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South Shore Historical Society Records

Identifier: spe-nhrc-sshs

Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1935 - 1979

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Please consult staff to determine ability to reuse materials from collection.

Biographical / Historical

The South Shore Historical Society was formed in October of 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.


.5 Linear Feet (in 1 box)

Language of Materials



The collection contains documents related to the foundation and organization of the society itself, including society’s constitution, membership lists, reports, minutes and programs. A short history of the Society produced by one of its members describes the Society’s formation and sets forth its aims. Of particular interest are two notes from author and humorist Opie Read which can be found in the correspondence file.


The collection is arranged alphabetically by type of document.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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.

Related Materials

Coalition to Save the South Shore Country Club Archives

South Shore Community Collection

South Shore Newspapers

Guide to the South Shore Historical Society Records
Original author unknown. Updated and ingested into ArchivesSpace by Michelle McCoy, 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Unit at Harold Washington Library Center Repository

Harold Washington Library Center, 9th Floor
Chicago Public Library
400 S. State Street
Chicago IL 60605 United States
(312) 747-4875