Scope and Contents
This collection covers several Chicago suburbs but by no means comprehensively documents any community. Oak Park, a town that borders Chicago to the west, is most heavily represented in the collection.
- 1856 - 1975
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 City of Chicago has grown over time by annexing smaller, surrounding communities. Those communities that remained independent form a vast network of suburbs. The greater metropolitan Chicagoland area spans at least six counties and three states.
3 Linear Feet (in 4 boxes, (including 13 photographs), plus 2 oversize folders)
Language of Materials
The collection consists of ephemera, pamphlets and photographs about Chicago suburbs.
Material is arranged in two series:
- Series 1: Documents, 1856-1975
- Series 2: Photographs, 1868-1941
Those items donated by the Kenilworth Historical Society were collected by one of its founders, author Colleen Browne Kilner.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The material comes from many sources. Some items were found in the collection. Items were donated in 1987 and in 1992 by the Kenilworth Historical Society. Some items were donated in 1996 by Alexander Walter.
- Guide to the Suburbia Collection
- Original author unknown. Processed, July 1990. Updated and ingested into ArchivesSpace by Johanna Russ, 2021.
- 1990 July
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English
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