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Anna Louise Strong Collection-Oak Park Public Library

Identifier: 2017-017
Overview Journalist and activist Anna Louise Strong received her PhD from the University of Chicago in 1908. In the same year as her graduation, several of her works were published in Oak Park. The collection contains clippings, reproductions, and vital information on the author.

Bernice Clifton Manuscript Collection-Oak Park Library

Identifier: 2017-006
Overview Oak Park author and lecturer Bernice Clifton was one of the first people in Chicago area to have a guide dog. After losing her eyesight in 1938, Clifton continued to work as a window designer for an Oak Park department store, as well as lecturing and writing. The collection includes a typewritten and hand corrected manuscript of her first biography, None So Blind.

Carol Shields Monograph Collection-Oak Park Public Library

Identifier: 2017-014
Overview Carol Shields, born and raised in Oak Park, is best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Stone Diaries. Her works have won numerous other important awards and nominations. When visiting Oak Park in the 1990s, Carol Shields talked about her childhood and attending storytimes with Mrs. Adele Maze, for whom the Maze Branch Library is named. The collection contains first edition books donated by the author.

Dorothy and Joseph Samachson Manuscript Collection- Oak Park Public Library

Identifier: 2017-013
Overview Joseph Samachson was an accomplished research chemist who also wrote freelance stories for science fiction magazines and scripts for DC comics in the 1940s-1950s, often writing under the pseudonym William Morrison. Dorothy Mirkin Samachson was a professional pianist, accompanist, and music teacher. Dorothy and Joseph Samachson married in 1937, and moved to Oak Park in the 1960s after working for many years in the Chicago area. Joseph and Dorothy Samachson wrote numerous works together on the...

Edgar Rice Burroughs Clipping Collection-Oak Park Public Library

Identifier: 2017-019
Overview Clippings, correspondence, and ephemera from local celebrations of Tarzan and Burroughs.

Edgar Rice Burroughs Rare Book Collection-Oak Park Public Library

Identifier: 2017-018
Overview Rare editions of Edgar Rice Burroughs, including the Tarzan, Mucker, Barsoom, Pellucidar, Venus, Caspak, and Moon series and other works of fiction.

Ernest Hemingway Library Correspondence-Oak Park Public Library

Identifier: 2017-021
Scope and Contents Correspondence to and from Ernest Hemingway from Oak Park Public Library staff.

Ernest Hemingway Rare Book Collection-Oak Park Public Library

Identifier: 2017-022
Overview Rare editions of Ernest Hemingway and criticisms of his work.

Frank Lloyd Wright Correspondence-Oak Park Public Library

Identifier: 2017-024
Overview Binders of photographs, early correspondence and artifacts.

Frank Lloyd Wright Ephemera Collection-Oak Park Public Library

Identifier: 2017-026
Overview Binders of photographs, early correspondence and artifacts.

Frank Lloyd Wright Rare Book Collection-Oak Park Public Library

Identifier: 2017-025
Overview Rare books by or about Frank Lloyd Wright and his work, including a first edition of his autobiography.

Gertrude Fox Hoagland Manuscript Collection-Oak Park Public Library

Identifier: 2017-009
Overview Gertrude Fox Hoagland wrote one of the earliest histories of Oak Park. The collection contains an original manuscript of the 1937 WPA Historical Survey of Oak Park.

Gilman Lane Photograph Collection-Oak Park Public Library

Identifier: 2017-004
Overview The Gilman Lane Photograph Collection consists of more than 700 photographs of the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and others in Oak Park, River Forest, and other areas of the United States and beyond, representing over 150 buildings. Lane took and collected photographs over four decades and was both a founder and original member of the Oak Park Camera Club. He also taught industrial arts at Oak Park River Forest High School from 1923-1957. The photographs were given to the Oak Park Public...

Grand Army of the Republic- Oak Park Public Library

Identifier: 2017-003
Scope and Contents The GAR records are comprised of two bound volumes containing biographical information and photographs of local veterans who fought in the Civil War. Volume I: War Sketches contains the names of nearly 200 veterans and basic vital information and military background, possibly including birth and death dates, where served, and battles fought. The information was collected over time and some contain personal remembrances. Veterans would have received their own copy.Volume...

Grant Manson Photograph Collection- Oak Park Public Library

Identifier: 2017-005
Scope and Contents The Grant Manson Photograph Collection contains over 350 photographic prints and negatives of architectural works designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. A majority of these photographs were taken from 1938-1940 while Manson was working on his doctoral thesis.

Grant Manson Research Collection - Oak Park Public Library

Identifier: 2017-028
Scope and Contents The Grant Manson Research Collection contains research materials that were utilized for the book “Frank Lloyd Wright to 1910-The First Golden Age.” These include magazine articles on Frank Lloyd Wright, maps of homes Wright built in Oak Park and River Forest; architectural plans, specifications, renderings, and sketches for Wright’s buildings. There are two small boxes with one containing notes on clients and projects of Wright’s to 1910; and the other box containing quotes about Wright from...

Harriette Gillem Robinet Monograph Collection-Oak Park Public Library

Identifier: 2017-012
Overview Harriette Gillem Robinet is best known for creating historical fiction in which she portrays African-American children and adults living in pivotal times in U.S. history. Her works have won numerous awards, including the Carl Sandburg Award, the Scott O'Dell Award for children's historical fiction, and the Jane Addams Award. The collection contains first editions of her work.

John St. John Ephemera Collection-Oak Park Public Library

Identifier: 2017-015
Overview John St. John was born and lived in Oak Park until he attended the University of Kentucky in Lexington. A painter, he was perhaps best known for his many public murals. The collection contains correspondence, speeches, clippings, and prints.

May Estelle Cook Manuscript Collection-Oak Park Public Library

Identifier: 2017-007
Overview One of Oak Park’s most famous residents, May Estelle Cook was a founding member of the 19th Century Women’s Club and served on the board of trustees of the Scoville Institute for several decades. She taught at Austin High School and was actively engaged in social and cultural causes in Oak Park. The collection contains the original manuscript of the book Little Old Oak Park, one of the earliest histories of the area.

Paul Allen Holmes Manuscript Collection- Oak Park Public Library

Identifier: 2017-010
Overview Paul Allen Holmes was a noted journalist and author who wrote for the Chicago Tribune from 1941-1966. He moved to Oak Park in 1959. He is most known for The Sheppard Murder Case, a bestseller that contributed to changing national opinion on the case. The collection includes corrected manuscripts of The Sheppard Murder Case.

Philander Barclay Photograph Collection- Oak Park Public Library

Identifier: 2017-002
Overview The Philander Barclay Photograph collection consists of approximately sixty photographs and negatives that Philander Barclay created and collected during his lifetime. He founded the Borrowed Time Club for Oak Park’s septuagenarians, organized a multitude of societies for protecting children, and ran a bicycle repair shop. The money he generated from his bicycle shop helped to finance his photographic collecting hobby. Barclay donated his collection of photographs to the Oak Park Public Library...

Raymond F. Daboll Ephemera Collection- Oak Park Public Library

Identifier: 2017-008
Overview Raymond F. DaBoll was a Chicago-area calligrapher and designer. Some of his work included designs for Oak Park institutions. The collection contains programs and other ephemera that contain examples of his work.

Robert St. John Manuscript Collection- Oak Park Public Library

Identifier: 2017-016
Overview Author, broadcaster, and journalist Robert St. John was born in Chicago. His family later moved to Oak Park, where he attended Oak Park River Forest High School. The collection contains original manuscripts of some of his famous works, including Ben-Gurion: the biography of an extraordinary man and They Came from Everywhere.

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