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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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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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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 ...


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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George M. Pullman papers

Correspondence (primarily 1859-1863), diary (1859-1861), collection of railroad passes (ca. 205, 1862-1900), and obituaries and resolutions in memorial of George M. Pullman. Correspondence is chiefly letters by Pullman to his mother and other family members on personal matters and on his work. Th...


Glass negatives of the ruins of the Chicago Fire of 1871, 1871.

Collection of scenes of the ruins of the Chicago Fire of 1871 taken by Detroit photographer Bardwell.

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Hambleton Family Papers, 1871-1932

Three letters by Emma Lander Hambleton, wife of Chalkley Jay Hambleton. Also one letter by Vera S. Wolfe, daughter of conductor Frederick Stock to Peggy Hambleton Murphy.

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Henry C. Wicker papers

Letters by Henry C. Wicker and his brother Cassius Wicker to their family in North Ferrisburgh (Vermont), and a few replies from their father C.W. Wicker, their sister Agnes, and cousins and friends. Henry wrote from Chicago and other cities in northern Illinois where he worked as freight agent f...

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Herma Clark papers, ca. 1930-1947.

Personal and business correspondence relating to Chicago journalist Herma Clark's writings, family matters, and realty business in Chicago and Florida. Includes letters and notes; fan mail; play scripts, texts of speeches, manuscripts of books and columns; songs, poetry, sayings, epitaphs, and re...

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Horatio Spafford papers

Deeds, leases, mortgages, receipts, clippings, certificates, correspondence, business cards, naturalization paper, etc. relating to Horatio Spafford and his business in Chicago. The collection contains Horatio's license to practice Law in Chicago (1862, 1863, 1865, 1866). The naturalization certi...

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