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Caroline M. McIlvaine papers

Identifier: Midwest-MS-139

Scope and Content of the Collection

Small collection of incoming and outgoing letters, clippings, writings, notes and drafts of letters and articles, some pieces of memorabilia and seven snapshots of Chicago in the early twentieth century. The material relates mainly to the history and changing landscape of Chicago as evidenced in examples of McIlvaine’s 1927 columns in the Chicago Daily News, “Historical Spots in Chicago”, her lecture notes, and her letters to the editors of the Daily News and the Chicago Tribune urging more historical features. Included is a long, detailed history of the H.O. Stone & Co., a real estate investment firm founded in 1887, and thirteen essays written by Chicago seventh-graders after one of McIlvaine’s lectures.


  • Creation: 1927-1937



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Caroline M. McIlvaine papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Caroline M. McIlvaine papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections at

Biography of Caroline M. McIlvaine

Chicago historian and librarian.

McIlvaine was a staff member at the Newberry Library in Chicago, and later was a librarian at the Chicago Historical Society. She was particularly interested in a study of old Chicago streets and landmarks, and lectured and published newspaper articles on the subject in the years 1927-1933.


0.1 Linear Feet (6 folders)


Papers of Chicago historian and librarian at the Chicago Historical Society and an early member of the Newberry Library staff. Included are letters, some of which are to or from editors of the Chicago Daily News and the Chicago Tribune regarding historical features of the papers. Also, many examples of McIlvaine’s drafts and writings on Chicago history, especially of buildings, streets and landmarks, a few pieces of memorabilia, and seven snapshots of 1920s Chicago.


Arranged by type of material.

Collection Stack Location

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Processed by

Virginia Hay Smith, 2008.

Inventory of the Caroline M. McIlvaine papers, 1927-1937
Virginia Hay Smith
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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