Chatham-Grand Crossing Community Collection

Dates: 1852-1989
Size: .5 linear feet
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: Archives_CGC
Provenance: The materials in this collection were gathered by the Chatham Branch Library at 822 East 79th Street. They were transferred to the Special Collections and Preservation Division and processed in January of 1989.
Access: No restrictions
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: Chatham-Grand Crossing Community Collection [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library.

Historical Note

The Chatham neighborhood is 10 miles south of the Loop; Greater Grand Crossing is just north of Chatham. The Chatham neighborhood is nearly triangular, extending from 79th Street south to 95th Street where its east and west borders intersect at Cottage Grove Avenue and 95th Street. Greater Grand Crossing runs from 79th Street north to 63rd Street. Both neighborhoods were annexed into Chicago in 1889. Chatham is number 44 and Greater Grand Crossing is number 69 of the 77 official communities that make up Chicago. For an overview of Chatham, see

  • "Chatham," Encyclopedia of Chicago
  • "CA44 -- Chatham," Local Community Fact Book, Chicago Metropolitan Area, 1990

For an overview of Greater Grand Crossing, see

  • "Greater Grand Crossing," Encyclopedia of Chicago
  • "CA69 -- Greater Grand Crossing," Local Community Fact Book, Chicago Metropolitan Area, 1990

Scope and Content

The collection contains reminisces by local residents as well as newspaper clippings and ephemera. The collection is arranged into series: Biography, Religious Institutions, Clubs and Organizations, Historical Sketches, Municipal Agencies, Schools, Transportation and War Time Activities.

Container List


Box 1 Folder 1 Block, Eugene-Reminiscences; undated
Box 1 Folder 2 Cole, David Harris-Newspaper clipping; 1957
Box 1 Folder 3 Dunn, Mrs. F. -Reminiscences; undated
Box 1 Folder 4 Fulford, Catherine-Reminiscences; 1936
Box 1 Folder 4a Free-Man Stoker & Engineering Co. -Flyer; 1930s
Box 1 Folder 4b Weber Wagon Co. (76th & Lowe)-Advertising flyer; 1870s

Religious Institutions

Box 1 Folder 5 Ingleside Avenue Methodist Episcopal-Historical sketch; 1924

Clubs and Organizations

Box 1 Folder 6 Grand Crossing-Chatham Professional Leaders’ Council-Newspaper clippings
Box 1 Folder 7 Y.M.C.A. -Correspondence, 1941; clippings

Historical Sketches

Box 1 Folder 8 Browning, Betty, "Grand Crossing Traces Name to Railway Wreck"; 1930
Box 1 Folder 9 de Roulet, M.A., "History of Grand Crossing"; 1930s
Box 1 Folder 10 Drury, John, "Old Chicago Neighborhoods-Grand Crossing"; 1947
Box 1 Folder 10a Gregory, Mae, "Chatham 1856-1987"; 1989
Box 1 Folder 11 Hutchinson, O.N., "Grand Crossing"; 1938
Oversize Folder 1 Chatham-Southeast Citizen. V. 16, n. 23. 20pp. 1980 Oct 24-26.

Municipal Agencies-Chicago Public Library

Box 1 Folder 12 Chatham Branch-Correspondence & newspaper clippings; 1932-1950
Box 1 Folder 13 Chatham Branch-Scrapbook; 1927-1928


Box 1 Folder 14 Park Manor-Newsletter; 1947
Box 1 Folder 15 Yale-Newsletter; 1940


Box 1 Folder 16 C.T.A. Jackson Park spur-Newspaper clipping; 1955
Box 1 Folder 17 Illinois Central Railroad-Routes, schedules, newspaper clippings (photocopies); 1852-1888
Oversize Folder 2 Illinois Central Railroad. Timetable (photocopy); 1871.

Wartime Activities

Box 1 Folder 18 American Youth Reserves-Correspondence & clippings; 1941-3
Box 1 Folder 19 Seventh War Loan campaign-Newspaper clippings
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