Northside Neighborhood History Collection
The Northside Neighborhood History Collection at Sulzer Regional Library collects, preserves and makes available historical and contemporary materials about Northside neighborhoods.
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Sulzer Regional Library
4455 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
Phone: (312) 742-4455
Tuesday: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Or by appointment
The Northside Neighborhood History Collection is located in the Helen Zatterberg Historical Room on the mezzanine of Sulzer Regional Library. In 1935 Hild librarian Helen Zatterberg founded the Ravenswood-Lake View Historical Association, a local history group that is still active today. This collection is the largest collection of materials in the Historical Room. Other neighborhoods with featured collections include: Belmont-Cragin, Edison Park, Jefferson Township, Logan Square, Mayfair, Norwood Park and Portage Park.
Also available are materials on Amundsen, Lake View and Lane Tech high schools, microfilmed copies of local newspapers, and city directories from Lake View and Jefferson Township for 1886-1887.
Henry D. Green Photograph Collection
Henry Green was a commercial photographer on Chicago’s North Side. This collection comprises 400 photographs dating from 1943 to 1951. Subjects in the collection include local businesses, community groups, celebrations in neighborhood parks and events at local schools. Many photographs reflect life on the North Side during World War II. A finding aid for this collection is available in the Historical Room and in the Chicago Collection on the second floor.
Michael S. Lerner Papers
This collection contains information about the planning and design of the Abraham Lincoln statue at Lincoln, Lawrence and Western avenues. A finding aid for this collection is available in the Historical Room and in the Chicago Collection on the second floor.
Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection
This collection contains material about the old Lake View Township. Today, this area includes the communities of Lake View, North Center, Lincoln Square (Ravenswood), Uptown and Edgewater. Material in the collection was acquired from many sources and includes ephemera, maps, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, manuscripts and historical sketches. A finding aid for this collection is available in the Historical Room and in the Chicago Collection on the second floor.
For More Information
The Northside Neighborhood History Collection welcomes visitors and researchers during Historical Room hours and by appointment. Given the special nature of the materials, visitors and researchers are asked to conform to security and handling precautions to protect the Library’s holdings.
- Patrons are required to complete a registration form and present valid photo identification before receiving materials.
- All materials may be used only in the Historical Room.
- Researchers interested in unprocessed collections are asked to contact the Northside Neighborhood History Collection in advance about their availability.
- Research orientation sessions based on the collections are offered by appointment year-round for instructors and their classes.
Photographic Reproduction Services
Photocopies and photographic reproductions may be obtained by patrons for a fee if the physical condition of the material permits.