Englewood Historical Association Records

Dates: 1931-1953
Size: 0.5 linear feet, 10 photographs, 2 oversize folders
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: Archives_EHA
Provenance: From 1931 until 1985, the records of the EHA were kept at the Hiram Kelly Branch Library; located at 6151 S. Normal Boulevard. In 1978, the Special Collections Division of the Chicago Public Library surveyed historical collections extant in the Library's branch system. In February 1985, the Papers of the Englewood Historical Association were removed from the Hiram Kelly Branch Library and placed in the Special Collections Division's office for processing.
Access: No restrictions
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: Englewood Historical Association Records [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library.

Historical Note

In 1931 a group of Englewood residents interested in the history of their neighborhood joined together with the staff of the Hiram Kelly Branch to form an organization, "to gather and preserve historical material of the Englewood district of Chicago... ," and "to extend its support for the betterment of the community." By 1941, the organization had incorporated and was known as the Englewood Historical Association (EHA).

The EHA actively collected manuscript materials, newspapers and photographs documenting their neighborhood's rich historical tradition. From its beginning, the EHA and the Hiram Kelly Branch Library of the Chicago Public Library maintained a close relationship. The EHA held its meetings, stored its materials and received technical advice at the Hiram Kelly Branch. In return, the Kelly Branch received title and possession of this unique collection.

Student participation was an important component of the EHA's sponsored activities. Students from Beale School and Wentworth School participated in the EHA's junior historical organizations. Moreover, the EHA sponsored the writing of historical essays and sketches about the Englewood neighborhood.

Scope and Content


This series contains agenda, certificate of incorporation, minutes of meetings and a directory. The papers in this series are arranged alphabetically.


This series contains correspondence describing the development and activities of the EHA. The correspondence in this series is arranged chronologically.


This series contains membership lists, constitution and by-laws, reports and historical sketches from both the Beale Chapter and Wentworth Chapter of the Englewood Junior Historical Association. The papers in this series are arranged alphabetically.

SERIES 4: FORMS, undated

This small series contains a sample of EHA forms. Forms included are stationery and membership cards.


In 1951, the EHA sponsored a reunion for students from Englewood and Parker High School. This series documents some of the activities surrounding this event.


This small series contains ephemeral brochures, fliers and pamphlets describing EHA activities and programs.


Photographs are listed at the end of the Container List.


Oversize-EHA Exhibit Poster. Includes the following items pasted on:
  • Englewood Hose Co., 2d annual reception, 1876
  • Trojan Social Club, annual soiree,1865
  • Prof. Russell, invitation to Tillotson's Hall, 1877
  • Englewood Social Club, 1874
  • The Eye to Business , I:3, 1878 May 4
  • World's Columbian Exposition, ticket, 1893
  • World's Columbian Exposition, ticket or Chicago Day, 1893 Oct 9
  • Sherwood Class of 1904, invitation
  • Barney Brothers Revised Weekly Price Current , undated
  • Junction Grove Sociable, 1868
  • The Eye (miniature ed.), 1880 Jan 1
  • Graeme Stewart, Candidate for Mayor,invitation, 1903
  • The Class of '88, Cook County Normal School, 1888
  • Monon Route, Louisville, New Albany & Chicago Railroad, flyer, undated
  • B. S. Cooban & Co., card, 1905
  • Chicago & Western Indiana Railroad, ticket, undated
  • Englewood Terpsichorean Club, ticket, 1874
  • Junction Grove School House, card for party, 1868
Oversize-EHA 1.2: Promotion poster: "Englewood Historical Association... Are You a Member?" undated

Container List

Series 1: Administrative Papers

Box 1 Folder 1 Agenda & minutes of meetings, circa 1950
Box 1 Folder 2 Constitution & By-laws, circa 1941
Box 1 Folder 3 Certificates of Incorporation & Membership, Dec. 1941
Box 1 Folder 4 Directory, “Charter Members of the Englewood Historical Association, 1937

Series 2: Correspondence

Box 1 Folder 5-6 Correspondence, 1931-1937; 1940-1953

Series 3: Englewood Junior Historical Association

Box 1 Folder 7 Agenda, 1941-42; constitution and by-laws, 1942; listing of Officers, 1942. [Portrait and Family Photographs: Tepper, Elmer]; reports, 1942, 1950.
Box 1 Folder 8 Historical essays and sketches, undated
Box 1 Folder 9 Minutes, Beale School Chapter, 1942.
Box 1 Folder 10 Minutes, D.S. Wentworth Chapter, 1942.

Series 4: Forms

Box 1 Folder 11 Forms, undated

Series 5: News clippings

Box 1 Folder 12 News clippings, reunion, 1951

Series 6: Printed Materials

Box 1 Folder 13 Brochures, undated; flyers, undated; pamphlets, undated; posters, undated [See also: NHRC-OC]
Box 1 Folder 14 Second Annual Dinner, program; 1938 Dec 6.

Series 7: Miscellaneous

Box 1 Folder 15 Guest Book, Early Settlers’ meetings; 1937-1939, undated (also contains Kelly Branch Library guest book; 1913-1917, 1931)


Photograph 1.1 Englewood Historical Association, exhibit case, circa 1930
Photograph 1.2 Englewood Historical Association, meeting, speakers’ table, 1937
Photograph 1.3 Englewood Historical Association, exhibit, 1940
Photograph 1.4a - Glass Plate Slide Englewood Historical Association, exhibit at Wieboldt’s Store, 1932
Photograph 1.4b - Glass Plate Slide Englewood Historical Association, exhibit at Wieboldt’s Store, 1932
Photograph 1.4c Englewood Historical Association, exhibit at Wieboldt’s Store, 1932
Photograph 1.5 Englewood Junior Historical Association, 1941
Photograph 1.6 Englewood Junior Historical Association, circa 1941
Photograph 1.7 Englewood Junior Historical Association, circa 1940

Portrait and Family Photographs

Photograph 1.8 Tepper, Elmer, circa 1940
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