Historical Manuscript Collections (C-F)

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Essay, 1979.
1 item, 8 pp., 8.5" x 11." Photocopy.

Towered Italianate style mansion constructed in 1879 by Ben F. Caldwell, located north of Chatham, Illinois. The Caldwell family moved to Sangamon County from Greene County, Illinois in 1848. The anonymous essay discusses the Caldwell family and the architecture of their home and its imposing barn. Includes bibliography of sources.

Source unknown. LHC 107


Map, 1863.

1 item, 21.5" x 17."Copy.

"Plan showing Lands occupied for Camp Butler also lands trespassed upon by troops &c situate in Sangamon Co. Illinois & in Township 16 N. R. 4 West of 3rd P.M. -1863- ."

A hand drawn map, author unknown, showing the location of the Civil War era Camp Butler on the Sangamon River, south of James Town (now Riverton, Illinois). The map shows the location of the camp's barracks, headquarters at the Clear Lake Hotel, first cemetery, as well as the course of the Sangamon River, roads, the Great Western Railroad, and wooded areas.

Camp Butler, named after sate treasurer William Butler, was established as a muster-in and training camp in the summer of 1861. It became the second-largest military camp in Illinois after Camp Douglas in Chicago. In February, 1862 the Camp began to be used to hold Confederate prisoners. Soon after they arrived a smallpox epidemic killed 700 prisoners and a cemetery was established. On 17 July 1862 President Lincoln designated Camp Butler as one of 16 original National Cemeteries, and it began to be used for the burial of Union soldiers as well. By the end of the war 1,642 soldiers were buried at Camp Butler. Camp Butler has continued as a military cemetery to the present.

Copy of an original map located in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.

Gift of Arlyn Booth and Ron Peddicord, 2012. LHC 123.


The Chairman's Scrapbook, 519 Days, ca. 1977.
1 item, 56 pp., 10" x 13".

Publication documenting celebrations of the U.S. Bicentennial in Springfield and Sangamon County, Illinois, 1975-1976.
Includes photographs, newspaper clippings, lists of events and their participants.

Source unknown. LHC 113


Papers, 1972-1975.
.3 cu. ft.

Professor of English at University of Carolina at Wilmington, University of Sassari (Italy), University of Puerto Rico and Salem State College in Massachusetts. While working on his PhD dissertation for Ohio State University on the novelist James Jones, Carter met the author and subsequently corresponded with him.

Photocopies of 14 letters from James Jones to Carter, 1972-1975, in which Jones comments at length on Carter's questions about and analyses of Jones's novels From Here to Eternity, Some Came Running, and The Thin Red Line. Jones also describes his works in progress, Viet Journal, WWII and Whistle.

Also included is a copy of Carter's PhD dissertation, "James Jones, An American Master: A Study of His Mystical, Philosophical and Artistic Views" (Ohio State University, 1975). The dissertation was published, in revised form, as James Jones: An American Literary Orientalist Master (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998). See Special Collections PS3560.O49 Z64 1998

Gift of Steven R. Carter, 1995.
Finding aid available. MC 42/1

SEE ALSO: MC 42 Handy Colony


Architectural specifications, ca. 1936.
1 item.

Specifications for addition to Cass County Court House in Virginia, Illinois by architect Raymond G. Johnson of Jacksonville, Illinois. Public Works Administration Project No. Illinois 2234. No drawings or illustrations.

Transfer from IRAD, 1978. LHC 2


Manual, ca. 1928.
1 item, 29 pp.

Election manual, "How to Count Ballots." Published in Virginia, Illinois by County Clerk Leo Fitzgerald.

Transfer from IRAD, 1978. LHC 5


Records, 1970-1982.
3.15 cu. ft.

Not-for-profit alternative secondary school founded in Springfield in 1970 as the The Learning Community. Name changed to the Center for Alternative Education in 1980. In its early years, many students were children of Sangamon State University professors. Directors included Joe McHugh and Nancy Ranyard. Due to financial problems, the Center closed in 1982.

Minutes, by-laws, articles of incorporation, reports, contracts, applications, correspondence, schedules, journals, student transcripts, student course work, tests, financial records, photographs, notes, and collected material documenting the
school's philosophy and goals, student enrollment, curricula, course schedules, tuition, fundraising, student/teacher interactions, administrative activities and financial affairs. Two meeting books record student opinions on school rules, activities, and problems.

Gifts of Joe McHugh and Nancy Ranyard, 1983.
Finding aid available.
Access to student records restricted. MC 17


Records, 1928-1941.
1.23 cu. ft.

Large private utility serving central Illinois. Originally, a very diversified corporation providing electric, gas, ice and water service. Founded in Springfield in 1912.

Reports, photographic negatives and prints, charts, maps, notes, service area maps for various utilities, CIPS organizational charts, sales and sales quotas reports telegrams, and research files documenting the sales policies, plans, and procedures of CIPS; its participation in award competitions; its research on other privately owned utilities in the Midwest; the extent of municipal and private electric service in Illinois; and all aspects of the company's operations for 1930.

Topics include CIPS commercial and residential rates and sales; municipal electric plants rates and sales; and establishment and ownership of Illinois power plants. Of particular note are Municipal Utility Opposition Files, 1930-1941, consisting of newspaper clippings, wall posters, handbills, mass meeting reports, brochures, drafts of posters, articles and reports, handwritten notes, and a legal brief documenting the opposition of CIPS, as a corporate entity and under various pseudonyms, to the construction and operation of municipal utility plants in Auburn, Bushnell, Harrisburg, Herrin, and Petersburg. Results of some local municipal utility referenda; typescript summaries of meetings held in favor of municipal utility plants; and a CIPS v. City of Bushnell legal brief are included.

Gift of Steve Slack, CIPS, 1984.
Finding aid available. MC 52


Correspondence, 1850-74
25 items, .16 cf

Letters of the Chandler family of Chandlerville, Illinois, largely between Louisa Chandler Frackleton and members of her family. Correspondents include Louisa's father, Dr. Charles Chandler (1806-1879); her mother Clarissa Chandler; her brothers Charles E. and Harrison T. Chandler; and her cousin Calvin E. Child. Also included is one page from an account ledger, a newspaper article, a photograph of Dr. Chandler, and a "Historical Vignette" on Dr. Chandler, the founder of Chandlerville, Cass County, Illinois.

Gift of Mrs. Otto Dorr and Dr. Emmet Pearson, 1981
Finding aid available. MC 82

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Records, 1937-1945.
2 folders.

By-laws of the Board of Managers of the Chandlerville Cemetery, and clippings from the Chandlerville Times regarding the maintenance, repair and administration of the cemetery and the need for and appointments of the Board. Also includes blank stationery of the Chandlerville Cemetery Association.

Transfer from IRAD, 1978. LHC 3


Papers, 1893-1930.
.16 cu. ft.

Springfield playwright and composer,noted for his operas on biblical themes.

Librettos, music, programs, posters, reviews and other material documenting performances of his operas Egypta (1893) and Joseph (1930), in Springfield, IL, Topeka, KS and St. Louis, MO, as well as performances of Felix Mendelssohn's Elijah (1927-1928). Sheet music for Chenery's anthem "Flag Ever Glorious" (1916) is also included.

Gift of Elizabeth Graham, 1970.
Finding aid available. MC 6


Records, 1935-1980.
1.0 cu. ft.

Organization founded on Chicago's North Side in 1932 to reduce juvenile delinquency through community committees, governed and operated by neighborhood residents rather than outside agencies. Administration, research and field work for the project was conducted by professionals, including Clifford R. Shaw, Anthony Sorrentino, Henry D. McKay, and staff members of the Illinois Institute for Juvenile Research and the Illinois Youth Commission. The files includes annual reports of the project, data books and activity reports of community committees, programs, and research reports on juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, and crime. Also includes the memoirs of a "petty con man" written ca. 1935, and photocopies of articles concerning juvenile delinquency and the Chicago Area Project.

Gift of Michael Townsend, 1988.
Finding aid available. MC 73

SEE ALSO: MC 70 Illinois Department of Corrections, Juvenile Division.


Report, 1976.
1 item.

"The People of Chicago: who we are and who we have been." Includes census data on foreign born, foreign stock and race in Chicago, 1837-1970, and an addendum on residents' mother tongue, 1910-1970.

Origin unknown. LHC 53


Records, 1974-1974.
1 folder.

Private social service organization, later called Family Service Center of Sangamon County.

Minutes, monthly reports, and financial statements documenting Board decisions, finances, and counseling, foster care, adoption and legal services provided.

Transfer from SSU Alumni Office, 1980. LHC 19


Prospectus, ca. 1985.
1 item, 18 pp., 8.5" x 11."

Alternative school founded by Joan Gillespie and Carolyn Oxtoby in Springifeld, Illinois in 1969, initially offering grades 6-9, but eventually offering a complete program in grades 1-12. Later offered pre-school through elementary programs. The school closed ca. 1986.

"Overview," compiled by Kathleen Hawks, detailing the history, accreditation, admissions policy, philosophy and curriculum of the City Day School. Also includes a listing of faculty members, the Board of Trustees, and several pages of student comments.

Source unknown. LHC 110


Hell at Midnight in Springfield / Or a Burning History of the Sin and Shame / Of the Capitol City of Illinois, 1910.
1 item, 196 pp., 7.5" x 5.5." Photocopy.

Tract denouncing the moral effects of the brothels, bars and gambling dens of the "Levee" in Springfield. Includes vivid descriptions of the red-light district in Springfield and the corrupt city government that allowed it to exist. Includes an account of the race riot of 1908 and a sympathetic portrait of alleged murderer Joe James. Clark also denounces the Roman Catholic Church for encouraging the operation of bars and the production of distilled liquors. Also includes an account of the horrors of venereal disease and an account of the visit of evangelist Billy Sunday to Springfield in 1909. (Milan, Ill.: the author, 1910).

Photocopy of book from UIUC library, 1991. LHC 99


Records, 1967-1992.
1.5 cu. ft.

The Guild is a not-for-profit organization incorporated in 1968, dedicated to promote interest in the arts, crafts and culture of early Illinois. It sponsors Folk Life Festivals at the Clayville Tavern near Pleasant Plains, Illinois and operated a crafts shop and other activities there.

Articles of incorporation, by-laws, statement of purpose, master plans, interpretive guidelines, membership lists and list on contributors to the tavern restoration. Also included are agreements and contracts with Dr. Emmet Pearson and the Sangamon State University Foundation, and correspondence of William Sausaman, Marianna Sausaman, Dr. Emmet Pearson, and other guild members regarding their participation in the the spring and fall festivals, other special events, and the operation of the crafts shop. Also included are publications of the Guild, the Clayville Courier and The Whig (July 1968-June 1992),pamphlets, brochures, photographs, posters, and articles describing the activities of the Guild. Scrapbooks (1966-1992) containing advertisements, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and printed material are also included.

Gift of William Sausaman, 1992.
Finding aid available. MC 76

SEE ALSO: D1/2/1 Clayville Rural Life Center Records; D1/1/4 SSU Foundation Records; H6 Elizabeth Weir Papers; P/Hawes Edward Hawes Papers


Records, 1819-1907; 1965-1989.
19.5 cu. ft.

Living rural history museum donated to the SSU Foundation by Dr. Emmet F. Pearson in 1973, and operated by the University until 1992. The Center featured several historic structures, including a brick house, erected in the 1820s by Moses Broadwell and used as a stagecoach stop. The Center sponsored crafts festivals, conducted educational programs, gathered original research material and produced publications on rural Illinois life in the mid-19th century. The Center was directed by Dr. Edward Hawes and Elizabeth Weir.

This collection consists of the following sub-series:

Series I: Administrative and Program Records: correspondence, minutes, reports, plans agreements, policy statements, schedules, master plans, proposals, photographs, budget and publicity records documenting the development and operation of the Center. Included are records on the development of the Center's structures, inventories of its historical artifacts and properties, the planning of festivals and educational programs, the hiring and training of personnel, interpretation records, etc. This series also includes papers of Dr. Emmet Person, 1961-1977, documenting his operation of the Clayville Stagecoach Stop and other programs there. Also included are audio tapes of Clayville Festivals and a film by Horace Waggoner, "The Idea of Clayville" as well as records of the Clayville Folk Arts Guild and the Friends of Clayville.

Series II: Research Papers and Publications: this series includes approximately 80 student research papers on Illinois and midwestern material culture, agricultural practices, folkways, and lifestyle in the early and nid 19th century; rural life survey papers, containing research notebooks, census data and other collected material on farming communities in Sangamon County, Illinois around 1850; and four series of publications on trades and professions, food habits, inns and taverns, and farming in the 1850s, as well as research on the Broadwell family in New Jersey, Ohio and Illinois. Also included are original and photocopied probate, deed, court, and business records documenting the activities of Moses Broadwell (1764-1827) and his family, 1810-1854, including a genealogical chart; also collected research material on the early history of Sangamon and Menard Counties, and original books and publications on local history, the circuit-riding Methodist minister Peter Cartwright, and 19th century agriculture and social customs.

Transfer from Clayville Rural Life Center and Edward Hawes, 1982+
Finding aid available. D1/2/1

SEE ALSO: D1/1/4 SSU Foundation Records; H6 Elizabeth Weir Papers; P/Hawes Edward Hawes Papers; LHC 76 Clayville Folk Arts Guild Records.


Records, 1974-1982.
2.8 cu. ft.

Not-for-profit cooperative which encouraged parental involvement to foster the educational, social and physical development of preschool children. Founded as the Cookie Monster Day Care Cooperative in l972. Closed in 1982.

By-laws, minutes, annual reports, photographs, curricular records, children and personnel records, and grant and contractual program records documenting the Cookie Monster Day Care Center's organizational structure, history and development, objectives, operations and policies, membership standards and rates, publicity, curriculum, day-to-day operations and activities, compliance with state regulations, and finances. Its relationships with the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA), the Springfield Public Schools, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, the Illinois State Board of Education's Child Care Food Program, and the Illinois Department of Public Aid are recorded.

Gift of Maureen Brennan, 1983.
Finding aid available.
Access to student records restricted. MC 39


Records, 1982-1989.
.3 cu. ft.

Springfield radical therapy collective and problem-solving group, founded by Dr. Robert Sipe , Becky McGovern and others in the 1976. Incorporated in 1982 as Cooperative Power, Inc., it assumed management of Issues in Radical Therapy, a periodical merging Issues in Cooperation and Power and State and Mind. Organized the Midwest Radical Therapy Conference, 1980-1984.

Planning papers, correspondence, minutes, mailing lists, conference programs, workshop descriptions, contracts, financial records, and tax forms documenting the activities of the group and its sponsorship of the Midwest Radical Therapy Conferences. Correspondents include Robert Sipe, Sue Brown, Doug Nicodemus, and Candy Hadsall. Also contains copies of Issues in Radical Therapy, 1982-88, and Issues on the Left, 1989.

Gift of Robert Sipe, 1986.
Finding aid available. MC 43


(b. 1936)
Robert Crawford Chicago City Hall Radio Collection, 1968-2003
.33 cu ft (63 compact disks)

The Robert P. Crawford Audio Archives contains 58 hours and 47 minutes of tape recorded radio broadcasts, copied onto 63 audio CDs. Robert P. Crawford (b. 1936) was the City Hall Correspondent for WBBM radio in Chicago from the 1960s until his retirement in 2001. The central figures are six Chicago mayors from Richard J. Daley to Richard M. Daley. There are 2148 separate speeches, news conferences, and interviews. There is also an "Archives Preview" disk narrated by Crawford. The collection is divided into seven series:

Series I: The Richard J. Daley Years (1968-76, 7 CDs) features a variety of topics including Daley's secret to winning elections, his handling of the anti-war riots during the 1968 Democratic National Convention, and the controversial "shoot to kill order" Daley issues to police to deal with arsonists during the riots that followed the slaying of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Series II: The Michael Bilandic Years (1976-79, 1 CD) focuses on his administration's perceived failure to provide adequate snow removal after a record blizzard in January, 1979.

Series III: The Jane Byrne Years (1979-83, 7 CDs) gives insight to Chicago's first woman Mayor and such issues as the Firefighters Union strike in 1980, public housing reform, and nepotism.

Series IV: The Harold Washington Years (1983-87, 5 CDs) features Washington's political battles with the "Vrdolyak 29" majority in the City Council, his efforts to end Machine-style control of city government and his pursuit of political reform.

Series V: The Eugene Sawyer Years (1987-89, 1 CD) features Sawyer's conflict between the Democratic Machine and members of the Washington Coalition.

Series VI: The Richard M. Daley Years (1989-2001, 12 CDs) features issues including the 1996 Democratic National Convention, school reform, and race relations in Chicago.

Series VII: Politicians and Other Figures series (29 CDs) features speeches, commentaries and news conferences given in Chicago between 1982 and 2003 by 175 figures from government, religion, the law, civil rights, and sports. Included are three debates from the 1983 campaign for Mayor of Chicago, debates from the 1992 and 1998 races for the U.S. Senate in Illinois, and items by President Bill Clinton, Illinois Governors Thompson, Edgar and Ryan, Senator Paul Simon, Congressman Harry Hyde, Nelson Mandela, and many others.

The original tapes of the above items are housed in Special Collections at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The University Archives at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign also holds copies of the tapes and CD copies.

Gift of Robert P. Crawford, 2004
Finding aid available. MC 92


b. 1949
Papers, 1977-2004.
.16 cu. ft. and oversize prints.

Springfield artist, specializing in pen-and-ink drawings of local private homes, street scenes, public buildings, and advertisements for local businesses, private collectors, newspapers, and magazines since 1973.

Series I, donated by the artist in 1982, includes news clippings, reproduced drawings, illustrations, posters, sketches, and cartoons that feature the Illinois State Capitol, downtown Springfield buildings and scenes, Sangamon State University, and private homes. This series contains sketches and posters that were used by SSU, the Marine Bank of Springfield, No Baloney restaurant, and other local businesses for promotional material and advertisements.

Series II, donated by the artist in 2005, includes newspaper articles, mostly from Springfield papers, that demonstrate the artist's work throughout his career. Crook's drawings have been used for numerous Illinois Times newspaper items, fliers for events such as the "People's Sangamon River Eco-Fest" and "Carpenter Park Appreciation Day," maps, and front-page stories in local newspapers and magazines. Also included are biographical items on Crook as well as promotional material for his exhibits. This series contains prints made from Crook's pen-and-ink drawings dating from 1978 to 2004. These prints feature the Illinois State Capitol, Springfield buildings and streets, the Illinois landscape, the parks of Springfield, the Sangamon River, and homes throughout the city. Printed notecards included in the collection display the same themes. Also included are postcards of Route 66 scenes as well as copies of some of Crook's Mexican watercolors.

Gift of William Crook, Jr., 1982, 2005.
Finding aid available. MC 30

SEE ALSO: Special Collections F549.S7 C76 1982 Springfield, Illinois: A Collection of Pen and Ink Drawings (Springfield: Capitol Engraving Co., 1982)


Tapes, 1980-1983.
1 cu. ft.

Springfield affiliate of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, organized in 1980. Aired half hour programs on WSSR-FM. Associated with SSU's Studies in Social Change Committee.

Over 35 audio tapes of Crystal Radio productions. Producers include Harv Koplo, Doug Nicodemus, Cat Feral, Ron Sakolsky, Kathy Mastroddi, David Lasley, and Center for Alternative Education. Topics include home birth, religion, Native Americans, Grass Roots Group of Second Class Citizens, Ibis, incest, Latin America, women, migrants in Illinois, radicalism, and new wave, blues and African music. Of note is "Dan Damage," a simulated meltdown at Clinton Nuclear Power Plant by Doug Nicodemus, which created international publicity and local controversy when it was partially aired. Some work tapes are also included.

Gift of Harv Koplo, 1986.

Finding aid available. MC 67

SEE ALSO: MC 56 Harvey Koplo Papers


Papers, 1972-1979.
.53 cu. ft.

SSU professor of Political Economy, 1972-1982, and Associate Dean of Organization and Management Studies, 1979-1982.

News clippings, publications, budgets, maps, memoranda and other collected material concerning Danhof's research on Springfield's urban development, government and public services. Topics include City Water Light and Power, airport, municipal government reorganization, railroad relocation, and sanitary district. Also includes university correspondence concerning administrative, curricular and student affairs.

Gift of Clarence Danhof, 1982.

Finding aid available. P/Danhof


"b. 1935
Papers, 1959-1981.
9.5 cu. ft.

Member of SSU/UIS History faculty since 1970.

Correspondence, press releases, news clippings, legal documents, financial records and collected articles of Citizen's United for Responsible Education, a non-profit corporation which filed a desegregation suit against Springfield School District 186 in 1974.

Correspondence, lecture notes, photographs, map, student papers, research notes, slide show with transcript, collected articles and reprints documenting Davis' research and lectures concerning the Springfield Race Riot of 1908. Of note is an original poem issued in 1908 describing the riot. Also includes his papers as a student at the University of Illinois and teacher at Indiana University.

Also included is material on Davis' activities at SSU/UIS, such as the development of the Clayville Rural Life Center, the Oral History program, the 1976 conference "Lincoln's Thought and the Present," as well as working papers, lecture notes, and syllabi for classes.

Gift of G. Cullom Davis, 1979, 1982, 1990, 1991
Finding aid available. P/Davis


Directory, 1979.
1 item.

"A Directory of City Officials for Springfield, Illinois: 1832-Present," compiled by DeBolt. Includes a brief history of city government, and alphabetical and chronological listings of city mayors, aldermen and commissioners.

Gift of Dean DeBolt, 1979. LHC 89


Papers, 1976.
.83 cu. ft.

Illinois delegate to the 1976 Democratic National Convention and member of the Platform Committee.

Platform Committee hearing testimony, correspondence from witnesses, constituents and presidential candidates, and drafts and final copies of the 1976 Democratic Platform. Includes letters from constituents urging support of Common Cause "MakingGovernment Work" plank; and urging reversal of the decision to oppose a Constitutional Amendment to prohibit abortion.

Gift of H. Brent DeLand, 1978
Finding aid available. M 4


Records, 1980-1984.
.6 cu. ft.

Chapter of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). Founded as Springfield Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (SDSOC) in1980. Name changed due to the national merger of New American Movement and Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee in 1982. Activist and educational group. Members included John Williams, David Lasley and Chet Brandt.

Issues of SDSOC's newsletters, Capitol Socialist, 1980-1981, and Capitol Conscience, 1981-1982, discussing local and national political issues; and by-laws, correspondence, logos, flyers, monthly reports, and posters regarding the local DSA chapter's sponsorship of events and projects, 1982-1984. Also includes collected literature from the national organizations, and on socialist topics and other socialist organizations.

Gift of Chet Brandt, 1986.

Finding aid available. MC 60


Records, 1972-1976.
.16 cu. ft.

A Springfield community organization organized to disseminate information to the public about the health hazards of DES (diethylstilbestrol) to women and their offspring, and to promote better and more accessible testing facilities for DES-related health problems. Founded in 1975. Included local representatives of the New American Movement, the Springfield City HealthDepartment, the People's Institute, the Illinois Department of Public Health, the National Organization of Women, the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine's Department of Health Care Planning, and Planned Parenthood Springfield Area.

Principal leaders included Susan Sherard, Ron Sakolsky, and Don Merkin. Held a public hearing on the DES issue on April 27, 1976.

Letters, brochures, timetables, newsletters, news clippings, planning and meeting notes, and collected research material documenting the Group's planning, purpose, and publicity efforts; its public hearing on DES; and its preliminary application to the American Cancer Society for a grant. Also includes some materials of the local "Action Faction" of the New American Movement, including notes and newsletters documenting its relations with the DES Action Group.

Gift of David Lasley, 1983.
Finding aid available. MC 25


Records, 1971-1972.
.16 cu. ft.

Alternative school founded in Springfield for students aged 10-18.

Philosophical statements and proposals, membership lists, public announcements, correspondence, financial statements, notes andresearch papers documenting the school's organization, philosophy and curriculum.

Gift of Ralph Stone, 1982.

Finding aid available. MC 20


Railroad Collection, 1901-1981 [1930-1942]
4 cu. ft. and 82 maps

Member of the 1972 graduating class at SSU. Budget analyst of the Phillips Petroleum Corporation. Collector of railroad memorabilia.

Chiefly 8" x 10" black and white photographic reprints of railroad engines, cars, and yards documenting electric, diesel and particularly steam railroading in Illinois and the midwest, largely 1930-1942. Railroads include Illinois Terminal; Illinois Central Gulf; Springfield Suburban; Wabash; Illinois Central; Gulf, Mobile and Ohio; Chicago and Alton; Chicago and Eastern Illinois; New York Central; Pennsylvania; Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe; Chesapeake and Ohio; and others. Also contains color postcards, snapshots, maps, blueprints, timetables, operating rules, brochures, and track charts from these railroads and DiMarco's personal notes.

Gift of Mrs.William DiMarco, 1983, 1984.
Finding aid available. MC 53


Papers, 1890-1982.
.3 cu. ft.

A Sangamon County family based in Loami. Relatives of the historically significant Donners whose 1846 emigrant trip to California ended tragically in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Photographs, clippings, memorial books, correspondence, recipes, a scrapbook, and a diary documenting family relationships, reunions, trips, personal events, and group activities in the lives of the Donners descending from Irven and Emma Martin Donner, and of the affiliated Hill family. Among the topics included are late nineteenth-century camping, train, and steamboat trips; the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition; interior and exterior views of an early twentieth-century schoolhouse and class; and, a 1920-21 St. John's Nursing School graduation with related social activities.

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bridges, 1982.
Finding aid available. MC 18


b. 1921
Papers, 1956
.16 cu. ft.

William H. Duhart was one of two African American writers at the Handy Writers Colony in Marshall, Illinois. He worked at the Colony after his release from state prison in Waupun, Wisconsin in 1957, and published his first novel, The Deadly-Pay-Off, in 1958. See Special Collections, PS3507.U38 D4 1958.

This collection includes correspondence between Lowney Handy and members of the Wisconsin State Parole Board at the prison in Waupun, Wisconsin where Duhart was incarcerated. Other correspondence includes those between Ned Brown (an MCA Studios Executive), Lowney Handy, and William Duhart, in regards to making his novel, The Deadly Pay-Off, into a motion picture.

Also included is a letter from James Tyler to Lowney Handy. Tyler was also a prisoner with Duhart at Waupun, Wisconsin. His letter expressed his interest in using Handy's writing methods to become a writer at the Handy Colony, upon his release from prison.

Gift of Jon Shirota, 2001.
Finding aid available. MC 42/4


Reminiscence, 1989.
1 item, 4 pp., 8.5" x 11"

African American woman born in Springfield, Illinois in 1899. Moved to Detroit, Michigan in 1937.

Ellis' reminiscence "Ruth's Story," issued as a program for her 90th birthday dance, held in Detroit, July 16, 1989. Discusses memories of Springfield's black community, including family life, racial discrimination in the public schools, and the race riot of 1908.

Gift of Kathy Wood, 1990 LHC 98


Records, 1919-1969.
1.45 cu. ft.

Photographs, glass plate negatives, printing plates documenting the First National Bank of Springfield, particularly the lobby at Sixth and Washington Streets (ca. 1917-1919), interior of the building constructed at Fifth and Adams in 1919, and building exteriors. Includes award certificates from the AssociatedColleges of Illinois, Springfield Association of Commerce and Industry, and Committee for Higher Education in Central Illinois; and an architect's sketch of the building by Hemle and Hemle.

Gift of First National Bank, 1979.

Finding aid available. MC 46.