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Jefferson Township Collection

Identifier: nnhc-00035

Scope and Contents

The materials in this collection provide information about what life was like in Jefferson Township. It consists mostly of biographical and historical sketches, with a small amount of news clippings and reports. The following community areas are represented in this collection: Albany Park; Forest Glen; Irving Park; Jefferson Park; Logan Square; and North Park.


  • 1874-2000, undated

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions

Conditions Governing Use

Please consult to determine ability to reuse materials from collection

Biographical / Historical

Native Americans lived in this area of the northwest side of Chicago for many years before Europeans began to arrive in the 1830s. Jefferson Township was founded in 1850. In 1872, the northwest corner of Jefferson Township became part of Norwood Park Township, and it remains an independent township to this day. The remainder of Jefferson Township was annexed to Chicago in 1889.


.25 Linear Feet (in 1 box)

Language of Materials



Jefferson Township spans the area between Harlem Avenue on the west, and Western Avenue on the east, and the area between North Avenue on the south and Devon Avenue on the north. This small collection contains brief historical information about community areas in the section of the city known as Jefferson Township, including: Albany Park, Edgebrook, Forest Glen, Irving Park, Jefferson Park, Logan Square and North Park.


This collection is arranged into five series. The material in each series is arranged alphabetically.

Series 1: Biographical, 1897, 1937, 2000, undated

Series 2: Business Establishments, 1891

Series 3: Cemeteries, 1936

Series 4: Historical Sketches, 1874-1996

Series 5: Parks, 1918

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The material in this collection was originally part of the Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection. It was removed to form a separate collection by archivist Becky Haglund Touhy in 1990.

Related Materials

Logan Square Community Collection

Nadig Newspaper Collection

Ravenswood – Lake View Community Collection

Ravenswood Manor Improvement Association Records

Guide to the Jefferson Township Collection
Becky Haglund Touhy, 1990. Updated and ingested into ArchivesSpace by Julie Lynch, 2021
circa 1990
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2021 August: Edited by Julie Lynch for compliance with DACS
  • 2023 September: Material added to collection; guide updated.

Repository Details

Part of the Northside Neighborhood History Collection Repository

Sulzer Regional Library
Chicago Public Library
4455 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago IL 60625 United States
(312) 742-4455