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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
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
What about newspapers? Did the library have any of the old local
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
> 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
> Why Englewood? During the 1920's and early 1930's my maternal
> Patrick Francis and Sarah (Ryan) FitzGibbon owned a grocery and
> butcher shop on
> the corner of 59th & Princeton across from St. Martin's Catholic
> 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
> 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
> 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.
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