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This collection consists of an initial accession and three supplements. Photographs are listed following the Box and Folder Inventory below. Oversized materials, separated from the manuscript collection, are listed in the Separation Record in the Scope and Content note below following Series Descriptions. Important subjects covered throughout the collection are:

The pioneers and early residents of the Lawndale-Crawford community are represented in this series by such items as correspondence, historical biographies, memorabilia, and related material. Also included are a number of articles which appeared as a series in the West End News in 1940; they are short biographical sketches of many of the prominent residents of the area. The files are arranged in alphabetical order by name of family. Cross-reference is made to Portrait and Family Photographs. Series 2: Business Establishments, 1875-1978

The material in this series consists mainly of individual items on or from local businesses such as advertisements, brochures, historical sketches, newspaper clippings and related material. Of special interest is the Millard & Decker Real Estate brochure for the early Lawndale-Crawford area, dated 1875. The series is divided into two separate categories: Subseries A: General Historical Notes, 1 folder

Many civic and social groups of the Lawndale-Crawford community are represented in this series, including the Millard Avenue Woman’s Club, which is the second oldest of its kind in the city, and the Bohemian Sokol groups. Materials include brochures, bulletins, invitations, newspaper clippings and programs. The files are arranged in alphabetical order by name of organization. Series 5: Community Historical Sketches and Newspaper clippings, 1928-1954

This small series of ten folders contains a number of historical sketches written by early residents of the area and newspaper clippings from various local newspapers such as the Community Reporter and West End News. Also included is a booklet compiled by the members of the Lawndale-Crawford Historical Association listing the names and addresses of early community residents (also see: Papers of the Lawndale-Crawford Historical Association).The material is arranged alphabetically by subject and/or title. Series 6: Schools, 1884-1954

The material in this series includes announcements, bulletins, historical sketches, newspaper clippings, programs and yearbooks on ten schools in the Lawndale-Crawford area, including early grammar schools such as Lawndale and Howland that are no longer in existence. The records are divided into two categories: Subseries A: General Historical Notes, 1 folder

This small series of sixteen file folders consists of historical sketches, newspaper clippings and related material on a number of streets in the community. Of particular interest is the name change controversy of Crawford Avenue in the 1930s and 1940s, which involved many local civic organizations. The records are arranged alphabetically by name of street. Series 8: Transportation, 1900-1976

The material in this small series of six file folders includes a brochure, historical sketch, newspaper clippings and an early ticket for two railroads that pass through the area. The files are separated into two categories: Subseries A: General Historical Notes, 1 folder.

Correlate audio-visual materials including 64 lantern slide and 30 glass plate negatives are listed in the finding aid to the papers of the Lawndale-Crawford Historical Association. Corresponding slides and negatives are cross-referenced in the photograph listing in this finding aid. Supplement 1, processed January 1989

The materials in Supplement 1 consist of items transferred from the Toman Branch Library after the original processing of this collection. The bulk of this material is comprised of land title abstracts dated 1873-1905, concerning property in the Lawndale-Crawford area (5:29-33).

Of particular note are two folders ( 5:27-28 ) concerning Thomas Garrigue Masaryk (1850-1937), Czechoslovak president who lived for a short time with a Lawndale-Crawford family in 1918-1919 while on faculty at the University of Chicago. The presence of a large Czechoslovakian community in the Lawndale-Crawford neighborhood prompted the Toman Library to collect heavily in the history and culture of Czechoslovakia; this Czech collection at Toman bore Masaryk’s name in his honor. Supplement 2, processed October 1989

Supplement 2 consists of two yearbooks and a student scrapbook relating to Harrison Technical High School, 1920-1924 and 1931. The scrapbook and 1924 yearbook were the property of HTHS student Dorothy Alter; the 1931 yearbook belonged to her brother Morris. Harrison Technical High School no longer exists. These items are found in folders 6:1 to 6:3.

These materials were received by Special Collections via anonymous donation in May, 1988. This donation included a yearbook for Herzl Junior High School, which has been cataloged as part of the North Lawndale Community Collection, see NL 2:8a. Supplement 3, processed June 1992