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A.C. McClurg & Co. A.C. McClurg & Company Records, 1873-1967, bulk 1910-1950.

Correspondence, contracts, royalty statements, record books, a scrapbook, and other materials from the A.C. McClurg publishing company, which was established in Chicago in 1872.

9.8 linear feet (25 boxes)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS McClurg (formerly Mab)
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Andruss, William B. (William Benajah). William B. Andruss Diary and commissions, 1855-1876.

Amboy, Lee County, Ill., merchant and operator of a daguerreotype studio. Diary, Mar. 10, 1855 - Apr. 3, 1856, documents Andruss' daily activities, travel, photography business, and emigration via Bellevue, Mich., with his family to Amboy. Also seven commissions and appointments to public office in Lee County, 1860-1877.

0.1 linear feet (8 items)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: VAULT Ayer MS 3002
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Apthorp, Charles. Charles Apthorp Correspondence, 1738-1751, bulk 1738-1739.

Letters to London merchant John Thomlinson, mainly related to the financial arrangements, sale, and shipment of merchandise to Boston. Apthorp was born in England in 1698 and educated at Eton College. He was later appointed by the English government as paymaster and commissary of the land and naval forces quartered in Boston. Apthorp also became one of the most distinguished merchants in Boston during the 1730's until his death in 1758.

0.1 linear feet (21 letters)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: VAULT box Ayer MS 27
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Additional Apthorp-related MS: Ayer MS 28, 698, 898.

Barker, James M., 1886-1974. James M. Barker Papers, 1825-1975, bulk 1920-1970.

Correspondence, business records, speeches, personal materials, photographs, and family newsletters of business executive James M. Barker. During his career, Barker was, among other things, banker, vice-president of Sears, Roebuck and Company and president of Allstate Insurance Company whose financial expertise made him a valued advisor in government financial matters and corporate environments. He participated in post World War II era economic missions to Iran and Turkey, and was a close friend to many leading businessmen of his time including Charles Dawes, Alfred A. Knopf, Joshua Green, and James H. Doolittle.

60 linear feet (115 boxes, 1 oversize box, and 79 bound volumes)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS Barker
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Bentley, R. Ford (Robert Ford), 1909-1994. Robert Ford Bentley Papers, 1830-1990, bulk 1930-1970.

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 the printing related companies that Ford worked for.

2.3 linear feet (6 boxes)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Wing Modern MS Bentley
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Blatchford, E.W. (Eliphalet Wickes), 1826-1914. E.W. Blatchford Papers, 1870-1971, bulk 1870-1915 .

Chicago lead manufacturer, co-executor of Walter L. Newberry's will, and first president of the Newberry Library Board of Trustees, 1892-1914. Papers include letters, notes, documents and clippings relating to his work at the Newberry.

4.6 linear feet (8 boxes and 1 oversize box)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Archives 02/15/01 (formerly Bl)
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Inventory: see Guide to the Newberry Library Archives.

Blue Sky Press. Blue Sky Press Records, 1900-1917.

Business records of the press, which was in operation (mainly in Chicago) during the first decade of the 20th century. Also correspondence dealing with the dispersal of the press.

0.5 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Case Wing oversize Z 311 .B623
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Bohan, Thomas F. Thomas F. Bohan Documents regarding the reprint publication of the General directory and business advertiser of the city of Chicago for the year 1844, 1930-1933.

Small collection of documents of Thomas F. Bohan, national advertising manager for the Chicago Daily News. Includes correspondence, contracts, financial statements, and a copyright registration certificate. Also a contract, never completed, with Roussey Publications of Chicago, Ill. to reprint the directory; and purchase orders with Adolph Kroch and the Economy Book Store for copies of the reprint.

0.1 linear feet (2 folders)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: VAULT Wing MS 30
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Brown, D. Tilden (David Tilden), 1822-1889. David Tilden Brown Papers, 1841-1897.

Manuscript journal of physician David Tilden Brown, April 1, 1841-Nov. 22, 1847, with partial transcription, kept while Brown was in medical school in New York City. Also, a few pen sketches, three architect's drawings of Sheppard Asylum in Baltimore, MD, a Sheppard Asylum Fifth Annual Report, 1897, two clippings, and a photo of Dr. Brown ca. 1865-1870.

0.2 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS Brown D
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Brown, D. Tilden (David Tilden), 1822-1889. David Tilden Brown Papers, 1848-1866 (bulk 1849).

Letters, receipts, contracts, maps, and drawings pertaining to Brown's activities in Nicaragua around 1848-1850. Brown traveled to Central America in 1849 planning to establish a cheaper and faster commercial route west from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean across the isthmus of Nicaragua. Brown and several associates formed the Compan~i´a de Vapores de Nicaragua and, on March 14, 1849, negotiated the first treaty with General Jose´ Trinidad Mun~oz for exclusive rights to steamship travel up the San Juan River and across Lake Nicaragua.

2 linear feet (1 box, 1 oversize folder)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: VAULT oversize Ayer MS 1819
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Burt, Henry Jackson, b. 1873. Burt Family Papers, 1890-1951.

Letters, photographs, diaries, writings, and scrapbooks centering around Edith Fleming Burt, building engineer Henry Jackson Burt, and their daughter, singer Helen Burt Potteiger.

3.5 linear feet (3 boxes, 1 oversize box)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS Burt
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Charles H. Kerr Company. Charles H. Kerr Company Records, 1885-1999.

Business records (financial, stock, and customer order files), manuscripts, photographs, author information, and publishing, production, and promotion information for the Charles H. Kerr Company, the oldest labor and socialist publishing house in the United States. The collection also includes some information about The Socialist Party, The Proletarian Party, unions, and radical organizations, primarily in the United States.

34 linear feet (48 boxes, 1 oversize box, and 17 volumes)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS Kerr (formerly Kerr)
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Chicago Business Men's Orchestra. Chicago Business Men's Orchestra Records, 1941-1962.

Correspondence, clippings and programs of this orchestra, established in 1921, which was composed of men working in Chicago business firms. Later renamed the Chicago Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.

0.2 linear feet (3 folders)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS 154
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Chicago Daily News, Inc. Chicago Daily News Records, 1875-1978.

Correspondence, photographs, staff information, promotional materials, legal papers, interviews, memoranda, stylebooks, artifacts, and many other records of the Chicago Daily News. Chicago's first penny daily and most popular newspaper until 1918, the Daily News was purchased by the Field Corporation in 1959, and continued publication until its absorption by the Sun-Times in 1978. Information on the beginnings of the WFLD television station (owned by the Field Communications Corporation) also included.

60 cubic ft.
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS Field Enterprises
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Chicago Reader. Chicago Reader Records, ca. 1960s-2007.

A Chicago-based alternative-press weekly published since 1971, the Reader focuses on the arts and cultural events, city politics, and literary journalism. Paper records consist of original copy of some articles, legal files, miscellaneous administrative files, and unsolicited manuscripts, with some original artwork. The bulk of the collection is photographs used in music, drama, dance, neighborhood news, columns, and feature articles. Because of its large size, the collection is divided into four sections: Artwork (Midwest MS Chicago Reader A); Corporate Records (Midwest MS Chicago Reader R); Photographs: News Collection (Midwest MS Chicago Reader PN); and Photographs: Performance Collection (Midwest MS Chicago Reader PP).

168.8 linear feet
Subjects: Business
Call Number: various; see below
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Chicago Stockyards Industrial Park Photographs, ca. 1975.

Sixteen professional photographs of the area of Chicago known as the Stockyards Industrial Park which was developed after the closing of the Union Stock Yards in 1971. The Industrial Park is home to various small factories, none of which are involved in meatpacking. Few of the original structures remain, excepting the great limestone arch erected in 1879 to mark the stockyard entrance.

0.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS 176
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Chicago Sun-Times. Chicago Sun-Times Records, 1900-1980.

Correspondence, memoranda, photographs, promotional materials, legal papers, stylebooks, copies of notable editions, artifacts, and many other records of this newspaper. The Sun-Times was formed in 1947 from a merger of the Times-the city's first tabloid-and the Sun, launched by Marshall Field III's Field Enterprises in 1941. Much of the collection consists of the papers of Milburn P. Akers, Emmett Dedmon, and other Sun-Times staff. Some records of the Times and the Sun also included.

203 cubic ft.
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS Field Enterprises
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Chicago Union Station Company. Chicago Union Station Company Records, 1920-1958.

Documents relating to the company's issue Series "C" Bonds (printed volume, 1920), together with a file containing letters, memoranda, and other documents relating to vacations with pay authorized for war veterans returning from service with the armed forces, 1945-1958.  Also an "m" Series sinking fund bond.

0.1 linear feet (2 folders)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS 110
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Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company Records, 1820-1999.

Correspondence, reports, maps, blueprints, financial documents, advertising materials, photographs, and other items documenting the history of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company (CB&Q), which existed from 1855 to 1970. Formed in 1855 by Boston capitalist John Murray Forbes, the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy (CB&Q) by 1900, employed 35,640 people and included 7,545 miles of track mainly in Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Wyoming, Montana, and the Dakotas. In addition to its railroad operations, this mammoth "Burlington System" was responsible for encouraging emigration and town development, and for stimulating local economies along its routes. It also promoted tourism to Yellowstone, the Black Hills, Glacier, and other scenic sites within reach of its tracks and beginning in 1934 introduced its revolutionary and enormously popular stainless steel Zephyr passenger trains.

2, 341.6 linear feet
Subjects: Business
Call Number: CB&Q
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Clark, Frederick W., 1857-1916. F.W. Clark Papers, 1875-1916, bulk 1903-1916.

Correspondence and papers of Frederick W. Clark, Chicago building contractor and construction company president. Includes business and some personal correspondence, plus account books and trusteeship papers.

1.3 linear ft. (3 boxes)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS Clark FW
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Crane Co. Crane Co. Records, 1920-1955

Foundry established in Chicago in 1855 by R.T. Crane which became a major industry in manufacturing electrical and plumbing supplies. Records were kept by stenographer/cashier Margaret Laue, mostly pertaining to Crane Co.'s social events for employees, including plays, programs, centennial events, and an annual picnic at Riverview Amusement Park. Includes cards, invitations, programs, desk diaries, tickets, pins, and medals.

0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS Crane
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Crooks, Ramsay, 1787-1859. Ramsay Crooks Correspondence, 1822-1836, bulk 1822.

Correspondence of this fur trader, a manager for John Jacob Astor’s American Fur Company (and later owner of a part of the business). The subject matter includes purchasing of skins, reception of trade goods in Philadelphia, and operations of the firm’s Western Department in St. Louis. Correspondents include Samuel Abbott, Robert Stuart, James Kennerly, and Augustin Grignon.

0.1 linear feet (3 folders)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: VAULT box Ayer MS 201
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Additional Crooks Manuscripts: VAULT box Ayer MS 1, 3, 472, 596, 3133; VAULT Ayer MS 18.

Dahl-Stedman Company Builders. Dahl-Stedman Company Builders Records, 1900-1927.

Two albums of photographs taken by the Chicago Architecture Photographing Company of buildings, mainly in Chicago, constructed 1921-1927 by the Dahl-Steadman firm, together with manuscript notes re construction costs, prepared ca. 1900-1920 by George Dahl, when he was working at the Chicago office of George A. Fuller Co. of New York, and used for many years by the Dah-Stedman firm.

0.6 linear feet (2 boxes)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS Dahl-Stedman
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Dawes, E. C. (Ephraim Cutler), b. 1840. E.C. Dawes Papers, 1836-1905, bulk 1855-1895.

Letters, diaries, mementos and scrapbooks of Union Army officer (1st lieutenant and adjutant, major, 53rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry) and industrialist Ephraim Cutler Dawes, covering his military service (in Tennessee, Mississippi, and in Sherman's advance against Atlanta, until he was wounded on May 28, 1864. Also documents Dawes' activities in the rail and coal industries. Includes a letter from P. H. Sheridan.

6.5 linear feet (9 boxes and 1 oversize box)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS Dawes (formerly Daw).
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Dousman, Hercules L. (Hercules Louis), 1800-1868. Hercules L. Dousman Papers, 1808-1857, bulk 1840-1857.

Wealthy Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, fur trader and regional investor. Correspondence, agreements, powers of attorney, accounts, promissory notes, etc., of Hercules Dousman, primarily relating to his fur trade business. Additional items include a ms. Dakota-English vocabulary, a volume of accounts with named Indians, the printed act of incorporation of the American Fur Company (1808, with certification by N.Y. governor Marcy, 1839), and a packing list of Joshua Palen's fur trade goods (1822).

0.4 linear feet (52 items in 1 box)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: VAULT Ayer MS 18
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Eden-Martin Family Papers, ca. 1827-1961.

Papers pertaining to the family of Illinois U.S. Representative John R. Eden (1826-1909). The majority of the material primarily concerns John R. Edenís daughter Rose, her husband Ivory J. Martin, and their children. The papers also contain correspondence and material relating to the Taylor and Pifer families, who were the in-laws of Rose and Ivoryís son, Robert W. Martin. (Robert Martin married Ruth Pifer, daughter of Hattie Taylor and Finley Pifer).

23.7 linear feet (20 boxes and 1 oversize box)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS Eden
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Enos Brown & Co. Enos Brown & Company Records, 1867-1894, bulk 1867-1876.

Collection formerly called Bowen Bros. Records, consists mainly of letters, orders and receipts generated by Enos Brown & Co., a Chicago firm selling machinery parts, warps, dyes and other manufacturing supplies to woolen mills in Utah in the 1870s. Bowen Bros., a dry goods firm associated with Enos Brown & Co., is briefly represented in the collection, and there is one letter to George S. Bowen, mayor of Elgin, Illinois and organizer of the Chicago & Pacific Railroad, demanding payment of an old debt.

0.2 linear feet (5 folders)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS 153
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Epstein, Dena J. Polacheck, 1916-. Dena Epstein Root & Cady Research Papers, 1843-1987, bulk 1858-1871.

Research notes and other materials concerning the firm of Root & Cady, which published music in Chicago from 1858-1871. The materials were collected in support of a masterís thesis at the University of Illinois Library School and also include information on other, contemporaneous, music publishers and composers.

3.6 linear feet (3 boxes, 4 card boxes)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS Epstein
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Fairbank, Nathaniel Kellogg, 1829-1903. Fairbank-Graham Family Papers, 1775-1980, bulk 1870-1920.

Letters, diaries, photographs, journals, genealogical materials, business correspondence and documents centered around Helen Graham Fairbank and Nathan Kellogg Fairbank of Chicago, their parents and children. Letters and documents document the business activities of Chicago industrialist Fairbank and New York and Maryland industrialist John Andrew Graham, travel to Europe and South America, Eastern schooling, Lake Geneva summers, and civic activities including the Chicago Symphony, and Chicago clubs. The Carpenter and Beeckman families are also represented.

17.4 linear feet (37 boxes, 1 oversize box)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS Fairbank-Graham
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Field Enterprises. Field Enterprises Records, 1858-2007, bulk 1950-1975.

Administrative, promotional, and legal materials, correspondence, photographs, and artifacts of Field Enterprises, the umbrella conglomerate under which the Chicago Daily News, the Chicago Sun and Times company, the Chicago Sun-Times, and Field Communications Corporation eventually fell. (See also abstracts under Chicago Daily News and Chicago Sun-Times).

163 linear feet (154 boxes, 17 oversize boxes, and 12 bound volumes, and 107 scrapbooks)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS Field Enterprises
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Flentye, Henry. Henry Flentye Papers, 1852-1915.

Documents dealing with Henry Flentye's considerable land purchases in Chicago, Northfield, and Jefferson, including one autograph document from Walter Loomis Newberry, Aug. 2, 1858. Also builder's specification and architect's drawings for Flentye's home in Jefferson.

0.5 cubic ft. (1 box)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS Flentye (formerly Fle)
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Griffin Funeral Home (Chicago, Ill.) Griffin Funeral Home Records, 1929-2007.

Records of the Griffin Funeral Home, and its predeccessor, the Bell Auto & Undertaking Company, which served the African American community in Chicago,1929-2007. Entries contain the decedent's name, address, occupation, physical characteristics, next of kin, date/place of birth, date/place of death, minister's name, and place of burial. Limited information of plot purchasers is also included.

13 linear feet (42 binders)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS Griffin
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Griffith, James Shores. James Shores Griffith Papers, 1882-1971, bulk 1912-1969.

Two binders containing records of the Brotherhood of Painters, Paper Hangers and Decorators of America, Local No. 147, 1882-1971, including records of wages of Mr. Griffith's grandfather, Griffith's own 1909 apprentice contract, records of union dues payments, notices of periodic wage and by-law changes, union assessments, elections, and other union activities. Also contains fiftieth and seventy-fifth anniversary souvenir booklets, and a pamphlet entitled "Survey of Working Conditions in the Painting Trade in Chicago, 1929-1934," by J.A. Runnberg. Collection also includes a typescript history of the Painters District Council #14 (1950), and Griffith's tickets from the 1933 Century of Progress.

0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS Griffith
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H.T. FitzSimons Company, Inc. H.T. FitzSimons Company Records, 1920-1950.

Manuscript and printed music and some miscellanea of this Chicago music publisher, along with the papers of Rossetter G. Cole, a prolific Chicago composer. Cole bequeathed his papers to Harry T. FitzSimons; his manuscript and printed music, writings, clippings, programs, miscellanea, and collections of calling cards, postcards, and autographs make up a large portion of this collection. A small amount of Harry FitzSimons' correspondence is also present. The FitzSimons Co. was purchased in 1983 by the Fred Bock Music Companies.

9 cubic ft.
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS FitzSimons
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Harris-MacLean Family Papers, 1784-1980, bulk 1880-1940.

Letters, diaries, photographs, daybooks, ledgers, writings, genealogical material, and memorabilia detailing the life and travels of several wealthy Chicago families, mainly during the first three decades of the 20th century. The Harris family side is Norman Wait Harris, founder of the Harris Bank of Chicago, and his wife, Emma Gale Harris from New Hampshire, and their parents, grandparents, children and grandchildren. Other major related families represented include Gale, Bent, Lane, and MacLean. Collection highlights include courtship letters, daybooks of a New Hampshire physician, whaling ship logs, works and correspondence of sociologist Annie Marion MacLean, and 19th and 20th century photograph albums.

26.1 linear feet (48 boxes, 5 volumes, and 3 oversize boxes)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS Harris-MacLean
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How, Fisher. Fisher How Papers, 1836-1842.

Correspondence and documents relating to the creation and ownership of a land company in Steuben County, Indiana of which Fisher How (sometimes spelled Howe) of New York City was a shareholder and director.

0.1 cubic ft. (1 folder)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS 83
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Illinois Central Railroad Company Records, 1831-1984, bulk 1851-1970

With origins dating from an 1830s Illinois-sponsored program of internal improvements, the Illinois Central Railroad (IC), based in Chicago, was chartered in 1851 to take advantage of the Federal Land Grant Act of 1850 and build a north-south line in Illinois from Chicago to Cairo. In advertising and selling lands along its route, the IC was a catalyst for growth in the central and southern regions of Illinois, attracting thousands of settlers and laying the foundations for agricultural, industrial, and urban development. The company had a significant impact on the growth of Chicago and the development of its lakeshore. Expanding west to Iowa and into the southern states, the IC became the primary passenger and freight link between the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico.

1020 linear feet
Subjects: Business
Call Number: IC
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Iowa Land Company and Iowa Rail Road Land Company. Iowa Land Company and Iowa Rail Road Land Company Records, 1855-1913.

Records relating to 19th century Iowa railroad and land companies, and the town of Clinton, Iowa. Includes maps, reports, and other documents kept by Massachusetts stockholders, of the Iowa Land Company, the Chicago, Iowa and Nebraska Railroad, the Iowa Railroad Land Company, and associated companies.

0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS Iowa.
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Kehl School of Dance. Kehl School of Dance Records, ca. 1940-ca. 1990.

This Madison, Wisconsin dance school was founded by dancer Frederick W. Kehl in 1880. Kehl's Dancing Academy introduced thousands to the art of dance throughout Wisconsin, and the school is currently in its 4th generation of dancers and dance teachers from the Kehl family. Records include costume looseleaf notebooks, dance routines, music and programs, photographs, and audio material.

64 linear feet (61 boxes, loose items)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Dance MS Kehl
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Kendall, Milo, 1819-1905. Milo Kendall Papers, 1798-1925, bulk 1845-1906.

Vermont native who settled in Princeton, Bureau County, Illinois, in 1846 and practiced law there for over sixty years. Papers include extensive records of Kendall's legal practice, family correspondence, and real estate records.

17.5 linear feet (39 boxes and 1 oversize box)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS Kendall
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Lawson, Victor Freemont, 1850-1925. Victor Freemont Lawson Papers, 1860-1931, bulk 1885-1925.

Editor and publisher of the Chicago Daily News who made his newspapers a vehicle to promote Progressive reform. Lawson's papers include numerous letterpress copybooks of outgoing letters, and there are over 4,000 letters addressed to him, containing a wealth of information on business, union labor, and national and municipal political reform movements, and such organizations as the Fresh Air Fund, Chicago Commission on Race Relations, and Chicago Home Rule League.

59 linear feet (137 boxes and 1 oversize box)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS Lawson (formerly La)
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MacMurray, James Edwin, 1862-. James E. MacMurray Papers, 1921-1996.

Collection of correspondence, certificates, documents, and new clippings relating to the life and career of James E. MacMurray of Acme Steel, and benefactor of MacMurray College for Women. Correspondence is both personal and corporate, relating to labor issues, including the 9 hour work day for women, rules of promotion for teachers, and chiropractic law.

5 linear feet (5 record cartons)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS MacMurray
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McNally family. McNally Family Papers, 1788-2002, bulk 1850-1993.

Letters, diaries, scrapbooks, photographs, cemetery records, wills, and obituaries of several generations of the family of Andrew McNally I of Chicago, founder of the Rand McNally Co., a publishing firm specializing in cartography. There is much material concerning Andrew McNally I, his Chicago home, and especially his Windermere Ranch in what became La Mirada, California, including the ranch's olive oil plant and McNally's efforts to promote settlement in the area. Also extensive materials relating to Civil War general Emmons Clark (grandfather of Margaret Clark McNally) and the Vilas family, who operated Chicago businesses and had a summer estate in Thousand Islands, New York.

22 linear feet (36 boxes, 3 oversize boxes, and 3 volumes)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS McNally family
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Metcalf, Isaac Stevens, 1822-1898. Isaac Stevens Metcalf Papers, 1827-1935, bulk 1850-1897.

Letters, diaries, daybooks, scrapbooks, and business documents of Isaac Stevens Metcalf, a Bowdoin College graduate from Milo, Maine, Illinois Central Railroad division engineer, and DuQuoin, Illinois resident, his wife Antoinette Brigham Putnam Metcalf (originally of New Hampshire), their parents, and children.

10.8 linear feet (20 boxes and 1 oversize folder)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS Metcalf
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Moir, Robert, 1824-1904. Robert Moir Papers, 1850-1909, bulk 1866-1898.

Professional correspondence, papers, and documents of Oquawka, Illinois, businessman Robert Moir, owner of Robert Moir & Co., a firm with wide-ranging investments in land, livestock, lumber, railroads, and other industries. Also a few letters from family and friends.

1.7 linear ft. (4 boxes)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS Moir
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Nebenzahl, Kenneth, 1927-. Kenneth Nebenzahl Records, 1961-1984.

Records of Chicago bookseller Nebenzahl dating from 1961-84. Records include correspondence, stock, travel, and sales records.

50 linear feet (44 boxes, 6 oversize folders)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS Nebenzahl
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Newton, A. Edward (Alfred Edward), 1864-1940. A. Edward Newton Letters, 1928-1937.

Fifteen letters written by author, businessman and book collector A. Edward Newton. Two are to Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Ames Ballard and thirteen are to Mrs. James W. Thorne.

0.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS 170
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Ohio Company (1786-1796). Ohio Company Records, 1787-1800, bulk 1787-1793.

Minutes, correspondence, accounts, receipts, powers of attorney, and lists of Ohio Company agent Benjamin Heywood, a former Continental Army officer and Worcester, Mass. resident. The Ohio Company was formed by Revolutionary War officers to raise capital for acquisition and settlement of federal lands northwest of the Ohio River. Lands were settled slowly, but in 1788 the firm was successful in founding Marietta, Ohio under the leadership of Rufus Putnam. The records include, among other things, subscriber lists detailing military service and correspondence with company treasurer Richard Platt.

0.1 linear feet (35 items in 1 box)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: VAULT Ayer MS 3091
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Parkhurst Press. Parkhurst Press Records, 1864-1962, bulk 1890-1949.

Massachusetts job printer during the first half of the 20th century. Collection includes juvenile printing efforts of Tommy Parkhurst, ephemera from the Press, including tickets, labels, blotters, announcements and letterhead. There is also correspondence and records relating to the running of the press.

2.1 linear feet (5 boxes)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Wing Modern MS Park
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Pearce, Christopher Gardner, 1811-1882. Christopher Gardner Pearce Papers, 1839-1851.

Mississippi and Ohio River steamboat owner and captain, and resident of Cincinnati, Ohio. Collection consists mainly of correspondence between Pearce and his wife, Jane Ann Sackett Pearce, which includes news of Pearce's river trips and of home and family. Many letters highlight Mrs. Pearce's fear that her husband would be involved in a fire, wreck, or other riverboat disaster.

0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS Pearce (formerly Pe)
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Pennsylvania general store ledger volumes, 1794-1848.

Two ledger volumes. The first is daily accounts kept by what looks like a Carlisle (probably Pennsylvania) general store from 1794-1796. The first several pages appear to be farm accounts, with records of sale of flour by the barrel and of wages paid to reapers. The second volume, 1832-1848, also appears to be from a general store, with some personal accounts at the end, including an itemization of the costs of sending a son, Robert, to "Dick College" and a list of texts purchased, 1836-1842.

0.2 linear feet
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Modern MS 34
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Polish Women's Alliance. Polish Women's Alliance Records, 1898-ca. 1979.

Records of a national fraternal organization headquartered in Park Ridge, Illinois, for Polish-American women that provided insurance and other financial services for its members. Includes constitutions and bylaws, insurance applications, indexes and rosters, loan records and other materials providing individual genealogical information for Polish-American women.

85 linear feet (204 boxes)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS PWAA
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Collection available by appointment only.

Pullman Company. Pullman Company Records, 1867-1981.

Records of this railroad sleeping-car operator and manufacturer. The Pullman Company (originally Pullman's Palace Car Company) revolutionized rail travel, dramatically increased employment opportunities for African Americans who served as porters on its cars, and had a significant impact on the American labor movement. Records for the entire firm are included until the mid-1920s division into operating and manufacturing companies; after that date, records mainly chronicle the activities of the operating company. Included are voluminous individual employee records and labor relations documents; the records of individual Pullman cars (e.g., drawings, specifications, photographs); scrapbooks documenting nineteenth-century operations, including the Town of Pullman and the Strike of 1894; records of subsidiary and absorbed companies; administrative, legal, financial, and securities records; and much more.

2,500 cubic ft.
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Pullman
Finding Aids:
Online Catalog contains records at the series level: Search "Pullman Company" as Author.
Inventory
Information file available in the Special Collections Department.

R. Hoe & Company. R. Hoe & Company Records, 1858-1878.

R. Hoe & Co. was the largest manufacturer of printing presses and press equipment in the U.S. during the 19th century. Collection consists of incoming letters to the Hoe Co. from customers in many states and several European and Latin American countries, deriving from 3 or more letter books of 1858, 1873 and 1877-1878. There are also some 1873-1878 internal memos, patent correspondence, and letters from regional agents of the Hoe Co.

2 linear feet (5 boxes)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Wing Modern MS Hoe
Finding Aids:
Catalog Record
Inventory (Modern Manuscript Collections Notebooks.)

Railroad photograph collection, ca. 1868-1914.

Two groups of railroad photographs, including 15 reproductions related to the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad, ca. 1868-1869, and 34 snapshots and postal cards of railroad men, engines, cars, stations and wrecks apparently taken in Wisconsin, ca. 1913-1914.

0.1 linear feet (2 folders)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS 145
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Inventory

Rand McNally and Company. Rand McNally and Company Records, 1856-1996.

Business records of the Rand McNally Company, established in 1856 in Chicago. The firm became well known for its cartographic publishing, but also produced a variety of trade books, textbooks, periodicals, and printing jobs such as railroad tickets and coupons. Includes records of financial, marketing, and production activities, including correspondence; visual materials, including photographs, artwork, and scrapbooks; printing artifacts and samples, etc.

85 linear feet (128 boxes, 3 volumes, 16 oversize boxes, 4 shelves of oversize artifacts)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Wing Modern MS Rand McNally
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Rock, Martin J. Martin J. Rock Papers, 1947-1995.

Correspondence, legal documents, insurance documents, financial information, and other miscellaneous data pertaining to Martin J. Rock's career as an attorney for the Pullman Company, from 1947 to 1995.

0.8 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS Rock
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Root & Cady Research Collection, 1858-19--:


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Runnells, John S. John S. Runnells Papers, 1883-1887.

Papers of Des Moines, Iowa, attorney John Sumner Runnells, partner in the firm Runnells & Walker, including legal case files, and correspondence pertaining to his legal work, political activities on behalf of the Republican Party, role as U.S. District Attorney for Iowa, and procurement of CB&Q railroad passes and Western Union telegraph "stamps" for others.

0.6 linear feet (2 boxes)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS Runnells
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Schill & Werner (Firm). Schill & Werner Accounting Records, 1877-1927.

Accounting records, 1877-1885 and 1922-1927, of Schill & Werner, Dealer in Grain Mill Feed and Hay, located in Chicago at 2142 Archer Ave. Includes a ledger, journal, cash journal from the earlier period, and chicken and poultry accounts from the later. The business, run by brothers-in-law Herman Werner (1855-1908) and Henry Schill (1851-1932), was later sold to the Santa Fe Railroad and the Werner family moved to Waukegan, Ill.

0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS SchillWerner
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Collection available by appointment only.

Sherman, Francis Trowbridge, 1825-1905. Francis Trowbridge Sherman Papers, 1849-1894.

Correspondence of Francis Trowbridge Sherman of Chicago, and his traveling companion, Henry A. Ballentine, documenting their travel overland to the California gold fields and experiences there, 1849-1850. Also photocopies of a few of Sherman's (colonel 88th Illinois Infantry) letters regarding the Civil War and his Chicago business, business and family correspondence of father F.C. Sherman, family records, and newspaper clippings.

0.2 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: VAULT Case MS 5282
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Information file available in Special Collections Department.

Singer Manufacturing Company. Singer Manufacturing Company Records, 1861-1871.

Invoices, order forms, records, and correspondence, mainly from the Chicago office to the New York office of the Singer Manufacturing Company, 1861-1871. This sewing machine manufacturer was founded in 1853 from a predecessor firm, I. M. Singer and Company. The Singer Chicago office was managed by James Bolton, a machinist who designed the Singer New Family or Model 12 sewing machine, and an assistant, John Voight.

0.2 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS Singer
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Skoien, Howard. Howard Skoien Collection of Century of Progress exhibitor brochures, 1933-1934.

Booklets, brochures, postcards and artifacts collected from business exhibitors at the Century of Progress Exposition, together with a few Valentines, sheet music, and piano music.

1.4 linear feet (1 record carton and 1 box)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS Skoien
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Collection available by appointment only.

Smith-Dewey family. Smith-Dewey Family Papers, 1870-1990.

Genealogies, publications, photographs, armories, letters, and documents pertaining to the family histories and forebears of Edward Byron Smith, former chairman of the Northern Trust Corporation of Chicago, and of his wife, Louise Dewey Smith. Papers also include documents pertaining to Northern Trust's founding by Smith's grandfather, Byron Laflin Smith, and the family's ongoing relationship to the corporation.

79 linear feet
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS Smith-Dewey
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Collection currently closed for processing.

Stone & Kimball. Stone & Kimball Records, ca. 1889-1965.

Papers of late 19th-early 20th century Chicago book publisher Stone & Kimball, consisting of original manuscripts and correspondence (primarily that of Herbert S. Stone) and authors George Ade, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Eugene Field, among others. There is also original art, including that of Aubrey Beardsley and Max Beerbohm.

32 linear feet (24 boxes, 4 oversize boxes)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Wing Modern MS Stn
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Manuscript Card Catalog.
Inventory (Modern Manuscript Collections Notebooks.)
Inventory available in the library (Wing folio oZ 473 .S88 S76 or Microfiche 1118).
Inventory (Database of Names in Manuscript Collections Notebook.)
Information file available in Special Collections Department.

Tia Chucha Press. Tia Chucha Press Records, 1989-1999.

Administrative and literary materials of the Tia Chucha Press, founded by author/poet/lecturer Luis Rodriguez in 1989. Includes correspondence, manuscripts, reports, and financial documents pertaining to the establishment and operation of the publishing company.

6.2 linear feet (13 boxes, 1 oversize box)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS Tia Chucha
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Tomes, Francis, 1780-1869. Francis and Robert Tomes Papers, 1837-1881.

Journals, essays, and memoirs written by British businessman Francis Tomes (1780-1869) and his son, American-born physician and author Robert Tomes (1817-1882).

1.7 linear feet (4 boxes and 1 envelope)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Vault Modern MS Tomes
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Tubbs family. Tubbs Family Account Book, 1805-1818.

Account book and miscellaneous notes relating to the Tubbs shipbuilding business in Duxbury, Mass. Includes entries for costs for goods, employee pay, and other expenses.

1 linear feet (1 folder)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS 99
Finding Aids:
Collection available by appointment only.

Waller & Beckwith Realty Co. Waller & Beckwith Realty Co. Records, 1911-1976, bulk 1921-1943.

Business records of Waller & Beckwith Realty Co., a family-owned Chicago real estate company, including general business files and legal documents. Papers include city assessments and municipal regulations, rent payments, leases, tenant complaints, applications for employment, contracts, collections, lawsuits, and insurance records. Covering primarily 1920-1940, the collection documents living conditions in Chicago and changes in the city during the depression years and the period between two world wars.

17.5 linear feet (18 boxes and 9 ledgers)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS Waller B
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Wentworth, Samuel. Samuel Wentworth Papers, 1738-1742.

Fifteen letters and two documents concerning the ships and cargos of Samuel Wentworth, a Boston merchant and the brother of New Hampshire governor Benning Wentworth. Much of the material, which is all addressed to John Thomlinson, a London merchant who handled Wentworth's affairs in England, concerns the payment of bills and the settlement of debts; the insurance, cargo, and sale of the ship "Snow Tryton"; the loss of the ship "Snow Lucitania" and resulting insurance claims; and the construction of another ship in Portsmouth, N.H. There are also letters of introduction for Samuel Waldo and Oxenbridge Thatcher.

0.1 linear feet (17 items)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: VAULT box Ayer MS 972
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Whittelsey, Chauncey, 1746-1812. Chauncey Whittelsey Papers, 1707-1852, bulk 1731-1811.

Papers of Chauncey Whittelsey of Middletown, Connecticut, relating to his clothing business, civic duties and activities as Army supplier during the Revolution and into the 1790's. Includes numerous land deeds to his father-in-law, Seth Wetmore.

0.8 linear feet (2 boxes)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS Whittelsey (formerly Wh)
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Williamson, Charles, 1757-1808. Charles Williamson Papers, 1775-ca. 1940s, bulk 1790-1810.

Extensive correspondence, documents, a journal describing an information gathering trip to Turkey, of Charles Williams, politician, British government agent, and developer of central New York State lands in the late 1700s. Williamson is suspected to have been involved in the "Burr Conspiracy," an episode in history in which Burr was accused of treason. Collection also includes research materials compiled by Isaac Joslin Cox, a scholar who wrote several articles on the Aaron Burr incident.

6.7 linear ft. (11 boxes, 1 oversize box, and 1 bound volume)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: VAULT Ayer MS 1006
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Willy, John, 1859-1944. Willy Family 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.

0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS Willy
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Woods, Frank H. (Frank Henry), 1905-1980. Frank H. Woods Papers, 1890-2000, bulk 1935-1980.

Material relating to the life and career of businessman and philanthropist Frank H. Woods, Jr., of Chicago, including family, business, personal and philanthropic-related correspondence and general files, clippings, memorabilia and photographs.

7.7 linear feet (19 boxes)
Subjects: Business
Call Number: Midwest MS Woods F
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Catalog Record

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