West [Near West] Side Community Collection

Dates: 1853-1994. Size: 27.5 linear feet in 35 boxes including 440 photographs, 16 oversize folders. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the West Side Community Collections. The West [Near West] Side Community Collection contains manuscripts, printed material and photographs that document Chicago’s Near West Side, an area bounded by 16th Street on the south, Kinzie Street on the north, the Chicago River on the east and Maplewood Avenue on the west. It was originally called the West Side Community Collection. The collection contains biographical information on residents, as well as information on businesses, religious institutions, clubs and organizations, municipal agencies, residences, schools, streets and transportation. [Finding aid]