TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Administrative Information

Biography of Charles Andrews Heath

Scope and Content of the Collection

Organization

Selected Search Terms

Container List

Series 1: Family Papers, 1893-1999

Series 2: Charles Andrews Heath Diaries, 1880-1949

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Inventory of the Charles Andrews Heath Papers, 1880-1999


The Newberry Library
Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610-7324
USA
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Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Kelly Kress, 2010

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Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Creator Heath, Charles A. (Charles Andrews)
Title Charles Andrews Heath Papers
Dates 1880-1999
Extent 2.7 linear feet (7 boxes)
Abstract Chicago businessman, founder and president of Continental Seed Co. Includes Charles Andrews Heath's diaries, 1880-1949, with typed excerpts, which discuss the Haymarket Riot, the World's Columbian Exposition, the World's Parliament of Religions, the Galveston flood, several wars, and many Chicago related events. There are also typed transcripts of 1912 European trip letters from Heath's wife Jennie and children Alice and Albert, photographs of Heath and his family, including the European trip, and documents related to properties Heath owned.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Newberry Library, Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
Collection Call Number Midwest MS Heath
Collection Stack Location 1 21 3

Administrative Information

Cite As

Charles Andrews Heath Papers, The Newberry Library, Chicago.

Provenance

Gift, Gloria Frank, 2006, 2008-2010.

Processed by

Kelly Kress, 2010.

Acknowledgements

This inventory was created with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this inventory do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Access

The Charles Andrews Heath Papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Charles Andrews Heath Papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

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Biography of Charles Andrews Heath

Chicago businessman, founder and president of Continental Seed Co.

Charles Andrews Heath was born December 24, 1860, in Curtisville (now Interlaken), a village in the town of Stockbridge, Berkshire County, Massachusetts. His parents were Theodore Selden Heath, a clockmaker, and Mary Eveline Slocum Heath. Charles Andrews Heath attended Williams College, graduating in 1882, and around this time met and married Jennie June Greene. The Heaths left Massachusetts shortly after for Chicago, where Charles Andrews Heath went to work for the Dickinson Seed Company. He later founded his own business, the Continental Seed Company, after 37 years with Dickinson. Charles Andrews and Jennie Heath had two children: Albert Greene, born 1888, and Alice, born 1892. Alice Heath married Harold Frank and the couple had one child, Gloria, born in 1926.

Beginning in 1880, Charles Andrews Heath kept diaries until 1949, just after his 90th birthday. After his wife Jennie died in 1925, Heath continued to work and provide financial support for his children and their families. Charles Andrews Heath died in 1959, a few months short of his 100th birthday.

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Scope and Content of the Collection

The diaries of Charles Andrews Heath comprise the bulk of the collection, and consist of 66 volumes spanning the years 1880-1949. In the diaries, Heath discusses the Haymarket Riot, the World's Columbian Exposition, the World's Parliament of Religions, and many other Chicago-related events, as well as the Galveston flood, politics, and several wars.

There are also typed excerpts of the diaries, typed transcripts of letters Heath's family wrote to him during a 1912 European trip, photographs of Heath and his family, including several from the European trip, documents related to properties Heath owned, and other items related to Heath and his family.

Narrative descriptions of the subject matter, types of material, and arrangement of each series are available through the Organization section of the finding aid.

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Organization

Papers are organized in the following series:

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Selected Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Newberry Library's public catalog. Researchers desiring additional materials on a particular topic should search the catalog using these headings.

Names

  • Heath, Charles A. (Charles Andrews)
  • Heath, Charles A. (Charles Andrews) -- Diaries

Subjects

  • Chicago (Ill.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
  • Chicago (Ill.) -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Diaries -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 1851-1900
  • Diaries -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 1901-1950
  • Europe -- Description and travel
  • Haymarket Square Riot, Chicago, Ill., 1886
  • Manuscripts, American -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Photographs -- 1851-1900
  • Photographs -- 1901-1950
  • World’s Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)
  • World’s Parliament of Religions (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)

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Container List

Series 1: Family Papers, 1893-1999

Items related to Charles Andrews Heath and his family, including typed excerpts of Heath's diaries, correspondence between Heath, his daughter Alice Heath Frank, and his granddaughter Gloria Frank, typed transcripts of letters Heath's family wrote to him during a 1912 European trip, photographs of Heath and his family, including several from the European trip, documents related to properties Heath owned, a copy of a speech, a locket belonging to Heath with photos of his wife & children, a copy of a speech Heath wrote and delivered to the American Seed Trade Association convention, miscellaneous memorabilia such as coins and buttons, and two photo albums belongin to Alice Heath Frank and Gloria Frank.
Arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder Contents
1 1 Book -- Heath, Charles A. and edited by Halsted, Alfred Theodore, Jr. -- Berkshire Beveries: A Collection of Poems, 1999
1 2 Book -- Heath, Charles A. -- A Trial of a Trail: From Cody to the Yellowstone: Notes From the Journal of Charles A. Heath, 1905
1 3 Certificate of Marriage -- Heath, Charles A. and Greene, Jennie L., July 1, 1885
1 4 Clippings, 1894-1959
1 5 Correspondence -- Bound copies of transcripts -- Letters to Charles Andrews Heath from his family, 1912 European trip, ca. 1990
1 5a Correspondence -- Ferguson, Dan to "Governor," 1912
1 6 Correspondence -- Frank, Alice Heath to Heath, Charles A., 1926-1949
1 7 Correspondence -- Frank, Gloria to Heath, Charles A., 1933-1956
1 8 Correspondence -- Heath, Albert to family, 1911-1927
1 9 Correspondence -- Heath, Charles A. to Haywood, Eitel, Oct. 12,1915
1 10 Correspondence -- Heath, Charles A. -- Regarding Edith Heath's death, 1947
1 11 Correspondence -- Heath, Edith to Heath, Charles A., 1947
1 12 Correspondence -- Incoming -- Acquaintances to Frank, Gloria, 1950,1954
1 13 Correspondence -- Incoming -- Acquaintances to Heath, Charles A., 1915-1949
1 14 Excerpts from the diaries of Charles A. Heath, edited by Alfred Theodore Halsted, Jr., 1996
1 15 Letterhead -- Continental Seed Company, with President Charles A. Heath, 1920
1 16 Life Insurance Policy -- Heath, Charles A., 1932
1 17 Miscellaneous -- Advertisement, buttons, and coins, 1900-1927
1 18 Mortgage and Deeds -- 444 E. 42nd Street, Chicago, 1893-1899
1 19 Reciepts -- Sterling (Michigan Ranch Property), 1893, 1917
1 20 Speech -- Heath, Charles A. -- American Seed Trade Association (copy), 1900
1 21 Will -- Frank, Harold Glen, May 15, 1918
1 22 Writings -- Heath, Charles A. and Frank, Gloria J. and Alice, 1873-1943
1 23 Photographs -- Frank, Alice Heath, ca. 1892-1930
1 24 Photographs -- Heath, Charles A. (copy), ca. 1910, ca. 1880
1 25 Photographs -- Heath, Jennie Greene and child, 1914
1 26 Photographs -- Heath, Charles A. -- European Trip, 1912
1 27 Photographs -- Harbor Springs, Michigan cottage (copies), n.d.
2 28 Photo album -- Frank, Alice, 1909-1911
2 29 Photo album -- Frank, Gloria -- "Baby's First Book," 1926-1940

Series 2: Charles Andrews Heath Diaries, 1880-1949

Diaries kept by Charles Andrews Heath from 1880 to 1949, a decade before his death. There are no volumes for 1882, 1888, and 1889. Heath's brief notations record weather conditions, news about and visits with friends and family, and matters regarding the seed business. He also discusses many Chicago related events such as the Haymarket Riot, the World's Columbian Exposition, the World's Parliament of Religions, and the Iroquois Theatre fire, as well as the Galveston flood, politics, and several wars. Many of the diaries contain newspaper clippings, notes, and business cards.
Arranged chronologically.

Box Folder Contents
3 30 Diary, 1880
3 31 Diary, 1881
3 32 Diary, 1883
3 33 Diary, 1884
3 34 Diary, 1885
3 35 Diary, 1886
3 36 Diary, 1887
3 37 Diary, 1890
3 38 Diary, 1891
3 39 Diary, 1892
3 40 Diary, 1893
4 41 Diary, 1894
4 42 Diary, 1895
4 43 Diary, 1896
4 44 Diary, 1897
4 45 Diary, 1898
4 46 Diary, 1899
4 47 Diary, 1900
4 48 Diary, 1901
4 49 Diary, 1902
4 50 Diary, 1903
4 51 Diary, 1904
4 52 Diary, 1905
4 53 Diary, 1906
4 54 Diary, 1907
5 55 Diary, 1908
5 56 Diary, 1909
5 57 Diary, 1910
5 58 Diary, 1911
5 59 Diary, 1912
5 60 Diary, 1913
5 61 Diary, 1914
6 62 Diary, 1915
5 63 Diary, 1916
5 64 Diary, 1917
5 65 Diary, 1918
5 66 Diary, 1919
5 67 Diary, 1920
5 68 Diary, 1921
5 69 Diary, 1922
6 70 Diary, 1923
6 71 Diary, 1924
6 72 Diary, 1925
6 73 Diary, 1926
6 74 Diary, 1927
6 75 Diary, 1928
6 76 Diary, 1929
6 77 Diary, 1930
6 78 Diary, 1931
6 79 Diary, 1932
6 80 Diary, 1933
6 81 Diary, 1934
6 82 Diary, 1935
7 83 Diary, 1936
7 84 Diary, 1937
7 85 Diary, 1938
7 86 Diary, 1939
7 87 Diary, 1940
7 88 Diary, 1941
7 89 Diary, 1942
7 90 Diary, 1943
7 91 Diary, 1944
7 92 Diary, 1945
7 93 Diary, 1946
7 94 Diary, 1947
7 95 Diary, 1948
7 96 Diary, 1949