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Chicago Public Library. Central Library


Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Chicago Public Library Archives. Chicago Cultural Center Contractor Bids

Identifier: spe-l00105
Abstract This collection comprises the specifications Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge created for contractors to bid on for the construction of the Main Library for the Chicago Public Library, now known as the Chicago Cultural Center. The specifications show the exact standards contractors were held to when building the new central library, as well as the materials to be used. Many bids have original checks for deposits attached to them and some have additional information about the bidding company...
Dates: 1892 - 1898

Eugene Sawyer Mayoral Records

Identifier: spe-h00078
Abstract Eugene Sawyer worked in Chicago's Water Department before being elected 6th Ward Alderman in 1971. Following Harold Washington's death in November 1987, Sawyer was elected by his fellow City Council members to serve as mayor. Sawyer lost the special election in 1989 to Richard J. Daley, and after that, he left public office to pursue private business. Events that are most substantively represented in this collection include the construction of International Terminal 5 at O’Hare Airport, the...
Dates: 1980 - 1989; Majority of material found within Bulk dates: 1987-1989

Harold Washington Archives and Collections. Mayoral Records. Press Office Photographs

Identifier: spe-h00066
Abstract Harold Washington was the first African American mayor of Chicago, elected in 1983. The Press Office was part of the Office of the Mayor, and was responsible for the mayor’s scheduling and for ensuring he was prepared for each event by producing briefing notes with detailed background information. The photographs, contact sheets and negatives in this collection were mostly taken by Press Office photographers, Michelle V. Agins, Antonio B. Dickey and Peter J. Schulz, between 1983 and 1987....
Dates: 1983 - 1987