June 15, 2015

Blogger and Sources

Researcher and Blogger 
Garry Albrecht 
My Reason for this Blog
On the corner of Stratford Place and (inner) Lake Shore Drive is Sholom Temple to the north of the block with their parking lot to the south. The Sholom Temple's parking lot is surrounded by six foot tall black ornate metal fence that could have graced historical Hawthorne Place District located one block south of Stratford Place. I was curious about the over-sized lot behind the stately fence. At that moment, I decided I needed to know more about this parking lot and began to research what that building must have looked like within the parking lot fence. This initial narrowly scoped research project of mine was to become a broader research project of my entire neighborhood of Lake View from its beginnings. Due to my membership to the Ravenswood-Lake View Historical Association (one of several Board members) I have sprinkled some photos from the Ravenswood area with it was part of the old township/city of Lake View. I hope you enjoy my adventure and that adventure becomes yours. 
This blog has 80 topical posts adding more information and text all the time. I could have done a better job on formatting and geo-tagging. I am constantly trying to correct this deficit. Some posts are directly related to others and noted on each post. I began this quest in 2007 and will continue until I find a university library willing to adopt this work of mine. Also, the reader may have to click on an image or article for an enlargement in order to read it. 
I have completed a collection of my own postcards, press photos, books, and other collectables of my own in a post called simply My Personal Collection. One of my favorite posts is called Beer Gardens & Groves. The viewer of the blog will need to click on the right side bar to discover all 80 posts. So, click on the year & then the month & then the post.
I am a Board of Directors member of ...
of the Ravenswood-Lake View Historical Association
Members of Board of the Directors
The Association has a board with directors and three officers elected annually by the membership. 
The 2017 directors and officers are:
Patrick Butler, President
Carolyn Bull, Vice President
Leah Steele, Secretary/Treasurer
Dorena Wenger, Program Chairperson
Gary Albrecht, Director
Peter von Buol, Director
Marcella Kane, Director
Dayle Murphy, Director
Ron Roenigk, Director
Jon Stromsta, Director

I am not the best typist
so, there may be grammatical or spelling errors, so forgive me and correct me. I may discover new insights in the future, so I regard this blog as a 'living document' to be reshaped by further research and readers' contributions that can be added any post commentary section provided on the bottom of each topical posting. In the past I have used Google's Picasa as a jpeg editing tool but as of 2014 I switched to PicMonkey for future editing.
Feel free to contact me on any questions that you may have on the subject of  Lake View as well as the resources used in this blog by emailing me @ lvhistorical@gmail.com 
I do have a Facebook page called LakeView Historical that is used to created album narratives from the information collected in my blog as well as information regarding our neighborhood. Also, feel free to use Twitter using the hashtag #LakeViewHistorical, as spelled. This blog's domain is protected by both Google and GoDaddy.
On the bottom of every post 
is the following in bold type:
'Important Note: 
These posts are exclusively used for educational purposes. I do not wish to gain monetary profit from this blog nor should anyone else without permission for the original source'
 me hiding out in Andersonville
Oh ya ... my Lake View Wall in my apartment 
According to my readings the integration of the City of Lake View into the City of Chicago took awhile. I guessing almost a decade. This was a period in time that the former city was referred to as the 'District of Lake View' until the City of Chicago adopted the 'community areas' concept we call neighborhoods. I tend to save photos & articles outside the neighborhood of Lake View if this important to Lake View's story.  I stopped when the City of Chicago adopted the neighbor concept by the 1930 census. It's an arbitrary line of distinction for me and my collecting process. 
My Primary Sources
The photos I post in this blog reflect the location found and not the original publication or original distributors of the photo. I did this to encourage others to clean-out their storage closets and attics to find anything related to this subject. Below are web resources to be explored when needed. I have referred back to these sources many times. 
My Online Sources
(subject to change) 
Explore Chicago Collections
Chicago Public Library - Northside Neighborhoods
Ravenswood - Lake View Community Collection
Robert W Krueger Collection
William C Brubaker Collection
(These four collections is housed & photos labeled 
as Sulzer Regional Library)
Newberry Library - Chicago Neighborhood Guide
Chicago Public Library - Newspapers
(library card access)
Chicago Tribune Archives
(highlighted articles from their newspaper)
Sanborn Fire Maps
and the legend for the maps
(library card access)
Google Map Viewer
Google Map with Satellite
(2007 to present)
Lake View Saga 1837-1985
Lake View Saga 1985-2005
Chicago Street Changes 1909
Chuckman Collection
Chicago History in Postcards
History of Postcards
Edgewater Historical Society
Chicago History in Pictures
Chicago Historical Schools
Jazz Age Chicago
The Chicagoan
University of Illinois Carli - IDOT Collection
University of Illinois-Chicago Library
University of Illinois-Chicago Photographic Images of Change
University of Illinois-Chicago City 2000
Township of Lake View 1879
 - Google Books & personal collection
Township of Lake View 1885-86
University of Illinois-Chicago digital book
University of Chicago - The Local Community
Curbed Chicago - Lake View
Southport Corridor News and Events & blog
Chicago Cityscape
Chicago Patterns
Chicago Real Estate Local
Chicago Sojourn
Building Up Chicago
Yo Chicago
Moss Design
Chicago Past
Chicago History Museum
Forgotten Chicago
Forgotten Chicago-Facebook

Living History of Illinois & Chicago - Facebook

Old Maps online collection
University of Chicago Digital Collection - Map Collection
W.L Flowers Map 1862 - Library of Congress
David Rumsey Map Collection 1869
Library of Congress Cook County Map 1870
David Rumsey Map Collection 1887
Historical MapWorks 1887
Historical MapWorks 1909
NETR Historical Aerials 1939-2011
West Ridge -
by Images of America - chapters 1-2
Chicago Architecture Data
Chicago History Museum
(Chicago Daily News Archives 1902-1933) 
Library of Congress
Digital Public Library of America
Chicago History Museum
SAIC Digital Collections
Chicago History in Pictures
IDOT Chicago Photographs UIC
Swedish - American Historical Quarterly
Gerber/Hart Library and Archives
Chicago Gay History
DNAinfo Lake View & Wrigleyville
DNAinfo Boystown
Lake View Patch Facebook Album
Chicago History Today  
WBEZ 91.5 - Curiouscity
Bob Rehak Photography
WTTW - Baer Tours
Chicago Landmarks
Bygone Chicago
Chicago Designerslinger
Chicago History Today - John Schmidt 
Moving Picture World
Evanston History Center
Edgewater Historical Society
Chicago Historic Schools
Chicago "L"
Encyclopedia of Chicago
Connecting the Windy City
Chicago Past
The Man on Five
Chicago Sojourn
Chsmedia - Chicago Streets
Chsmedia - Street Renumbering
Old Chicago
Craigs Lost Chicago
Bid Start
Hip Postcard
1) Chicago and it's Suburbs by Everett Chamberlin published in 1874. Please scroll to page 343 to start from the beginning. This publication has well as the next one covers the Township of Lake View. The new community of Ravenswood is also mentioned on page 370.
2) History of Cook County: The History of Lake View Township  by Theodore Andreas published in 1884. The Community of Ravenswood is mentioned on p 712.
3) Northsiders: Essays on the History and Culture 
 of the Chicago Cubs published in 2008 has more modern prospective of the neighborhood of Lake View.
The Paper Books of Great Interest
Hidden History of Ravenswood & Lake View
by Patrick Butler

Lake View - Images of America
by Matthew Nickerson

by Matthew Nickerson
From Books to YouTube Videos
 My Initial Inspiration 

images from the book - photos Ebay
Within the RLVS website is a pdf of the book that was first written about the area by Stephen Bedell Clark in 1974 and with the latest edition by Pat Bulter published in 1985.
Helen Zatterberg wrote a manuscript in 1937 about the neighborhood of Lake View that most have been the inspiration for Mr. Clark - I guessing her inspiration was Illinois historian Theodore Andreas.
The Historical Association Founder
Helen Zatterberg  
article written and submitted by Helen Zatterberg
who was the Secretary-Historian of the Ravenswood-Lake View Association in 1940.The collectibles old Lake View and Ravenswood are housed in the Sulzer Regional Library, a member library of Chicago Public Library system initially once housed at Hild Library in Lincoln Square neighborhood. Before that once called 'Society' had its own building on the corner of Montrose and Hermitage Avenue. - image below.
the first location of the collection
 the second location of the collection
 the current location of the library
Sulzer Regional Library - 1985
the collection is housed in its own section of the library
photos - Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection 
in library lobby

Day 1 1985
Conrad Sulzer Regional Library also has a work-station for Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps & but can be found online 
- you will need an access number from Chicago library card.
research area for the Sanborn Fire Maps

Post Note: Explore the countless photography from various contributors of Lake View from Flickr, as a starter mosaic to my over eighty blog posts on the subject of Lake View.

These posts are exclusively used for educational purposes. I do not wish to gain monetary profit from this blog nor should anyone else without permission of the original source - thanks!

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