South Shore Historical Society Records

Dates: 1935-1979
Size: .5 linear feet
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: Archives_SSHS
Provenance: The collection was housed in Chicago Public Library’s South Shore 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. Items continue to be added to the collection through transfer and donation. Box 1, Folder 24 was added in 2018.
Access: No restrictions
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: South Shore Historical Society Records [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library.

Historical Note

The South Shore Historical Society was formed in October, 1935 as part of the "local history in Branches" idea expressed by Carl B. Roden, Librarian of Chicago Public Library. Working closely with the Library, the Society collected material about the development of the South Shore neighborhood as well as contemporary material that would be of later interest. During World War II, for example, they collected photographs of area men inducted into the Armed Services.

Scope and Content

The collection contains the Society’s constitution, membership lists, treasurer’s reports, meeting minutes and programs as well as a short history of the Society. The bulk of the collection dates from the 1930s and 1940s. Of particular interest are two notes from author and humorist Opie Read in the correspondence file.

Related Material

South Shore Community Collection
South Shore Newspaper Collection

Container List

Box 1 Folder 1 "History and Organization of the South Shore Historical Society." Describes the foundation and purposes of the Historical Society. Written by a member. undated
Box 1 Folder 2 Constitution—Drafts and Copies. Handwritten and typed copies. 1935.
Box 1 Folder 3 Membership Lists. Members, undated; honorary & charter members, 1935-36; members, undated; charter members, 1935; prospective members, 1935; charter members paid, 1936-37.
Box 1 Folder 4 Membership Lists. Charter members not paid, 1936-37; members with committee service, undated; members, undated; members, undated; prospective members, undated
Box 1 Folder 5 Membership Lists. Signatures of original members; charter members, 1936-37; prospective members, 1936; paid up members, 1936-37.
Box 1 Folder 6 Correspondence. Incoming letters, 1935-1960. Subjects covered are largely routine business—meeting attendance and membership questions; some responses from old-timers to speaking invitations. 2 typed and signed notes from Opie Read, Sept. 3, 1936 and Oct. 22, 1938.
Box 1 Folder 7 Meeting Notices. Notices of meeting times and agendas, 1935-39.
Box 1 Folder 8 Meeting Notices. 1940-45.
Box 1 Folder 9 Meeting Notices. 1946-59.
Box 1 Folder 10 Meeting Minutes. Reports of regular meetings, 1935-36.
Box 1 Folder 11 Meeting Minutes. Executive Board meeting reports, 1937-44.
Box 1 Folder 12 Meeting Programs. Guests and events, 1935-39.
Box 1 Folder 13 Meeting Programs. Guests and events, 1940-46.
Box 1 Folder 14 Memos. Largely concern routine Society business—Committee memberships and the like. 1948; 1956.
Box 1 Folder 24 Newsletter, 1979
Box 1 Folder 15 Treasurer’s Reports. 1936-39.
Box 1 Folder 16 Treasurer’s Reports. 1940-42.
Box 1 Folder 17 Treasurer’s Reports. 1943-47.
Box 1 Folder 18 Treasurer’s Reports. 1948-58.
Box 1 Folder 19 Publicity. News clippings and publicity releases concerning Society meetings and speakers. 1935-37.
Box 1 Folder 20 Publicity. News clippings and publicity releases concerning Society meetings and speakers. 1938-48.
Box 1 Folder 21 Condolence Resolutions. Resolutions adopted by the Board and membership to be sent to families upon the death of a society member. Arranged alphabetically by deceased member’s name.
Box 1 Folder 22 Membership Cards. Two membership cards. undated
Box 1 Folder 23 Reference Questions. Lists of questions and answers concerning South Shore history. undated
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