Chicago Public Library Archives. Early CPL

Dates: 1871-1908. Size: 18 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections. The Early Papers Series of the Chicago Public Library Archives document the foundation of the Library immediately after the 1871 fire. The series includes detailed information regarding the legislative process which gave authority to the city to raise taxes to maintain a public library; extremely detailed information regarding the first collections; shipping information and costs of exporting donations from Great Britain to the United States; lists of who donated what; and general everyday library business. The series also has information about employment matters in the Library and the construction of the new Central Library. [Finding aid and three subseries: Papers of the President of the Board of Directors; Papers of the Secretary of the Board of Directors; Papers of the Librarian]