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From: Nan Brennan <>
Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Chicago City-Wide Collection 1835-1990
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 17:54:06 -0600
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Thanks very much for the reply with the description of your
experience. Very helpful.
I'm assuming you were at Harold Washington, is that correct?
I wonder how much they might have out at the local library in the
Englewood neighborhood.

What about newspapers? Did the library have any of the old local
neighborhood papers?
Did you take a look at the Illinois Newspaper Project?

I haven't been to the Archdiocesan archives. I hope to hear on this
list from those who have.

On Feb 20, 2007, at 6:13 AM, wrote:

> Nan wrote:
> "Has anyone ever looked at this collection?
> Chicago Public Library
> Chicago Public Library
> Special Collections and Preservation Division
> Neighborhood History Research Collections"
> I made a visit to the library last year to look at the Englewood
> neighborhood
> collection. I was disappointed to not find anything meaningful for
> me, but
> it was, nonetheless, interesting. I signed in at the special
> collections room.
> Was given a looseleaf index of the Englewood collection. Had to
> complete a
> request form for each of the items I wanted to look at. When the
> photos and
> Englewood HS yearbooks were brought out, I had to put on white
> cotton gloves
> before I was allowed to touch them. The staff were pleasant and
> helpful.
> Why Englewood? During the 1920's and early 1930's my maternal
> grandparents
> Patrick Francis and Sarah (Ryan) FitzGibbon owned a grocery and
> butcher shop on
> the corner of 59th & Princeton across from St. Martin's Catholic
> Church.
> They 'lost' their business during the Great Depression. I was
> hoping to find
> some photos of the neighborhood and or the Church in the
> collection, but none
> found.
> My mother (Catherine aka Kay) and uncle (Patrick Martin) graduated
> from St.
> Martin's Grade School, and my mother from Englewood HS. Her
> brother quit high
> school at age 17 to enter the Marine Corps during WWII -- he went
> MIA in 1945
> during the campaign for Iwo Jima when his plane and the crew of 3
> went down in
> rough seas -- he was only 19. I have my mom's yearbook, but hoped
> that
> subsequent classes may have mentioned those former classmates who
> died in the
> service of their country -- but no luck there for me, as well.
> My next try will be at the Cardinal Bernadin Archives for the Chicago
> Archdiocese -- have any of the list members visited there? I'd
> like to hear about
> your experience.
> Kathleen
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