Calumet Pioneer Historical Society Records

Dates: 1935-1967
Size: 0.5 linear feet, 2 photographs
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: Archives_CPHS
Provenance: These materials constitute part of those which were gathered together by early members of the Calumet Pioneer Historical Society and deposited in the Pullman Branch Library. They were transferred to the Special Collections and Preservation Division and processed as part of a Dr. Scholl Foundation grant to preserve Neighborhood Historical Collections in the Branch Library System, and re-opened for research in the fall of 1982.
Access: No restrictions
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: Calumet Pioneer Historical Society Records [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library.

Historical Note

The Calumet Pioneer Historical Society held its first meeting on October 24, 1935 in the Pullman Branch Library. The initial impetus for holding the meeting was the work of the branch librarian, Miss McLaughlin. Her objectives in bringing the community together were twofold; first, she wanted to establish a closer relationship between the library and the neighborhood it served, and secondly, to begin building up an historical collection on the community that would preserve the history of the area.

After the first meeting, a special committee was formed to give the group a name and draft a constitution. The main purpose of the calumet Pioneer Society as stated in the constitution was to "perpetuate the memory of the early days in the Calumet region and to preserve memorials and exhibits of these days." Membership was initially reserved for families and descendants of first settlers and community residents dating prior to 1895.

The society met quarterly and held its annual meetings in the fall. The meetings consisted of historic speeches and biographical statements on the community and its residents. The papers included in this small collection reflect the goals and activities of the society. At one point the society had over 200 members, but some time during the late 1960s and early 1970s, it faded out of existence.

Scope and Content

Series 1: Administrative Files, General, 1936 - 1962

The administrative files of the society include attendance records, correspondence, membership cards, newsclippings, press releases, the constitution and related items on the function of and events held by the society. The files are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Series 2: Executive Committee Files, 1935 - 1967

This small series of files on the Executive Committee consists of minutes of meetings and lists of committee officers. The files are arranged in alphabetical order by subject.

Series 3: Regular Minutes and Speeches of the Society, 1935 - 1960

The material in this series is comprised of minutes of regular society meetings, including the first one held on October 24, 1935, and speeches made by members of the society and guest speakers on topics of local historic interest. The material is arranged in alphabetical order by subject, and chronological order within the files.

Non-Manuscript Material:

The following artifacts are maintained by the Pullman Branch, 11001 S. Indiana Street:

  • Anniversary badges (2)
  • Antlers
  • Arrowheads
  • Axe head
  • Butter knife
  • Cigar case
  • Coffee grinder
  • Doll
  • Eyeglasses and case
  • Fans (2)
  • Fossilized bones (2)
  • Ice skates
  • Indian rattle
  • Nails (9)
  • Ornamental vase
  • Plaque, memorial
  • Ruler
  • Salt shaker

Container List

Series 1: Administrative Files, General, 1936-1962

Box 1 Folder 1 Attendance Records, 1935-1949
Box 1 Folder 2 Constitutions, 1936-1945
Box 1 Folder 3 Correspondence, 1935-1939
Box 1 Folder 4 Correspondence, 1942-1949
Box 1 Folder 5 Correspondence, 1950-1955
Box 1 Folder 6 Correspondence, 1956-1962
Box 1 Folder 7 Historical material, list of, 1936
Box 1 Folder 8 Invitations, 1943-1965
Box 1 Folder 9 Meeting roster, 1937-1966
Box 1 Folder 10 Membership cards, undated
Box 1 Folder 11 News clippings, 1935-1965
Box 1 Folder 12 Press releases, 1935-1949
Box 1 Folder 13 Press releases, 1954-1955
Box 1 Folder 14 Press releases, 1956-1958
Box 1 Folder 15 Theme song, “Calumet Pioneer,” by Otto Mulder, undated

Series 2: Executive Committee Files, 1935-1967

Box 1 Folder 16 Minutes of meetings, November 1, 1935-May 1, 1939
Box 1 Folder 17 Minutes of meetings, January 31, 1941-October 10, 1945
Box 1 Folder 18 Minutes of meetings, May 22, 1946-October 13, 1950
Box 1 Folder 19 Minutes of meetings, May 17, 1951-September 1961 (includes minutes of regular meetings of society; see Series 3)
Box 1 Folder 20 Officers, list of, 1942-1958, 1966-1967

Series 3: Regular Meetings and Speeches of the Society, 1935-60

Box 1 Folder 21 Minutes of Regular meetings, October 24, 1935-November 12, 1936
Box 1 Folder 22 Minutes of Regular meetings, February 25, 1937-November 15, 1938
Box 1 Folder 23 Minutes of Regular meetings, February 23, 1939-November 1, 1940
Box 1 Folder 24 Minutes of Regular meetings, February 28, 1941-October 30, 1942
Box 1 Folder 25 Minutes of Regular meetings, April 30, 1943-November 10, 1944
Box 1 Folder 26 Minutes of Regular meetings, April 20, 1945-October 29, 1946
Box 1 Folder 27 Minutes of Regular meetings, May 9, 1947-November 12, 1948
Box 1 Folder 28 Minutes of Regular meetings, June 7, 19[4]7-November 16, 1950 (1951-1961, see Executive Committee, minutes of meetings, Series 2)
Box 1 Folder 29 Speeches (before regular meetings), February 20, 1936
Box 1 Folder 30 Speeches (before regular meetings), January 29, 1937
Box 1 Folder 31 Speeches (before regular meetings), March 17, 1938
Box 2 Folder 1 Speeches (before regular meetings), May 26, 1938
Box 2 Folder 2 Speeches (before regular meetings), February 16, 1940
Box 2 Folder 3 Speeches (before regular meetings), May 24, 1940
Box 2 Folder 4 Speeches (before regular meetings), November 1, 1940
Box 2 Folder 5 Speeches (before regular meetings), February 28, 1941
Box 2 Folder 6 Speeches (before regular meetings), November 2, 1945
Box 2 Folder 7 Speeches (before regular meetings), November 16, 1950
Box 2 Folder 8 Speeches (before regular meetings), November 7, 1952
Box 2 Folder 9 Speeches (before regular meetings), Spring, 1954
Box 2 Folder 10 Speeches (before regular meetings), May 20, 1955
Box 2 Folder 11 Speeches (before regular meetings), January 20, 1956
Box 2 Folder 12 Speeches (before regular meetings), April 27, 1956
Box 2 Folder 13 Speeches (before regular meetings), January 25, 1957
Box 2 Folder 14 Speeches (before regular meetings), October 11, 1957
Box 2 Folder 15 Speeches (before regular meetings), May 2, 1958
Box 2 Folder 16 Speeches (before regular meetings), May 1959
Box 2 Folder 17 Speeches (before regular meetings), May 13, 1960
Box 2 Folder 18 Speeches (before regular meetings), undated

Photographs

Photograph 1.1 Calumet Pioneer Historical Society ‒ two men standing in front of filing cabinet containing CPS collections; 1953
Photograph 1.2 Calumet Pioneer Historical Society ‒ group of people gathered around and holding volume of Pullman Journal; [1953]
See also: Photographs of Pullman Branch Library, CPL Archives.
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