Charles F. Seyferlich Collection of Photographs, Documents, and Ephemera
Scope and Content of the Collection
Materials relating to the career of Charles F. Seyferlich (ca. 1852-1914), Chicago firefighter and Fire Marshall from 1910-1914. The collection includes several newspaper clippings that follow the later career of Charles Seyferlich after he was appointed Fire Marshall in 1910 from various area newspapers including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago American, and Daily Herald. There are also a number of photographs and postcards of the Chicago Union Stockyards Fire (1910), the memorial service for Seyferlich's predecessor Capt. James Horan, photographs of Seyferlich's own memorial parade in 1914, and undated photographs of firemen and the firehouse of Engine Co. 98. Ephemera from the Chicago Fire Department, Firemen's Mutual Aid and Benefit Association, and related professional organizations includes receipts, by-laws, and dance cards from fund-raising balls.
- Majority of material found within 1900 - 1914
- Seyferlich, Charles F. (Person)
Materials are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The Charles F. Seyferlich Collection of Photographs, Documents, and Ephemera are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).
Ownership and Literary Rights
The Charles F. Seyferlich Collection of Photographs, Documents, and Ephemera are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.
Biography of Charles F. Seyferlich
Charles F. Seyferlich was Chicago Fire Marshall from 1910-1914, following the death of Capt. James Horan in the Union Stockyards Fire. Seyferlich first joined the department in 1877 and was an active member of several profession organizations including the Fireman's Mutual Aid and Benefit Association and the Benevolent Association of the Chicago Fire Department. He passed away April 1914 from complications of bronchitis, stomach, and kidney trouble that arose after responding to a fire. He is interred at Wunder's Cemetery in Chicago.
2.3 Linear Feet (1 box and 1 oversize box)
Archive of materials relating to the career of Charles F. Seyferlich (ca. 1852-1914), Chicago Fire Marshall from 1910-1914. Includes ephemera from the Chicago Fire Department and related professional organizations, newspaper articles that illustrate Seyferlich's long career with the CFD, photographs and postcards of Chicago firehouses and firemen, the Union Stockyards Fire (1910), and a memorial parade held in honor of Seyferlich (1914).
Materials are arranged by format and then by subject.
Collection Stack Location
1 31 2; 1 43 9
Purchased, Potter & Potter Auctions, 2019.
Katy Darr, 2019.
- Inventory of the Charles F. Seyferlich Collection of Photographs, Documents, and Ephemera, 1885-1933, bulk 1900-1914
- Katy Darr
- Language of description
- Script of description