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Lawndale-Crawford Historical Association Records

Identifier: spe-nhrc-lcha

Scope and Contents

The collection includes correspondence, directories, essays, meeting materials, news clippings, photographs, questionnaires, research and other the organizational files gathered and created by The Lawndale-Crawford Historical Association (LCHA) to document the community’s history.

Local history materials (including photographs) that were collected by the Association have been cataloged as part of the Lawndale-Crawford Community Collection.


  • 1929 - 1984
  • Majority of material found within 1934 - 1953

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Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

In December 1934, librarians of the John Toman Branch Library of Chicago Public Library placed two 19th century neighborhood photographs on display and encouraged residents to work with the library on an historical association. On December 13, 30 people gathered at the library to hear Peter Ritzma, Charles Ebright, Arthur Bliss and others speak about their recollections of the development of the neighborhood. The Lawndale-Crawford Historical Association was incorporated by the state on September 16, 1935.

The Association and the Library worked on a number of community projects and activities, including two publications, The Old Families of Lawndale and Crawford (1935) and An Experiment in Friendship (1937). In addition, many local histories were written, including the History of Lawndale-Crawford (1952). The Association worked with the Library to collect photographs, manuscripts, printed items and memorabilia. Annual meetings were held traditionally on September 26, the birthday of Peter Crawford, who had an early farm in the area. The last annual meeting was held in 1984.


3 Linear Feet (in 6 boxes, including 31 photographs, plus 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials



The collection includes organization files, local history materials, photographs and a scrapbook of news clippings gathered and created by the Lawndale-Crawford Historical Association.


The Lawndale-Crawford Historical Association Records is arranged into 2 Series: Series 1: Documents, 1929-1984, undated and Series 2: Photographs, 1934-circa 1977, undated.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from Chicago Public Library, Toman Branch in the 1980s as part of a Dr. Scholl Foundation grant. The photographs with the prefix “2” were transferred from Chicago Public Library, Toman Branch in 1991.

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Separated Materials

The Lawndale-Crawford Historical Association prepared a lantern slide show of historical community images for presentations. Their glass plate slides were numbered 1 to 68. Photographic prints (8″ x 10″) were made for most of these images and numbered in accordance with the slides. Only 30 glass plate negatives are still available.

The slides and prints were cataloged as part of the Lawndale-Crawford Community Collection (LCCC) in 1983. The slides were reprocessed in 1990 to align with their corresponding prints. The following list references the LCCC Photograph number for each LCHS slide in the original order. A glass plate negative is available for items with an asterisk (*).

• Slide 1 (LCCC Photograph 4.20a*), Farms in Lawndale-Crawford, map, (Box 4, Folder 20a)

• Slide 2 (LCCC Photograph 1.234), Crawford, Peter (1796-1876), undated

• Slide 3 (LCCC Photograph 1.235), Crawford, Sophronia, (wife of Peter) circa 1870

• Slide 4 (LCCC Photograph 1.229), Crawford, Peter, Mrs. John Crawford, and son John in carriage, circa 1850

• Slide 5 (LCCC Photograph 1.394*), Smith Farm, Ogden and Springfield Avenues, 1884

• Slide 6 (LCCC Photograph 3.2*), Ritzma, Peter, farm, 22nd Street and Crawford Avenue, 1863

• Slide 7 (LCCC Photograph 1.661*), Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, early engine, undated

• Slide 8 (LCCC Photograph 1.663*), Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, Crawford Station, exterior, 1890

• Slide 9 (LCCC Photograph 1.664*), Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, Crawford Station, interior, circa 1890

• Slide 10 (LCCC Photograph 1.662*), Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, train wreck at Hamlin Avenue, 1906

• Slide 11 (LCCC Photograph 1.2), Aggen's Greenhouse, 25th Street and Kolin Avenue, farm, circa 1910

• Slide 12 (LCCC Photograph 2.4*), John Crawford home, corner of Keeler and Ogden, undated

• Slide 13 (LCCC Photograph 1.430*), Broadway home, 25th and Keeler, circa 1890

• Slide 14 (LCCC Photograph 1.529), Lawndale School, Crawford Branch, exterior, 1876

• Slide 15 (LCCC Photograph 1.532*), Lawndale School, Crawford Branch, class photo, 1885

• Slide 16 (LCCC Photograph 1.533), Lawndale School, Crawford Branch, class photo, 1891

• Slide 17 (LCCC Photograph 1.6), Barth’s Post Office and Store, Keeler Avenue, 1893

• Slide 18 (LCCC Photograph 1.309), Rufus Norton, Crawford mailman, 1904

• Slide 19 (LCCC Photograph 1.676*), U.S. mail car (Chicago Union Traction), Crawford Avenue, circa 1909

• Slide 20 (LCCC Photograph 1.14*), Lloyd’s Drug Store, 26th Street and Karlov Avenue, undated

• Slide 21 (LCCC Photograph 1.29), Patsy Stoke’s Saloon, 26th Street and Crawford Avenue, undated

• Slide 22 (LCCC Photograph 1.15*), Nick Madge’s Barber Shop, 26th Street and Crawford Avenue, 1902

• Slide 23 (LCCC Photograph 1.7*), Dr. Charles Broadway, D.D.S., Ridgeway and Ogden Avenues, interior of dental office, undated

• Slide 24 (LCCC Photograph 1.294), The Crawford Trio, Lunn, Harry, One lung Crosby, Charlie Carlton, circa 1890

• Slide 25 (LCCC Photograph 1.101), Crawford Baptist Church, 25th and Kedvale, exterior, undated

• Slide 26 (LCCC Photograph 1.105*), Crawford Congregational Church, 26th Street and Keeler Avenue, 1895

• Slide 27 (LCCC Photograph 1.114), Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, exterior, 1885

• Slide 28 (LCCC Photograph 1.646), 25th Street, looking west from Keeler Avenue, circa 1900

• Slide 29 (LCCC Photograph 1.592), Funeral procession, Keeler between 25th Street and 25th Place, circa 1890

• Slide 30 (LCCC Photograph 4.20*), Shedd Park, 23rd Street and Lawndale Avenue, 1875 • Slide 31 (LCCC Photograph 3.3*), Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, Millard Avenue Station, undated

• Slide 32 (LCCC Photograph 1.250*), Robert K. Gowenlock, first postman in Lawndale, circa 1890

• Slide 32b (LCCC Photograph 1.541), St. Ludmilla School, 1900 (originally Slide 67)

• Slide 33 (LCCC Photograph 1.443*), George Smith home, 18th Street and Central Park, 1885

• Slide 34 (LCCC Photograph 1.608*), Millard Avenue, north from Ogden, 1890

• Slide 35 (LCCC Photograph 1.608*), Millard Avenue, north from Ogden, 1905

• Slide 36 (LCCC Photograph 1.404*), Millard, A. C. home, 22nd Street and Lawndale Avenue, undated

• Slide 37 (LCCC Photograph 1.406), Smith, A. C. home, 23rd Street and Lawndale Avenue, circa 1890

• Slide 38 (LCCC Photograph 1.402), Albro, E. S. home, 22nd Street and Millard Avenue, undated

• Slide 39 (LCCC Photograph 1.389), Orvis, E. G. home, Ogden and Central Park Avenues, undated

• Slide 40 (LCCC Photograph 1.599) Double-decker street car, Lawndale Avenue, circa 1899

• Slide 41 (LCCC Photograph 1.127*) Millard Avenue Baptist Church, 24th Street and Millard Avenue, 1890

• Slide 42 (LCCC Photograph 1.121*) Millard Avenue Baptist, Larned Meacham’s Sunday school class, 1900

• Slide 43 (LCCC Photograph 1.138*) Millard Avenue Congregational Church, 23rd Street and Central Park Avenue, undated

• Slide 44 (LCCC Photograph 1.97*) Young Ladies’ Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament [missing], 1897

• Slide 45 (LCCC Photograph 1.110*) Fowler Methodist Episcopal Church, 1895

• Slide 46 (LCCC Photograph 1.509) Lawndale School, class picture, 1890

• Slide 47 (LCCC Photograph 1.510) Lawndale School, class picture, 1891

• Slide 48 (LCCC Photograph 1.417) Burns School picnic, 1905

• Slide 49 (LCCC Photograph 1.40) Tebbett’s Hall/Tennes Barber Shop, 22nd Street and Millard Avenue, circa 1890

• Slide 50 (LCCC Photograph 1.31) Tebbett's Coal Company, 2222 S. Millard Avenue, coal yard, 1885

• Slide 51 (LCCC Photograph 1.21) Millard Avenue Hotel, [Wells Hotel?], exterior, circa 1890

• Slide 52 (LCCC Photograph 3.1*) Wood, John, first grocer in Lawndale, circa 1900

• Slide 53 (LCCC Photograph 1.11) William Holmes Grocery and Market, Millard Avenue, exterior, circa 1900

• Slide 54 (LCCC Photograph 1.378) Bliss home, 2410 S. Millard Avenue, circa 1889

• Slide 55 (LCCC Photograph 1.216*), Baldwin, Charles and Florence Kinder, on a tandem, 1898

• Slide 56 (LCCC Photograph 1.261*), Hawkins, Alice and Arthur Hoskings, Millard Avenue, circa 1890

• Slide 57 (LCCC Photograph 1.168), Pest House and Isolation Hospital, 34th Street and Lawndale Avenue, 1890

• Slide 58 (LCCC Photograph 1.42*), Western Electric Company, Cicero Avenue and Cermak Road, construction, 1906

• Slide 59 (LCCC Photograph 1.219*), Belsky, John, organizer of first Lawndale Fire Department, undated

• Slide 60 (LCCC Photograph 1.671), Fire Department, Ridgeway Station, engine pumper, circa 1905

• Slide 61 (LCCC Photograph 1.670), Fire Department, horse drawn engine #7, 1905

• Slide 62 (LCCC Photograph 3.4), [West Chicago Street Railroad], Horse car pulling out of Ogden Avenue barn, undated

• Slide 63 (LCCC Photograph 1.656), 26th Street and Keeler Avenue, streetcar, 1906

• Slide 64 (LCCC Photograph 1.652), 26th Street, looking east from Cicero, 1890

• Slide 67 (no photograph), Original number of 32b

• Slide 68, (LCCC Photograph 1.447*), Blessed Agnes School, exterior, 1906

Guide to the Lawndale-Crawford Historical Association Records
Original author unknown, 1983. Updated and ingested into ArchivesSpace by Michelle McCoy, 2021
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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
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