Special Collections and Preservation Division
Neighborhood History Research Collection
South Shore Historical Society
.5 linear feet
Call number: Archives_SSHS
The South Shore Historical Society was formed in October, 1935 as part of the "local history in Branches" idea expressed by Carl B. Roden, Librarian of Chicago Public Library. Working closely with the Library, the Society collected material about the development of the South Shore neighborhood as well as contemporary material that would be of later interest. During World War II, for example, they collected photographs of area men inducted into the Armed Services.
The collection contains the Society's constitution, membership lists, treasurer's reports, meeting minutes and programs as well as a short history of the Society. The bulk of the collection dates from the 1930s and 1940s. Of particular interest are two notes from author and humorist Opie Read in the correspondence file.
The collection was housed in Chicago Public Library's South Shore Branch Library. In the 1980s Special Collections, working with a Dr. Scholl Foundation grant, transferred and processed the collection to make it fully available to the public.
The South Shore Historical Society Records are available to the public for research in the Special Collections and Preservation Division Reading Room on the 9th floor of the Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center, 400 South State Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60605. The collection does not circulate, although photocopy and photoreproduction services are available depending upon the condition of the original materials. First time patrons to Special Collections must present photo identification and complete a Reader Registration Form. Telephone inquiries on this collection and other Special Collections holdings can be directed to 312-747-4875.
1. "History and Organization of the South Shore Historical Society." Describes the foundation and purposes of the Historical Society. Written by a member. n.d.
2. Constitution—Drafts and Copies. Handwritten and typed copies. 1935.
3. Membership Lists. Members, n.d.; honorary & charter members, 1935-36; members, n.d.; charter members, 1935; prospective members, 1935; charter members paid, 1936-37.
4. Membership Lists. Charter members not paid, 1936-37; members with committee service, n.d.; members, n.d.; members, n.d.; prospective members, n.d.
5. Membership Lists. Signatures of original members; charter members, 1936-37; prospective members, 1936; paid up members, 1936-37.
6. Correspondence. Incoming letters, 1935-1960. Subjects covered are largely routine business—meeting attendance and membership questions; some responses from old-timers to speaking invitations. 2 typed and signed notes from Opie Read, Sept. 3, 1936 and Oct. 22, 1938.
7. Meeting Notices. Notices of meeting times and agendas, 1935-39.
8. Meeting Notices. 1940-45.
9. Meeting Notices. 1946-59.
10. Meeting Minutes. Reports of regular meetings, 1935-36.
11. Meeting Minutes. Executive Board meeting reports, 1937-44.
12. Meeting Programs. Guests and events, 1935-39.
13. Meeting Programs. Guests and events, 1940-46.
14. Memos. Largely concern routine Society business—Committee memberships and the like. 1948; 1956.
15. Treasurer’s Reports. 1936-39.
16. Treasurer’s Reports. 1940-42.
17. Treasurer’s Reports. 1943-47.
18. Treasurer’s Reports. 1948-58.
19. Publicity. News clippings and publicity releases concerning Society meetings and speakers. 1935-37.
20. Publicity. News clippings and publicity releases concerning Society meetings and speakers. 1938-48.
21. Condolence Resolutions. Resolutions adopted by the Board and membership to be sent to families upon the death of a society member. Arranged alphabetically by deceased member’s name.
22. Membership Cards. Two membership cards. n.d.
23. Reference Questions. Lists of questions and answers concerning South Shore history. n.d.