Beverly-Morgan Park Collection

Dates: 1884-2002 (bulk dates 1896-1956)
Size: 13.5 linear feet, 159 photographs, 3 oversize folders
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: SPE: BMPC
Provenance: This collection was part of the collections of the Walker Branch of the Chicago Public Library. It was brought to the Special Collections and Preservation Division at the Harold Washington Library Center in 2006 to be added to the Neighborhood History Research Collection. The Morgan Park Academy Library accession book, 1892, was added to the Beverly-Morgan Park Collection from a collection of miscellaneous theater programs.
Access: No restrictions.
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: Beverly-Morgan Park Collection [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library
Processed by: Lorna Donley, 2009 February

Historical Note

The Beverly-Morgan Park area was occupied by Pottawatomi Indians and a handful of white settlers until 1833 when the Indians ceded their land rights to the government. In 1839, John Blackstone purchased 300 acres encompassing land known as the Ridge, a heavily wooded highland. Settlers used stagecoaches on the Vincennes Trail, an old Indian trail, to reach the City of Chicago and Fort Dearborn to the northeast. By 1852, however, the Rock Island Railroad built stations in the area, bringing many more settlers.

Morgan Park was named after Thomas Morgan who purchased most of Blackstone’s land in 1844. After the Civil War, his children sold the land to the Blue Island Building and Land Company. In 1869, the company platted the subdivision of Washington Heights which contained most of present day Morgan Park and Beverly. A pleasant suburban alternative to city living, this land would later be re-subdivided as demand for housing in the area grew. In the 1870s, the community became more attractive with the establishment of schools such as the Morgan Park Military Academy in 1873, the Female College in 1875 and the Baptist Theological Seminary in 1877. The Morgan Park Library, now the George C. Walker Branch of the Chicago Public Library, was established in 1893. In 1882, Morgan Park incorporated as a village serviced by 46 Rock Island trains daily. From the 1890s to the early 1900s, transportation was expanded to surface lines on several main streets.

A prominent resident of the Ridge area was Alice Helm French, wife of the first director of the Art Institute of Chicago. The name Beverly reportedly was suggested by her for the 91st Street train station built in 1889. The name later became Beverly Hills, reflecting the topography of the Ridge. As the area was settled, single family houses predominated with more elaborate homes on the Ridge west of Longwood Drive and apartment buildings near the Rock Island Railroad tracks. With the nearby Dan Ryan forest preserve, Beverly and Ridge Country Clubs and Ridge Park, the area was a green suburban setting. Large sections of Beverly south of 99th and west of Western were undeveloped prairie until the 1940s.

In 1890, part of Beverly was annexed to Chicago and part to the Village of Washington Heights. The Village of Morgan Park was annexed to the City of Chicago in 1914 following a protracted fight amongst the citizenry. Organizations were formed to represent and lobby for both sides and were known as either “Annexationists” or “Home Rulers.”

Early settlers in Beverly-Morgan Park were mainly Protestants of English, Irish, Swedish and German descent. The area experienced a building boom between 1910 and 1930, however the community maintained a suburban atmosphere, forbidding the construction of factories or saloons near the Ridge. In the 1920s, Catholics began to settle in this predominantly Protestant community, and by 1936 there were two Catholic parishes. African Americans began settling near the Rock Island Railroad line east of Vincennes Road in 1915. In 1921, the Chicago Commission on Race Relations maintained that blacks and whites in Morgan Park had cordial relations but that African American residences were limited to the area east of Vincennes Road.

The post-WWII building boom brought a great increase in population. In 1947, the Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) was founded. In decades to come, BAPA would fight panic peddling by unethical real estate agents, successfully promoting the area’s excellent housing stock and historical significance. The Ridge Historical Society, founded in 1971, worked to increase awareness of the neighborhood’s numerous landmark buildings. These agencies worked to nurture the stable, integrated middle class neighborhood that Beverly/Morgan Park remains today.

Scope and Content

The materials in the Beverly-Morgan Park Collection (BMPC) document the evolution of two separate but related communities physically, politically and socially from 1884 to 2002. A notable feature of the collection is the material about annexation from 1892 to 1914 when Morgan Park was annexed to Chicago. Annexation material can be found in the series titled Village of Morgan Park and includes legal papers, election materials and newspaper clippings. Annexation is represented in other series, such as schools, since it was an issue that permeated all aspects of civic life in Morgan Park. Also of note are materials in the Clubs and Organization series representing the active social and cultural life of Morgan Park. This series includes 24 Morgan Park Woman’s Club yearbooks from 1897 to 1964. Also here are materials from the Morgan Park Library, later the Walker Branch of the Chicago Public Library, from 1892 through the 1920s, such as circulation statistics, reports and addition and withdrawal records. In the Historical Sketches series there are several essays by long-time residents, as well as brochures and pamphlets for historical sites and architecturally significant residences. Of note in the Schools series: material about Morgan Park Academy which began as a military school in 1878 and a significant amount of Morgan Park High School material, including 13 yearbooks. For an excellent history of Morgan Park High School, with much information about annexation issues, see Box 7 folder 30, “How We Got Our High School,” 1943, by Enoch J. Price.

Arrangement

The collection had no order when accessioned. It has been arranged in series similar to other neighborhood collections at Chicago Public Library. Photographs, negatives and newspapers are physically separated into their own series. The papers in the BMPC consist of thirteen subject series followed by photographs and short runs of neighborhood newspapers.

Series 1: Biographical Sketches, 1953-1974

This series contains photocopied newspaper clippings, and one program, encompassing announcements, anniversaries, birthdays and obituaries. Woman of the Year articles clipped from the Beverly Review are included here, as well.

Series 2: Businesses, 1884-1954

This series contains mostly newspaper articles about businesses in the Beverly-Morgan Park community, in addition to business cards and a doctor’s sign.

Series 3: Cemeteries, 2002

This series contains a guide to the Mount Greenwood Cemetery.

Series 4: Clubs and Organizations, 1896-1956

This series contains materials produced by a variety of Beverly-Morgan Park clubs and organizations. Notable are the series of Morgan Park Woman’s Club yearbooks and the reports, circulation statistics and building plans of the Morgan Park Library, later the Walker Branch of the Chicago Public Library. Newspaper clippings about clubs and organizations are also found in this series.

Series 5: Historical Sketches, 1874-1994

This series is organized by the following community headings: Beverly, Beverly-Morgan Park, Blue Island, Morgan Park, Ridge, Tracy and Washington Heights. It contains newsletters, guides and histories from community historians and organizations, such as the Ridge Historical Society. Six maps and a number of newspaper clippings are also found in this series.

Series 6: Municipal Agencies, 1910-1982

This series contains newspaper clippings, a program and a directory.

Series 7: Parks, 1896-1938

This series contains legal documents concerning Morgan Park and the Calumet Park District, along with histories of Ridge Park and the Morgan Park swimming pool.

Series 8: Real Estate, 1951

This series contains three maps of subdivisions in the Village of Morgan Park.

Series 9: Religious Institutions, 1898-1971

This series contains newsletters, programs, and histories produced by Beverly-Morgan Park Churches. Newspaper clippings about religious institutions are also found in this series.

Series 10: Residences, circa 1899-1982

This series contains newspaper clippings, pamphlets, photocopies and reminiscences about nineteen historic buildings in Beverly-Morgan Park with information about the owners and when they were built.

Series 11: Schools, 1884-1980

This series contains a variety of materials related to or produced by sixteen separate Beverly-Morgan Park schools. These include catalogs, correspondence, directories, histories, newsletters, newspaper clippings, programs and reports. Heavily represented are materials from various Boards of Education, Morgan Park Academy (military school), and Morgan Park High School. In addition to the materials listed above, these schools are represented by contracts, receipts, reports, and yearbooks. Morgan Park High School materials reflect issues related to the ongoing question of annexation to the City of Chicago.

Series 12: Transportation, 1894-1967

This series contains timetables and a history for the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway, which introduced rail service to Morgan Park in 1852. Ordinances, newspaper clippings and a drawing may also be found in this series. Chicago and Southern Traction Company and Metra are also represented here.

Series 13: Village of Morgan Park, 1894-1912

This series contains nine folders of materials related to the contentious issue of annexing the Village of Morgan Park, incorporated in 1882, to the City of Chicago (See also Newspapers). Other folders cover municipal activities such as elections, sidewalk construction and various legal proceedings. Materials include contracts, newspaper clippings, ordinances, pamphlets, petitions and posters. Morgan Park was incorporated as a village in 1882 and eventually annexed to Chicago in 1914.

Newspapers, 1896-1995

These include the Beverly Review, the Home-Ruler, The Morgan Parker, the Ridge Record, Town Talk, the Unionist, Village View, the Southtown Economist and the Suburban Star. Newspapers are arranged alphabetically.

Photographs

The photographs in this collection are arranged into the following ten subject series:

  • Businesses
  • Clubs and Organizations
  • Municipal Agencies
  • Parks
  • Religious Institutions
  • Residences
  • Schools
  • Street Scenes
  • Transportation
  • Village of Morgan Park

The following photographs are copy prints of images from Views of Morgan Park (Chicago: Geo. R. Clarke & Co., 1889)

1.3, 1.5, 1.28-1.31, 1.33-1.41, 1.43-1.45, 1.47-1.52, 1.54, 1.57, 1.58, 1.69, 1.71, 1.73, 1.74, 1.76.

The following photographs were removed to other collections.

Back of the Yards

  • Aerial view of the stockyards, circa 1890s

East Garfield Park Collection

  • Garfield Park lagoon, boaters, policeman, circa 1890s

Lincoln Park Collection

    • Monument, The [Indian] Alarm, 1884, by John J. Boyle, Lincoln Park, circa 1890s
    • Monument, Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller, by Ernst Rau, 1886, Lincoln Park, circa 1890s

Loop Collection

    • Aerial view [looking west] from Auditorium Tower, circa 1890s
    • Aerial view [looking northwest] from light house [at Chicago River?], circa 1890s
    • Auditorium Building, exterior, circa 1890s
    • Auditorium Building, foyer, interior, circa 1890s
    • Auditorium Theater, interior, circa 1890s
    • Circus Day, aerial view of crowded intersection [of unidentified streets], circa 1890s
    • Lake Michigan, Breakwater, circa 1890s
    • Palmer House, exterior, circa 1890s

Near North Collection

    • Oak Street Beach, circa 1921
    • Potter Palmer residence, exterior, circa 1890s

Near South Collection

  • Libby Prison War Museum, exterior, circa 1890s

Near West Side Collection

  • Haymarket Square, Market Day, circa 1890s

Woodlawn Community Collection

  • Washington Park Race Track, Derby Day, circa 1890s

Container List

Series 1: Biographical Sketches, 1953-1974

Box 1 Folder 1 Announcements, anniversaries, birthdays, obituaries, 1953, 1954, 1971, 1972
  • Adam, Augusta Mrs.
  • Casper, Helen Laycock
  • Cleary, J. Leo
  • Davisson, Eugene H. Mr. and Mrs.
  • Dudley, Harold M.
  • Elaine, M. Sister
  • Hayden, John Mrs.
  • Holmberg, William Mr. and Mrs.
  • Jenkinson, Jennie
  • Johnson, Andrew Mr. and Mrs.
  • Lindstrom, Maria Mrs.
  • Musser, Irene and Frank
  • O’Meara, Sadie
  • Palmer, Foster C. Mr. and Mrs.
  • Perry, Clyde P.
  • Peterson, Jack
  • Sanders, Richard H.
  • Schwer, Fred
  • Tate, Harry Lawson
Oversize Box 1 Folder 1 Woman of the Year, Beverly Review, Mrs. Edward L.S. Arkema, Mrs. Ruhl T. Schenk, Mrs. Wendell F. Barclay, 1971, 1973, 1974

Series 2: Businesses, 1884-1954

Box 1 Folder 3 Business cards, circa 1905.
Box 1 Folder 4 Calumet Trust and Savings Bank, statement, 1914
Oversize Box 1 Folder 2 Evergreen Plaza Shopping Center, opening ceremonies, first and second anniversary events, 1952-1954
Oversize Box 2 Folder 1 The Fair, Evergreen Store opening, history, Southtown Economist, 1952 [newspaper clipping]
Box 1 Folder 7 German, Doctor, First Doctor’s Sign in Morgan Park [artifact], January 29, 1884
Box 1 Folder 8 Morgan Arms Tailors and Cleaners, 25th Anniversary, 1953
Box 1 Folder 9 Mount Greenwood State Bank, Grand Opening, 1951

Series 3: Cemeteries, 2002

Box 1 Folder 9 Mount Greenwood Cemetery, guide, circa 2002

Series 4: Clubs and Organizations, 1890-2003

Box 1 Folder 10 Beverly Area Planning Association, newsletters, community history, 1976, 1992
Box 1 Folder 11 Beverly Area Planning Association, promotion, 1981
Oversize Box 1 Folder 3 Beverly Area Planning Association, Special Service Area election, 1985
Box 1 Folder 12 Beverly Art Center, Art Fair exhibitor application, 1986
Box 1 Folder 13 Beverly Art Center, opening, membership, programs, 1969-1971
Oversize Box 2 Folder 2 Beverly Art Center, Vanderpoel Art Gallery, collection value, classes, 1935, 1971 [newspaper clippings]
Box 1 Folder 15 Beverly Country Club, newsletters, Vol. I No.1, July 2, 1908 through Vol. I, No.15, October 22, 1908
Box 1 Folder 16 Beverly Hills University Club, Gerhardt S. Jersild, president, 1953
Box 1 Folder 17 Beverly Hills Woman’s Club, reminiscences, 1954
Oversize Box 1 Folder 7 Beverly, Morgan Park area organizations oppose public housing project, 1956
Box 1 Folder 19 Boy Scout cabin at Camp Kiwanis, dedication, 1953
Box 1 Folder 20 Dance Cards [of Louise Barwick], Silva Hall, 1894-1904
Box 1 Folder 21 Girl Scouts Heritage Hikes Guides, undated
Box 1 Folder 22 Glee Club, Euterpean Men’s Chorus, programs, 1904-1926
Box 1 Folder 23 Glee Club, Euterpean Men’s Chorus, letter from Harry Thayer to Mr. Price, 1910
Box 1 Folder 24 Morgan Park Historical Society, meeting invitation and menu, 1924
Box 1 Folder 25 Morgan Park Home Rule Association, correspondence, membership, petition, schools platform, 1908-1914 [see also Newspapers, Home Ruler]
Box 1 Folder 26 Morgan Park Improvement Association, 1925
Box 2 Folder 1 Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, addition proposal, 1929
Folio Oversize Folder 3 Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, addition proposal, blueprint plans, 1929
Oversize Box 1 Folder 4 Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, additions and withdrawals records, 1941-1953
Oversize Box 1 Folder 5 Morgan Park Library/ Walker Branch, additions and withdrawals records, 1954-1964
Box 2 Folder 4 Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, board, membership, appeals for funds, accounts, 1890-1912
Box 2 Folder 5 Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, borrowers’ register, first, undated
Box 2 Folder 6 Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, circulation statistics, 1911-1912
Box 2 Folder 7 Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch circulation statistics, 1914-1919
Box 2 Folder 8 Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, circulation statistics, 1920-1925
Box 3 Folder 1 Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, contractors’ estimates, statements, 1909-1913
Box 3 Folder 1a Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, deed from George C. Walker, conditions, letter from W. Heckman to I.S. Blackwelder, 1907
Box 3 Folder 2 Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, director, certification of election, oaths, 1910-1913
Box 3 Folder 3 Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, financial reports, 1910-1914
Box 3 Folder 4 Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, finding list, 1896
Box 3 Folder 5 Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, fund contributors, donors, correspondence from George Walker, 1890-1910
Oversize Box 1 Folder 6 Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, history, book drive, collections, programs, 1890-1940
Box 3 Folder 7 Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, invitations, requests, survey, reopening, history, letterhead, 1890-1998
Box 3 Folder 8 Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, municipal funds, 1908-1910
Box 3 Folder 9 Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, ownership transfers, 1907, 1978
Box 3 Folder 9a Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, receipts, publishers, 1890-1914
Box 3 Folder 9b Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, receipts, supplies, utilities, 1907- 1914
Box 3 Folder 10 Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, reports of librarian, 1893, 1908-1914 [not inclusive]
Oversize Box 2 Folder 3 Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, report of treasurer, 1892-1893
Oversize Box 4   Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, scrapbook of newspaper clippings, Chicago Public Library events, 1947-1959
Box 3 Folder 12 Morgan Park Women’s Club Bulletin, programs, 1908-1938
Box 3 Folder 13 Morgan Park Woman’s Club, cook book, 1916
Box 3 Folder 14 Morgan Park Woman’s Club history, 1936
Box 3 Folder 15 Morgan Park Woman’s Club, program, 1911-1912
Box 3 Folder 16 Morgan Park Woman’s Club Yearbook, 1897-1898
Box 3 Folder 17 Morgan Park Woman’s Club Yearbook, 1898-1899
Box 3 Folder 18 Morgan Park Woman’s Club Yearbook, 1900-1901
Box 3 Folder 19 Morgan Park Woman’s Club Yearbook, 1919-1920
Box 3 Folder 20 Morgan Park Woman’s Club Yearbook, 1921-1922
Box 3 Folder 21 Morgan Park Woman’s Club Yearbook, 1922-1923
Box 3 Folder 22 Morgan Park Woman’s Club Yearbook, 1927-1928
Box 4 Folder 1 Morgan Park Woman’s Club Yearbook, 1928-1929
Box 4 Folder 2 Morgan Park Woman’s Club Yearbook, 1929-1930
Box 4 Folder 3 Morgan Park Woman’s Club Yearbook, 1930-1931
Box 4 Folder 4 Morgan Park Woman’s Club Yearbook, 1931-1932
Box 4 Folder 5 Morgan Park Woman’s Club Yearbook, 1932-1933
Box 4 Folder 6 Morgan Park Woman’s Club Yearbook, 1933-1934
Box 4 Folder 7 Morgan Park Woman’s Club Yearbook, 1934-1935
Box 4 Folder 8 Morgan Park Woman’s Club Yearbook, 1935-1936
Box 4 Folder 9 Morgan Park Woman’s Club Yearbook, 1936-1937
Box 4 Folder 10 Morgan Park Woman’s Club Yearbook, 1938-1939
Box 4 Folder 11 Morgan Park Woman’s Club Yearbook, 1939-1940
Box 4 Folder 12 Morgan Park Woman’s Club Yearbook, 1947-1948
Box 4 Folder 13 Morgan Park Woman’s Club Yearbook, 1959-1960
Box 4 Folder 14 Morgan Park Woman’s Club Yearbook, 1960-1961
Box 4 Folder 15 Morgan Park Woman’s Club Yearbook, 1961-1962
Box 4 Folder 16 Morgan Park Woman’s Club Yearbook, 1962-1963
Box 4 Folder 17 Morgan Park Woman’s Club Yearbook, 1963-1964
Box 5 Folder 1 Ridge Country Club, history, 1900-1950
Box 5 Folder 2 Ridge Historical Society newsletters, 1976-2003 [not inclusive]
Box 5 Folder 3 Ridge Historical Society, historical sketches, guides, reminiscences of the German House, 1884-2002
Box 5 Folder 4 Ridge Manor Home Owner’s Association, officers elected, 1956
Box 5 Folder 5 Southwest Kiwanis Club, Cliff Knutson, P. Clyde Perry honored, 1953, 1971
Box 5 Folder 6 Tracy Masonic Lodge, 1907
Box 5 Folder 7 John H. Vanderpoel Art Association, officers, history, exhibit catalogs, 1930-1995
Box 5 Folder 8 John H. Vanderpoel Art Association, exhibits, teachers, 1958-1996
Box 5 Folder 9 West Side Historical Society, constitution, bulletin, 1935, 1936

Series 5: Historical Sketches, 1874-1994

Box 5 Folder 10 Beverly, A History of Beverly Hill by Mrs. Walter F. Heinemann, 1926
Box 5 Folder 11 Beverly-Morgan Park, Beverly Hills Morgan Park 12th Annual Home Tour [historic homes], 1982
Box 5 Folder 12 Beverly-Morgan Park, Bibliographic Sources Relating to the History and Residential Architecture of the Beverly Hills Morgan Park Neighborhood of Chicago as found in Three Local Collections, by Mary B. Sheahan, 1984
Box 5 Folder 13 Beverly-Morgan Park, The Geography of Chicago and its Surroundings by Edna R. Meyers, undated
Box 5 Folder 14 Beverly-Morgan Park, guides to historic sites in Beverly, Morgan Park, 1967-1984
Box 5 Folder 15 Beverly-Morgan Park, Historic Beverly, Morgan Park, architecture, 1991
Box 5 Folder 16 Beverly-Morgan Park, landmark districts status [newspaper clipping], guides to 104th Place District and Longwood Drive District, Commission on Chicago Historical and Architectural Landmarks, 1978-1981
Box 5 Folder 17 Beverly-Morgan Park, landmarks, drawings, histories, Sesquicentennial Calendar, 1972
Box 5 Folder 18 Beverly-Morgan Park, local historical clippings compiled by Robert J. White, 1939-1968
Oversize Box 2 Folder 5 Beverly-Morgan Park, map of Early Morgan Park, undated [hand-drawn], Beverly Hills Morgan Park map with area history, Beverly Area Planning Association, undated
Box 5 Folder 20 Beverly-Morgan Park, Old Settlers of Southwest Chicago and Cook County Illinois, 1850-1870, Compiled by Dewalt Mechlin Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution [contains name index and 1850 and 1870 U.S. Census records for Worth Township and 1870 for Calumet Township], 1956
Box 5 Folder 21 Beverly-Morgan Park, Sesquicentennial events, Beverly, Morgan Park, 1972
Box 5 Folder 22 Beverly-Morgan Park, Simmerling, John, historical presentations, 1971
Box 6 Folder 1 Beverly-Morgan Park, walking tour narrative, The Architecture of the Suburb in the City and the Organizations That Maintain It by Moira Nells, 1992
Box 6 Folder 2 Blue Island, Washington Heights, Morgan Park, Beverly Area Planning Association, undated
Box 6 Folder 3 Blue Island, The First Hundred Years: A History of Blue Island by John H. Volp, 1935
Oversize Folder 1 Blue Island, geological maps, Blue Island Quadrangle, Englewood Quadrangle, 1929. Oversize folder 1
Box 6 Folder 5 Morgan Park, demographics, projections for Morgan Park, 1980-1994
Oversize Box 2 Folder 4 Morgan Park, Early Days of Morgan Park, history of Oak Lawn, Beverly historic homes, Morgan Park community, residences, 1937, 1955, 1970, 1995
Box 6 Folder 7 Morgan Park, Early Morgan Park, Silva Hall, Louise Barnick, 1940
Box 6 Folder 8 Morgan Park, History of Morgan Park by David Herriott, from the Beverly Review, 1938-1960
Box 6 Folder 9 Morgan Park, History of Morgan Park, by Elizabeth Myrick, 1923
Box 6 Folder 10 Morgan Park, maps of Morgan Park [photocopies], 1900, 1903
Oversize Box 1 Folder 8 Morgan Park/Washington Heights, maps, The Ridge, Morgan Park and Chicago north to 89th Street, 1915; Washington Heights [photocopy], circa 1888
Box 6 Folder 12 Morgan Park, Morgan Park and the Baptist Denomination Yesterday, 1917
Box 6 Folder 13 Morgan Park, Morgan Park Sixty Years Ago, by Owen N. Price, circa 1972
Box 6 Folder 14 Morgan Park, Portrait of Morgan Park, Henry Justin Smith, 1981
Box 6 Folder 15 Morgan Park, Thirty Years Ago in Morgan Park (Weekly Review, 1923); Nightscape in Morgan Park, 1953, undated
Oversize Box 1 Folder 9 Morgan Park, watercolor sketch from memory, view of 111th Street and Western Avenue from the upper floor of Arlington School in the early 1900s, by Louise Barwick, 1950
Oversize Box 1 Folder 10 Morgan Park, watercolor sketch from memory, view of observation tower, 111th Street and Armida Avenue in the early 1900s, by Louise Barwick, 1950
Box 6 Folder 18 Morgan Park, What Morgan Park Means to Me by Isaac Burgess, 1923
Box 6 Folder 19 Ridge, Notable Buildings in Ridge Area, by RJW, 1979
Folio Oversize Folder 1 Ridge, topographic map of Ridge area, undated. Folio Oversize folder 1
Box 6 Folder 21 Tracy, Tracy and Its Vicinity Sixty Years Ago, W. W. Barnard, 1894 [Reprint of The Reminder, Bethany Union Church, February 10, 1910. Ridge Historical Society Bulletin No. 5, July, 1975]
Box 6 Folder 22 Washington Heights, map of Washington Heights by Mrs. Walter F. Heinemann, circa 1874

Series 6: Municipal Agencies, 1910-1982

Box 6 Folder 23 Calumet Sag Channel and southwest Chicago communities, 1910
Box 6 Folder 24 Post Office, Morgan Park Station dedication, program, 1936
Box 6 Folder 25 Senior Citizens Service Directory, Beverly Area, 1982

Series 7: Parks, 1896-1938

Box 6 Folder 26 Morgan Park parks and Calumet Park District, ordinance, legal protocol for elections, tax receipts, history, 1896-1912
Box 6 Folder 27 Ridge Park, history, boundaries [1909-1938], undated
Box 6 Folder 28 Swimming Pool, Commissioners’ plan, reminiscences, circa 1912, undated

Series 8: Real Estate, 1951

Box 6 Folder 29 Map, Morgan Park, showing subdivisions, additions, undated
Oversize Box 1 Folder 11 Map, Village of Morgan Park, showing subdivisions, undated
Folio Oversize Folder 2 Map, Village of Morgan Park, showing subdivisions, undated
Box 6 Folder 32 Real estate assessment, 1951

Series 9: Religious Institutions, 1898-1971

Box 6a Folder 1 Bethany Union Church, newsletter, history, 1907, 1971
Box 6a Folder 2 Christ the King Church, World Day of Prayer, 1971
Box 6a Folder 3 Church of the Holy Nativity, priests, 1952
Box 6a Folder 4 Church of the Mediator, history, events, 1939-1969
Box 6a Folder 5 Church of the Mediator, Woman’s Guild cookbook, undated
Box 6a Folder 6 Ministerial Association Chairman, Rabbi J. M. Brown, 1971.
Box 6a Folder 7 Morgan Park Baptist Church, programs, history, pastors, 1898-1966
Box 6a Folder 8 Morgan Park Church of Christ, program, 1917
Box 6a Folder 9 Morgan Park Congregational Church, programs, 50th Anniversary, 1909- 1971
Box 6a Folder 10 Morgan Park Methodist Episcopal Church, programs, directory, 1908-1971
Box 6a Folder 11 Morgan Park Presbyterian Church, dedication, program, 1941
Box 6a Folder 12 Mount Greenwood Evangelical Lutheran Church, cornerstone laying, 1953
Box 6a Folder 13 Queen of Martyrs Church, building program, 1952
Box 6a Folder 14 Redeemer Evangelical Covenant, 60th Anniversary, 1953
Box 6a Folder 15 St. Barnabas, newsletter, 1968
Box 6a Folder 16 St. Cajetan, Father Taylor, Silver Jubilee, 1971
Box 6a Folder 17 St. John the Divine, cornerstone laying, pipe organ, 1951, 1953
Box 6a Folder 18 St. Paul’s Union Church, 60th Anniversary events, 1953
Box 6a Folder 19 Salem Baptist Church, building plans, 1953
Box 6a Folder 20 Women’s Society Baptist Church, calendar [illustrated with community photographs], 1907

Series 10: Residences, circa 1899-1982

Box 6a Folder 21 2330 West 11th Street, residents from, 1982
Box 6a Folder 22 Blackwelder Mansion, 1971
Box 6a Folder 23 Castle, Our Castle on the Hill, Leslie F. Orear, 1980
Box 6a Folder 24 Historic residences, interior, exterior, circa 1899
Box 6a Folder 25 Horton House, 1978
Box 6a Folder 26 Inglehart House, undated
Box 6a Folder 27 Morgan House, 1955
Box 6a Folder 28 Platt House, 1971
Box 6a Folder 29 Silverhorn House, 1971
Box 6a Folder 30 Washington and Jane Smith Home, undated

Series 11: Schools, 1884-1980

Box 7 Folder 1 Arlington School, 1905, 1973
Box 7 Folder 2 Atwood School, schedule, announcements, 1953
Box 7 Folder 3 Barnard School, crossing guard, history, 1971, 1973
Box 7 Folder 4 Board of Education, annual statements, rules and regulations, 1898-1908
Box 7 Folder 5 Board of Education, census enumeration for district, 1902
Box 7 Folder 6 Board of Education, elections, petitions, redistricting, 1890, 1897
Oversize Box 1 Folder 15 Board of Education, posters announcing nominations, elections, circa 1911, 1913
Box 7 Folder 8 Chicago Baptist Theological Seminary of Morgan Park, history, 1884
Box 7 Folder 9 Chicago Female College, announcement, 1896
Box 7 Folder 10 Henry R. Clissold School, obituary of namesake, newsletter, program for dedication of mural On the Wings of Time, architectural plans, A Historyof the Clissold-Sheldon Schools and their P.T.A. by Sue Huess, 1967-1975
Box 7 Folder 11 Esmond School, histories, estimate for gas installation, 1899-1973
Box 7 Folder 11a Guide to schools of Beverly Hills, Morgan Park, undated
Box 7 Folder 12 Kellogg School, addition, program, history, 1953-1976
Box 7 Folder 13 Morgan Park Academy Alumni Association, letter, bulletin, 1928, 1931
Box 7 Folder 14 Morgan Park Academy Alumni Association, directories, building campaign, 1926, 1938
Oversize Box 2 Folder 6 Morgan Park Academy Alumni Memorial Hall completed [newspaper clipping], 50th Anniversary Report, construction program announced [newspaper clipping], 1928, circa 1928, 1948
Box 7 Folder 16 Morgan Park Academy, catalog, 1921-1922
Box 7 Folder 17 Morgan Park Academy, catalogs, 1937-1938, 1938-1939, undated
Box 7 Folder 18 Morgan Park Academy, commencement program, 1926
Box 7 Folder 19 Morgan Park Academy, history, 50th Anniversary, events, 1884-1972
Oversize Box 2 Folder 11 Morgan Park Academy, history, 1911 [newspaper clipping]
Oversize Box 3   Morgan Park Academy Library, accession book, 1892
Box 7 Folder 21 Morgan Park Academy Library, list of leaflets, donations, receipts, 1896- 1907
Box 7 Folder 22 Morgan Park Academy Library, orders, 1900-1907
Box 7 Folder 23 Morgan Park Academy, mural Chaucer’s Canterbury Pilgrims, Howard Church, 1936
Oversize Box 1 Folder 12 Morgan Park Academy News, Volume XX, Alumni Number, July 3, 1918
Oversize Box 1 Folder 13 Morgan Park Academy News, Volume XXXIX, No. 10, February 21, 1936
Oversize Box 2 Folder 8 Morgan Park Academy 70th Anniversary meeting, correspondence, reminiscences, 1943
Oversize Box 2 Folder 8 Morgan Park Academy, 70th Anniversary, alumni in armed forces, history [newspaper supplement], Mechanism of Plane Instruments [newspaper clipping accompanied letter in Box 7 folder 26], 1943
Box 7 Folder 28 Morgan Park District 7, receipts, election to redistrict, 1890-1892
Box 7 Folder 29 Morgan Park High School, Board of Education, establishment, 1902-1904
Box 7 Folder 30 Morgan Park High School, Board of Education, “How We Got Our High School” by Enoch J. Price, 1943
Box 7 Folder 31 Morgan Park High School, Board of Education, real estate contract, attorney fees, 1910-1912
Box 7 Folder 32 Morgan Park High School, Board of Education, statements, redistricting, elections, salaries, 1902-1913
Box 8 Folder 1 Morgan Park High School, catalog, 1906
Box 8 Folder 2 Morgan Park High School, commencement, field day, music, programs, 1906-1929
Oversize Box 1 Folder 14 Morgan Park High School, Empehi News, November 19, 1925, May 22, 1942, May 27, 1949 [sports pages], June 19, 1953 [graduating class]
Box 8 Folder 3 Morgan Park High School, handbooks, 1934, circa 1973
Box 8 Folder 4 Morgan Park High School, prep baseball, basketball, golf team statistics, coach Duncan McGregor, 1946-1953
Box 8 Folder 5 Morgan Park High School, Senate bills 76, 96, 202, 701, power of Board to tax, 1909
Box 8 Folder 6 Morgan Park High School yearbook, Empehi, 1921
Box 8 Folder 7 Morgan Park High School yearbook, Empehi, 1939
Box 8 Folder 8 Morgan Park High School yearbook, Empehi, 1942
Box 8 Folder 9 Morgan Park High School yearbook, Empehi, 1943
Box 9 Folder 1 Morgan Park High School yearbook, Empehi, 1944
Box 9 Folder 2 Morgan Park High School yearbook, Empehi, 1945
Box 9 Folder 3 Morgan Park High School yearbook, Empehi, 1946
Box 9 Folder 4 Morgan Park High School yearbook, Empehi, 1947
Box 9 Folder 5 Morgan Park High School yearbook, Empehi, 1948
Box 9 Folder 6 Morgan Park High School yearbook, Empehi, 1949
Box 9 Folder 7 Morgan Park High School yearbook, Empehi, 1950
Box 10 Folder 1 Morgan Park High School yearbook, Empehi, 1951
Box 10 Folder 2 Morgan Park High School yearbook, Empehi, 1953
Box 10 Folder 3 Propositions for new schools, 1905
Box 10 Folder 4 Resolutions for elections, warrants issued against bonds for new schools, Illinois Senate Bill no. 213, 1905-1913
Box 10 Folder 5 St. Cajetan School, history, 1962, 1980
Oversize Box 1 Folder 16 St. Xavier College, receives library grant [newspaper clipping], 1952
Box 10 Folder 7 John D. Schoop School, history, 1925, 1975
Box 10 Folder 8 Society of the American Institute of Hebrew, history, 1884
Box 10 Folder 9 Sutherland School, plot and floor plans, history, 1963-circa 1970
Box 10 Folder 10 Vanderpoel School, yearbook, Parent-Teacher Association Program Yearbook, 1924, 1975-1976
Box 10 Folder 11 Western Avenue School, dedication program, history, kindergarten, 1897, 1973

Series 12: Transportation, 1894-1967

Box 10 Folder 12 111th Street Station, drawing by Jack Simmerling, 1967
Box 10 Folder 13 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway, Belmont time card, suburban timetables, 1908, 1913, 1921
Box 10 Folder 14 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway, One Hundred Years Continuous Service, letter opener [artifact], 1952
Box 10 Folder 15 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway, 111th Station, architectural information, 1972
Box 10 Folder 15a Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway, suburban service, Chicago to Joliet, map, undated
Box 10 Folder 16 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway, 70 Years of Service [historical sketch], 1922
Box 10 Folder 17 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway timetables, Chicago, Blue Island, Joliet, 1899, 1905, 1911, 1912
Box 10 Folder 18 Chicago and Southern Traction Company, Kankakee schedule, 1911
Box 10 Folder 19 Interurban Railway, franchise statutes, notice public meeting, 1905
Box 10 Folder 20 Northeast Illinois Railroad Corporation [Metra], Rock Island Timetables, 1984, 1986
Box 10 Folder 21 Ordinances for Morgan Park, Kankakee, Chicago and Southern Traction Company, 1894, 1905
Oversize Box 1 Folder 17 Streetcars, Aldermen ride 28 mile route from 119th, historical sketch The Villager, 1912, 1981 [newspaper clippings]

Series 13: Village of Morgan Park, 1894-1912

Box 11 Folder 1 Annexation [newspaper clippings], 1906-1913
Oversize Box 2 Folder 9 Annexation [newspaper clippings], 1910, 1914
Box 11 Folder 3 Annexation, amendments, petition, appeal, House Bill No. 191 48th General Assembly and statements of opposition, related correspondence and notes, circa 1907-1913
Box 11 Folder 4 Annexation, census dispute, village boundaries, 1892
Box 11 Folder 5 Annexation, conditions in recently annexed Austin, 1908
Box 11 Folder 6 Annexation, related to prohibition, editorials, poster, rebuttal, song lyrics, 1907-1914
Oversize Box 1 Folder 18 Annexation, publicity pamphlets, undated
Box 11 Folder 8 Annexation, slogan cards, editorial cartoons, 1907
Box 11 Folder 9 Annexation, statements for legal fees, 1912
Box 11 Folder 10 Annual Reports, Board of Trustees, 1895-1896
Box 11 Folder 11 Annual Reports, Board of Trustees, 1901, 1905
Oversize Box 2 Folder 10 Annual report, village treasurer, 1904-1905
Box 11 Folder 13 Board of Local Improvements, notice of public hearing, Armida Avenue paving, 1913
Box 11 Folder 14 Elections, petitions, poll book, People’s Ticket endorsements and meeting minutes, nominations, ballots, position paper, 1894-1913
Box 11 Folder 15 Good Government Party, candidates, platform, circa 1913
Box 11 Folder 16 Legal Proceedings, Arthur M. Corning v. Village of Morgan Park, 1904-1907
Box 11 Folder 17 Legal Proceedings, Village of Morgan Park v. George C. Walker, 1894-1898
Box 11 Folder 18 Morgan Park Day Celebration, programs, 1906-1908
Oversize Box 1 Folder 19 Nomination of candidates for trustees, village clerk and police magistrate, announcement poster, 1906
Box 11 Folder 20 Ordinances, water, health, bicycles, railroad crossing gates, automobiles, coal and lumber yards, 1894-1906
Box 12 Folder 1 Sidewalk construction, petition for special assessment, 1904, 1906
Box 12 Folder 2 Sidewalk ordinances, Arlington Avenue, Assessment 139, notices, petitions, residents, 1904
Box 12 Folder 3 Sidewalk ordinances, Prospect Avenue, Assessment 138, petitions, notices, residents, 1904
Box 12 Folder 4 Sidewalk ordinances, Prospect Avenue, Assessment 140, notice, residents, 1904
Box 12 Folder 5 Sidewalk ordinance, regulation of concrete sidewalks, amendment, 1902-1903
Box 12 Folder 6 Sidewalk ordinance, Remington Avenue and other streets, 1903
Box 12 Folder 7 Street Improvements, contractual disagreement, recommendations, contractor proposal, notes, 1900-1904
Box 12 Folder 8 Supreme Court, abstract of record, paving issue, 1897
Box 12 Folder 9 Tax rates, levies, assessed valuation, suit of County Clerk, 1902-1912
Box 12 Folder 10 Trial date for Village v. American Bonding & Trust Company, 1902
Box 12 Folder 11 Water works plant, proposals, contract, 1898-1899

Oversize Box 1

Oversize Box 1 Folder 1 Woman of the Year, Beverly Review, Mrs. Edward L. S. Arkema, Mrs. Ruhl T. Schenk, Mrs. Wendell F. Barclay, 1971, 1973, 1974
Oversize Box 1 Folder 2 Evergreen Plaza Shopping Center, opening ceremonies, first and second anniversary events, 1952-1954
Oversize Box 1 Folder 3 Beverly Area Planning Association, Special Service Area election, 1985
Oversize Box 1 Folder 4 Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, additions and withdrawals records, 1941-1953
Oversize Box 1 Folder 5 Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, additions and withdrawals records, 1954-1964
Oversize Box 1 Folder 6 Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, history, book drive, collections, programs, 1890-1940
Oversize Box 1 Folder 7 Beverly, Morgan Park area organizations oppose public housing project, 1956
Oversize Box 1 Folder 8 Maps, The Ridge, Morgan Park and Chicago north to 89th Street, 1915, Washington Heights [photocopy], circa 1888
Oversize Box 1 Folder 9 Morgan Park, watercolor sketch from memory, view of 111th Street and Western Avenue from the upper floor of Arlington School, circa early 1900s, Louise Barwick, 1950
Oversize Box 1 Folder 10 Morgan Park, watercolor sketch from memory, view of observation tower, 111th Street and Armida Avenue circa early 1900s, Louise Barwick, 1950
Oversize Box 1 Folder 11 Map, Village of Morgan Park, showing subdivisions, undated
Oversize Box 1 Folder 12 Morgan Park Academy News, Volume XX, Alumni Number, July 3, 1918, Volume XXXVII, April 21, 1934
Oversize Box 1 Folder 13 Morgan Park Academy News, Volume XXXIX, No. 10, February 21, 1936
Oversize Box 1 Folder 14 Morgan Park High School, Empehi News, November 19, 1925, May 22, 1942, May 27, 1949 [sports pages], June 19, 1953 [graduating class]
Oversize Box 1 Folder 15 Board of Education, posters announcing nominations, elections, circa 1911, 1913
Oversize Box 1 Folder 16 St. Xavier College, receives library grant [newspaper clipping], 1952
Oversize Box 1 Folder 17 Streetcars, historical sketch [newspaper clipping], The Villager, 1981
Oversize Box 1 Folder 18 Annexation, publicity pamphlets, undated
Oversize Box 1 Folder 19 Nomination of candidates for trustees, village clerk and police magistrate, announcement poster, 1906

Oversize Box 2

Oversize Box 2 Folder 1 The Fair, Evergreen Store opening, history, Southtown Economist, 1952 [newspaper clipping]
Oversize Box 2 Folder 2 Beverly Art Center, Vanderpoel Art Gallery, collection value, classes, 1935, 1971 [newspaper clippings]
Oversize Box 2 Folder 3 Morgan Park Library, Walker Branch, Report of Treasurer, 1892-1893
Oversize Box 2 Folder 4 Morgan Park, Early Days of Morgan Park, history of Oak Lawn, Beverly historic homes, Morgan Park community, residences, 1937, 1955, 1970, 1995 [newspaper clippings]
Oversize Box 2 Folder 5 Maps, Map of Early Morgan Park, undated [hand-drawn], Beverly Hills Morgan Park map with area history, Beverly Area Planning Association, undated
Oversize Box 2 Folder 6 Morgan Park Academy Alumni Memorial Hall completed [newspaper clipping], 50th Anniversary Report, construction program announced [newspaper clipping], 1928, circa 1928, 1948
Oversize Box 2 Folder 7 Morgan Park Academy, history, 1911 [newspaper clipping]
Oversize Box 2 Folder 8 Morgan Park Academy, 70th Anniversary, alumni in armed forces, history [newspaper supplement], Mechanism of Plane Instruments [newspaper clipping accompanied letter in Box 5a folder 17], 1943
Oversize Box 2 Folder 9 Annexation [newspaper clippings], 1910, 1914
Oversize Box 2 Folder 10 Annual report, village treasurer, 1904-1905

Oversize Folders

Oversize Folder 1 Geological maps, Blue Island Quadrangle, Englewood Quadrangle, 1929
Oversize Folder 2 Topographic map of Ridge area, undated
Oversize Folder 3 Map, Village of Morgan Park, showing subdivisions, undated [conservation]

Newspapers

Box 1 Folder 1 The Beverly Review, formerly The Weekly Review, April 13, 1939, Vol. 31, No.13
Box 1 Folder 2 The Beverly Review, formerly The Weekly Review, April 20, 1939, Vol. 31, No.14
Box 1 Folder 3 The Beverly Review, formerly The Weekly Review, Sunday, March 4, 1973, Sesquicentennial Souvenir Edition
Box 1 Folder 4 The Chicago Tribune, Wednesday, September 2, 1987, Beverly Hills, Morgan Park [supplement]
Box 1 Folder 5 The Home-Ruler [See also Newspapers Box 2 Folder 1]:
  • March 29, 1907, Vol.1, No.1
  • April 5, 1907, Vol.1, No.2
  • April 12, 1907, Vol.1, No.3
  • April 2, 1910
  • October 29, 1910
Box 1 Folder 6 The Morgan Parker:
  • March 28, 1914
  • April 11, 1914
  • April 18, 1914, No. 3 [2 copies]
Box 1 Folder 7 The Ridge Record [See also Newspapers Box 2 Folder 2]:
  • February 2, 1906, Vol. XI, No. 5
Box 1 Folder 8 Town Talk [See also Newspapers Box 3 folder 1, Bound Volume]: February 1896, St. Valentine’s DayWomen’s Edition
Box 1 Folder 9 Town Talk [See also Newspapers Box 3 folder 1, Bound Volume]:
  • July 19, 1913, Volume 1, No. 7 [partial]
  • August 2, 1913, Volume 1, No. 9
  • August 9, 1913, Volume 1, No. 10 [partial]
  • August 16, 1913, Volume 1, No. 11
  • December 13, 1913, Volume 1, No. 28
Box 1 Folder 10 Town Talk [See also Newspapers Box 3 folder 1, Bound Volume]: December 20, 1913, Volume 1, No. 28
Box 1 Folder 11 Town Talk [See also Newspapers Box 3 folder 1, Bound Volume]:
  • February 21, 1914, Volume 2, No. 8
  • April 18, 1914, Volume 2, No. 16 [partial]
  • April 25, 1914, Volume 2, No. 17
Box 1 Folder 12 The Unionist, A Journal of Progress, Devoted to the Interest of Morgan Parkers, March 31, 1910
Box 1 Folder 13 The Villager, Beverly Area Planning Association, October 1995, Vol. 16 No.1
Box 1 Folder 14 Village View, Clearing, Garfield Ridge, Mount Greenwood, September 12, 1995, Vol.1, No. 1
Box 1 Folder 15 The Weekly Review, A Special Supplement for the Ridge Park Board, September 26, 1930, Vol. 23, No. 39, Part 2
Box 2 Folder 1 The Home-Ruler [See also Newspapers Box 1 folder 5]: November 5, 1910, Vol. 4, No.2
Box 2 Folder 2 The Ridge Record [See also Newspapers Box 1 folder 7]:
  • October 24, 1908
  • October 31, 1908
  • October 29, 1910
  • November 5, 1910
Box 2 Folder 3 Southtown Economist, September 7, 1952 Rock Island Railroad Centennial [partial]
Box 2 Folder 4 Southtown Economist, November 13, 1955 Historical Sketch [partial]
Box 2 Folder 5 Suburban Star, Ridge Community Newspaper [weekly], August 18, 1938
Box 2 Folder 6 Suburban Star, Ridge Community Newspaper [weekly], September 1, 1938
Box 2 Folder 7 Suburban Star, Ridge Community Newspaper [weekly], September 8, 1938
Box 2 Folder 8 Suburban Star, Ridge Community Newspaper [weekly], September 22, 1938
Box 2 Folder 9 Suburban Star, Ridge Community Newspaper [weekly], September 29, 1938
Box 2 Folder 10 Suburban Star, Ridge Community Newspaper [weekly], October 6, 1938
Box 2 Folder 11 Suburban Star, Ridge Community Newspaper [weekly], October 13, 1938
Box 2 Folder 12 Suburban Star, Ridge Community Newspaper [weekly], October 20, 1938
Box 2 Folder 13 Suburban Star, Ridge Community Newspaper [weekly], October 27, 1938
Box 2 Folder 14 Suburban Star, Ridge Community Newspaper [weekly], November 3, 1938
Box 2 Folder 15 Suburban Star, Ridge Community Newspaper [weekly], November 10, 1938
Box 2 Folder 16 Suburban Star, Ridge Community Newspaper [weekly], November 17, 1938
Box 2 Folder 17 Suburban Star, Ridge Community Newspaper [weekly], November 24, 1938
Box 2 Folder 18 Suburban Star, Ridge Community Newspaper [weekly], December 1, 1938
Box 2 Folder 19 Suburban Star, Ridge Community Newspaper [weekly], December 8, 1938
Box 2 Folder 20 Suburban Star, Ridge Community Newspaper [weekly], December 15, 1938
Box 2 Folder 21 Suburban Star, Ridge Community Newspaper [weekly], December 22, 1938
Box 2 Folder 22 Suburban Star, Ridge Community Newspaper [weekly], December 29, 1938
Box 2 Folder 23 Suburban Star, Ridge Community Newspaper [weekly], January 5, 1939
Box 2 Folder 24 Suburban Star, Ridge Community Newspaper [weekly], January 12, 1939
Box 2 Folder 25 Suburban Star, Ridge Community Newspaper [weekly], January 19, 1939
Box 2 Folder 26 Suburban Star, Ridge Community Newspaper [weekly], January 26, 1939
Box 2 Folder 27 Suburban Star, Ridge Community Newspaper [weekly], February 2, 1939
Box 2 Folder 28 Suburban Star, Ridge Community Newspaper [weekly], February 9, 1938
Box 2 Folder 29 Suburban Star, Ridge Community Newspaper [weekly], February 16, 1939
Box 2 Folder 30 Suburban Star, Ridge Community Newspaper [weekly], February 23, 1939
Box 2 Folder 31 Suburban Star, Ridge Community Newspaper [weekly], March 2, 1939
Box 2 Folder 32 Suburban Star, Ridge Community Newspaper [weekly], March 9, 1939
Box 2 Folder 33 Suburban Star, Ridge Community Newspaper [weekly], March 16, 1939
Box 2 Folder 34 Suburban Star, Ridge Community Newspaper [weekly], March 23, 1939
Box 2 Folder 35 Suburban Star, Ridge Community Newspaper [weekly], March 30, 1939
Box 2 Folder 36 Suburban Star, Ridge Community Newspaper [weekly], April 6, 1939
Box 3 Folder 1 Town Talk: Bound volume, January 1, 1916, Vol. IV No.1 through December 30, 1916, Vol. IV No. 53 [see also Newspapers Box 1 folders 8-11]
Box 3 Folder 2 The Post: Bound volume, June 17, 1905, Vol. I, No. 1 through November 17, 1906, Vol. III, No. 20

Photographs

Series 2: Businesses

Photograph 1.1 Singler’s greenhouses, undated
Photograph 1.2 Valentine’s Hall, west 103rd Street, dinner honoring Spanish War volunteers, Jessie Horton Koessler, waitress in foreground, undated. Photo Oversize Box 1

Series 4: Clubs and Organizations

Photograph 1.9a Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, exterior, undated. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.9b Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, exterior, undated. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.10 Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, children, exterior, undated
Photograph 1.11 Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, exterior, undated
Photograph 1.12 Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, in winter, exterior, undated
Photograph 1.13 Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, exterior, before 1930
Photograph 1.14a Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, exterior, 1916. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.14b Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, exterior, before addition, 1930. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.14c Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, exterior, after addition, 1930. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.15 Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, exterior, before 1930. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.16a Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, exterior, Baptist Theological Seminary Library on the left, 1913. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.16b Morgan Park Library /Walker Branch, exterior, Kenfield and Ferguson residences on the right, 1913. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.17a Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, exterior, before remodeling, before 1930. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.17b Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, exterior, after remodeling, circa 1930. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.17c Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, exterior, after remodeling, circa 1930. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.17d Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, exterior, after remodeling, circa 1930. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.17e Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, exterior, women [staff?] at entrance, circa 1930. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.17f Morgan Park Library /Walker Branch, exterior, women [staff?] at entrance, circa 1930. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.18 Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, interior, undated
Photograph 1.19 Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, interior, childrens’ collection, undated
Photograph 1.20 Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, interior, desk with typewriter, undated
Photograph 1.21 Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, interior, card catalog, flat file, undated
Photograph 1.22 Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, interior, Miss King, children’s librarian, Mrs. Edna Taylor and family, 1954

Series 6: Municipal Agencies

Photograph 1.23 Waterworks, Morgan Park, undated. Photo Oversize Box 1

Series 7: Parks

Photograph 1.24 Park scene, men on bench, unidentified, undated. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.25 Park scene, unidentified, undated. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.26 Park scene, unidentified, undated
Photograph 1.27 Ridge Park, picnic, stone monument Wilcox Post #668, Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Illinois, 1889, circa 1980

Series 9: Religious Institutions

Photograph 1.3 Baptist Church, Views of Morgan Park, 1889 [2 copies]
Photograph 1.4 Baptist Church, first building [detail], undated. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.5 Methodist Church, Views of Morgan Park, 1889 [2 copies]
Photograph 1.6 Methodist Church, undated. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.7 Methodist Sunday School picnic, Reverend N.O. Freeman, Mr. Ames, Ira W. Gantt, Alice Thornally, Mrs. N.O. Freeman, Anna Freeman, Julia Ely, Julia Crossman, T.A. Gantt, Fannie Bell, Leroy Fairbank, Clara German, Gertrude Goe, Ellsworth Dare, Helen Green, Theo Crossman, Bessie Miller, Belle Brown, Ed Ketcham, Bessie Grainger, Mabel Stratton, Louise Zaneis, Harry Rilley, undated. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.8 Morgan Park Baptist Church, circa 1977. Photo Oversize Box 1

Series 10: Residences

Photograph 1.28 Residence of I.S. Blackwelder, Views of Morgan Park, 1889 [2 copies]
Photograph 1.29 Residence of Col. Geo. R. Clarke, Views of Morgan Park, 1889 [2 copies]
Photograph 1.30 Residence of W. G. Ferguson, Views of Morgan Park, 1889 [2 copies]
Photograph 1.31 Residence of Dr. Wm. H. German, Views of Morgan Park, 1889 [2 copies]
Photograph 1.32 Residence of Dr. William H. German [detail of 1.25], undated. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.33 Residence of A.P. Hart, Views of Morgan Park, 1889 [2 copies]
Photograph 1.34 Residence of H.O. Hough, Views of Morgan Park, 1889 [2 copies]
Photograph 1.35 Residence of Prof. Eri B. Hulbert, Views of Morgan Park, 1889
Photograph 1.36 Residence of Chas. H. Inglehart, Views of Morgan Park, 1889. [2 copies]
Photograph 1.37 Residence of D.C. McKinnon, Views of Morgan Park, 1889
Photograph 1.38 Residence of Joseph E. McMeen, 2330 111th Street, Views of Morgan Park, 1889 [2 copies]
Photograph 1.39 Residence of John F. Morgan, Views of Morgan Park, 1889 [2 copies]
Photograph 1.40 Residence of Dr. G.W. Northrup, Views of Morgan Park, 1889 [2 copies]
Photograph 1.41 Residence of John P. Perro, Views of Morgan Park, 1889
Photograph 1.42 Residence, Prospect Avenue and Drew Street, Solon S. Beman, architect, undated. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.43 Residence of J.H. Roberts, Views of Morgan Park, 1889
Photograph 1.44 Residence of Henry Clay Russell, 2252 111th Street, Views of Morgan Park, 1889 [2 copies]
Photograph 1.45 Residence of Wm. H. Silberhorn, Views of Morgan Park, 1889 [2 copies]
Photograph 1.46 Residence of William H. Silberhorn, later of William Schulze, Longwood Drive [detail of 1.39], undated. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.47 Residence of Frank P. Silva, 11072 Esmond Street, Views of Morgan Park, 1889 [2 copies]
Photograph 1.48 Residence of Elihu Spencer, Views of Morgan Park, 1889
Photograph 1.49 Residence of John Wayte, Views of Morgan Park, 1889
Photograph 1.50 Residence of Gilbert S. Wright, Views of Morgan Park, 1889 [2 copies]

Series 11: Schools

Photograph 1.51 Baptist Theological Seminary, Views of Morgan Park, 1889 [2 copies]
Photograph 1.52 Baptist Theological Seminary, Blake Hall, Views of Morgan Park, 1889 [2 copies]
Photograph 1.53 Baptist Theological Seminary, Blake Hall [detail of 1.52], undated. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.54 Baptist Theological Seminary Library, Views of Morgan Park, 1889 [2 copies]
Photograph 1.55 Esmond School, where Miss Mayrick taught, Standing right to left, Miss Josephine Lackore, Principal, Miss Jessie Reno, Mrs. Annie H. Earnes, Miss Emily Cahill, with two unidentified persons, 1891
Photograph 1.56 Esmond School, possibly grades 7 and 8, back row, Homer Kinney, Olive Harvey, Mattie Nichols, Bessie Hoag, David Kline. Middle row, Sophi [last name undecipherable], Arno Short, Sophia [no last name], Clara German, Hugh [Thompson?], Miss Lackore. Front row, [first name undecipherable] Moffett, Eva Barker, Bessie Brown, Nellie Luttrell, James Inglis, Gertrude Goe, 1891
Photograph 1.57 Female Seminary, Views of Morgan Park, 1889 [2 copies]
Photograph 1.57a Female Seminary, undated [detail of 1.57]. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.58 Morgan Park Military Academy, Views of Morgan Park, 1889 [2 copies]
Photograph 1.59 Morgan Park Military Academy, erected 1877, destroyed by fire, undated [detail of 1.58]. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.60 Morgan Park High School, Miss Uling’s English class at the circulation desk in the Walker Branch Library, summer, 1955
Photograph 1.61 Morgan Park High School, Miss Uling’s English class seated with periodicals in the Walker Branch Library, summer, 1955
Photograph 1.62 Morgan Park High School, Miss Uling’s English class, inside the Walker Branch Library, summer, 1955
Photograph 1.63 Morgan Park High School, Miss Uling’s English class outside Walker Branch Library, 1955
Photograph 1.64 Morgan Park High School, Miss Uling’s English class in the stacks at the Walker Branch Library, summer, 1955

Street Scenes

Photograph 1.65a Armida Avenue, looking north from Rinaldo, undated. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.65b Morgan Avenue, looking west from Crescent, undated. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.66 “Council Oak,” 800-year-old oak tree on property of Mrs. Robert S. Platt, 10820 Drew Street, undated. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.67a Morgan Avenue, looking east from Washington, undated. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.67b Morgan Avenue, undated. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.68 Morgan Avenue, west of tracks, undated. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.69 Morgan Park, aerial view from top of Ridge looking east, between 111th and 119th Streets, Views of Morgan Park, 1889. [2 copies]
Photograph 1.70 Morgan Park, aerial view looking east from government observatory showing Longwood Drive and 111th street and vacant corner later occupied by Morgan Park Trust and Savings Bank and Walgreen Drug Store [detail of 1.69], undated. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.71 Morgan Park, aerial view looking north from Water Works Tower, Bell and Lothair Avenues, Views of Morgan Park, 1889 [2 copies]
Photograph 1.72 Morgan Park, aerial view looking north from Water Works showing Lothair and 115th Streets, [detail of 1.71], undated. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.73 Morgan Park, aerial view looking northeast from Prospect Avenue, Views of Morgan Park, 1889 [2 copies]
Photograph 1.74 Morgan Park, aerial view looking northwest from the old government observatory, 111th and Hoyne Avenues, showing Blake Hall, left, and the old Baptist Theological seminary, right, Views of Morgan Park, 1889
Photograph 1.75 Morgan Park, aerial view looking northwest, from the old government observatory, showing Blake Hall, left, and the old Baptist Theological Seminary to the right [detail of 1.74], undated. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.76 Morgan Park, stores and hall [H.H. Husted Provisions, E.A. Washburn Wood & Coal, H.R. Hoag Real Estate], 111th Street just west of Rock Island Suburban Line showing government observatory tower, Views of Morgan Park, 1889 [2 copies]
Photograph 1.77 Morgan Park, stores and hall [H.H. Husted Provisions, E.A. Washburn Wood & Coal, H.R. Hoag Real Estate], 111th Street just west of Rock Island Suburban Line showing government observatory tower [detail of 1.76], undated. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.78a Park Street, looking north, undated. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.78b Morgan Park, view looking toward Longwood Boulevard, Tracy, undated. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.79a Prospect Avenue, undated. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.79b Prospect Avenue, looking east from Park Crescent Street, undated. Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.80 Prospect Avenue, looking east from Park Crescent Street, undated [same as 1.79b]

Series 12: Transportation

Photograph 1.81 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific, suburban railway station, 111th Street, 1971. Photo Oversize Box 1

Series 13: Village of Morgan Park

Photograph 1.82 Board of Trustees, Village of Morgan Park, last meeting. Seated front left to right: Fred L Kimney, President of Board, S.N. Pond. Seated at back: Walken, H.R. Conklin, unidentified, R.B. Stephenson, W.H. Jenner, Fletcher, C.B. Martin. Standing: Geo. L. Stebbins, Henry P. Heizer, David Herriott, B.J. Ashley, Dr. William H. German, Thomas E. Wayte, I.B. Blackwelder, E.J. Price. Seated: Mrs. David Herriott, Mrs. Edwin Oliver, two unidentified persons, Mrs. I.S. Blackwelder, three unidentified persons, Mrs. Irving Herriott, unidentified, Mrs. B.J. Ashley, 1914 Photo Oversize Box 1
Photograph 1.83 Independence Day, Charter Oak with stage surrounded by people, circa 1900
Photograph 1.84 Independence Day, girls in costumes, Charter Oak in background, circa 1900
Photograph 1.85 Independence Day, men in costumes, circa 1900
Photograph 1.86 Independence Day, men in costumes, Uncle Sam, circa 1900
Photograph 1.87 Independence Day, men in costumes on a tandem bicycle, circa 1900
Photograph 1.88 Independence Day, men in costumes on horseback, circa 1900
Photograph 1.89 Independence Day, parade, horse-drawn float, banner reading, “The Old Fashioned 4th,” nurse and surgeon in foreground, circa 1900
Photograph 1.90 Independence Day, parade, musicians, banner reading, “Deutsches Blas-Chor,” circa 1900
Photograph 1.91 Independence Day, crowd of people in costumes, circa1900
Photograph 1.92 Independence Day, people in Native American costumes, Charter Oak in background, circa 1900
Photograph 1.93 Independence Day, women, banner reading, “Company A, 1st Regiment, Uncle Sam’s Nieces,” in front of the Long Wood Store, circa 1900
Photograph 1.94 Independence Day, women dressed as shepherdesses, circa 1900
Photograph 1.95 Independence Day, women in ethnic costumes, circa 1900
Photograph 1.96 Independence Day, women in flag motif dresses, circa 1900

Oversize Photographs Box 1

Photograph 1.2 Valentine’s Hall, west 103rd Street, dinner honoring Spanish War volunteers, Jessie Horton Koessler, waitress in foreground, undated
Photograph 1.4 Baptist Church, first building [detail], undated
Photograph 1.6 Methodist Church, undated
Photograph 1.7 Methodist Sunday School picnic, Reverend N.O. Freeman, Mr. Ames, Ira W. Gantt, Alice Thornally, Mrs. N.O. Freeman, Anna Freeman, Julia Ely, Julia Crossman, T.A. Gantt, Fannie Bell, Leroy Fairbank, Clara German, Gertrude Goe, Ellsworth Dare, Helen Green, Theo Crossman, Bessie Miller, Belle Brown, Ed Ketcham, Bessie Grainger, Mabel Stratton, Louise Zaneis, Harry Rilley, undated
Photograph 1.8 Morgan Park Baptist Church, circa 1977
Photograph 1.9a Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, exterior, undated
Photograph 1.9b Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, exterior, undated
Photograph 1.14a Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, exterior, 1916
Photograph 1.14b Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, exterior, before addition, 1930
Photograph 1.14c Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, exterior, after addition, 1930
Photograph 1.15 Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, exterior, before 1930
Photograph 1.16a Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, exterior, Baptist Theological Seminary Library on the left, 1913
Photograph 1.16b Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, exterior, Kenfield and Ferguson residences on the right, 1913
Photograph 1.17a Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, exterior, before remodeling, before 1930
Photograph 1.17b Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, exterior, after remodeling, circa 1930
Photograph 1.17c Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, exterior, after remodeling, circa 1930
Photograph 1.17d Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, exterior, after remodeling, circa 1930
Photograph 1.17e Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, exterior, women [staff?] at entrance, circa 1930
Photograph 1.17f Morgan Park Library/Walker Branch, exterior, women [staff?] at entrance, circa 1930
Photograph 1.23 Waterworks, Morgan Park, undated
Photograph 1.24 Park scene, men on bench, unidentified, undated
Photograph 1.25 Park scene, unidentified, undated
Photograph 1.32 Residence of Dr. William H. German [detail of 1.25], undated
Photograph 1.42 Residence, Prospect Avenue and Drew Street, Solon S. Beman, architect, undated
Photograph 1.46 Residence of William H. Silberhorn, later of William Schulze, Longwood Drive [detail of 1.39], undated
Photograph 1.53 Baptist Theological Seminary, Blake Hall [detail of 146], undated
Photograph 1.57a Female Seminary, undated [detail of 1.57]
Photograph 1.59 Morgan Park Military Academy, erected 1877, destroyed by fire, undated [detail of 1.58]
Photograph 1.65a Armida Avenue, looking north from Rinaldo, undated
Photograph 1.65b Morgan Avenue, looking west from Crescent, undated
Photograph 1.66 “Council Oak,” 800-year-old oak tree on property of Mrs. Robert S. Platt, 10820 Drew Street, undated
Photograph 1.67a Morgan Avenue, looking east from Washington, undated
Photograph 1.67b Morgan Avenue, undated
Photograph 1.68 Morgan Avenue, west of tracks, undated
Photograph 1.70 Morgan Park, aerial view looking east from government observatory showing Longwood Drive and 111th street and vacant corner later occupied by Morgan Park Trust and Savings Bank and Walgreen Drug Store [detail of 1.69], undated
Photograph 1.72 Morgan Park, aerial view looking north from Water Works showing Lothair and 115th Streets, [detail of 1.71], undated
Photograph 1.75 Morgan Park, aerial view looking northwest, from the old government observatory, showing Blake Hall, left, and the old Baptist Theological Seminary to the right [detail of 1.74], undated
Photograph 1.77 Morgan Park, stores and hall [H.H. Husted Provisions, E.A. Washburn Wood & Coal, H.R. Hoag Real Estate], 111th Street just west of Rock Island Suburban Line showing government observatory tower [detail of 1.76], undated
Photograph 1.78a Park Street, looking north, undated
Photograph 1.78b Morgan Park, view looking toward Longwood Boulevard, Tracy, undated
Photograph 1.79a Prospect Avenue, undated
Photograph 1.79b Prospect Avenue, looking east from Park Crescent Street, undated
Photograph 1.81 Morgan Park, Rock Island Suburban Railway Station, 111th Street, 1971
Photograph 1.82 Board of Trustees, Village of Morgan Park, last meeting. Seated front left to right: Fred L. Kimney, President of Board, S.N. Pond. Seated at back: Walken, H.R. Conklin, unidentified, R.B. Stephenson, W.H. Jenner, Fletcher, C.B. Martin. Standing: Geo. L. Stebbins, Henry P. Heizer, David Herriott, B.J. Ashley, Dr. William H. German, Thomas E. Wayte, I.B. Blackwelder, E.J. Price. Seated ladies: Mrs. David Herriott, Mrs. Edwin Oliver, two unidentified persons, Mrs. I.S. Blackwelder, three unidentified persons, Mrs. Irving Herriott, unidentified, Mrs. B.J. Ashley, 1914

The following are images from Views of Morgan Park (Chicago: Geo. R. Clarke & Co., 1889) and are numbered accordingly:

Viewbook Photograph 33 Aerial view looking northeast from Prospect Avenue, Views of Morgan Park, 1889
Viewbook Photograph 34 Aerial view from top of the Ridge, between at 112th Street, Views of Morgan Park, 1889
Viewbook Photograph 35 Aerial View looking northwest from observatory at 111th and Hoyne Avenue, Views of Morgan Park, 1889
Viewbook Photograph 36 Aerial view, looking north from Water Works Tower at Bell and Lothair Avenues, Views of Morgan Park, 1889
Viewbook Photograph 37 Methodist Church, Views of Morgan Park, 1889

Viewbook, Views of Morgan Park (Chicago: Geo. R. Clarke & Co., 1889)

Copy prints of some of these photos are listed in the main photograph list. Pages 1-32 are listed in the original numerical order penciled on the lower right corner of each page. Missing are pages 3, 8, 12, 13, and 18.

Photos 33-37 are pages from the book that were taken out and taped together. These are stored in Oversize Photo Box 1.

Viewbook Photograph 1 Baptist Theological Seminary
Viewbook Photograph 2 Blake Hall, Baptist Theological Seminary
Viewbook Photograph 4 Baptist Theological Library
Viewbook Photograph 5 Female Seminary
Viewbook Photograph 6 Military Academy
Viewbook Photograph 7 Baptist Church
Viewbook Photograph 9 Stores and Hall
Viewbook Photograph 10 Residence of Wm. H. Silberhorn
Viewbook Photograph 11 Residence of I.S. Blackwelder
Viewbook Photograph 14 Residence of John F. Morgan
Viewbook Photograph 15 Residence of John Wayte
Viewbook Photograph 16 Residence of John P. Perro
Viewbook Photograph 17 Residence of Joseph E. McMeen
Viewbook Photograph 19 Residence of Prof. Eri B. Hulbert
Viewbook Photograph 20 Residence of W.G. Ferguson
Viewbook Photograph 21 Residence of H.O. Hough
Viewbook Photograph 22 Residence of Gilbert S. Wright
Viewbook Photograph 23 Residence of J. H. Roberts
Viewbook Photograph 24 Residence of Henry Clay Russell
Viewbook Photograph 25 Residence of Elihu Spencer
Viewbook Photograph 26 Residence of D.C. McKinnon
Viewbook Photograph 27 Residence of Dr. Wm. H. German
Viewbook Photograph 28 Residence of Dr. G.W. Northrup
Viewbook Photograph 29 Residence of Col. Geo. R. Clarke
Viewbook Photograph 30 Residence of A.P. Hart
Viewbook Photograph 31 Residence of Frank P. Silva
Viewbook Photograph 32 Residence of Chas. H. Inglehart
Viewbook Photograph 33 Aerial view looking northeast from Prospect Avenue (numbered 3). Oversize Photo Box 1
Viewbook Photograph 34 Aerial view from top of the Ridge, between at 112th Street (numbered 4). Oversize Photo Box 1
Viewbook Photograph 35 Aerial View looking northwest from observatory at 111th and Hoyne Avenue (numbered 5). Oversize Photo Box 1
Viewbook Photograph 36 Aerial view, looking north from Water Works Tower at Bell and Lothair Avenues (numbered 6). Oversize Photo Box 1
Viewbook Photograph 37 Methodist Church (numbered 13). Oversize Photo Box 1

 

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