South Chicago Community Collection

Dates: 1883-circa 2000
Size: 2 linear feet, 209 photographs, 4 oversize folders
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: Archives_SCCC
Provenance: The collection was originally housed in Chicago Public Library’s South Chicago Branch Library. In the 1980s Special Collections, working with a Dr. Scholl Foundation grant, transferred and processed the collection to make it fully available to the public. Processed April 1989. Additional material continues to be added through transfer and donation. Box 4, Folder 34 was added in 2019.
Access: No restrictions
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: South Chicago Community Collection [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library.

Historical Note

The South Chicago neighborhood is 10 miles southeast of the Loop. The neighborhood extends along South Chicago Avenue east to the Lake and Calumet River and from 79th Street south to 95th Street. South Chicago is number 46 of the 77 official neighborhoods that make up Chicago.

For an overview of South Chicago, see

  • "South Chicago," Encyclopedia of Chicago
  • "CA46 -- South Chicago," Local Community Fact Book, Chicago Metropolitan Area, 1990

Scope and Content

The SCCC is divided into nine series ranging from "Biographical Data" to "Street Scenes." Photographs are listed at the end of the finding guide.

What follows is a list of significant subjects in the SCCC:

  • Calumet and Chicago Canal & Dock Co.
  • South Works
  • S. Steel
  • South Shore Methodist Church
  • South Chicago Community Forum
  • Political Organizations
  • "History of South Chicago"
  • Cal-Sag Channel Project
  • Calumet River Improvement

Series Descriptions:

Series 1: Biographical Data, 1959 - 1970

This series contains correspondence, booklets and newspaper clippings about South Chicago’s residents. It is arranged alphabetically by biographee’s surname.

Series 2: Business Establishments, 1883 - 1956

Brochures, contracts, newspaper clippings and picture books describing South Chicago businesses are all found in this small series. Business establishments ranging in size from South Works to Brown’s Funeral Home can be found in this series. The series is arranged alphabetically by each business name.

Series 3: Religious Institutions, 1886 - 1961

This series contains anniversary publications, historical sketches and newspaper clippings of South Chicago religious institutions. It is arranged alphabetically by name.

Series 4: Clubs & Organizations, 1931 - 1960

Community service groups, religious organizations, labor brotherhoods and fraternal clubs are all represented in this series. The series contains brochures, anniversary publications, newspaper clippings and yearbooks. It is arranged alphabetically by organization name.

Series 5: Community Historical Essays & Sketches, 1936 - 1970

This series contains historical essays written about different aspects of South Chicago’s development. The essays, while covering a wide variety of subjects focus mainly upon the development of South Chicago’s industrial infrastructure. Materials are arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Series 6: Hospitals, 1952

This series contains programs and newspaper clippings from the South Chicago Community Hospital. An eleven part series describing the development of this South Chicago institution is included in this series.

Series 7: Municipal Agencies, 1892 - 1940, undated

Reports, newspaper clippings and a tax assessor’s receipt book are some of the items contained in this brief series. This series is arranged alphabetically.

Series 9: Schools, 1943 - 1963

This series contains historical sketches and newspaper clippings from South Chicago’s schools. The schools are arranged alphabetically.

Series 10: Street Scenes, 1880 - 1957

This series contains pamphlets and newspaper clippings about the development of streets in South Chicago. Streets are arranged alphabetically.

Supplement 1

The tax receipt book of John Bruszer, 1880-1899, has been added to the section of Community Histories. It is in folder 3:31.

Container List

Series 1: Biographical Data

Box 1 Folder 1 Bruszer, John: Special Assessment Receipt, July 1922.
Box 1 Folder 2 Buchanan, Alderman John J.: Newspaper clippings, 1969-70.
Box 1 Folder 3 Butler, Walter: Newspaper clippings, 1959.
Box 1 Folder 4 Cranby, Helena Nix: Newspaper clipping 1961.
Box 1 Folder 5 Kazacik Family: ALS, March 25, 1969. Booklet, 1969.
Box 1 Folder 6 Langer, Edward: Newspaper clipping, circa 1941-45.
Box 1 Folder 7 O’Hara, Congressman Baratt: Newspaper clipping, 1969.
Box 1 Folder 8 Pavichevich, William: Newspaper clipping, 1966.
Box 1 Folder 9 Rowan, William A.: Correspondence, circa 1940’s.
Box 1 Folder 10 Walters, Nenona: Newspaper clipping, 1965.
Box 1 Folder 11 Zirngible, Andreas von: Newspaper clipping, 1962.

Series 2: Business Establishments

Box 1 Folder 12 Brown Funeral Home: Newspaper clipping, 1960.
Box 1 Folder 13 Calumet & Chicago Canal & Dock Co.:
Box 1 Folder 13 Calumet & Chicago Canal & Dock Co.: Agreements, 1883-85.
Box 1 Folder 14 Calumet & Chicago Canal & Dock Co.: Contracts, 1884.
Box 1 Folder 15 Calumet & Chicago Canal & Dock Co.: Court Petition, US Northern District v Calumet & Canal & Dock Co., 1884.
Box 1 Folder 16 Calumet & Chicago Canal & Dock Co.: Ordinance of Permission, 1886.
Box 1 Folder 17 Calumet & Chicago Canal & Dock Co.: Specifications, 1883-89.
Box 1 Folder 18 Calumet & Chicago Canal & Dock Co.: Subdivision map, circa 1880s. See: Oversize 1& 2
  Oversize 1 Map of subdivisions of the Calumet & Chicago Canal & Dock Co. At South Chicago, Cook County, Ills. Map, 41 x 44 inches. Scale 1:2400. Rand McNally & Co., printers, 1884.
  Oversize 2 Subdivision of the Calumet & Chicago Canal & Dock Co., in sections 5 & 6, T. 37 N, R. 15 E. Of the 3rd P. M. at South Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. Folding map in 24 sections, 30 x 38 inches. R.W. Dobson, surveyor & lithographer. No date.
Box 1 Folder 19 Calumet National Bank: Brochure, "South Chicago - Its History and Progress," 1927.
Box 1 Folder 20 Calumet Publishing Co.: Directory, circa 1940. Carneogne-Illinois Steel Corp.: See: South Works.
Box 1 Folder 21 Chicago Steel & Wire CO.: Picture book, 1945.
Box 1 Folder 22 Clinkerville Gulch: Program, Sept.-Oct. 1903.
Box 1 Folder 23 Inland Steel: Booklet, 1956.
Box 1 Folders 24-28 In Print, 1952-1956.
Box 2 Folder 1 Sauganash Hotel: Advertisement brochure, Dec. 1961.
Box 2 Folder 2 South Chicago Savings Bank: Silver anniversary souvenir book, circa 1926.
Box 2 Folder 3 South Works: Pamphlets, 1950’s.
Box 2 Folder 4 U. S. Steel: Newspaper clippings, 1960.
Box 2 Folder 5 Wisconsin Steel: Newspaper clipping, 1977. See also: U.S. Steel & South Works.

Series 3: Religious Institutions

Box 2 Folder 6 Congregational Church: Centennial Concert Program, 1876.
Box 2 Folder 7 Immaculate Conception B.V.M. Parish: 75th Anniversary book, 1957.
Box 2 Folder 8 Our Lady Gate of Heaven: Newspaper clippings, 1957.
Box 2 Folder 9 Our Lady of Peace Parish: "Fr. Friel’s Pastoral Jubilee," 1953.
Box 2 Folder 10 Sacred Heart Croatian Church: "Memorial Book of WWII," 1946.
Box 2 Folder 11 St. George Church: Parish almanac, 1943.
Box 2 Folder 12 St. George Church: 50th Anniversary Souvenir Booklet, 1953.
Box 2 Folder 13 St. Mary Magdalene Church: Newspaper clippings, 1960.
Box 2 Folder 14 St. Patrick’s Parish: Centennial Souvenir Program, 1957.
Box 2 Folder 15 St. Petri Evangelical & Reformed Church: Newspaper clippings, 1960.
Box 2 Folder 16 SS. Peter & Paul Parish: Jubilee Program & Newspaper clippings, 1957.
Box 2 Folder 17 South Deering Methodist Church: Brochure, undated
Box 2 Folder 18 South Shore Methodist Church: History, 1956

Series 4: Clubs & Organizations

Box 2 Folder 19 Calumet Region Youth Council: Newspaper clipping, 1957.
  Oversize 3 Chicago Federation of Labor: Federation News - Special Labor Day Edition, Sept. 20, 1956.
Box 2 Folder 20 East Side Lions Club: Centennial Publication, 1951.
Box 2 Folder 21 Industrial Management Club: Newspaper clipping, 1957.
Box 2 Folder 22 Old Settler’s Association of South Chicago: Jubilee Publication, 1936.
Box 2 Folder 23 Old Settler’s Association of South Chicago: Newspaper clippings, undated
Box 2 Folder 24 Political Organizations: 10th Ward Alderman, 1889-1910.
Box 2 Folder 25 South Chicago Chamber of Commerce: Newspaper clipping, 1957.
Box 2 Folder 26 South Chicago Chamber Community Center: Brochure, 1960.
Box 2 Folder 27 South Chicago Community Forum: Activities outline, 1943-47.
Box 2 Folder 28 South Chicago Community Forum: "Atomic Energy and the Industrial Future," 1948.
Box 2 Folder 29 South Chicago Community Forum: "The New Congress & Labor Legislation," 1949.
Box 2 Folder 30 South Chicago Community Forum: "Compulsory Health Insurance," 1949.
Box 2 Folder 31 South Chicago Community Forum: "Lighting Chicago’s Score in Human Relations," 1950.
Box 2 Folder 32 South Chicago Community Forum: "The Free Trade Union in Modern Society," 1950.
Box 2 Folder 33 South Chicago Community Forum: India & Pakistan Today, undated
Box 3 Folder 1 South Chicago Community Forum: "Issues in the Coming Elections," 1948.
Box 3 Folder 2 South Chicago Community Forum: "Toward Brotherhood in Chicago," 1949.
Box 3 Folder 3 South Chicago Community Forum: "The Work of the 81st Congress," 1949.
Box 3 Folder 4 South Chicago Community Forum: "Why Read Books?" 1949.
Box 3 Folder 5 South Chicago Historical Society: Organizational papers, 1948.
Box 3 Folders 6-8 South Chicago Trades & Labor Assembly: Yearbooks, 1948, 1956, 1957.
Box 3 Folder 9 Southeastern Chicago Steel Workers: Local 65, 1952.
Box 3 Folder 10 South Shore Commission: South Shore Scene, 1962.
Box 3 Folder 11 The Steel City Business Service: The South Chicagoan, 1949.
Box 3 Folder 12 United Steelworkers of America: ". . .The First Ten Years," 1944.

Series 5: Community Historical Essays & Sketches

Box 4 Folder 34 “Chicago’s Southeast Side: Historical, Cultural, Ecological, Environmental Tour,” prepared by the Biology, Chemistry, History, Museology classes of Washington High School, circa 2000
Box 3 Folder 13 "Forty-four Cities in the City of Chicago," 1942.
Box 3 Folder 14 "History of South Chicago," by Frank J. Markin, 1970.
Box 3 Folder 15 "History of South Chicago 1836-1936," by George A. Rodney, circa 1936
Box 3 Folders 16-19 "History of South Chicago: "Newspaper clippings, circa 1940.
Box 3 Folder 20 "History of South Chicago District," by Hanberg, circa 1949.
Box 3 Folder 21 "History & Progress of East Side 1851-1951," by East Side Lions Club, 1951.
Box 3 Folder 22 Calumet River Improvement - Instructions for Bidders, 1887-88.
Box 3 Folder 23 Cal-Sag Channel Project: Information pamphlets, 1956-58.
Box 3 Folder 24 Cal-Sag Channel Project: Newspaper clippings, 1956-57.
Box 3 Folder 25 Cal-Sag Channel Project: Newspaper clippings, 1956-57.
Box 3 Folder 26 Cal-Sag Channel Project: Newspaper clippings, 1958.
Box 3 Folder 27 Cal-Sag Channel Project: Newspaper clippings, 1959.
Box 3 Folder 28 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, undated
Box 3 Folder 29 City Dump Project: Newspaper clippings, undated
Box 3 Folder 30 Reports: Census Analysis, 1940.
Box 3 Folder 31 Bruszer, John—Tax receipt book, 1880-1899.
Box 4 Folder 1 "Mystery of Our Street Names," by Alice Costello, undated
Box 4 Folder 2 "The Old Stateline Monument," The Economist, May 3, 1945.
Box 4 Folder 3 "South Chicago History is Older than Chicago," Daily Calumet, 1952.
Box 4 Folder 4 "South Chicago-City with Romantic Past and Highway Leading to It," undated
Box 4 Folder 5 "South Chicago’s History for First Hundred Years," Daily Calumet, 1936.
Box 4 Folder 6 "The Story Behind Chicago’s Street Names," Chicago Tribune Magazine, Aug. 18, 1968.
Box 4 Folder 7 Report of a Brief Community Analysis of South Chicago, 1940.
Box 4 Folder 8 Industrial Surveys, 1940s.
Box 4 Folder 9 St. Lawrence Waterway & Power Project: Brochures, 1958, 1961.
Box 4 Folder 10 St. Lawrence Waterway & Power Project: Newspaper clippings, 1957-58.
Box 4 Folder 11 St. Lawrence Waterway & Power Project: Newspaper clippings, 1956-61, 1966.
Box 4 Folder 12 Water Filtration Plant Project: Newspaper clipping, 1961.

Series 6: Hospitals

Box 4 Folder 13 South Chicago Community Hospital: Dinner Dance Programs, 1952-53.
Box 4 Folder 14 South Chicago Community Hospital: Newspaper clippings, 1958.

Series 7: Municipal Agencies

Box 4 Folder 15 Cook County Collector’s Office: Receipt Book, 1892-94.
Box 4 Folders 16-22 Chicago Recreation Commission: Recreation & Juvenile Delinquency Study, circa 1940.
Box 4 Folder 23 Victor L. Schlaeger (fire boat): Newspaper clipping, undated

Series 8: Schools

Box 4 Folder 24 Susan B. Anthony Elementary School: Newspaper clipping, 1957.
Box 4 Folder 25 Bethlehem Lutheran School: Newspaper clipping, 1969.
Box 4 Folder 26 Bowen High School: The Bowen Arrow, April 2, 1943.
Box 4 Folder 27 Buckingham School: Newspaper clipping, 1962.
Box 4 Folder 28 Phil Sheridan School: Historical sketch, 1963.
Box 4 Folder 28a South Chicago High School: Graduation program, 1897.
Box 4 Folder 29 J.N. Thorp Elementary School: Newspaper clipping, 1962.
Box 4 Folder 30 George Washington School: Newspaper clipping, 1956, 1957.

Series 9: Street Scenes

  Folio Oversize 4 Map of Hyde Park, Calumet, Thorton, South Chicago and northern portion of Lake County, Indiana. "Owing to the natural advantages of its situation, South Chicago is to become the great industrial center of the north west." map; 24 x 27". Handcolored.
No date, [1850s?]
Box 4 Folder 31 Greenwood Avenue: Improvement Project – Flyer, [1880s]
Box 4 Folder 32 130th Street Bridge Project: Pamphlet, 1949.
Box 4 Folder 33 Stony Island Avenue Project: Newspaper clippings, 1957.

PHOTOGRAPHS

Series 1: Biographical/Portraits

Photograph 1.50 Anderson, Paul Edward
Photograph 1.51 Ansbury, Jas
Photograph 1.52 Badtke, D.H.
Photograph 1.53 Balash, Mary Ann
Photograph 1.54 Ballahan, Jerry P. Jr.
Photograph 1.55 Baumgartner, Robert
Photograph 1.56 Behnke, William E.
Photograph 1.57 Benne, Robert
Photograph 1.58 Bennett, John I.
Photograph 1.59 Bialas, Frank
Photograph 1.60 Blank, Walter
Photograph 1.61 Boris, Clarence Bruce
Photograph 1.62 Brokop, Henry
Photograph 1.63 Busckley, Waldron
Photograph 1.64 Bulla, Albert J.
Photograph 1.65 Daniel, Chester
Photograph 1.66 Danielweskt, Michael W.
Photograph 1.67 Dingell (?), John D.
Photograph 1.68a-b Dolosinski, Henry
Photograph 1.69 Drous, John A.
Photograph 1.70 Dupler, Leo
Photograph 1.71 Duszyaski, Edward H.
Photograph 1.72 Dwyer, Eugene
Photograph 1.73 Dwyer, Gerald L.
Photograph 1.74 Erikson, Lloyd
Photograph 1.75 Ewing, George A.
Photograph 1.76 Gonzalez, Reuben
Photograph 1.77 Gordon, Thomas S.
Photograph 1.78 Gorski, Martin
Photograph 1.79 Grabowski, Stanley
Photograph 1.80 Hough, William
Photograph 1.81 Langer, Edward
Photograph 1.82 Lesinski, John
Photograph 1.83 Lynn, Brother J.
Photograph 1.84 Malecki, Helene
Photograph 1.85 Markusic, Charles D.
Photograph 1.86 Merquesh, Carl
Photograph 1.87 Merrick, Arthur
Photograph 1.88 Myers, Francis J.
Photograph 1.89 Paganini, B.
Photograph 1.90 Parkinson, Warren C.
Photograph 1.91 Peloza, John Florian
Photograph 1.92 Robertson (?)
Photograph 1.93 Rowan, William A.
Photograph 1.94-1.145 Rowan, William A.
Photograph 1.146 Ruowski, Edward J.
Photograph 1.147 Sadoroski, Geore S.
Photograph 1.148 McAdam, "Spike" (?)
Photograph 1.149 Unidentified
Photograph 1.150 Van Deloar, Father

Series 2: Business Establishments

Photograph 1.1 Calumet Iron and Steel Works-At Gummings
Photograph 1.2 Daily Calumet
Photograph 1.3 Gaslight Era, End of
Photograph 1.4-1.5 Gayety Candy & Soda Fountain
Photograph 1.6 Goldblatt’s Department Store Ground breaking
Photograph 1.7 Grand Crossing Tack Co.
Photograph 1.8 Helbing’s General Store
Photograph 1.9 Illinois Steel Company
Photograph 1.10 Illinois Steel Co. – Hospital
Photograph 1.11 Illinois Steel Co. - Machine Shop
Photograph 1.12 Illinois Steel Co. - Main Gate
Photograph 1.13 Illinois Steel Works
Photograph 1.14 M. Shields Co.
Photograph 1.15 Ship Building
Photograph 1.16 Ship Yards
Photograph 1.17 South Chicago Savings Bank-Parade
Photograph 1.18-1.19 South Works
Photograph 1.20-1.21 Trudg Cigars & Tobacco
Photograph 1.22 Wisconsin Steel - Safety Comm.
Photograph 1.194 Goldblatt’s Department Store - Ground Breaking

Series 4: Clubs & Organizations

Photograph 1.23 American Legion - Illiana Post #220
Photograph 1.24-1.25 Rowan’s Horse Shoe Club
Photograph 1.26 Saint Patrick-Committee for Golden
Photograph 1.27-1.30 South Chicago Community Forum
Photograph 1.31 South Chicago Eagles Aerie #1358
Photograph 1.32 South Chicago-Home-Coming Week Meeting
Photograph 1.33-1.34 Washington Physicians and Newspapermen Manresa Group
Photograph 1.35 Women’s Relief Corps - Post #161
Photograph 1.36 Y.M.C.A.-Gayety Cup Award

Series 7: Municipal Agencies

Photograph 1.37 Altgeld Gardens-U. S. Housing Project
Photograph 1.38 Political rally; undated
Photograph 1.39 South Chicago Public Library-Exhibit
Photograph 1.40 South Chicago Public Library - Labor Exhibit
Photograph 1.41 Fire Boat Crew
Photograph 1.42-1.43 Fire Department

Parks

Photograph 1.44 Bessemer Park - Field House
Photograph 1.45 Irondale Playground (?)
Photograph 1.46 108 St. Playground - Ground breaking
Photograph 1.47 South Deering A.C. - Ball Park
Photograph 1.48 Trumbal Park
Photograph 1.49 Windsor Park Bench

Residences

Photograph 1.151 F.J. Lewis Sub-Division
Photograph 1.152 91st & Greenbay
Photograph 1.153 2958 E. 91st
Photograph 1.154 3360 E. 91st
Photograph 1.155 2863 E. 96th St.-Ground Breaking
Photograph 1.156 10940 Ave. J.-Groundbreaking
Photograph 1.157 South Deering-U. S. Housing Project

Series 9: Schools

Photograph 1.158 Bowen High School Addition-Ground Breaking
Photograph 1.159 Bowen High School-Opening of New Addition

Series 10: Street Scenes

Photograph 1.160 92nd St. & Calumet River
Photograph 1.161 95th St. & Calumet River
Photograph 1.162 Commercial Avenue
Photograph 1.163-1.165 91st St. & Commercial Avenue
Photograph 1.166 92nd St. & Commercial Avenue
Photograph 1.167-1.171 Funeral Procession
Photograph 1.172 Irondale & Torrence
Photograph 1.173 95th St. - Ground breaking
Photograph 1.174 97th St.
Photograph 1.175 103rd Viaduct - Ground Breaking
Photograph 1.176 89th & So. Chicago-Dedication
Photograph 1.177-1.178 Stony Island Ave. - Official Opening
Photograph 1.179 Unidentified Street
Photograph 1.180-1.181 Unidentified Street Scene

Transportation

Photograph 1.182 1.182 Boat
Photograph 1.183 1.183 Bruszer Boats
Photograph 1.184-1.185 1.184-185 Chicago - Lake Shore & Eastern RR Co.
Photograph 1.186 1.186 Horse Drawn Wagon
Photograph 1.187-1.188 1.187-188 Horse Drawn Buggy
Photograph 1.189-1.190 1.189-1.190 Port Elizabeth Hull 139 - launching a tug
Photograph 1.191 1.191 River Tug
Photograph 1.192 1.192 Street-Car Line - 87th St. - Opening day ceremony
Photograph 1.193 1.193 Subway- Construction

War Time Activities

Photograph 1.195 Honor Roll-Local 66
Photograph 1.196 O.P.A. - Poster Contest
Photograph 1.197-1.209 Pacific Theatre Tour
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