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Business and Economic History: UIC Special Collections and University Archives

UIC Special Collections and University Archives--Business Collections

Aldis Family Papers. Arthur Taylor Aldis and his son, Graham Aldis, were Chicago realtors in what became the firm of Aldis and Company.

Budlong, Joseph R. Papers. Budlong was a florist in Chicago in the early 1900s.

Chicago Commuter Rail.  This collection includes stereoscopes of a Metropolitan West Side Elevated Railroad station, a photograph published on a calendar sheet, acceptance and bond agreements for the Chicago City Railway Company with the City of Chicago, and bus schedules for the Chicago and West Town Railways, Inc.

Chicago Stockyards Collection.  The Chicago Stockyards, also known as the Union Stockyards, played an integral role in the development of Chicago as the hub of the meat industry. This collection highlights selective aspects of the management and promotional activities of the stockyards.

Philip Ream Clarke Papers.  Clarke was a Chicago Investment Banker, Corporate Director, and Civic Leader.

Container Corporation of America. This collection is unprocessed, so please ask an archivist for details.

Joseph P. Kenny & Associates Records.  Joseph P. Kenny & Associates was a real estate firm that operated in Chicago's near west side.  This collection is unprocessed, so please ask an archivist for details.

Mark Levy & Bros. Records. This collection is processed, but no online finding aid is available yet.  Please ask an archivist for details.

Horace Russell Collection.  Attorney Horace Russell (1889-1973) was widely recognized as the legal architect of the modern savings and loan institution.

Shorebank Corporation Records.  ShoreBank Corporation (1972-2010) was the first bank holding company to combine commercial banking, real estate development, nonprofit loan funds, and international advisory services aimed at community development. Originally developed as a neighborhood development bank for low-income African American communities, ShoreBank eventually expanded nationally and internationally.

UIC Special Collections and University Archives--Business-Related Collections

Bimetallism and Currency Reform Collection.  This collection contains materials that relate to the late 19th-century advocacy for inflationary currency reform.

Chicago Central Area Committee Collection.  The Chicago Central Area Committee, active in the late 1950s through the mid 1960s, sought to plan and guide the future growth and development of Chicago's central area.

Chicago Chamber of Commerce Records.  The Chicago Chamber of Commerce, now known as the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, was chartered in 1887, but not officially formed until 1904. Emerging from the Chicago Board of Trade, the Chamber became a voluntary association of area businesses that promoted the economic development of Chicago and the interests of its membership at the local, state, and federal levels.

Citizens Association of Chicago Records.  The Citizens' Association of Chicago was founded in 1874 in order to ensure what its members believed to be honest and cost-effective governance in the city. The collection consists of annual reports, by-laws, committee reports, speeches and bulletins pertaining to fire protection, municipal elections, and the administration of public funds by the Treasurer of Cook County, Illinois.

Civic Federation of Chicago Records. The Civic Federation of Chicago was created in 1894 to serve as a government watchdog group.

Executive Women Records.  Executive Women was an organization that promoted career development for women in personnel and office management.

Executives' Secretaries Records.  Executives' Secretaries was an international organization that sought to create a forum where professional women could exchange information and ideas.  This collection contains materials from the organization's Chicago chapter.

Home Economists in Business.  This organization was dedicated to integrating the field of home economics into the larger business world.  This collection contains material mostly from the organization's Chicago chapter.

Sherman, John F. Collection.  John F. Sherman was a labor consultant to businesses during the 1930s.

Sunset Club Records.  The Sunset Club was organized in March 1889 with the stated purpose of providing "good fellowship and tolerant discussion among business and professional men of all classes."

Zonta Club of Chicago.  The Zonta Club of Chicago Loop is a chapter of Zonta International, a business and professional women's service club modeled after Rotary and Kiwanis clubs.

UIC Special Collections and University Archives--Design Collections

We have more than 30 collections that deal with designers and design firms.  Businesses and other organizations hired designers to help brand and market their goods and services.   What follows is a list of some of our most popular design collections.  For information on our other design collections, please contact an archivist.

American Society of Interior Designers Records.

Container Corporation of America Records.  This collection is unprocessed, so please ask an archivist for details.

Harrison, Charles A. Design Papers.

Institute of Design Collection.

International Design Conference in Aspen Papers.

Society of Typograhic Arts Records.

Twenty-Seven Chicago Designers Collection.

Rare Books Related to Business and Economic History

Here is a select list of rare books that can be found at UIC Special Collections and University Archives. These books can serve as primary source documents that touch on some aspect of Chicago's business or economic history.

This list represents only a small sample of the thousands of rare books in our holdings. For more, please feel free to consult the UIC Library's online catalog here. Or you can browse links to some of the major collections of rare books we have received here.

Welcome to UIC Special Collections and University Archives

The Special Collections and University Archives Department at UIC is a repository for hundreds of archival collections and rare books.  Our collections include the manuscript records from individual and organizational donors, the records of the university, and rare books that were donated to us or that we acquired.

For a list of our manuscript records, please click here.

Accessing Special Collections

The CME Group Collections can be viewed in the Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room on the third floor of Richard J. Daley Library. For these collections in particular, it's best to contact the department prior to visiting, as some materials may be stored offsite or restricted.