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Series 1: General Files, 1911-1976


  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents note

Records retained by Waller & Beckwith Realty Co., including city assessments and municipal regulations, rental agreements, tenant complaints, applications for employment, and contracts. There is also some material related to members of the Waller family, including wills, licenses, and a small amount of correspondence. City and municipal records documents various changes in Chicago during the 1920s-1940s, including street widenings and the shift from trolleys to busses. Lease clauses and tenant complaints describe living situations in Chicago and typical landlord and tenant communications. There are also examples of restrictive covenants with accompanying correspondence, drafted by neighborhood associations attempting to prevent local landlords from renting to African Americans. Original file names are retained in most cases.


  • 1911-1976

Conditions Governing Access

The Waller & Beckwith Realty Co. Records are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Arrangement note

Arranged alphabetically by subject.


Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States