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Jesse Lowe Smith Image Collection

  • US IlHpHS 1996.5
  • Collection
  • Bulk, 1911-1914

The Jesse Lowe Smith Image Collection was created by Jesse Lowe Smith, who was principal of the Elm Place School and Superintendant of Schools in Highland Park, Illinois for 32 years until his death in 1934. Smith took the bulk of the photographs himself specifically for educational purposes . Smith had a life-long interest in nature, culture and the arts. Smith promoted an innovative and progressive educational style by including nature expeditions and theatrical productions as part of Elm Place School’s curriculum. The collection consists of 3”x4” glass slides and 5”x7” glass photographs and negative plates which either were taken by Jesse Lowe Smith himself, or which he purchased from a Highland Park photographer, E.E. Paratt or from the Nichol’s Slide Company (a provider of educational slides). Some of the slides are hand-colored by Charlotte Pinkerton, an artist who at the time worked in Chicago. The slides collection range from 1907 to 1933 with the bulk being from 1911 to 1914. The bulk of the images are botanical in nature, focusing on plant studies, trees, and flowers and include landscape scenes. There are also images of Elm Place School including classrooms and artwork exhibited in the school, some class photos of students and teachers, the outside of the school, and theatrical productions of a play and operetta. The collection includes travel photographs from trips Smith took to Montana, the Pacific Northwest, and abroad. There are also slides of song lyrics, flags and history lessons. Thus far, the following series are created: Botanical slides; Travel photographs from Smith’s travels abroad, notably India, but also Europe; and a third series for Lincolniana of photographs relating to Abraham Lincoln.

There is a second collection of botanical slides from Elm Place School currently in the possession of the Park District of Highland Park which exhibited them in 1995. There may be overlap between the two collections.

Smith, Jesse Lowe, Superintendent of Schools, Highland Park, Illinois

American Legion Auxiliary Dumaresq Spencer Post 145, records

  • US IlHpHS 1999.05.02
  • Collection
  • Bulk, 1923-1926

Scrapbook from American Legion Illinois Highland Park Post 145 documents Auxiliary and Auxiliary participation in local, state and national events. Clippings, organizational, pamphlets, photos and Manual of Cermeonies create the scrapbook. Also includes membership list for 1948 Post 145 American Legion Auxiliary.

Ronan, Frank, Mrs.

Highland Park High School Class of 1941 collection

  • US IlHpHS 2001.3.29
  • Collection
  • Bulk, 1938-1944

The collection contains photographs, class reunion books, newspaper clippings, and issues of The Shoreline.

The collection is arranged by folders, and contains the commencement program (1941), photographs of the 20th class reunion (1961), a booklet from the 45th reunion (1986), two booklets from the 50th reunion (1991), photocopies of newspaper clippings from the 40's regarding high school events, newspaper clippings (1942-1944), a photograph from the 55th reunion (1997), a photograph of the Edwin Gilroy family (1997), Gertrude Frances Sesso Intermediate School diploma from Elm Place (1937), and a Vocation Reading Course Certificate (1935), an issue of Highland Park News (1943), and issues of the High School annual newsletter, The Shoreline (1938-1942).

Highland Park High School Class of 1941.

August G. Haak Collection

  • US IlHpHS 2001.4.21
  • Collection
  • ca. 1903-1965

A photo album (Box 1) created by August G. Haak to document early aviation in Highland Park. The photo album contains various ephemera including photographs, programs, ticket stubs, and newspaper clippings. There is also a focus on Haak's life outside of his aviation interests including his business and family life. Of note are personal items of William and Ellen Edwards including records from Royal Neighbors of America, material from Haak's involvement with St. Mary's Church, Deerfield High School commencement from 1903.

Box 2 contains Haak's goggles, pilot's cap, Dictator Sports Goggle container (tin) and Department of Commerce Aeronautics Brange Identification Mark (6953) tag.

Haak, August G

Samuel T. Lawton Jr. Collection

  • US IlHpHS 2003.10.7
  • Collection
  • 1940 - 1986

This collection was developed by Samuel T. Lawton Jr. It is an assortment of archival material and objects accumulated by Lawton. The collection is divided into 5 series. The first series is Personal, which contains personal papers. The dates in this series range from 1966-2004. The second series is Professional, which contains items pertaining to work Samuel was doing as Highland Park, Illinois. For example there are ordinances, zoning laws, and record books. The items in this series range from 1940-1980. The third series is Oversize, these are all the oversize archival items contained in the collection. It holds invitations and legal documents ranging from 1969-1970. The fourth series is Newspapers. It contains newspapers and newspaper clippings dating from 1968-1970. The final series is Objects. This series contains all the objects brought in with the archival material. These items are personal, professional, and commemorative. They range in dates from 1959-1986.

Lawton, Samuel T. , Jr.

Memories of World War II

  • 2007.11.11
  • Collection

Brief biography and detailed narrative of training and Pacific War Theater, 1942-1945 of "Grandpa" Sy Bortz.

Bortz, Seymour A. (Sy)

Babette S Kornblith scrapbook

  • US IlHpHS 2008.11.1.3
  • Collection
  • 1930-1931

Correspondence, clippings, images and detailed inventories and documentation, pamphlets, printed materials compiled by Better Homes in America campaign local chairman Babette S Kornblith. This scrapbook documents the Better Homes in America campaign and Deerfield-Shields High School Vocational Program, the cooperative work between the two groups and ensuing recognition, 1930-1931.

Kornblith, Babette S

Rosenwald, Julius, obituaries.

  • US IlHpHS 2009.12.26
  • Collection
  • 1932

Newspaper clipping relating to the death of Julius Rosenwald in 1932.

Jonas family

J. Marion Gutnayer Architectural Collection

  • 2010-1
  • Collection
  • Bulk, 1984-1989

The J.Marion Gutnayer Collection consists of 18 folders, the bulk of which are architectural drawings and plans. The collection spans two segments of Gutnayer's long career and focus on projects near and around Highland Park, Illinois. The collection consists of residential projects from the early to mid-1950s, residential homes for the early to mid-1980s, and several multi-dwelling buildings from the late 1980s. A large portion of the collection documents the McDaniel Square complex, a multi-unit dwelling built throughout the 1980s. The collection contains architectural plans, sketches, schedules, topography surveys, as well as legal correspondence and promotional materials related to McDaniel Square.

Gutnayer, J. Marion

North Shore Yacht Club, records

  • US IlHpHS 2010.1
  • Collection
  • Bulk, 1930-1970

The North Shore Yacht Club collection is comprised of photographic images, financial ledgers, membership rosters and surveys, race information, safety and procedural instructions, Yacht Club publications, and scrapbooks The scrapbooks document the activities of the North Shore Yacht Club from 1929 through 2005; with the bulk of scrapbooks dating from 1930 to 1970. "Breeze" (Box 1), the Yacht Club's newsletter and the Harbor Study documents pertaining to beach erosion in Highland Park (Box 2.11) document the activities and goals of the organization. Administrative files and publications can be found in Boxes 1-. Visual materials are located in Boxes 4-8.

North Shore Yacht Club. (Highland Park, Ill).

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