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Native American Collection

  • US IlHpHS nati.ame.2
  • Collection
  • ca. 1830-1972

Collection contains materials related to the Native American history in Highland Park. Materials includes newspaper clippings, photographs, and other relevant notes.

Highland Park Historical Society

Local Boy Scouts of America histories

  • 2021.3
  • Collection
  • 2020 - 2023

Eleven histories of local scouting troops on the North Shore of Illinois from formation to mid-20th century, including a research guide and historiography of troops in Deerfield, Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Highland Park, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Libertyville, Northbrook, Wilmette and Winnetka. Digital manuscripts are available on the Illinois Digital Archive Highland Park History Collection.

Ropiequet, John L.

Jesse Lowe Smith Collection

  • US IHigp H
  • Collection
  • 1909-1975

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

Highland Park Woman's Club, records

  • Collection
  • 1899-2000

There are five series in this collection: Minutes and Dues, Yearbooks, Scrapbooks, Topical files, and Artifacts. The Minutes document meetings with handwritten minutes and subscription information from the Club’s inception until 1956 and dues, 1902-1957. A sub-series contains the minutes from the Highland Park Woman’s Club Garden Club, 1935-1967. This series is one foot located in Box 1. The Highland Park Woman’s Club Yearbooks, 1902-1970, contain membership data for the Club and its Junior Auxiliary and information regarding events and achievements from previous years. This series is two feet, located in Boxes 2-3. The Chronological Scrapbooks documents the Club’s activities through clippings, yearbooks and other memorabilia. This series is twelve cubic feet, located in boxes 4-16. The topical file is arranged chronologically and by subject. Of special interest are folders documenting the history of the Club, created by Club members, newsletters (very incomplete), and files documenting two key court cases; one regarding the disposition of the clubhouse and the other property tax exempt status. Also housed within this series are several rare issues of the Illinois Clubwoman periodical. The Series is two linear feet, Boxes 17-18. Artifacts include a plaque and logo and other brand stamps. The artifacts are located in Artifact Drawer 1.

Highland Park Woman's Club.

Finney, John, papers

  • US IlHpHS 2011.4
  • Collection
  • Bulk, 1864-1865

Letters written from Lake County, Illinois soldier home to his parents in Warren Township, Illinois regarding life and events in the Illinois 65th Infantry regiment and on the battlefield. Correspondence, discharge and pension papers, and newspaper article are arranged chronologically. The folder also includes mounted uniform buttons and Army and Regimental pins and the History and Roster of the Sixty-Fifth Illinois Infantry. There are photocopies of all the documents in a second folder

Finney, John

Pike, C. Harlan collection

  • US IlHpHS 2015.10
  • Collection
  • 1928-1968

The collection contains correspondence, a newspaper clipping, the memorial service program for Jesse Lowe Smith, and newsletters of the Old Timer's Club. The Old Timer's Club met once a year and was composed of teachers who were at Elm Place School when Mr. Jesse Lowe Smith was the principal.
Also included is a photograph of students at Elm Place School dated June 1928, a photograph of the Class of February, 1928: William Nunn, Henry Witten, Bob Phelps, Melvin Cummings, Tom Russell, Jefferson Bennett (Class President), Jesse Craig, Richard Rioux, Rudolph Stricker, Irving Garling.
Martin Bennett, Fred Fell, Alfred Meyer, Selma L. Cook, Jane Holmes, Norma Finley, Edith Kilgore, Helene Borchardt, Grace Lindstrom, Raymond Bock, Sam Ugolini. Florence Skuldy, Mary Wohlbruck, Ruth Durment, Dorothy Anderson, Elinor Fischer. Esther Drake, Isabel Mann, Clifford Thomas, Lee Randall, Mary Mayor. Robert Freeman, Robert Wood, Nelson Forrest, Eugene Masterson, Alice Mulvihill. Dorothy Schadewitz, Miss Lena M. Nixon, Gladys Arnold.
It also contains a photograph of the Class of June, 1928: Miss Etta Grunewald, Amelia Ostrowsky, Mildred Dostalek, Miss Lena M. Nixon, Louise Willard, Almyra Gibson, Muriel Prato, Marion R. Moon, Priscilla Mann. Elizabeth Zimmerman, Muriel M. Mowers, Esther Drake, Barbara Sullivan, Jane Kaufman, MacDonald Lowe, Marco Carani. Barbara Funke, Melvin Finney, Henry B. Clark, Sara Ann McClernan, Robert Fay, Grace Arline Flint, Edward Marder, Glen Christenson. O'Neal Ronzani, Hugo Winkler, William Walker, Ella Hupprich, Sadie L. Coates, Mavern Hamilton, Ray Bock. Elmer M. Nielsen, Theodore Pasquesi, Janet Gaidzik, Kathleen Slack, Irvin Garling, Jesse A. Craig, Walter O'Neill, Melvin Cummings, Harlan Pike (Class President), Frank Goffo, Eva Scott, Florence Warren, Luella Dunn, Nouri Mancogian, Thomas E. Russell, Norman Alfred Gastfield, Charlotte Clark.

Pike, C. Harlan

Highland Park Schools Collection

  • US IlHpHS scho.col
  • Collection
  • Bulk, 1900-1970

This collection contains photographs, yearbooks, report cards, attendance records, graduation and school performance programs, a financial record book, newspaper articles, and other school related ephemera from Highland Park Schools. The Highland Park Schools Collection appears to have been created at the Highland Park Historical Society and provenance is mixed and mostly undocumented. It should also be noted that many of the photographs within the collection were taken by the Brand Studio of Highland Park, IL. The following is an overview of materials that may be of special interest: Box 1 contains photographs of Highland Park School buildings and students from 1900-1950; Box 2 contains photographs of Highland Park High School sports teams and band from 1920-1950; autographed photograph of Harry E. Bolle, H.P.H.S band director; Box 3 contains school attendance and scholarship records from 1922-1941; Box 4 contains a financial record book from 1913-1923 with special mention given to information regarding the Nixon Fund on the first page; Box 5 contains materials from Highland Park Schools and related organizations such as the Board of Education for District 108 and 107. Items of special interest include: Board of Education and District 108 materials from 1909-1992; Elm Place School Building Dedication materials from 1870-1998; Elm Place School Girl Patrol materials from 1930-1984; Elm Place School plays, concerts, and award ceremonies programs from 1922-1984; publications from Highland Park Schools including Sparks, The Crier, The Green Elm and student publications from 1860-1946, 2 copies of A History of Elm Place School and Green Bay Road School (1944) by Etta Grunewald; Elm Place School graduation programs, photographs from 1893-1999; a scrapbook of photographs and written work on Elm Place School from 1916; a copy of the Blue and White, Deerfield-Shields High School newspaper from June 3, 1924; A Survey That Looks Ahead Ten Years by R.L. Sandwick from November 20, 1940; early Elm Place School photographs and documents from 1880-1984; Northwood Junior High Commencement Program from June 15, 1978; Indian Trail School photographs and documents from 1969-1990; Oak Park Terrace School photographs and documents from 1918-1990; Red Oak Junior High School Graduation Program from 1967; Red Oak Junior High “Oakies” Pendent; West Ridge School photographs and documents from 1914-1939; Braeside School documents and photographs from 1943-1957; History of Braeside School by Byron Klorfine; newspaper article about Francis Stupey Log Cabin and Braeside School from 1943; Ravinia School photographs and documents ca. 1950; miscellaneous school pictures from 1916-1930; class autograph book from 1930; scrapbook of Deerfield-Shields Township High School from 1918-1940; Lincoln School Yearbooks 1939-40; book of newspaper clippings from 1920-1950; North Shores Series and other music performance programs from 1929-1941 (includes performance by Marian Anderson, Ezio Pinza, and Fritz Kreisler); issues of Ravinia School Scribbler Newspaper, Vol. 3 No. 1 and 2 from 1931 and 1932; Highland Park

Highland Park Historical Society

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 Superintendent 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

Apple Tree Theatre Collection

  • US IlHpHS ApplTre
  • Collection
  • 1986 - 2009

The collection as 7 series, and 8 subseries within the collection. The series were organized by storage practice.

The first series, records and papers, contains all the printed and manuscript material. It contains, pamphlets, calendars, play bills, and mailing information. The series also has two sub-series, Objects and Photographs. Objects, contains a key-chain, while Photographs, contains photographs of various subject. The series is approximately .5 linear feet, and ranges in dates from 1986-2009.

The second series, Oversize Images (20x16"), contains mounted images that are around 20x16 inches in size. The entire series are images (both in color and in black and white) of actors performing in various plays and is broken up into 4 subseries. Photographs, Set Rendering, Wood Mounted, Metal Framed. The series is approximately 1.5 linear feet, and ranges in dates from 1993-1999.

The third series, Oversize Images (25x19"), contains foam-core posters with biographical information and a poster of performers that are around 25x19 inches in size. The series is broken into two sub-series, Mounted Posters and Posters. The series is approximately .2 linear feet, and ranges in dates from 2007-2009.

The fourth series, Semi-oversize Images (11x14"), contains mounted images that are around 11x14 inches in size. The entire series are images (both in color and in black and white) of actors performing in various plays. The series is approximately 1 linear foot, and ranges in dates from 1994-1995.

The fifth series, Donor Plaques, contains two plaques with the list of donors to the Apple Tree Theatre. Both plaques are 15x12 inches in size and are wood with metal plates. The series is approximately .1 linear foot, and ranges in dates from 1989-1997.

The sixth series, Upright Storage, contains a single framed image that is 40.5x30.5 inches in size. The series is approximately .05 linear feet, and is dated 1993.

The seventh series, Rolled Storage, contains over-sized posters that are 50x36 inches in size. The series is approximately .5 linear feet, and ranges in dates from 1998-2003.

Apple Tree Theatre

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