Chicago Park District collection
Scope and Contents
This collection was assembled by a neighborhood resident during her work on various advisory boards and citizen action groups in the Old Town Triangle neighborhood during the 1980s and 1990s. In the course of her work she received and retained Park District reports, correspondence, and files. This collection consists of her personal files from this period. Records include correspondence, newsletters, programs, maps, and many other materials from the 1930s to the 1990s.
- Majority of material found within 1957-1994
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research use.
Biographical / Historical
Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837. Though it adopted the motto "Urbs in Horto" (City in a Garden), the city had few official policies relating to the acquisition or stewardship of public open spaces prior to 1869. Dearborn Park (which no longer exists) is considered Chicago's first park and was established in 1839 on a portion of land occupied by Fort Dearborn. Most of the other parks that were established before 1869 resulted from the donation or sale of lands at reduced rates by real estate developers. In the late 1860s, citizens concerned about the lack of adequate parkland in their areas began lobbying for the creation of more open public space. As a result, three Acts of State Legislature were approved in 1869, which established three separate park systems: Lincoln Park, South Park, and West Park Commissions. Throughout the years, more park districts were created to meet the increasing needs of the citizens of Chicago. By 1934, Chicago had 22 park districts, which were combined to create the Chicago Park District as it exists today. Over the years, landscapers, architects, and citizens have strived to maintain one of the largest municipal park systems in the world. It includes 27 miles of shoreline, over 7,300 acres of park property, more than 250 facilities, including 9 of Chicago's leading museums and cultural institutions, plus Soldier Field Stadium.
1.5 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Language of Materials
This collection is organized into six series: 1. Publications; 2. Administration; 3. Budget Files; 4. Events; 5. Parks; 6. Press and Public Notices.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Park districts--Archival resources--Illinois--Chicago Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Parks--Archival resources--Illinois--Chicago Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Recreation areas--Archival resources--Illinois--Chicago Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Guide to Chicago Park District collection
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English