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The records in this collection were created and collected by the Department of Urban Renewal, its predecessors and other Chicago city departments with duties related to planning and development. The majority of the collection is comprised of photographs, contact sheets, negatives and slides of Chicago neighborhoods considered and targeted for improvement, including images that show buildings and neighborhoods that were
The collection contains a range of articles, brochures, historical sketches, newsletters, photographs, programs and reports that focus on Englewood's neighborhood events, persons and organizations, particularly during the late 19th century to the early 1960s. Of particular note are the neighborhood photographs and the series devoted to schools in Englewood.
The papers of Carl A. Fuqua, his wife Doris, and Mildred Fuqua Wilson, his sister, are intermixed. Carl Fuqua was ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and served as pastor for five churches in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Detroit, Michigan; South Bend, Indiana; and Chicago. Carl attended Morehouse College, George Williams University, and Garrett Theological Seminary. In the 1960s, he served
Audits and other financial records, annual meeting material, and tenant correspondence pertaining to Sutherland's ownership and management of the Rowan Trees Hotel (500 W. Englewood, Chicago) for over fifty years. Also includes some personal materials of Sutherland, including greeting cards and correspondence received from relatives and some narrative family history material.
Black-and-white photographic prints depicting the built environment, predominantly in Chicago, but also Evanston, Skokie, and Galena, Illinois. All the images depict exterior views, the majority of which are street intersections, though the collection also documents streetscapes, residences, and individual businesses, particularly churches, department stores, and burlesque and pornographic film establishments. Osty most frequently documented the River North, Near North Side,