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This topic covers for-profit enterprises and merchants, bankers, industrialists, retailers, and laborers.
Found in 123 Collections and/or Records:
Francus Collection of Early Illinois Letters and Documents
Abstract Letters and documents pertaining to the purchase and sale of lands in Illinois, ca. 1820s-1880s
Frank H. Woods, Jr. Papers
Abstract 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.
Dates: 1890-2000; Majority of material found within 1935 - 1980
Franklin W. Rosemont papers
Abstract Book reviews, flyers, articles, photographs, letters, and periodicals stemming from Franklin Rosemont's surrealist, leftist, and labor activities, including the Charles H. Kerr Co.
Dates: approximately 1985-2008
Frederick John Rank papers
Abstract The Frederick John Rank papers contain his diaries from 1875-1939, which record his daily life and touch upon his work as a packer for Montgomery Ward. A bound volume about Rank's diaries, compiled by Rank's great-granddaughter Janet Rank Spaletto, is also present. Additionally the papers contain family correspondence, some of which relates to Rank's son's attempt for an assistant postmaster general appointment.
Dates: 1872-2013; Majority of material found within 1875-1939
Frederick W. Spiegel papers
Abstract Papers of Frederick W. Spiegel, including his 1918 letters to his parent and brother from Italy while in the American Red Cross Ambulance service; a single letter in 1929 regarding decisions related to the family business, the Spiegel Company; his World War II letters while a captain in the Army Specialist Corps dealing with supply depots in various U.S. cities, and later in England; and about 50 interesting and unique letters from Spiegel Catalog customers. Also World War I medals from the...
Freund Family Papers
Abstract Personal papers and memorabilia of arts patron and impresario C. Geraldine Freund, who founded several music and dance series in Chicago from 1959 through 2000. Also writings and memorabilia of her husband J. Dennis Freund, a prominent psychiatrist who with his wife founded Chicago's Fairview Hospital.
Dates: 1917-2007; Majority of material found within 1959 - 2007
F.W. Clark papers
Identifier: Midwest-MS-Clark FW
Abstract 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.
Dates: 1875-1916; Majority of material found within 1903-1916
Gerald F. Fitzgerald Suburban Bancorp Records
Identifier: Midwest-MS-Fitzgerald 2
Abstract Annual reports, histories, prospectuses, annual meeting notifications and other materials produced by the Chicago region’s Suburban Bancorp (1982-1994) and its predecessor Suburban Banking Group (1971-1982), launched by Gerald F. Fitzgerald in 1961. Also materials related to subsidiary Chicago suburban banks that were acquired by Suburban Bancorp, documents relating to the banks during the Depression and World War II period, and materials relating to Suburban Bancorp’s merger with Harris...
Griffin Funeral Home records
Abstract Records of the Griffin Funeral Home, and its predecessor, 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.
Harold L. Lucas papers
Abstract Papers documenting the activities of organizer, preservationist, and entrepreneur Harold L. Lucas. Material is related to African American communities, both in Chicago and nationwide. Also includes other activities including historic building preservation, Bronzeville history, heritage tourism, and political work for the city of Chicago.
Dates: approximately 1970s-2010s
Harris-MacLean Family Papers
Abstract 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...
Dates: 1784-1980; Majority of material found within 1880 - 1940
Henrotin family papers
Abstract Letters, photographs, and ephemera of the Henrotin family, particularly of Charles and Ellen Martin Henrotin. Charles Henrotin was the founder of the Chicago Stock Exchange and Ellen Martin Henrotin was a women's rights advocate who was active in a number social action organizations.
Dates: approximately 1860-1940
Henry Flentye papers
Abstract 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.
Hercules L. Dousman papers
Abstract Correspondence, agreements, powers of attorney, accounts, promissory notes, etc., of Hercules Dousman, primarily relating to his fur trade business.,Included are contractual agreements between Dousman, Sibley, and Rolette, and the American Fur Company (1834, 1841) and Pierre Chouteau Jr. & Co. (1842), and Dousman's statements of account (including several for the steamboat Ariel) with the firms. Also a power of attorney, correspondence, and other documents relating to Dousman's efforts to...
Dates: 1808-1857, bulk 1840-1857; Majority of material found within 1840 - 1857
Howard Skoien Collection of Century of Progress exhibitor brochures
Abstract 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.
H.T. FitzSimons Company, Inc. records
Abstract 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...
Iowa Land and Railroad Company Records
Abstract Correspondence, maps, reports and other documents and records kept by nineteenth century Iowa company investors, including directors and officers of the Chicago, Iowa and Nebraska Railroad, the town of Clinton, Iowa, the Iowa Land Company, the Iowa Rail Road Land Company and associated organizations.
Isaac Stevens Metcalf papers
Abstract Letters, diaries, daybooks, scrapbooks, and business documents of Isaac Stevens Metcalf, a Bowdoin College graduate from Milo, Maine, Illinois Central Railroad division engineer, and Du Quoin, Illinois resident, his wife Antoinette Brigham Putnam Metcalf (originally of New Hampshire), their parents, and children. Included are many letters written from college, family letters, Illinois Central Railroad business correspondence with R.B. Mason and other records of railroad construction, and...
Dates: 1827-1955; Majority of material found within 1850 - 1897
J. McGregor Adams Papers
Abstract Incoming and outgoing correspondence of Chicago businessman J. McGregor Adams, president of the Adams & Westlake Company, previously named Crerar, Adams & Co. Incoming correspondence (bulk 1901-1904) mostly concerns real estate matters; Outgoing correspondence are mainly in a letterpress copybook, for which only No. 6 (1890-1893) exists.
James E. MacMurray papers
Abstract 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.
James Ferdinand Mallinckrodt Papers
Abstract Personal journals and letter books of James Ferdinand Mallinckrodt (1842-1925), a German American solider, author, printer, and businessman. Materials provide a detailed look at life in St. Louis, Missouri, between 1864 and 1915, and Salt Lake City, Utah, between 1915 and 1924. Also includes materials from Mallinckrodt’s mother, brother, and nephew.
Dates: 1837-1939; Majority of material found within 1864 - 1924
James M. Barker papers
Abstract 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...
Dates: 1825-1975; Majority of material found within 1920-1970
James Shores Griffith papers
Abstract Materials from four binders about Griffith and his family. Two binders containing records of the Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators and Paperhangers 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...
Dates: 1882-1971; Majority of material found within 1912 - 1969
Jefferson Davis letter to James C. Derby
Abstract A letter to book publisher James C. Derby from Jefferson Davis, dated Febuary 1, 1881. A typed transcription of the letter is also included.
Jerry Nedwick papers
Abstract Jerrold (Jerry) Nedwick (1895?-1966) was a Chicago native who owned and operated Nedwick’s Book Store for over forty years. He married Rhoda Katz in 1925 and wrote to her almost daily during her two extended stays at sanatoriums, one in Winfield, Illinois, the other in Denver, Colorado. Both Jerry and Rhoda were originally from Illinois and active in the Chicago Jewish and literary communities. This collection is mostly his letters to her about his life while she was away, and contains no...
Dates: 1918-1928; Majority of material found within 1924 - 1928