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This topic covers for-profit enterprises and merchants, bankers, industrialists, retailers, and laborers.
Found in 123 Collections and/or Records:
A. Edward Newton Letters
Abstract 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.
Abstracts of title for lots in Ogden’s subdivision, Newberry’s addition, and Kinzie’s addition in Chicago
Abstract Three Chicago Title and Trust Co. abstracts of title for lots in Ogden’s subdivision, Newberry’s addition, and Kinzie’s addition in Chicago. Abstracts cover Lot 1 of Ogden’s subdivision in Lots 4 and 5 in Wolcot’s adition, 1829-1923; eastern portion of Lot 10 and all of Lot 11 in Block 5 in Newberry’s addition, 1830-1928; and Lots 19-23 in Sub Block 1 in the subdivision of Block 31 in Kinzie’s addition, 1831-1907. Includes cadastral maps of the lots.
A.C. McClurg & Co. Records
Abstract 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.
Dates: 1873-1967; Majority of material found within 1910 - 1950
Addie L. Contrelli Letters
Abstract Five letters, dated 29 August 1883-9 January 1884, and an addressed envelope from Chicago wigmaker Addie L. Contrelli to her customer and friend Lenette E. Wilson of Algona, Iowa. In the letters, Contrelli discusses the braids, switches, and waves that she is making for Wilson and her friend and comments on the financial state of her wigmaking business. Four letters were written from Chicago, while the final letter in 1884 was written from Mason City, Iowa.
A.G. Becker & Co., Inc. records
Abstract Records of A.G. Becker & Co., an early Chicago investment firm founded by Abraham Becker following the failure of Hermann Schaffner & Co. during the Panic of 1893. Includes early firm records and recollections collected from employees, Abraham Becker's repayment records (to Schaffner depositors), annual reports, Becker Bulletin/Briefs (1959-1982), photographs, advertising and marketing materials, personnel files, World War II letters of employees in military service, etc.
Dates: 1859-1982; Majority of material found within 1880 - 1982
Allied Arts records
Identifier: Midwest-MS-Allied Arts
Abstract Clippings, artist correspondence, box office records, concert programs, and photographs of the Allied Arts Corporation. Allied Arts Corporation management was taken over by Harry and Sarah Zelzer in 1948 and became the premier agency for bringing performing artists to Chicago. Important artists and groups include the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, pianists Vladimir Horowitz and Glenn Gould, and singers Tito Schipa and Judy Garland. Collection also includes original photographs taken in venues in...
Blue Sky Press records
Identifier: Case Wing oversize-Z 311-B623
Abstract Business records of the press, which was in operation (mainly in Chicago) during the first decade of 1900. The later correspondence deals with the dispersal of the press.
Brief of title to premises on the south side of Cuthbert street, 233 feet east of the 20th in the city of Philadel'a, 1846 : manuscript
Abstract Brief of title for the Cuthbert street property in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. John Fromberger purchased the plots of land from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1782. John Fromberger sold the property to John Hill Briton and Charles Willing Hare in 1805. In 1811, Charles Willing Hare sold his portion of the property to John Hill Brinton. John Hill Brinton passed away in 1827. His last will and testament declare his executors to be his wife, Sarah Brinton, son, George Brinton, son-in-law...
British price registers
Abstract Three manuscript ledgers recording the prices of coal, metals, food, and raw materials in various regions in England between 1900 and 1917. The prices were compiled from various trade publications. Contents include I. Coal & metals -- III. Food stuffs -- IV. Miscellaneous raw materials.
Burt family papers
Abstract Letters, photographs, diaries, writings, and scrapbooks centering around Edith Fleming Burt, building engineer Henry Jackson Burt, and their daughter, singer Helen Burt Potteiger.
Camiros Ltd. collection of city planning reports
Abstract Plans, documents, reports, and books relating to planning from the library of Camiros, Ltd. Founded in 1976 and located in Chicago, Camiros has provided services to over 250 communities across the United States.
Dates: approximately 1964-2015
Carson Pirie Scott scrapbook collection
Identifier: Midwest-MS-Carson Pirie Scott
Abstract Set of 12 scrapbooks of clippings, advertisements, and some business records documenting the Chicago-born department store Carson Pirie Scott. Includes one scrapbook for the wholesale department of the company, and one volume detailing the biography of founder John Thomas Pirie and of the department store, compiled for the benefit of the John T. Pirie Elementary School in Chicago.
Charles Apthorp correspondence
Identifier: VAULT box-Ayer-MS-27
Abstract 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.
Dates: 1738-1751; Majority of material found within 1738 - 1739
Charles H. Kerr Publishing Company records
Abstract Business records (financial, stock, and customer order files), manuscripts, 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 collections also includes some information about The Socialist Party, The Proletarian Party, unions, and radical organizations, primarily in the United States.
Charles Himrod Papers
Abstract Letters, account books, papers, and ephemera pertaining to the family of Charles Himrod, an iron merchant from Waterford, Pennsylvania. The majority of letters are addressed to Himrod's wife, Alice Judson Himrod, from family and friends. Many were written by Charles to Alice during the 1870s when Alice spent the Spring and Summer months with her family in PA, while Charles worked at a furnace company in Ohio. Also included are letters to Charles from various business associates. In addition to...
Dates: 1803-1957; Majority of material found within 1860 - 1890
Charles Williamson Papers
Abstract Extensive correspondence, documents, a journal describing an information gathering trip to Turkey of Charles Williamson, 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.
Dates: 1775-approximately 1940s; Majority of material found within 1790 - 1810
Chauncey Whittelsey Papers
Abstract Papers of Chauncey Whittelsey (1746-1812) of Middletown, Connecticut, relating to his clothing business, civic duties and activities as Army supplier during the Revolution and into the 1790s. Includes numerous land deeds to his father-in-law, Seth Wetmore.
Dates: 1707-1852; Majority of material found within 1731 - 1811
Chicago Allied Arts, Inc. records
Identifier: Midwest-MS-Chicago-Allied Arts
Abstract Records kept by Thomas Hart Fisher, secretary for the Chicago Allied Arts, Inc., a short-lived organization which produced a series of programs of new music and dance in Chicago from 1924-1927. Includes business correspondence and financial information, with some program planning information.
Chicago and North Western Railway Company records
Abstract Records of the Chicago and North Western Railway, including abstracts of title for Cook County, Illinois, properties of this company and its predecessor firms, together with personnel records. Also 3 boxes of "North Western Line" quarterly publications, approximately 300 black and white 8x10 prints from the mid 20th century of railroad scenes from Chicago area communities, and scattered annual reports of the C&NW Railroad from 1861-1969.
Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad Company correspondence
Identifier: Midwest-MS-Chicago and Western
Abstract Letters from John B. Carson, president of the Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad Company and Belt Railway Company of Chicago (formerly Chicago and Western Indian Belt Railway Company) to Anthony J. Thomas who represented J.P. Morgan railroad interests in New York City. Thomas also was the treasurer of this company, which was mostly concerned with financing for construction projects like viaducts and two-way track in Chicago.
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company records
Abstract 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.
Chicago Business Men's Orchestra Records
Abstract 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.
Chicago Reader artwork collection
Identifier: Midwest-MS-Chicago Reader A
Abstract Original works by various artists commissioned for the Chicago Reader alternative weekly newspaper.
Chicago Reader photographs: News collection
Identifier: Midwest-MS-Chicago Reader PN
Abstract Photographs used to accompany front page and other feature stories in the Chicago Reader alternative weekly newspaper, as well as the columns Calendar, Hot Type, Neighborhood News, Our Town, TheWorks, and Chicago Anti-Social.
Chicago Reader photographs: Performance collection
Identifier: Midwest-MS-Chicago Reader PP
Abstract Publicity and live photographs of Midwest area dance, drama, comedy, and music performers and performances from the files of the Chicago Reader weekly newspaper.
Dates: approximately 1960s-2006; Majority of material found within 1980 - 2000