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Frost, Charles S., Letterpress Copybook, 1922-1930

Charles S. Frost (1856-1931) Letterpress Copybook,

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Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
The Art Institute of Chicago

Finding Aid Published: 1979

Charles S. Frost (1856-1931) Letterpress Copybook, 1922-1930

Accession Number: 1979.1

Electronic access to this finding aid was made possible through a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:Charles S. Frost (1856-1931) Letterpress Copybook, 1922-1930
EXTENT:.25 linear foot (1 box)
REPOSITORY: Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries,
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603-6110
(312) 443-7292 phone
rbarchives@artic.edu
http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchives.html
ABSTRACT:This collection contains a letterpress copybook of bills, estimates, and other business and financial transactions from the office of Chicago architect Charles S. Frost.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:Bound letterpress work of carbon typescript papers and manuscripts.
ORIGINATION: Frost, Charles S. (Charles Sumner), 1856-1931
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:The collection was a gift from the Wilmette Historical Museum in Wilmette, Illinois, to the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 1979.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:
Charles Sumner Frost (1856-1931) graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and entered the architectural firm of Peabody and Stearns in Boston. In 1882 he moved to Chicago and established a sixteen-year partnership with Henry Ives Cobb. This firm produced such notable buildings as the Union Club and the Newberry Library in Chicago, as well as several buildings for the University of Chicago. When Cobb departed for New York City, Frost entered into partnership with Alfred H. Grainger. Frost and Grainger were well known for designing such railroad terminals as the La Salle Street Station and the Chicago and Northwestern Terminal in Chicago, and several suburban stations for the Chicago and Northwestern (CNW) line. Frost was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 1889. He retired from active practice in 1928.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
This single volume letterpress copybook contains Charles Frost's copies of bills for services rendered, estimated costs, and cost breakdowns with contractors' bids or contract prices. There are very few examples of general business correspondence. The first entry is dated October 27, 1922, and the last entry is dated January 21, 1930. There is a manuscript index at the rear of the copybook. On several bills, Frost's name appears with that of George C. Henderson, suggesting that some form of partnership may have existed during this time. At this late period in his career, Frost's commissions were mainly for remodeling building that he had designed earlier in his career, or for the design of small additions to existing structures. The projects recorded in this copybook include Public Life Insurance Co., Foreman Brothers' Banking Co., Union Stock Yards, St. Luke's Hospital, all in Chicago; Wilmette State Bank in Wilmette, Illinois; and several projects in Lake Forest, Illinois, including work for the City of Lake Forest, for the First Presbyterian Church, and for several residences.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Frost, Charles S. (Charles Sumner), 1856-1931
Henderson, George C

RELATED MATERIALS IN CURATORIAL DEPARTMENTS, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO:
Drawings by Charles S. Frost are held in the permanent collection of the Department of Architecture.

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
The collection is housed in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries' on-site stacks.

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS:
This collection may be used by qualified readers in the Reading Room of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at The Art Institute of Chicago. Collections maintained on-site are available for patron use without prior arrangement or appointment. Collections maintained in off-site storage will be retrieved with advance notification; please consult the Archivist for the current retrieval schedule. For further information, consult http://www.artic.edu/aic/access/access.html

USER RESTRICTIONS:
The Art Institute of Chicago is providing access to the materials in the Libraries' collections solely for noncommercial educational and research purposes. The unauthorized use, including, but not limited to, publication of the materials without the prior written permission of the Art Institute is strictly prohibited. All inquiries regarding permission to publish should be submitted in writing to the Archivist, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to permission from the Art Institute, permission of the copyright owner (if not the Art Institute) and/or any holder of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) may also be required for reproduction, publication, distribution, and other uses. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of any item and securing any necessary permissions rests with the persons desiring to publish the item. The Art Institute makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the materials or their fitness for a particular purpose.

PREFERRED CITATION:
Charles S. Frost Letterpress Copybook, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
This collection was processed by the staff of the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 1979. This finding aid was expanded by Jeffrey Massanova and revised by Annemarie van Roessel in 2003.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

Box 1
Letterpress copybook.
Bound carbon typescript papers. Includes manuscript index.
10/03/1922-01/24/1930 1


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