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John B. Turner Collection

Identifier: nnhc-jbt

Content Description

John B. Turner was born in England in 1815. He came to Chicago in 1836 and started a successful livery business. His business was destroyed by the Chicago Fire in 1871. He owned land in North Center in Lake View Township. After the fire, he and his family moved to North Center where they farmed.

The materials in this collection document the business activities of John B. Turner and include receipts, correspondence and a ledger. The collection contains some personal materials including family tree, news clippings about the family and a few photographs, including a portrait of John Turner and his family and their home in North Center.


  • 1852-1975, undated


Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical note

John B. Turner was born in England on July 10, 1815, in England to parents Mr. and Mrs. William and Mary Turner. He moved to Chicago around 1836 where he started a successful livery business. He married Sarah Patterson on January 25, 1843. They had 8 children.

Turner’s business was destroyed in the Chicago Fire of 1871. He and his family moved to North Center where they lived and farmed.

Mr. Turner died in Chicago on February 17, 1892.


2 Linear Feet (in 2 boxes and 4 photographs)

Language of Materials



The John B. Turner Collection contains a small number of miscellaneous historical files related to John B. Turner and his family.


Arrangement The collection is arranged in 2 series: Series 1: Documents and records, 1852-1975, undated; Series 2: Photographs, 1875-1912

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Charles Moelter, 1985.

Related Materials

Stephen Bedell Clark Collection; John Drury Collection; Ravenswood Lake View Community Collection



Guide to the John B. Turner Collection
Original author unknown. Updated and ingested into ArchivesSpace by Julie Lynch, 2021.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Script of description

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