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- Various materials including promotional pieces, letterheads, letterhead envelopes, calendars, and a circular relating to the P.C. Darrow Printing Company.
- Various ephemera including promotional pieces, letterheads, catalogs, decals, booklets, font discs, product packaging, and other material and objects relating to or produced by P22 Type Foundry.
- Letters of Welsh pen-pal and friend, Heulwen Morgan Thomas, to Alice Kipnowski Pacholik, of Chicago, which began in 1938 when Heulwen was 15 and continued until 2011, a year prior to Heulwen's death.
- Personal papers of dancer and choreographer Ruth Page. Materials include correspondence, choreographic and technical notes, address books, programs, press clippings and scrapbooks, journals writings, photographs, business records, audio recordings, and musical scores. Featured dance works include The Bells, Carmen, Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Frankie and Johnny, and Billy Sunday.
- Two diaries, two cased ambrotype portraits, regimental travel record, and a miniature book of poetry belonging to Johnson M. Paisley, a Union soldier from Hillsboro, Montgomery Co., Ill. Pocket diaries, the first dating Aug. 15, 1862-May 13, 1863 and Jan. 1-7, 1864, and the second dating Jan. 1, 1864-Feb. 8, 1865, contain brief daily entries noting the weather, regimental movements and engagements, deaths and illnesses, letters to and from home, religious services, meals, foraging, etc. Paisley also comments on the destruction of railroads and towns, crowds of Negroes on the banks of the Mississippi, and Confederate prisoners. The diaries also contain accounts, copies of good-bye letters from family, and a letter from Paisley, Feb. 8, 1865, regarding sending the completed diary home and his future. The regimental travel account, 1862-1865, records places traveled to and from, the means of travel, total miles, and remarks (engagements, deaths, etc.). Ambrotypes, ca. 1862, include full-length (with rifle) and sitting portraits of Paisley in uniform.
- Club founded in Chicago in 1895 with the objectives of fostering growth in the visual arts, providing space for artists to work, and enriching the community through programs of art education. Founding member, Charles J. Mulligan, was an assistant to Chicago sculptor Lorado Taft who rented part of his studio to the fledgling organization. Records include exhibit registers and scrapbooks containing photographs and clippings of the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts. NOTE: Letter of permission required from the director of the Palette and Chisel Club before viewing this collection.
- Photograph album containing 93 photographs from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. Photographs are mostly of buildings and gardens.
- Material by and relating to Spanish novelist Emilia Pardo Bazán, collected by William Kingery in the course of his research. Includes 7 letters from the condesa to Manual Maria Peralta, autobiographical notes, a bibliography, study-related correspondence, and essays concerning Pardo Bazán. Much of the material is in Spanish.
- Correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, clippings, publicity, and published books of the author of Chicago-based detective novels featuring V. I. Warshawski, a female private investigator.
- Historian and fifth librarian of the Newberry Library, 1942-1962. Pargellis' papers consist of correspondence, reports, research notes, articles, speeches and photographs relating to his activities on behalf of the Newberry, other organizations with which he was affiliated, and his personal life and scholarly career.
- Consists mainly of correspondence from Martha Ellen Luey Parish of Chicago, IL to her father, Lester Lyman Luey, of Greenfield, Massachusetts. Also included are a few letters written by his son-in-law, Charles Pomeroy Parish. The letters concern domestic matters and touch upon such community topics as electrification, the bicycling mania of the late 19th century, fires and fire insurance, and the remains of the World's Columbian Exposition. There are also several letters discussing an alcoholic brother.
- Correspondence and writings of author and activist D'Arcy McNickle collected by Dorothy R. Parker during research for her book, Singing an Indian Song: A Biography of D'Arcy McNickle (1992). Other materials include project summaries, photographs, legal papers, passports, and documentary information.
- Twelve scrapbooks, containing newspaper clippings and illustrations regarding Indian affairs, presumably kept by Ely Samuel Parker, who was U.S. Commissioner of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1869-1871. Also contains a few letters and reproductions of photos in the clippings.
- Seneca sachem, engineer, soldier, and first native American commissioner of Indian affairs, 1869-1871. Speeches, lecture notes, and correspondence, ca. 1850-1885, of Ely Samuel Parker, regarding Indian customs and traits, the Indian policies of government and religious bodies, and his own background.,Includes an undated July 4th address re temperance; lecture notes (ca. 1850) on Indian dances, games, and social and domestic habits; an address (ca. 1878) containing autobiographical notes and commentary on white Indian policy from the Pilgrims to the early 19th century; and lecture notes (1885) on Indian clans. Also two letters, one, ca. 1885, addressed to his friend, the poet and writer Harriet Maxwell Converse, denouncing the civilizing efforts of organized religion and the U.S. policies of allotment and citizenship.
- Massachusetts job printer during the first half of the 20th century. Collection includes juvenile printing efforts of Tommy Parkhurst, ephemera from the Press, including tickets, labels, blotters, announcements and letterhead. There is also correspondence and records relating to the running of the press.
- Navajo-Hopi land dispute research files of historian Donald Lee Parman, including many paper copies of materials from the National Archives.
- Drafts of letters, etc. relating to affairs of the Société typographique de Paris (Parris was the first president)
- Studio photographs, ca. 1880-ca. 1900, of Osage Indians posed as individuals and family groups. With the exception of Red Eagle, Minnie Deloria, and Bilie Connor, the Indians are unidentified. There is also one outdoor shot with the caption "War Dance."
- Professional and personal materials and photographs of Chicago architect and city planner William Edward Parsons.
- Material relating to the friendship between Clarence Darrow and journalist Mary Field Parton, which includes sixty-one of his letters to her, several other letters, short articles by Darrow, clippings, and photographs. Included are numerous transcripts of Darrow's letters, a biographical sketch of Parton, and excerpts from her journal that refer to Darrow, all done by Parton's daughter Margaret Parton (Hussey).
- Papers of Columbia University professor of Pre-Columbian art history Esther Pasztory, mostly related to her research and academic career which focused on Teotihuacan, and Aztec and Mayan art . Includes her unpublished manuscripts, lecture transcripts and audio and video tapes, seminar syllabi and notes, correspondence, remembrances of Professors Paul Wingert, Douglas Fraser, and Gordon Ekholm, reviews of her books, lecture transcripts and audio and videotapes. Pasztory came to the United States in 1956, and there are also letters from Hungary and a memoir.
Also includes transciptions from 1987 lectures concerning Meso-American architecture; two video cassette tapes, one labeled "West by Nonwest #5" and the other "Worldwise - Guest: Esther Pasztory"; two notebooks from 1979 containing notes regarding regions in Mexico; programs for the May 17, 2013 symposium held in honor of Professor Pasztory; and various folders containing notes pertaining to topics such as Tenochtitlan, the Aztecs, Chichen, Xochicalco, Oaxaca, the Mayans, and Palenque. Also included in the collection are three boxes of Professor Pasztory's professional correspondence dated 1967 – 1985, her personal diary, 1974-2011, and other personal correspondence and school papers.
- Correspondence of brothers Henry Patterson and James Patterson, both privates in the 19th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I, during the Civil War. Also includes muster rolls for Henry and his brother James as well as James’ death certificate.
- Material collected in the 1830s and 1840s by actor, playwright and editor John Howard Payne, relating to American Indians, primarily concerning the Cherokees for Payne's intended history of the Cherokee Nation. Collection consists of fourteen volumes of correspondence, manuscript notes, transcriptions, extensive historical research, memoranda, and published and unpublished documents.
- Correspondence, works, scrapbooks, and other personal materials pertaining to William Morton Payne's life as a literary critic, periodical editor, translator, and educator.
- Correspondence between Christopher Gardner Pearce, who was a Mississippi steamboat captain, and his wife Jane Ann (Sackett), beginning during their courtship in 1839 and continuing until 1851, the year in which Jane Ann died. The letters discuss a variety of subjects, including Pearce's life on the river, Jane Ann’s domestic life in Cincinnati, business, religion, politics, and family news and gossip. Also included is Pearce’s obituary from 1882, and a 1943 newspaper clipping that reprints a large check that Pearce wrote to a grocer in 1865.
- Writings and research materials of this music historian. Focused on American opera in the early 1900s, the bulk of the collection concerns the soprano Edith Mason, with some material on composer Hamilton Forrest and soprano Mabel Garrison. Research materials include clippings, photographs and illustrations, correspondence, programs, and other documents.
- First known (in 1959) as the Fine Arts Music Foundation, and later as Chamber Music Chicago, the group changed its name to Performing Arts Chicago to reflect a diversification of programming. Programming, performance, and financial files of the organization.
- Original calligraphic and illuminated work by self-employed New York artist, together with correspondence, photographs of commissioned work, some study materials.
- Letters (Jan. 24, 1849-May 28, 1850) written from New York City, Rio de Janeiro, Valparaiso, San Francisco, and Sacramento by Henry Perry to his Bridgeport family (parents Mr. and Mrs. David Perry, sister Emmeline, and brothers Alf, Tom, and Frederick), regarding his experiences en route to San Francisco, his return voyage from Hawaii, and economic and living conditions in gold rush San Francisco and Sacramento.,Of particular interest are accounts of robberies in Sacramento, and pen drawings of miner attire, accommodations, and implements. Also news of family acquaintances in California and requests for newspapers and news of family and friends in Connecticut.
- Works, correspondence, and articles by and about cartographer Barbara Bartz Petchenik, who designed and produced the Newberry Library's Atlas of Early American History. In addition to that atlas, Petchenik worked at World Book Encyclopedia, improving their maps, and as senior sales representative for cartographic services at R.R. Donnelley and Sons Co., Chicago.
- Letters of Alma Schmidt Petersen of Chicago to her parents (Emma Seipp Schmidt and Dr. Otto L. Schmidt) while on tours of European, Canadian and American spas and vacation sites, and at Mt. Vernon Seminary, 1913-1914. Also letters from various Seipp family members in Germany in 1914, and from a German soldier-admirer, 1914-1915. Topics include attitudes toward the impending war in Europe, the treatment of chronic illness, and the school and vacation experiences of a well-off young woman.
- Treasurer's records of the Chicago Chamber Music Society, and yearbooks, correspondence, yearbooks and other materials of the Fortnightly Club of Chicago, and other miscellaneous Chicago club material.
- Correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and personal material of William H. Peterson, a World War II radar man and later engineer for the Pullman Company. Includes Peterson's schoolwork, wartime letters, and engineering designs. There is additional material for the Peterson family, including William's father Hartin F. Peterson, also a Pullman employee, such as his World War I photographs and his own draft work. Collection also contains genealogy and photographs of the Swedish-American Peterson and Johnson families, as well as the Polish-American Hanley and Kotula families. There are also pictorial books and souvenirs from the 1893 and 1934 Chicago World’s Fairs.
- Correspondence, manuscript drafts, manuscripts ,and awards of Chicago novelist Harry Mark Petrakis. Also letters and memorabilia from Mrs. Stella Petrakis.
- Thirty-five drawings in ink and wash on paper and one page of text from a formerly bound sketchbook of Ferdinand Friedrich Pettrich. The drawings feature portrait depictions of American Indians, including members of the Sac and Fox, Creek, Sioux, and Winnebago tribes.
- Drafts of the play "Season on the Line" by Chicago-based actor, writer, and musician Shawn Pfautsch. The play was first performed at the House Theatre of Chicago in September and October, 2014. Also includes outline cards for the play and the sheet music to "Jolly Is the Gale."
- Correspondence, dating mainly from 1795, of the secretary of war, Timothy Pickering, primarily with David Henley, War Dept. agent in the Territory of the United States, South of the River Ohio, but also with David Campbell, William Blount, and John McNairy, regarding Indian and militia affairs in what is now Tennessee.,Much of the 1795 correspondence, including an extract of a letter to Gov. Blount and an Aug. 28, 1795, letter to Judge David Campbell, concerns the U.S. refusal to support the Chickasaws in a war with the Creeks, Pickering's rebuke of Blount for inciting the conflict, and his attempts to mollify the Chickasaw chief, William Colbert. Other matters include the shipment of goods for the Chickasaws, the appointment of an Indian factor, James Byers, for the Tellico Blockhouse, and frauds committed by contractors supplying the Indians. Two of the letters are written together with Oliver Wolcott, the secretary of the treasury.
- Papers relating to Professor Thomas C. Pierson's lifelong research on John Alden Carpenter, including his doctoral dissertation, unpublished monograph, articles and lecture notes, and research files. Research materials include chronological files, Carpenter's musical works and information about them; correspondence and other materials of family and friends; subject files regarding musical styles and other topics; reel to reel tapes and cassettes containing oral interviews with Carpenter's family and friends and performances of his works; and a few 33 rpm record albums.
- Ethnologist, linguist, and bibliographer James Constantine Pilling's incoming correspondence, 1881-1894, with U.S. and Canadian missionaries, church officials, ethnologists, historians, and others regarding Indian languages, publications in Indian languages, and missionaries to the Indians. 56 items total.
- Road maps issued by the French tire manufacturer Pneu Michelin, better known as Michelin (4,990 maps, published 1905-ongoing). Geographic coverage most complete for Benelux, British Isles, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland; less complete for Eastern Europe, Africa, the Americas, and Asia. Accompanied by a small collection of printed ephemera, secondary sources, souvenirs, and collectibles (approximately 350 items, 1911-2016).
- Records of a national fraternal organization headquartered in Park Ridge, Illinois, for Polish-American women that provided insurance and other financial services for its members. Includes constitutions and bylaws, insurance applications, indexes and rosters, loan records and other materials providing individual genealogical information for Polish-American women.
- Letter from Allen B. Pond to his borther Irving K. Pond discussing daily life and updates regarding family and friends.
- Historian and compiler of Poole's Index to Periodical Literature, a founder of the American Library Association, and first librarian of the Newberry Library, 1887-1894. Poole's papers include his incoming and outgoing correspondence while librarian at the Newberry (much with prominent librarians and historians), and also reports, memoranda, booklists and invoices relating to Poole's Index and to Newberry acquisitions, Trustees, personnel, building design and reference questions.
- Original art work, correspondence, and printed pieces by designer, art director, and Carl Street Studio resident, Taylor Poore. Collection includes some family photographs and genealogical information, hand-painted alphabet cards, printed family holiday cards, recipes, and designs for corporations.
- Choreographic notes and notebooks, scripts, dance teaching materials, and some photographs of dancer/choreographer/actor/teacher Diane Portman, who also went by Diana Marsh, Diane Marsh, or Diane Meroff. Portman was an entertainer and dance teacher.
Also includes professional headshots of Portman and her husband, Seymour Portman; framed photograph of the Portman home in Highland Park taken by daughter Chandra Portman; Inventory of recordings (tapes/records) by genre; an oversized publicity banner for Diane Portman Productions; a framed poster for Mary Poppins/The Spirit of Independance production, signed by the cast; and a framed collage of a Ruth Page Nutcracker production featuring Portman's students Margie Niederman and either Laura Mandel or Donna Parisi (according to Chandra Portman and Allison Clark).
- Small collection of nineteenth century genealogical notes and records relating to the Pond family, probably gathered by Elihu Pond of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Includes information on the following families of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio and Vermont: Allen, Ashley, Barlet [Bartlit, Bartlett], Bayles, Foote, Leavenworth, Meigs, and Miller.
- This collection consists of 4,000 printed and real photograph postcards of the eight states Route 66 runs through, mainly dating from the mid-1920s through the 1960s. The images document the highway, tourist attractions, and roadside architecture such as motels, service stations, restaurants, and diners.
- Papers of Father Peter J. Powell, Episcopal priest in charge of St. Augustine's Indian Center in Chicago since 1961, Cheyenne scholar, and longtime Newberry Library fellow. Papers include his correspondence from the 1970s and 1980s, personal correspondence, friends correspondence, Crow correspondence, and Lakota and Pawnee correspondence. Also includes files of persons related to his research and writing, Cheyenne distribution files, and files concerning his work, People of the Sacred Mountain.
- Records of the Saint Augustine's Center for American Indians in Chicago, which provided casework and supportive services for the city’s Native American community, 1961-2006.
The Center was founded by Father Peter J. Powell to offer social services to American Indian families newly arrived in Chicago as part of the BIA’s Indian Relocation Program. This federal program moved Indian families from the reservations to major cities, arranged for housing and jobs, and withdrew assistance after six months. The Center’s work grew, and in 1964 Saint Augustine's became the first Indian center to receive a War on Poverty grant to train Native American counselors and provide direct assistance to families. Additional services were later added including the Bo-Sho-Ne-Gee Drop-In Center to provide alcohol counseling, and the Indian Child Welfare and Operation Excel programs for youth.
In 1973, Father Powell realized his goal to place the Center in Native American hands when he stepped down and was succeeded as Director by Amy Skenandore of the Stockbridge Muncee Nation of Wisconsin. Later directors included Matt Pilcher (Winnebago), Elmira McClure (Prairie-Band Potawatomi) and Arlene Williams (Oneida).
By 2006 when intensive casework/counseling services were discontinued, three generations and over 6,000 different Native American families and individuals had been served. Since then the staff has worked with the homeless of all races in Uptown Chicago, offering meals, alcohol counseling, and a daily Holy Mass.
- The original memoir of a Mormon pioneer who arrived in Utah in 1847, one of the wives of Mormon Apostle Parley Pratt. Looking back over nearly eighty years, Ann Agatha Pratt discusses the character of her husband and their life together, the journey across the Great Plains in 1847, and her own experience in helping to build the first road in Parley’s Canyon, Utah. This unique item complements the Newberry’s strengths in Western Americana and Mormon history, particularly the journey from Nauvoo, Illinois, to Salt Lake City.
- Small collection of correspondence and works from Chicago poet, columnist, and literary critic, Keith Preston.
- Copies of photographs, ca. 1890, of Henry Probasco's family on the front steps of his home, "Oakwood", in Cincinnati. Also interior views, including the library. Probasco was a prominent businessman and civic leader in Cincinnati, whose large rare book collection was acquired by the Newberry Library in 1890.
- List of trees and shrubs bought of Mr. Ernest for the grounds of Henry Probasco, received at Clifton in April 1859. Includes cost information for plants.
- Manuscript autobiography and related notes by Eugene E. Prussing (interleaved with photographs and clippings). Also clippings and letters relating to Prussing’s two books on George Washington, genealogical information about the Peltzer family, and a biography of father Ernst Prussing.
- Scrapbook of Ballet dancer Ruth Pryor, born in Chicago in 1906, who began her career in vaudeville as half of the team of “Gardel and Pryor”. By 1929 she had become the premier danseuse of the Chicago Civic Opera, and appeared as the first American ballerina to be the Swan Queen in a special production of Swan Lake. The scrapbook includes many newspaper clippings, and a few articles and programs.
- Photographs, employee indexes, reports, minutes, financial information, and other materials relating to the Pullman company, Pullman Inc., the Pullman Land Association, and the Town of Pullman, IL, transferred from the South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society south of Chicago, IL.
- Three volumes containing typewritten indexes to articles in the Pullman News, the Pullman Company’s employee magazine, together with article transcripts, 1922-1947. Also index to conductors and porters who were mainly listed in the Pullman News monthly honor roll, 1922-1924.
- Records of this railroad sleeping-car operator and manufacturer. The Pullman Company (originally Pullman's Palace Car Company) revolutionized rail travel, dramatically increased employment opportunities for African Americans who served as porters on its cars, and had a significant impact on the American labor movement. Records for the entire firm are included until the mid-1920s division into operating and manufacturing companies; after that date, records mainly chronicle the activities of the operating company. Included are voluminous individual employee records and labor relations documents; the records of individual Pullman cars (e.g., drawings, specifications, photographs); scrapbooks documenting nineteenth-century operations, including the Town of Pullman and the Strike of 1894; records of subsidiary and absorbed companies; administrative, legal, financial, and securities records; and much more.
- Family miscellany relating to Lucius K. Pynchon and Dr. Edwin Pynchon of Chicago. Includes medical diplomas, 1883 passport, property inventories from Buffalo and New Orleans, two letters, and three carte de visite photographs of family members.