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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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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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Eisendrath Family Papers, 1885-1950, 1885-1950

Items concerning the family of William N. Eisendrath, a native of Chicago and pioneer in the Leather business. Materials include a company account book, 1885-1898; child's drawings ca. 1890 by Carl Eisendrath, the son of William; and William N. Eisendrath, Jr.'s book of Leather finishing formulas...

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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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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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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 Willy Papers, 1871-1984

Periodicals, newspaper clippings, catalogs and other documents pertaining to the life and hotel periodical business of John Willy. Also includes photographs of friends of Willy taken by Chicago-area portrait photographers.

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Lawrence E. Dicke collection of Chicago storefront and residence photographs, ca. 1880-1885.

Mounted photographs and nitrate negatives of Chicago storefonts and residences with people--presumably business owners, residents, staff and/or patrons--informally posed in front of the buildings. Businesses include bars and liquor stores, butcher shops, clothing stores and tailors, grocery store...

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Levi Z. Leiter papers and Leiter estate records, 1852-1969

Business records of Levi Z. Leiter, a Chicago merchant and real estate investor, plus a larger collection of records of his estate managed by his son Joseph. Correspondence, account books, etc. relative to Chicago retail and office buildings, including the Isabella, Japanese, Lakeside, Leiter Bui...

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R. Ford Bentley Papers, ca. 1830-1990

Personal, family, and professional papers including photographs and genealogical materials relating to Robert Ford Bentley, Chicago marketing and advertising executive with the Miehle Printing Press and Manufacturing Co. Also includes promotional materials and correspondence pertaining to many of...

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Rus Arnold photograph collection, [ca. 1950-1973]

Primarily includes commercial photography for various clients by professional photographer and photographic writer Rus Arnold, who resided in Chicago's Hyde Park community for much of his career. Includes images of homes, organizations, industries and business enterprises in Chicago, Illinois, an...


Salem N. Baskin papers

Correspondence, memorabilia, notes, and manuscripts of Salem N. Baskin. Includes materials related to Baskin's career in advertising and retail, such as professional correspondence, newspaper clippings, advertisements for The Hub, publications, awards, and miscellaneous inspirational clippings. A...

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Tonk Manufacturing Company records

Scrapbook of articles and advertisements pasted onto old letterbook, ca. 1890s-1919; price list, patent certificates, incorporation certificates, and miscellaneous papers of the Tonk Manufacturing Company of Chicago (Ill.) about piano stools and other furniture made by the Tonk company and about ...


Woolson Family Papers, 1856-1950

Letters, scrapbooks, photographs, diaries, clippings, and genealogical materials concerning the Woolson family of New Hampshire, Ohio, and Chicago.

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