Hyde Park Community Collection

Dates: 1874-1988
Size: 1.5 linear feet
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: Archives_HYDE
Provenance: The material in this collection comes from at least three sources. Folders 1:1-3; 2:2, 5-7, 9; and 3:4 were originally cataloged as part of the Woodlawn Community Collection, having been in the collection of the Historical Society of Woodlawn. The printed material in folders 1:7-11 and 3:5-6 were received from the Historical Society but never cataloged. The manuscript and printed material in 1:5-6, 12-14; 2:1,3,4,8; and 3:1-3 originates with a multiple-box "miscellany " from the collections of the West Side Historical Society . The material in folder 1:4 was received by Special Collections of the Chicago Public Library via direct mail.
Access: No restrictions
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: Hyde Park Community Collection [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library.

Historical Note

The Hyde Park neighborhood is 6 miles southeast of the Loop. The neighborhood runs from 51st Street south to 60th Street and from the Lake west to Cottage Grove Avenue. The area was annexed into the city in 1889, along with most of what is now Chicago's South Side. Hyde Park is number 41 of the 77 official communities that make up Chicago.

For an overview of Hyde Park, see

  • "Hyde Park," Encyclopedia of Chicago
  • "CA25 -- Hyde Park," Local Community Fact Book, Chicago Metropolitan Area, 1990

Scope and Content

This collection consists of an initial accession and six supplementary accessions.

Initial Accession, January, 1989

This small collection has principal strength in two areas: Hyde Park High School, and the corporation of Hyde Park prior to annexation into the city. About half of the bulk of the collection is records from Hyde Park High School (2:2 through 3:4), primarily yearbooks from the early 20th century. See also oversized material. Five printed works from the 1880s (1:7 through 1:11) are municipal reports and ordinances dating from the last decade of Hyde Park’s existence as a separate corporation. In fact, Board minutes in 1:10 cover the village’s last independent meetings.

Persons wishing to know more about the history of Hyde Park should contact the Hyde Park Historical Society (see also folders 1:3-4), 5529 S. Lake Park Ave., Chicago. Phone: 493-1893.

Related material to this collection will be found in the Woodlawn Community Collection. See also separate collections for neighborhoods once part of the original Hyde Park: South Shore, South Chicago, Calumet, and Pullman.

Supplement 1, April, 1989

This small supplement (folders 3:7 through 3:9) contains two documents relating to the Hyde Park sewage system, 1888—specifications published by the village, and a proposal from a Massachusetts company to complete the work. Also included in this supplement is a 74-page "abstract of record " dated late 1887, which concerns Hyde Park’s battle to ward off annexation by the city of Chicago. Included is voluminous testimony taken by Hyde Park to substantiate its case.

The materials in this supplement were transferred from the Woodlawn Community Collection.

Supplement 2, June, 1989

This supplement concerns two examinations of titles for the same lot in Hyde Park, 1873 and 1891. The 1873 document includes two small flat maps of a section of Hyde Park in the area of Washington Street and Elm Street. These materials appear to have been originally part of the Historical Society of Woodlawn Collection.

Supplement 3, August, 1989

This supplement consists of three 19th-century newspapers, and one certificate of a civic appointment by the Village of Hyde Park. The material is more fully described as Oversize 4, 5, 6, and 7 (see below). This material is of uncertain provenance.

Supplement 4, February, 1990

The material in this supplement is housed in folders 4:1-7 and Oversize 8 through 10. It consists of a smattering of quite important 19th-century Hyde Park documentation. Of special note are deeds singed by Paul Cornell, founder of Hyde Park, and three maps of the municipal water and sewer system on the eve of Hyde Park’s incorporation into Chicago.

The items in this supplement were separated out from general Chicago materials at the time of the cataloging of the Chicago City-Wide Collection.

Oversize Material

Series 6: Schools

Oversize 1 Wadsworth, Alice Emily. Certificate of admission to Hyde Park High School, 1886 June 24. [See also Woodlawn Community Collection—Biography —Wadsworth, Alice, WCC folder 2:8.]
Oversize 2 Bragdon, Marion Langton. Hyde Park High School transcript, 1900 June 22. [See also Woodlawn Community Collection—Biography—Bragdon, Marion, WCC folder 1:9.]
Oversize 3 Bragdon, Marion Langton. Hyde Park High School diploma, 1900 June 22.

Supplement 3

Series 4: Historical Sketches/ General History

Oversize 4 Hyde Park Herald, I:2, 1882 Jan 21. Newspaper.
Oversize 5 Hyde Park Herald, I:4, 1882 Feb 4. Newspaper.
Oversize 6 The South Side Sayings, III:10, 1896 Apr 4.

Municipal Agencies

Oversize 7 Village of Hyde Park, appointment to Claude B. King as oil inspector, 1879 May 20, signed by John J. Bennett, President and Martin J. Russell, Clerk, Board of Trustees.
Folio Oversize 8 Howard-Ellers, G. Hyde Park Waterworks. 1882-3. Map. Chicago: L.M. Snyder & Co.
Oversize 9 Hyde Park 1882-3. Sewerage and Drainage. Map. Chicago: L.M. Snyder & Co.
Oversize 10 Village of Hyde Park, map showing water mains, and improved streets, Hyde Park, Ill., March 31, 1888. Chicago: L.M. Snyder & Co.

Container List

Religious Institutions

Box 1 Folder 1 Hyde Park Baptist Church; 1949
Box 1 Folder 2 Rockefeller Memorial Chapel; 1945

Clubs & Organizations

Box 1 Folder 3 Hyde Park Historical Society; 1939 Sept
Box 1 Folder 4 Hyde Park Historical Society; 1988-

Historical Sketches & General History

Box 1 Folder 5 Clement, Ernest W. —Reminiscences of Oakland; 1938
Box 1 Folder 6 Seavey, Edgar & Almena—Quit-Claim deed; 1874

Municipal Agencies: Corporation of Hyde Park

Box 1 Folder 7 Annual Message of the President; 1883
Box 1 Folder 8 Annual Message of the President; 1885
Box 1 Folder 9 Annual Message of the President; 1886 (2 copies)
Box 1 Folder 10 Proceedings of the Board of Trustees; 1889 Apr 16-Jul 13
Box 1 Folder 11 Ordinance Creating a Department of Public Works; undated
Box 1 Folder 12 Specifications for House Drains on Michigan Avenue; circa 1890s?
Box 1 Folder 13 Tax receipt book: Garrit Admiral; 1875-85
Box 1 Folder 14 Water Department—Water Usage; 1880s


Box 2 Folder 1 "Kenwood District "—Pamphlet by Commission on Chicago... Landmarks; 1978

Schools: Hyde Park High School (See also South Shore Community Collection 8:24, 25)

Box 2 Folder 2 Opening day program; 1939
Box 2 Folder 3 "The Oski Wow-Wow: History of HPHS Athletics ", 1924 Publications:
Box 2 Folder 4 Libethrian; 1896
Box 2 Folder 5 Libethrian; 1897
Box 2 Folder 6 Oracle; 1913
Box 2 Folder 7 Aitchpe; 1914
Box 2 Folder 8 Aitchpe; 1915
Box 2 Folder 9 Aitchpe: 1917
Box 3 Folder 1 Aitchpe: 1929
Box 3 Folder 2 Aitchpe: 1935
Box 3 Folder 3 Aithcpe: 1936
Box 3 Folder 4 HPHS Community Coordinating Council/P.T.A.; 1961


Box 3 Folder 5 Improvement of the Harbors of Chicago & Calumet (Wash. DC: 1883)
Box 3 Folder 6 Improvement of the Harbors of Chicago & Calumet (Wash. DC: 1887)


Municipal Agencies

Box 3 Folder 7 Specifications for pumping machinery and boilers, for the village of Hyde Park, Cook County, III. July 17th, 1888.
Box 3 Folder 8 The Deane Steam Pump Co., Holyoke, Mass.—Proposal to build sewage pumping system. 1888 Oct 17th.
Box 3 Folder 9 Supreme Court of Illinois. Abstract of record. Village of Hyde Park vs. Board of Commissioners, Cook Co., City of Chicago, 1887.


Historical Sketches & General History

Box 3 Folder 10 Examination of title, Lot 4, Block 52, Hyde Park; 1873
Box 3 Folder 11 Examination of title, Lot 4, Block 52, Hyde Park; 1891
Box 3 Folder 12 Hyde Park Jubilee—Newspaper editorial; 1939 Sep 21



Box 4 Folder 1 Cornell, Paul—Bond & Warranty deed to land in Hyde Park; 1874 (2 pieces)

Clubs & Organizations

Box 4 Folder 2 Hyde Park Lyceum—Program Flyer; 1878 Mar 2
Box 4 Folder 3 Republican Party—Ticket; [1888 or 1892]
Box 4 Folder 4 YMCA Hyde Park Dept. — "Your Building " (pamphlet); circa 1910


Box 4 Folder 5 4570 S. Woodlawn (Whitton home)—Advertisement for guest house accommodations; undated


Box 4 Folder 6 Hyde Park High School—Commencement program; 1899
Box 4 Folder 7 Hyde Park High School—Libethrian; 1895


Municipal Agencies

Box 4 Folder 8 Hyde Park Fire Dept. (Oakland Hose Co. No. 1)—Frank Gillett, A.L.S. to John H. Trumbull; 1877 Feb 10



Box 4 Folder 9 Shoreland Hotel—The Bulletin; Aug 1926

Clubs & Organizations

Box 4 Folder 10 Hyde Park-Kenwood Council of Jewish Organizations— "The Holocaust: Our Community Remembers," 1979 Apr 23


Box 4 Folder 11 "Segments of the Past"—Brochure by Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference; 1962
Box 4 Folder 12 5757 Woodlawn Avenue (Robie House)—History; 1940s?



Photograph 1.1 John Trainor Tavern, corner Lake Park Ave. & 56th Street; 1892