Scottsdale Homeowners Association Records

Dates: 1916-2014 (Bulk Dates 1952-2014)
Size: 9 linear feet
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: Archives_SHA
Provenance: The papers of the Scottsdale Homeowners Association were donated by John and Joanne Keating in 2006, 2010, and 2014. Mr. Keating was president of the association from 1977 to 1978 and again from 1983 to 1985.
Access: No restrictions
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: Scottsdale Homeowners Association [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library.

Historical Note

The Scottsdale Homeowners Association (SHA) was established in 1952 by a group of residents of Scottsdale, a newly formed subdivision on the southwest side of Chicago. The mission of the SHA is to meet regularly with Scottsdale residents in order to discuss and take action on community issues and services; for example, the association worked to obtain sidewalks on major streets in the neighborhood, to acquire the Rainey, Durkin and Scottsdale Park Fieldhouses and to establish a Summer Swim Program at Daley College, among other initiatives. In addition, SHA members have been extremely active in the neighborhood by promoting community events such as the yearly Santa Claus visit program, the Annual Picnic in the Park, and the Annual Inaugural Ball dedicated to newly elected SHA officers. The SHA also puts out a newsletter, which began in 1952 and is still being published.

Scottsdale, a subdivision of the Ashburn neighborhood, grew out of a residential development project and shopping center planned by Raymond Lutgert. Lutgert was a real estate developer and built roughly 1,000 homes on the site of the old Ashburn Flying Field in 1952. He named the community after his son, Scott. The Scottsdale Shopping Center was completed in November of 1955 in the midst of post-World War II industrial and population growth in the area. Scottsdale runs approximately from Pulaski Avenue west to Cicero Avenue and from 77th Street south to 87th Street.

Scope and Content

While the collection begins in 1916 with the construction of Ashburn Flying Field, Chicago’s first airfield, the majority of the records span the period from the inception of the Scottsdale Homeowners Association as a non-profit organization in 1952 to 2006. The collection provides an inside look at some of the major issues affecting Chicagoans during this time period, particularly the development of shopping centers, the cross-town expressway proposal, and the Civil Rights Movement and the subsequent desegregation initiative in the Chicago Public Schools during the 1960s and 1970s.

The collection includes manuscript material documenting SHA involvement with local businesses, municipal agencies, schools, and other groups and people in the community in addition to a complete run of SHA newsletters from 1952 through May of 2006. A scrapbook containing photographs is housed separately, as are all oversized materials.

Series Descriptions

Series 1: Biographical Data, 1954-2006

This series contains primarily newspaper clippings about neighborhood residents. The files are organized in alphabetical order.

Series 2: Business Establishments, 1954-2003

This series includes clippings, correspondence, newsletters, and other printed matter from several local businesses. Of particular note in this series are the records pertaining to the Scottsdale Shopping Center’s opening in 1955 and the clippings and advertisements from several Ford City establishments. The folders are in alphabetical order by business name.

Series 3: Religious Organizations, 1956-2003

The Religious Organizations series is the smallest in the Scottsdale collection. This series includes one folder of clippings about, and bulletins from, St. Bede the Venerable Parish, a Catholic parish. The documents are in chronological order, with clippings placed first and parish bulletins last. Information about other local religious organizations can be found in the scrapbook, Series 12, Box 7, folder 1.

Series 4: Clubs and Organizations, 1952-2014

The Clubs and Organizations series is the largest in the collection because it holds the administrative records and general clippings of the Scottsdale Homeowners Association, as well as the association newsletters. Small collections of clippings, flyers, and administrative documents about several other local organizations are also included in the series. The SHA section of the series, which fills roughly 4.5 boxes, includes administrative documents such as articles of incorporation, by-laws, and meeting minutes and notices. The association newsletters make up the largest subseries in the group, while extensive documentation of SHA events and programs is included as well. Clippings, correspondence, flyers, and other printed matter regarding the Annual Picnic in the Park, the Annual Inaugural Ball, yearly membership drives, and the Santa Claus program make up the majority of the records under the Events and Programs subseries. The Clubs and Organizations series is in alphabetical order by organization name, then by subject. Individual documents are organized chronologically within their folders.

Series 5: Historical Essays and Sketches on the Neighborhood, 1963-1988

Eight folders make up this series, which includes historical information about Ashburn, Scottsdale, and the Scottsdale Homeowners Association. The series contains historical sketches written by Association members for the community, reports written by residents for class projects, and clippings about the neighborhood. This series is in chronological order.

Series 6: Municipal Agencies, 1968-1997

The municipal agencies and individuals represented in this series are the Chicago Fire Department, the Chicago Police Department, the Chicago Public Library, and several 13th and 18th Ward aldermen and governmental committee members. Clippings and correspondence make up the majority of the series. The files are in alphabetical order by agency name, with the aldermen and committee member section under "Government." Of note in the Government subseries are the flyers and printed material from the 1967 aldermanic election. Materials within the folders are in chronological order.

Series 7: Parks, 1963-1988

The Parks series houses material related to Rainey, Durkin and Scottsdale Parks. This series contains clippings, correspondence, reports, and printed material primarily concerning the SHA initiatives to purchase both the Hancock and Crerar Schools for use as fieldhouse facilities for Rainey and Durkin Parks, and the initiative to build the Scottsdale Park Fieldhouse. The files are in alphabetical order, with records about Rainey and Durkin Parks combined because the SHA conducted one initiative for both parks.

Series 8: Residences, 1952-2002

This series is comprised of clippings, correspondence, printed material, and directories. The directories folder includes a list of SHA administrative members from 1952-1953 and a longer list of residents’ names and addresses. Records related to several SHA initiatives are in this series as well, including zoning issues, a debate over the 1961 plans to build the Bogan Manor Subdivision, and the more recent banning of "For Sale" signs in the neighborhood. Of particular interest in the series is a promotional booklet produced by Hancock Homes for the proposed Bogan Manor Subdivision. The booklet includes pictures and descriptions of four ranch and split level model home options, from the "elegance of the Franklin" to the "modern contemporary styling" of the Jefferson. This series is organized in alphabetical order by subject, and materials inside individual folders are in chronological order.

Series 9: Schools, 1958-1996

Clippings, correspondence, programs, flyers, petitions, and other printed matter related to several Scottsdale schools are held in this series. Adlai E. Stevenson Elementary School, Southwest/Richard J. Daley College, and William J. Bogan High School have individual files. Of note in the Southwest/Richard J. Daley College file are the clippings and programs that document both the opening of Southwest College in 1970 and the 1982 name change to Richard J. Daley College. Information pertaining to the 1960s and 1970s desegregation initiative in the Chicago Public Schools is included in this series as well, and consists of clippings, surveys and printed matter sent by the School Superintendent, and correspondence, petition forms, and other printed matter created by the Scottsdale Homeowners Association. The desegregation materials contain information related to Adlai E. Stevenson Elementary School, Crerar School, Hancock School, and William J. Bogan High School. A general "schools" folder contains clippings related to SHA school initiatives and the school board. The files in this series are organized in alphabetical order by school name and subject, and materials inside the folders are in chronological order.

Series 10: Streets, 1958-1993

This series is made up primarily of clippings, and includes information on proposals for the Central Avenue Overpass and the Crosstown Expressway, SHA sidewalks initiatives, and general information about issues like drainage problems. The files are in alphabetical order by subject, then chronological order within each folder.

Series 11: Transportation, 1916-1999

The Transportation series holds mostly clippings as well as some correspondence and Midway Airport newsletters. The file on Ashburn Flying Field contains the earliest part of the Scottsdale Homeowners Association collection, documenting activity at the airfield from its beginning in 1916 until 1947, five years before the first houses were built in the subdivision. This series is organized in alphabetical order by subject, and the contents of each folder are in chronological order.

Series 12: Scrapbook, 1952-1963

The last series in the Scottsdale Homeowners Association collection is a scrapbook from the first eleven years of the community’s existence. The scrapbook holds clippings about residents of Scottsdale, photographs of some of the first houses built in the area, and information about local issues related to community streets and zoning. Additionally, and of particular note, are the clippings, programs, and photographs documenting the construction of Adlai E. Stevenson School, Beth Jacobs Congregation, Hancock School and Park, Hometown Christian Church, New Golgotha Lutheran Church, the Scottsdale Shopping Center, St. Bede the Venerable Parish and School, St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, and William J. Bogan High School. The series also includes clippings and notices from Scottsdale organizations not otherwise represented in the collection, including the Crestline Little League Red Sox, the Scottsdale Jewish Community Center, the Scottsdale Youth Organization, and several women’s groups (PTA, A-Ta-Ya Campfire Girls, Scottsdale Ladies, Scottybirds Bluebird Group, and the St. Bede’s Altar Guild). Scrapbook materials are in chronological order.

Container List

Series 1: Biographical

Box 1 Folder 1 Andrews, James: Clipping, 1972
Bolind, Kathy: Missing notice, 1978
DeSousa, William: Chicago Police Department Daily Bulletin clipping and reward posters, 1972
Duggan, Jeremiah: Clipping, 2005
Evans, Irene: Clipping, 1989
Guerin, Richard: Clipping, 2004
Box 1 Folder 2 Lisowski, Reverend Brian: Church Bulletins, 2004-2005; Clippings, 2004-2005
Box 1 Folder 3 Lutgert, Grover Richard: Clipping, 1967
Lutgert, Raymond L.: Clippings, 1955, 2006 [See also Box 1, Folder 10; Box 7: Scrapbook Clipping, 1954]
Lutgert, Scott: Clipping, 2004
Stary, Dawn: Missing Notice, 1978.
Thomson, Frank: Clipping, circa 1973
Wagner, Petty: Clipping, 1977; Flyer, “Scottsdale Homeowners Pet Patrol”

Series 2: Businesses

Box 1 Folder 4 Crestline Sales, Inc. (3822 W. 63rd), Order Form, 1955
Box 1 Folder 5 Ford City Bowling Center (76th and Cicero), Newspaper, undated
Box 8 Folder 1 Ford City Bowling Center, Newspaper, undated
Box 1 Folder 6 Ford City Catholic Center, Clippings, 1971; Programs, 1979, 1989
Box 1 Folder 7 Ford City Shopping Center (76th and Cicero), Newsletters, 1965; Maps, circa 1967; Clippings. 1976-1978, undated; Correspondence, 1991
Box 1 Folder 8 Nabisco Biscuit Company (7300 S. Kedzie), Clippings, 1993
Box 1 Folder 9 Scottsdale Lanes (8333 S. Cicero), Clipping, 1991; Program, undated
Box 1 Folder 10 Scottsdale Shopping Center (79th and Cicero), Clippings, 1954-1955, 1999; Correspondence, 2005 [See also: Box 7: Scrapbook Clipping, 1954]
Box 1 Folder 11 Southwest Book and Video (7733 S. Cicero), Clipping, 1994; Settlement Agreement, 1994
Box 1 Folder 12 Texaco, Inc. (4032 W. 87th), Correspondence, 1968
Box 1 Folder 13 Tootsie Roll Industries Plant (7401 S. Cicero), Clipping, undated
Box 1 Folder 14 Tucker Auto (7600 S. Cicero), Clipping, 2003

Series 3: Religious Organizations

Box 1 Folder 15 St. Bede the Venerable Parish (4420 W. 83rd), Clippings, 1956-2003; Parish Bulletins, 1957, 1999

Series 4: Clubs and Organizations

Box 1 Folder 16 Fine Arts Group, Clipping, 1959
Box 1 Folder 17 Greater Ashburn Planning Association, Proposal to Department of Cultural Affairs
(City of Chicago), 2002
Box 1 Folder 18 SHA, Annual Reports, 1952-1959
Box 1 Folder 19 SHA, Articles of Incorporation, 1952, 1974
Box 1 Folder 20 SHA, By-Laws, 1976-2000
Box 1 Folder 21 SHA, Correspondence with Members, 1960-1978, 2002
Box 1 Folder 22 SHA, Elections and Officers, Clippings, 1972-1989; Correspondence 1963-1995; Election Rules, 1963, 1992; Flyers, 1955-1985
[See also: Box 6, Folder 19: Administration Directory]
Box 8 Folder 2 SHA Elections, Campaign Poster, 1959
Box 1 Folder 23 SHA, Events and Programs: Annual Cleaner Chicago Parade, 1963 Annual Christmas Party, 2003
Box 1 Folder 24 SHA, Events and Programs: Annual Picnic in the Park, 1963-1988
Box 1 Folder 25 SHA, Events and Programs:
Anti-Solicitation Drive, 1971
Ed Evans Award Program, 1992 Family Fun Day Run, 2003
Flag Tribute Day, 1968—after Democratic National Convention
Fourth of July Celebration, 1963
Fundraisers, undated, 2004
Inaugural Ball, 1972-1983
Box 8 Folder 3 SHA Inaugural Ball, Poster, 1972; Clipping, 1976
Box 1 Folder 26 SHA, Events and Programs: Membership Drives, 1955-2002
Box 1 Folder 27 SHA, Events and Programs:
Merry Fest, 1982
Nighthawks Neighborhood Watch Program, 1993, 2000
Santa Claus Program 1956-2001
Scholarship Program (Lewis University), 1998
Softball Tournament, 2001
Sox Park Outing, 1986, 1989, 2001
Box 8 Folder 4 SHA Safe Home Sign, 1966
Box 8 Folder 5 SHA Santa Claus Program, Clipping, 1973
Box 1 Folder 28 SHA, Financial Information, 1956-1997
Box 1 Folder 29 SHA, Issues and Initiatives:
Civil Rights Movement, 1966
Clippings about Several Initiatives, 1974, 1978
Neighborhood Conservation, 1966, 1974
Survey to Improve Association, 1971
Tax Issue, circa 1974
Youth Issues, 1963-1973
Box 1 Folder 30 SHA, Maps, 1963
Box 1 Folder 31 SHA Meetings, Minutes and Notices, 1955-2003
Box 1 Folder 32 SHA, Membership Reports, 1981-1997
Box 2 Folder 1 SHA, The Association Paper, March 1955-April 1955
Box 2 Folder 2 SHA, The Scottsdale News, May 1955-December 1955
Box 2 Folder 3 SHA, The Scottsdale News, February 1956-December 1956
Box 2 Folder 4 SHA, The Scottsdale News, January 1957-December 1957
Box 2 Folder 5 SHA, The Scottsdale News, January 1958-December 1958
Box 2 Folder 6 SHA, The Scottsdale News, January 1959-December 1959
Box 2 Folder 7 SHA, The Scottsdale News, January 1960-December 1960
Box 2 Folder 8 SHA, The Scottsdale News, January 1961-December 1961
Box 2 Folder 9 SHA, The Scottsdale News, January 1962-December 1962
Box 3 Folder 1 SHA, The Scottsdale News, January 1963-December 1963
Box 3 Folder 2 SHA, The Scottsdale News, January 1964-December 1964
Box 3 Folder 3 SHA, The Scottsdale News, January 1965-December 1965
Box 3 Folder 4 SHA, The Scottsdale News, January 1966-December 1966
Box 3 Folder 5 SHA, The Scottsdale News, January 1967-December 1967
Box 3 Folder 6 SHA, The Scottsdale News, January 1968-December 1968
Box 3 Folder 7 SHA, The Scottsdale News, January 1969-December 1969
Box 3 Folder 8 SHA, The Scottsdale News, January 1970-December 1970
Box 3 Folder 9 SHA, The Scottsdale News, January 1971-December 1971
Box 4 Folder 1 SHA, The Scottsdale News, January 1972-December 1974
Box 4 Folder 2 SHA, The Scottsdale News, January 1975-December 1976
Box 4 Folder 3 SHA, The Scottsdale News, January 1977-December 1978
Box 4 Folder 4 SHA, The Scottsdale News, January 1979-December 1980
Box 4 Folder 5 SHA, The Scottsdale News, January 1981-December 1982
Box 4 Folder 6 SHA, The Scottsdale News, January 1983-December 1984
Box 4 Folder 7 SHA, The Scottsdale News, January 1985-December 1986
Box 4 Folder 8 SHA, The Scottsdale News, January 1987-December 1988
Box 4 Folder 9 SHA, Working for You, March 1988
Box 4 Folder 10 SHA, The Scottsdale News, January 1989-December 1990
Box 4 Folder 11 SHA, The Scottsdale News, January 1991-December 1992
Box 4 Folder 12 SHA, The Scottsdale News, January 1993-December 1994
Box 5 Folder 1 SHA, The Scottsdale News, January 1995-December 1996
Box 5 Folder 2 SHA, The Scottsdale News, January 1997-December 1998
Box 5 Folder 3 SHA, The Scottsdale News, January 1999-December 2000
Box 5 Folder 4 SHA, The Scottsdale News, January 2001-December 2002
Box 5 Folder 5 SHA, The Scottsdale News, January 2003-December 2004
Box 5 Folder 6 SHA, The Scottsdale News, January 2005-April/May 2006
Box 5 Folder 7 SHA, The Scottsdale News, 2006 June-2010 December
Box 6 Folder 38 SHA, The Scottsdale News, 2011 January-2014 May
Box 6 Folder 1 SHA, Organizational Chart, 1984; Committee List, 1992
Box 6 Folder 2 "Scottsdale Homeowners: 50 Years 1952-2002," poster
Box 8 Folder 9 SHA Poster: "Scottsdale Homeowners: 50 Years 1952-2002"
Box 6 Folder 3 Southwest Guaranteed Home Equity Commission, By-Laws, 1990; Flyer, 2000; Newsletters, 2005

Series 5: Historical Essays and Sketches

Box 6 Folder 4 "A Geographical Survey of the Greater Scottsdale Area, Chicago, Illinois", John R. Keating, 1963
Box 6 Folder 5 "The Ashburn Story", No Author, 1968
Box 6 Folder 6 "As I See: It: Published Comments by J. Keating and D. Badgley Concerning Purpose of S.H.A.", Dick Badgley and John Keating, 1978-1979
Box 6 Folder 7 "Early History and Development of Scottsdale", William Houlihan, 1984
Box 6 Folder 8 "History of the Association", No Author, 1986
Box 6 Folder 9 "Neighborhoods Ranked by Wealth", Tom Gibbons, 1986
Box 6 Folder 10 "SHA Working for You: Our History", No Author, 1988
Box 6 Folder 11 "Scottsdale Homeowners Association: Early Days", Ray and Eileen Jehli, undated

Series 6: Municipal Agencies

Box 6 Folder 12 Chicago Fire Department (77th and Pulaski), Clippings, 1973
Box 6 Folder 13 Chicago Police Department, Clippings, 1973, 1978
Box 6 Folder 14 Chicago Public Library, Correspondence, 1968; Clipping Wrightwood/Ashburn Branch, 1997
Box 6 Folder 15 Government, Aldermanic/Committee Election Clippings, Flyers, Printed Material, 1967, 1987 (Ward 18); Correspondence, Clipping, 1969-1994 (Ward 13); Ward 18, 1967: John G. Egan, John J. Harhen, Edward J. Hines, John J. McInerney, Robert B. O’Reilly, Robert J. Rayner, George Eddings. Ward 13: Michael J. Madigan, Frank Olivo

Series 7: Parks

Box 6 Folder 16 Rainey (4350 W. 79th) and Durkin (8445 S. Kolin) Parks, Printed Material, 1963, 1982; Clippings, Correspondence, Reports-SHA Initiative to Purchase Hancock and Crerar Schools, 1982-1983. [See also: Box 1, Folders 24-25, 27]
Box 6 Folder 17 Scottsdale Park (4637 W. 83rd), Clippings, Petition Form, Printed Material; SHA Fieldhouse Initiative, 1973-1979; Printed Material, 1982, 1988

Series 8: Residences

Box 6 Folder 18 Bogan Manor Subdivision (Southwest Corner 79th and Pulaski), Correspondence, 1961; Hancock Homes Booklet produced for the proposed Bogan Manor Subdivision, 1961. The booklet includes pictures and descriptions of four ranch and split level model home options.
Box 6 Folder 19 Directories, SHA Administrative List, 1952-1953; Residents and Address List, undated [SHA Member List?]
Box 6 Folder 20 Early Home Projects, Clippings, 1951-1955. [See also: Box 7, Scrapbook photographs, 1952]
Box 6 Folder 21 For Sale Signs Issue, Clipping, 1994; Correspondence, 2002
Box 6 Folder 22 Zoning Issues, Clippings, Correspondence, Flyers, Petition, 1954-1991

Series 9: Schools

Box 6 Folder 23 Adlai E. Stevenson Elementary School (8010 S. Kostner), Clippings, 1958-1973; Proposed Concept for Playground, 1996. [See also: Box 6, Folders 24-26]
Box 6 Folder 24 Desegregation of Chicago Public Schools, Clippings, 1964-1985
Box 8 Folder 6 Desegregation in Chicago Public Schools, Clippings, 1977-1985
Box 6 Folder 25 Desegregation of Chicago Public Schools, School Superintendent Survey and Printed Matter, 1965-1978
Box 6 Folder 26 Desegregation of Chicago Public Schools, SHA Materials: Correspondence, Flyers, Petition Forms, and Other Printed Matter, 1977-1979
Box 6 Folder 27 General Clippings, Local School Council, 1989; Reading Achievement, 1973, 1977; School Board, circa1973; Sex Education Issue, 1969
Box 6 Folder 28 Southwest/Richard J. Daley College (7500 S. Pulaski), Clippings, 1970-1982; Correspondence, 1990; Program-Dedication as Richard J. Daley College, 1982
Box 8 Folder 7 Southwest/Richard J. Daley College, Clipping, 1975
Box 6 Folder 29 William J. Bogan High School (3939 W. 79th), Clippings, 1973-1975. [See also: Box 6, Folders 24-26]
Box 6 Folder 39 William J. Bogan High School yearbook, 1978

Series 10: Streets

Box 6 Folder 30 Central Avenue Overpass, Clipping, 1993
Box 6 Folder 31 Crosstown Expressway, Clippings, 1970, 1974
Box 6 Folder 32 General, Drainage Problems: Clipping, 1974; North-South Expressway: Flyer, 1967; One-Way Streets Issue: Clipping, 1973
Box 6 Folder 33 Sidewalks Initiatives, Clippings, 1958-1976; Correspondence, 1970

Series 11: Transportation

Box 6 Folder 34 Ashburn Flying Field, Clippings, 1916-1947
Box 6 Folder 35 Chicago Transit Authority, Correspondence, 1967
Box 6 Folder 36 Midway Airport Development, Clipping, circa 1999; Newsletters, 1997
Box 6 Folder 37 Southwest Rapid Transit Line, Clippings, 1993
Box 8 Folder 8 Southwest Rapid Transit Line, Clipping, 1993

Series 12: Scrapbooks

Box 7 Folder 1 Scrapbook, 1952-1953
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