Hawthorne Neighbors/Dodge Collection
Scope and Contents
This collection contains records of the Hawthorne Neighbors, a branch of the Lake View Citizens' Council, and approximately 626 color slides of Lake View. The Hawthorne Neighbors' records include fliers, correspondence, memorandum, a list of local businesses, financial records, maps, membership lists, minute books, newsletters, and news clippings. There are also a few certificates from longtime members Helen and Harry Dodge.
The slides mostly depict residential yards and gardens in Lake View. They also include a small number of images of local businesses, religious institutions and convalescent homes, a fire station, and 'L' tracks.
- Creation: 1960-1976, undated
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Biographical / Historical
The Hawthorne Neighbors, a branch of the Lake View Citizens' Council, had its first meeting on July 22, 1959. According to an organizational history written in 1969, the participants at the meeting determined that "a neighborhood organization might be useful in helping to stimulate community pride - get the area spruced up a bit and combat violations of the city's building code." They originally accepted members from the area bounded by Sheffield, Racine, Roscoe, and Cornelia but later expanded their area of interest to encompass the blocks from Belmont to Addison and Clark to Southport. The Hawthorne Neighbors organized and hosted a variety of events, including neighborhood clean-ups, tree planting days, Christmas parties for neighborhood children, street fairs, and dances.
Helen Dodge held various leadership positions with the Hawthorne Neighbors and Lake View Citizens' Council in the 1960s and 1970s, including Chair of the Hawthorne Neighbors and Chair of the Hawthorne Neighbors door-to-door campaign. The Lake View Citizens' Council named her Lake View Citizen of the Year in 1962 for her work with the Hawthorne Neighbors, including her efforts to beautify the area and create garden space under the elevated tracks in the neighborhood.
2.25 Linear Feet (in 5 boxes (including 626 slides))
Language of Materials
This collection contains records of the Hawthorne Neighbors, a branch of the Lake View Citizens' Council, and approximately 626 color slides of Lake View. The slides mostly depict residential yards and gardens, but a small number of local businesses and religious institutions are also included.
Arranged in two series:
Series 1: Organizational Records, 1960-1976, undated
Series 2: Slides, undated
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Linda Groetzinger in January 1986 in memory of Helen Dodge.
- Guide to the Hawthorne Neighbors/Dodge Collection
- Processed by Becky Haglund, 1986. Updated and ingested into ArchivesSpace by Allyson Smally, 2023.
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- Finding aid written in English.
Part of the Northside Neighborhood History Collection Repository
Sulzer Regional Library
Chicago Public Library
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