift sent to Chicago postoffice workers from the Boston postoffice after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

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George H. Carpenter letter

Reminiscences, by George H. Carpenter, about Chicago (Ill.) ca. 1901 and about his father's stories about the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

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George H. Carpenter letter

Reminiscences, by George H. Carpenter, about Chicago (Ill.) ca. 1901 and about his father's stories about the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

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