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Elizabeth Ware papers

Identifier: MSS0101

Scope and Contents

The Elizabeth Ware papers contain the research files for Ware’s two publications as well as the exhibition materials from the 1999 exhibit at DePaul University’s John T. Richardson Library. These materials include photocopied primary and secondary sources as well as a few original primary sources. Researchers will also find photographs of the Seminary Townhomes commissioned by Ware in 1993 and her research notes.


  • 1893-2005

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Biographical / Historical

In 1975, Elizabeth “Liz” K. Ware purchased a townhome on Belden Ave in Lincoln Park, originally constructed in the 1880s by the McCormick Theological Seminary for faculty and student housing. The seminary’s move in 1975 to Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood prompted the sale of its residential and academic buildings. Ware was an original member of the Seminary Townhouse Association, the group of seminary residents that bought the townhomes from McCormick, and this personal experience inspired her academic research. While a student at DePaul University pursuing a Master of Arts in Liberal Sciences, Ware researched and wrote a paper titled “The Seminary Townhouses Stay: the History of a Unique Community Preservation Process in Chicago,” for a class she took in 1994. This paper was published by DePaul University’s Urban Studies Series and focuses on the story of the group of townhouse residents who established the Seminary Townhouse Association and developed the process of matching the houses to prospective buyers. In 1999, Ware curated an exhibit to complete a graduation requirement for her Masters program. The exhibit and the companion publication was titled “Within the Wrought Iron Fence: The Hidden Heritage of McCormick Theological Seminary,” and was displayed in DePaul University’s John T. Richardson Library. When Liz Ware donated her papers to DePaul University Special Collections and Archives in 2017, she still retained her close connection to the community and lived in the townhouse on Belden.


1.5 Linear Feet (5 boxes )

Language of Materials



The collection is organized into three (3) series: Seminary Townhouse Stay research files; Within the Wrought Iron Fence research files; and Within the Wrought Iron Fence exhibition materials.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession 2015.062; 2017.010

Related Materials

McCormick Theological Seminary; Seminary Townhouse Association

Processing Information

A. Oberweiser 2022

Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the DePaul Special Collections and Archives Repository

John T. Richardson Library
2350 N. Kenmore Ave.
Room 314
Chicago Illinois 60614