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This topic covers for-profit enterprises and merchants, bankers, industrialists, retailers, and laborers.
Found in 123 Collections and/or Records:
Rand McNally and Company records
Abstract 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.
Richard G. Suthers papers
Abstract Photographs, brochures, clippings, invitations, correspondence, and realia documenting the career of Richard G. (Dick) Suthers, who was a pressman in the production department of the Chicago Daily News and the Chicago Sun-Times from 1945 to 1985. Realia includes special rulers and slide rules for measuring type and columns, as well as a paper pressman's hat. Collection also includes the rotogravure plate of the front page of the Chicago Daily News's last edition, March 4, 1978.
Robert Bruce Morrison papers
Abstract Collection of publishing executive Robert Bruce Morrison, spouse of photographer Helen Balfour Morrison. Includes business correspondence, examples of advertising and marketing materials from several businesses, personal correspondence, and photographs by Helen Balfour Morrison.
Dates: 1845-1966; Majority of material found within 1927-1966
Robert D. Ellis papers
Abstract Correspondence, business records, photograph lists, sales figures, expense accounts, and personal journals kept by Robert D. Ellis, who was a travelling photographer for Curt Teich & Co. from September 1956 through the early 1970s. His company was called Ellis-Sawyer (partner was Dick Sawyer) and they took many photographs of the American West for the company.
Dates: 1947-2004; Majority of material found within 1957 - 1970
Robert Moir Papers
Abstract 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.
Dates: 1850-1909; Majority of material found within 1866 - 1898
Rowley, Smith & Co. Estimates Book
Abstract Monthly estimate book listing financial information regarding clearing, grading, and masonry.
S. M. Bower diary
Abstract Manuscript diary of S. M. Bower, a lightning rod salesman, recording his travels in the Midwest (primarily Illinois) in 1869. The diary includes notes on Bower’s cash accounts and expenses and his daily journal records of work, in which he includes names and addresses, towns visited, weather, and other incidents. Bower also recorded cures for various human ailments, such as hangovers, and ailments in horses, for example, "For cold in Horses" and "cure for poll evil".
Samuel Wentworth papers
Identifier: VAULT box-Ayer-MS-972
Abstract Fifteen letters and two documents, 1738-1742, 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...
Schill & Werner accounting records
Abstract 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.
Singer Manufacturing Company Records
Abstract Invoices, order forms, records, and correspondence, mainly from the Chicago office to the New York office of the Singer Manufacturing Company, 1861-1871.
Smith-Dewey family papers
Abstract 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.
Spiegel family papers
Abstract Family documents of Modie Spiegel, Jr. former President of the Spiegel Company, and his daughter, Barbara Spiegel Hirshberg Linhart, and other family members. Also includes clippings and advertising material about the Spiegel retail and mail order company, 1941-1965.
Stall and Teal Journal and Private Diary
Abstract A manuscript diary written by Edward Teal of Stall & Teal, a business located in Mission, Illinois in La Salle County. The journal documents finances, farming, family genealogy, daily activities, and issues pertaining to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as Teal was a practicing Mormon. The first portion of the journal documents the business-related transactions and accounts. On pages 93 and 94, Teal compiled a short genealogical record of marriages and births. The diary...
Dates: approximately 1840-1889
Stella Skiff Jannotta Scrapbooks
Abstract Three disbound scrapbooks compiled by Stella Skiff Jannotta for her youngest son, Joseph Edwin Jannotta, in the early 1930s. Titled, “The Evolution of a Man: Joseph Edwin Jannotta, His Story in Pictures,” the volumes contain a variety of materials including photographs, correspondence, clippings, programs, and family histories along with Stella Jannotta’s extensive handwritten annotations. Also includes separated materials related to the family and the founding of Jewel Tea Company by the Skiff...
Dates: 1801-1996; Majority of material found within 1850 - 1930
Stone & Kimball records
Abstract 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, Henry James, and Eugene Field, among others. Correspondence is supplanted with photographs, original manuscripts, plays, writings, art posters, drawings, prints, newspaper clippings, contracts, agreements, receipts, and artifacts. The bulk of the collection includes material...
Teich family papers
Identifier: Midwest-MS-Teich Family
Abstract Teich family papers include photographs, letters, travel and personal documents, and information about the Teich ancestral town, Lobenstein, Germany. A large portion of this collection is family photographs.
Dates: 1823-1994; Majority of material found within 1877 - 1970
Thomas F. Bohan documents regarding the reprint publication of the General directory and business advertiser of the city of the city of Chicago for the year 1844
Abstract Includes correspondence and contracts with and financial statements for Finch & McCullouch of Aurora, Ill. who reprinted the directory for Thomas Bohan in 1933; a Certificate of copyright registration from the Library of Congress Copyright Office dated May 10, 1930 renewing for Thomas Bohan the original copyright on the directory given to his father in 1902; a contract, never completed, with Roussey Publications of Chicago, Ill. to reprint the directory; purchase orders with Adolph Kroch...
Tia Chucha Press records
Identifier: Midwest-MS-Tia Chucha
Abstract Administrative and literary materials including correspondence, manuscripts, reports, and financial documents pertaining to the establishment and operation of publishing company Tia Chucha Press.
Tubbs Family Account Book
Abstract Account book and miscellaneous notes relating to the shipbuilding business of the Tubbs family in Duxbury, Massachusetts. Includes receipts and entries for costs of goods, employee pay, and other expenses.
Victor Lawson papers
Abstract Correspondence, reports, legal documents, contracts, and other materials pertaining to Victor Lawson’s life and career as a pioneering newspaperman and owner of the Chicago Daily News in early 1900s Chicago.
Dates: approximately 1860-1931; Majority of material found within 1885-1925
Waller & Beckwith Realty Co. Records
Abstract 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...
Dates: 1911-1976; Majority of material found within 1921 - 1943
William B. Andruss diary and commissions
Abstract Diary, Mar. 10, 1855 - Apr. 3, 1856, and seven commissions and appointments to public office in Lee County, 1860-1877. Diary documents Andruss' daily activities, travel, photography business, and emigration via Bellevue, Mich., with his family to Amboy. Daily entries record illnesses, chores and jobs, visits with friends and relatives, church lessons, town and political meetings, and public lectures on such topics as temperance and slavery. Also mentioned are the names of photographic...
William M. Doughty Letters
Abstract Twenty-five letters written by William M. Doughty, an agent for the Methodist Book Depository in Chicago. Fifteen of the letters were written to Doughty's brother-in-law, James P. Kilbreth of Cincinnati. As Doughty was acting as James Kilbreth's real estate agent, these letters contain information regarding various real estate transactions, deeds, lot prices, etc. in Chicago. The ten remaining letters were written to various individuals, including family members and business associates.
Dates: 1844-1858; Majority of material found within 1852 - 1858