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Ehrhardt family papers

Identifier: Midwest-MS-Ehrhardt

Scope and Content of the Collection

Collection contains church bulletins, school work, composition books, and drawings. Additionally, there is a small amount of German language correspondence from 1912, when Edward Ehrhardt studied in Vienna, Austria and a set of check stubs from L. Ehrhardt Flour and Feed which was located at 751 S. Wells Street.


  • Creation: 1890-1998
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1890-1921



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Ehrhardt family papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Ehrhardt family 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 the Ehrhardt Family

Chicago-area German-American family.

Louis Carl Ehrhardt was born in 1851 in Germany and arrived in Chicago in 1871. In 1872, Ehrhardt married his wife, Caroline Erbs, a German immigrant, and paid for his parents and siblings to join them in Chicago. His parents, Frederich and Joana, bought a home and land for a nursery for violets in Park Ridge, Illinois. Louis bought land nearby, and the area was then called Ehrhardt’s Grove for several decades thereafter.

Louis and Caroline had 11 children: Ernst (1873-1883), Alma (1875-1961), Ida (1876-1956), Hertha (1878-1957), Lydia (1881-1964), Otto (1886-1887), Edward (1887-1956), Elsie (1889-1988), Erna (1893-1977), Herbert (1896-1951), and Luella (1899-1900). Three of the Ehrhardt children preceded their parents in death: Luella and Helena in infancy and Ernst in a streetcar accident. The Ehrhardt children continued to speak and write in German, with Edward also studying the language briefly in Vienna, Austria.

Louis died in 1913 and Caroline died in 1935.


0.4 Linear Feet (1 box)


Collection of children's schoolwork, composition books, drawings, correspondence and church bulletins of German-American family, the Ehrhardts, from Chicago, Illinois.


Materials arranged alphabetically.

Collection Stack Location

1 14 6


Gift of Ron Ehrhardt, 2005.

Processed by

Emma Martin, 2011.


This inventory was created with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this inventory do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Inventory of the Ehrhardt family papers, 1890-1998, bulk 1890-1921
Emma Martin
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

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

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States