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Atkinson family papers

Letters and legal papers, primarily by Charles Atkinson, Charles H. Atkinson, and Charles H. Deere about family news, Chicago real estate investments, land reclamation in Henry County and Rock Island County (Ill.), and the firm of Atkinson and Lord, Chicago suppliers of marble and soapstone-ware,...


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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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...


Bowman Dairy Company records

Financial, administrative, legal and personnel records, and advertising of Bowman Dairy Company and of some of its subsidiaries in the Chicago (Ill.) area, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio, 1870-1966, and of Bowfund Corporation, an investment firm, 1966-1972. Topics include fluid milk proce...

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Braun family papers

Personal papers and business records of the Braun family of Chicago and New York, including papers of Jacob Gottfried Braun, founder of a company (1887) that manufactured and imported decorative iron and steel architectural elements, headquartered in Chicago with a factory at 322 South Paulina St...

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Carrie Ellen Mears family album collection, 1870-1932, bulk 1870-1910.

Albums contain cartes de visite, cabinet cards, and a few tintypes of the 3 generations of Mears family (Nathan and Lucy Mears, their son and his wife Charles and Carrie, and their children, Carrie Ellen and Lucy Livingston Mears). Carrie Ellen and Lucy are shown only as infants and children, but...

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Carrie Ellen Mears negatives, 1900-1911

Black-and-white negatives photographed by Carrie Ellen Mears depicting her homes, her friends, and small towns in Michigan. Includes interior and exterior views of Mears family residences in Chicago and Pentwater (Michigan), and a few scenes of the lumbermill in nearby Mears (Michigan...

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Changing Chicago photodocumentary archive, 1983-1989

Exhibition photographic prints and work photographic prints created for the Changing Chicago photodocumentary project sponsored by the Focus/Infinity Fund of Chicago. Includes the work of thirty-two commissioned photographers addressing topics spanning people (workers in various jobs, sc...


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 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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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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Edwin Blumberg glass negative collection, ca. 1902-1910.

Formal and informal portraits of the Hans Schmidt family of Chicago. Some scenes depict boating in Lincoln Park, a ride in a surrey, feeding baby chickens, a printing press and a construction site. Also includes general views of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition.

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Eugene and Irene Powers collection of visual materials, 1890s-1980, bulk 1930s-1950s.

Views of the Powers family of Chicago. Eugene "Red" Powers was assistant chief photographer (1934-1960s) and Irene Powers was woman's club editor (1940-1960s) for the Chicago Tribune. Subjects include family gatherings, Tribune staff parties, vacations in Mexico, and leisure activities such as go...

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George A. Patterson collection of visual materials, 1930s-1960s.

Relating to Patterson's career with the United Steelworkers of America in Chicago and Wisconsin; his family and civic activities. Subjects include the first Steel Workers Organizing Committee convention in Chicago and Pittsburg, PA (1927), the Employee Representatives at South Works in Chicago; a...

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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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Glessner family papers, 1851-1960

Incoming letters to Mr. and Mrs. Glessner from each other, many family members, business associates, and friends (primarily 1864-1881); original journals and some letters (1879-1921, 52 v.) of Frances Macbeth Glessner with occasional entries by her husband John J. Glessner, an officer of Internat...

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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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Gurdon S. Hubbard papers

Correspondence, real estate papers, cash book and ledgers, personal writings and speeches, scrapbooks and autograph books, and memorials of Gurdon S. Hubbard, a Chicago fur trader, meat packer, shipper, and real estate speculator. The correspondence mainly relates to fur trade and real estate tra...

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Harry Flanders papers, 1885-1931, bulk 1900-1930

Correspondence, financial records, legal papers, diaries, photographs, medical papers, and other personal and professional papers of Harry L. Flanders, a Chicago leather tanner and trunk maker. Included are correspondence and other papers pertaining to Victoria Flanders, Harry Flanders’ wife. ...

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Henry C. Rew papers

Correspondence (1884-1899), business and personal ledgers (1863-1896), patent specifications and data, news clippings, and other papers relating to Henry C. Rew and the National Gas & Water Company (Chicago, Ill.), of which he was president. Topics include litigation against gas trust interests, ...

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Holmes & Son (Chicago, Ill.) records

Financial ledger and cash book, 1860-1861, for Holmes & Son, a firm that dealt in produce and was located at 12 River Street in Chicago (Ill.), according to the city directory of 1861. The firm consisted of Samuel Holmes and his son Martin V. B. Holmes. The account books contain records of dealin...

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John Kirk letterbooks

Letterbooks of an itinerant salesman, representing various manufacturers, who traveled extensively through the Midwest and Pennsylvania. Letters describe economic and social conditions of the day and their effect on Kirk's selling activities. Topics include the fur, iron, hardware, and steel indu...

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Joseph T. Ryerson collection of Chicago storefront and residence photographs, [ca. 1880-1885]

Mounted photographs of Chicago storefronts and residences with people, presumably business owners, residents, staff and/or patrons, informally posed in front of buildings. Businesses include bars and liquor stores, butcher shops, clothing stores and tailors, grocery stores, hardware and paint sto...

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