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Albert Hecht papers, 1908-1960, bulk 1929-1960

Correspondence, financial and legal files, architectural drawings, and other papers of Albert Hecht, a Chicago architect. Much of the collection relates to the financial and legal aspects of Hecht's architectural practice, including legal correspondence and contracts with the Lincoln Const...

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Architectural records for landscapes by F.A. Cushing Smith & Associates, [ca. 1916-1969]

Job files (ca. 250) for landscapes and planning by F.A. Cushing Smith & Associates. Designs were made for various clients, primarily in the northern suburbs of Chicago but also in other locations. Files for a commission to plan or construct a landscape often contain drawings, blueprints, elevatio...

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Arthur Rubloff papers

Correspondence, newspaper clippings, and notes about Arthur Rubloff's activities as a Chicago real estate developer and advocate for civic improvement. Includes minutes and other files of the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association (GNMA), 1947-1966 (4 boxes), some related to the Magnificent Mi...

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Boeing to Chicago project papers

Newspaper clippings, articles, correspondence, etc. relating to the Boeing Company's decision process that chose Chicago (Ill.) as its new headquarters city. Includes materials generated by the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club, the Economic Club, the Blue Ribbon Committee, Golin/Harris, and...

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Chicago 1992 Committee records, 1976-1988.

Correspondence, minutes, grant applications, and reports generated by the Chicago 1992 Committee, a social activist organization formed in 1982 to monitor planning of a proposed 1992 Chicago World's Fair; plus large quantities of materials gathered by the committee, including agendas and handouts...

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Chicago 1992 World's Fair collection

Proposals, resumes, clippings, photographs, color slides, press releases, posters, Illinois State records, briefings, program updates, legislative information, studies, fundraising materials, mailing lists, stationary, the documents from a Chicago Tribune competition, exhibit proposals and inquir...

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Chicago architecture lantern slide collection, [ca. 1895-1910]

Collection of photographic images depicting Chicago's architectural development and comparable developments in Berlin, Dresden, Paris and Hamburg. Reference is made to the Chicago Plan.

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Chicago Association of Commerce and Industry records

Files of printed information (reports, brochures, incorporation papers) submitted by Chicago community service organizations seeking the endorsement of the Chicago Association of Commerce and Industry (CACI), an organization of business and professional people dedicated to the commercial and fina...


Chicago building clearance photographs, 1939-1958

Primarily exterior views of property west, north, and south of the Loop, to be acquired by the City of Chicago in order to be demolished for various expressway and building projects. Most of structures depicted no longer exist. Almost all are in areas now occupied by the Kennedy, Eisenho...

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Chicago Department of Public Works photograph collection, 1860-1978.

Photographs documenting the construction of over twenty bridges along various branches of the Chicago river. Street-level and elevated views show the bridges in different stages of construction. Also includes images of commercial and industrial buildings in the area of Illinois Street and Cass St...

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Chicago Housing Authority development records, 1948-1992

Correspondence, legal documents, financial records, research files, newsletters, press releases, newspaper clippings, meeting minutes, maps, transcripts of speeches, and other records of the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA). Most of the materials relate to CHA's city development plans for the plac...


Chicago (Ill.) Dept. of Planning records about the Near North Side

Architectural drawings and renderings for Lake Shore Drive near the Oak Street interchange, rapid transit subway plans, Near North Side sidewalk plans, a map of land use for the Near North Side as of January 1970, and a metropolitan transportation study map. All records pertaining to the Chicago ...

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Chicago Plan Commission lantern slide collection, 1910s-1930s.

Collection of lantern slides used by the Chicago Plan Commission, which was formed in 1909 as an outcome of the Burnham Plan. Slides were used to illustrate lectures that were given to organizations and businesses to promote the Plan. Subjects include street, park, and lakefront improvements espe...

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Chicago public works photographs collection, ca. 1850-1972.

Photographs used in the publication Chicago public works : a history. Includes some copy photographs from the Chicago Historical Society collection.

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Citizens' Association of Chicago records, 1874-1964.

Correspondence, minutes, account and membership books, aldermanic reports, ward maps, investigation reports, etc. of the Citizens' Association of Chicago (CAC: 1876-1964, 46 vols. and other items); plus news clippings, correspondence, minutes, membership and financial accounting ledgers, and repo...

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City Club of Chicago records

Correspondence, minutes, reports, newsclippings, forum notices, financial and membership materials, and other records of the City Club of Chicago, an organization founded in 1903 to investigate and improve municipal conditions in Chicago (Ill.). Topics include city and state government, revenue, ...


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 ...


Civic Federation of Chicago records

Meeting minutes, reports, scrapbooks, incorporation certificate, and other records of the Civic Federation of Chicago, including minutes: 1893-1899 and 1926-1932; and records of the Chicago Bureau of Public Efficiency, which merged with it, including minutes 1910-1932 and minutes from the two org...

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Commercial Club of Chicago records

Minutes, reports, letterbooks, scrapbooks, and financial and other records of the Commercial Club of Chicago, a group of Chicago businessmen concerned with preserving the economic health of Chicago and the nation, and promoting economic development in the city. Includes material on Daniel Burnham...

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David A. Root collection of visual materials, approximately 1965-1974

Visual and printed materials related to works created by David A. Root and design projects generated by his company, including black-and-white and color transparencies, negatives, slides, contact sheets, and photographic prints. Collection includes ima...

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Elizabeth Hollander papers

Correspondence, speeches, meeting agendas and notes, newspaper clippings, and other papers of Elizabeth Hollander, the first female commissioner of the City of Chicago Department of Planning. Materials pertain to Hollander's work with the Department of Planning. Includes one folder of materials r...

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Illinois Society of Architects records

Correspondence, minutes, membership records, reports, legislative bills, legal briefs, contracts, and newsclippings of the Illinois Society of Architects (ISA) concerning its work for professionalization, licensing, and regulation of architects and for the establishment of standards for workmansh...


Ira J. Bach visual materials

Black-and-white photographic prints (approximately 215) and negatives (29) and color photographic prints (16) primarily taken by Ira J. Bach documenting his publications and his work as a housing and city planning official for Cook County, the City of Chicago, and related agencies. Images primari...

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James Wadsworth diaries and account books

Diaries (17 vols., 1849-1853, 1885-1900) and account books (1847-1855, 1877, 1880-1884) of Wadsworth. The diaries briefly note associates encountered, use of local transportation, particularly the Illinois Central Railroad, real estate transactions, church activities, and the founding of the firs...