Historical Manuscript Collections (A-B)

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Newspaper Collection, 1919-1973.
ca. 3 cu. ft.

Optometrist James Abrams and his wife, Edith, collected newspapers after moving to Arthur, Illinois in 1916.

Illinois and Midwestern newspapers featuring historical headlines, particularly World War II, D-Day, and the Korean War.

Gift of Edith Abrams, 1979.
Finding aid available. MC 4

See also: finding aid in Archon


Records, 1975-1986.
.66 cu. ft.

Letters, petitions, flyers, brochures, collected newspaper and magazine articles, meeting minutes, attendance sheets, and memoranda generated by the Springfield affiliate of Amnesty International. Includes letters (some in French) written by Richard Kaige and other members of Adoption Group #218 on behalf of prisoners of conscience to foreign dignitaries and heads of state. The subjects of these letters include the treatment of political prisoners in Zaire, human rights abuses in El Salvador, South Korea and Sri Lanka, torture and "disappearing" of dissidents in Chile, and the death penalty in Illinois. Includes correspondence with Illinois Congressman Dick Durbin, Illinois Senators Adlai Stevenson III and Paul Simon, the President and other government officials in Zaire, USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev, and others.

Also includes issues of Amnesty International publications, Midwest/Beacon, Matchbox, and Amnesty Action.

Gift of Richard Kaige, 1996.
Finding aid avaialable. MC 83


Convention Photographs, 1918
1 poster, 28" x 22"

Poster showing photographic portraits of Freemasons belonging to the Springfield Consistory of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, printed in association with a meeting of the Springfield Valley of the AASR, November 25-27, 1918. The black and white portraits of 197 individual members, taken by Kessberger Photo of Springfield, are identified by name.

The Scottish Rite, one of the two major branches of Freemasonry, traces its American origins to Charleston, South Carolina in 1802.

Gift of Michael Townsend, 2001.

LHC 115


The Marine Bank/The Story of the Oldest Bank in Illinois, 1931.
1 item, 21 pp., 7.5" x 5.5." Photocopy.

History of the Springfield Marine Bank, chartered in 1851, written by the noted historian Paul Angle. Includes accounts of the bank's founding as the Springfield Marine and Fire Insurance Company, its connections with the river trade, its connections with Abraham Lincoln, its continuance through financial crises of the 1850s and 1870s, and its role in the Civil War. Long the oldest continuously operating bank in Illinois, it was sold to Banc One in 1991. (Springfield, Ill.: Springfield Marine Bank, 1931).

LHC 100


Speech, 1865.
1 item.

Manuscript draft of a patriotic speech mourning Abraham Lincoln's assassination, by an unnamed Bond County Illinois official. Written on a Bond County indenture form, and dated June 1, 1865.

Transfer from IRAD, 1978. LHC 9


Ledgers, 1857-1865.
2 vols.

General store located in Audubon, Montgomery County, Illinois.

Accounts of daily sales including names of buyers, items purchased, date of transaction, price of goods, and amount paid on individual accounts.

Transfer from IRAD, 1978. MC 2


Testimonial for the Illinois Business Hall of Fame, 1917-1972.
.3 cu. ft.

Life insurance salesman, 1896-1968. Purchased Franklin Life Insurance Company of Springfield in 1939.

Brochures, letters, pamphlets, stationery, programs, photographs and photographic slides concerning the Franklin Life Insurance Company in Springfield and its growth under Becker, and his induction into the Illinois Business Hall of Fame.

Gift of Bernard Brown, 1974.
Finding aid available. M 1


Records, 1968-1969.
.18 cu. ft.

A Springfield coalition of black community organizations founded in 1968 "to create a unity aimed at strengthening the bargaining position of the Black Community so as to solve its economic, political and social problems." Rudolph S. Shoultz, pastor of Union Baptist Church, and Charles Young were the primary organizers.

By-laws, minutes, letters, financial records, and news clippings documenting the philosophy, structure, activities, goals, and concerns of the Black Action Movement; its independence from the Black Egyptians; and its views on militant action. Activities documented include investigations concerning fights and expulsions of black students at Southeast High School; protests against the Springfield Housing Authority's hiring and rental practices; sponsorship of a Little League baseball team; and use of the Spirit, a black newspaper, as its official voice.

Gift of Pastor Rudolph S. Shoultz, 1984.
Finding aid available. MC 45


Papers, 1856-1956.
4.75 cu. ft.

Four generations of a prosperous family prominent in Springfield, Illinois. Many of the photographs were taken by Mary Booth Grunendike (1865-1967). Prominently featured are her parents Amasa and Harriot Richardson Booth,her husband Edward H. Grunendike and son E. Booth Grunendike.

Approximately 4000 photographs, including cartes-de-visite, cabinet cards and cyanotypes, as well as scrapbooks, clippings and memorabilia documenting family members and friends, their business enterprises, homes, farms, travels, social values and activities. Photographic topics include farming activities; natural disasters and fires; Republican Party events; parades and festivals; buildings and monuments in Springfield, Decatur, Beardstown, Quincy and Chicago; President McKinley's 1898 visit to Springfield; Stuart School; Camp Tanner and soldiers of the Spanish-American War; Beardstown Flood; the 1908 Springfield Race Riot (including a postcard); and the Booth Drug Store.

Gift of Dean DeBolt and Chuck Strozier, 1976.
Finding aid available. MC 16


Records, 1973-1985.
.18 cu. ft.

Women's writing collective founded in 1972 to provide a supportive environment for female writers in Springfield. Initially affiliated with Sangamon State University. Members have included Patin Hilton, Peg Knoepfle, Sandra Martin and Rosie Richmond.

Publications, flyers, news clippings, calendars, postcards, photographs and poetry documenting the collective's activities.

Gift of Brainchild Collective and SSU Women's Studies Committee, 1982.

Finding aid available. MC 27


Papers, 1964-1968
5.78 cu. ft.

Member of SSU History faculty, 1971-1984. Chief of the Policy Guidance Branch of the Office of Program Planning of the Community Action Program (CAP) of the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), 1964-1968, which worked on development of a new kind of social planning that originated in the Defense Department.

Memoranda, reports, directives, and policy statements regarding the policies, mission, administration and strategy of the Community Action Program (CAP) of the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), 1964-1968. Of note are a series of memoranda regarding the CAP mission and a compilation of summary reports on the work of CAP in nine cities. Also included is a copy of the annual report of the Planning Development Program and Planning Systems Branch Activities Report with appendixes, FY 1968.

Also contains reference files of unpublished manuscripts, reports, articles, news clippings and bibliographies collected on a variety of issues related to poverty and the CAP. Topics include Saul Alinsky, Appalachia, citizen participation, community development, consumerism, neighborhood organization, minority education, cooperatives, poverty, housing, urban renewal, Lyndon B. Johnson, Los Angeles riots, migrant farm workers, police-community relations, aged, race relations, and rural communities.

Gift of Christopher Breiseth, 1980.
Finding aid available. P/Breiseth


Records, 1893-1894, 1897.
1 folder.

Correspondence, telegrams and letters of Superintendent G. A. Goodell regarding complaints regarding and investigations ofstation agents at Oasis and Grundy Center, Iowa and the United States Express Company agent at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Photocopies.

Loaned from Lincoln Depot by Charles B. Strozier for reproduction. LHC 7