This collection documents the Metzel family from the Civil War era 1860s through the 1960s. Its contents include a family history, landscape architecture blueprints by celebrated landscape architect, O.C. Simonds, contracts, and images.
A.J. Metzel and his family moved to Highland Park, Illinois in 1912 and developed an elaborately landscaped estate. This collection holds hand-colored images or the estate. The family owned the Cutler Shoe Company in Chicago from 1885-1937. A.J.’s son, Truman became the sole owner of the company in 1929 when his father died. The collection includes a family history written by Truman Thwing Metzel that spans from ca.1860-1960.
This collection contains photographs of the Kopp family from the late 19th century and early half of the 20th century. Other family relatives include the Koller, Stipe, and Hart families. Also included in the collection is an annotated copy of Pioneer to Commuter, published in 1958.
This collection contains images in and around Highland Park (chiefly). It has been arranged into 4 series with a list of each item in that series. A few slides have been damaged, and some are difficult to view due to over exposure. They are a mix of sizes ranging from 4x5 to 5x10. These slides may have been taken by the Brand Bros. Studio or Jesse Lowe Smith.
This collection is comprised of record books generated by the Brand Brothers Paint Company. There are 14 books that contain information on the various accounts, jobs, and estimates held by the company. The collection ranges from 1889-1940.