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Otis Elevator Company Collection, 1903-1906

Otis Elevator Company Collection,

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The Art Institute of Chicago

Finding Aid Published: 1997

Otis Elevator Company Collection, 1903-1906

Accession Number: 1996.4

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COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:Otis Elevator Company Collection, 1903-1906
EXTENT:1 oversize portfolio
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 elevator plans for forty-seven buildings that were prepared by the Chicago office of Otis Elevator Company between 1903 and 1906 for such architectural firms as D.H. Burnham and Co., Holabird and Roche, and Richard Schmidt.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:Ink drawings on linen.
ORIGINATION: Otis Elevator Company
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:This collection was a gift of Joyce and Don Wiberg to the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 1996.

HISTORICAL NOTE:
Elisha Graves Otis (1811-1861) formed an elevator company in 1853 that manufactured safety elevators. Through his experiments he developed a safe elevator with an automatic pin device that prevented the platform-lift from falling should the hoisting chains or ropes break. In 1854 Otis demonstrated his invention at the Crystal Palace Exposition in New York, on which the New York Tribune reported, "We may commence by referring to an elevator or machine for hoisting goods exhibited by E.G. Otis of Yonkers which attracts attention both by its prominent position and by the apparent daring of the inventor, who as he rides up and down the platform occasionally cuts the rope by which it is supported." Otis installed the first safe elevator with an automatic brake in the Haoghwout Building (John P. Gaynor and William Badger, architects) in New York in March of 1857. Otis's invention and design increased the practicality of constructing tall buildings and played a significant role in the evolution of the skyscraper.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
Elevatoring plans for forty-seven buildings, prepared for various architects by the Chicago office of Otis Elevator Company between 1903 and 1906.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
The drawings have been organized sequentially by the Otis Company's work number.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Otis Elevator Company
Otis Elevator Company--Archives
Elevator industry--United States--History--Sources
Elevator industry--Illinois--Chicago--History--Sources
Elevators--United States--History--Sources
Elevators--Illinois--Chicago--History--Sources

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
OPOversize Portfolio

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:
Otis Elevator Company Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
The collection was processed by the Ryerson and Burnham Archives staff in 1996. This finding aid was revised and expanded in 2003 by Annemarie van Roessel.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

ROSENBAUM AND BROTHER, MT. VERNON, IN.:
OP 1
Plans, 44F-36.
05/13/1903 1

CHICAGO EDISON CO., CHICAGO, IL.:
Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge, architects.
OP 1
Plans, 44F-46.
10/02/1903 1

CULTER AND PROCTOR STOVE CO., PEORIA, IL.:
OP 1
Plans, 44F-83.
06/09/1903 1

KINGMAN, MR. J.R., MINNEAPOLIS, MN.:
William Chaning Whitney, architect.
OP 1
Plans, 45F-13.
07/31/1903 1

WESTERN SAND BLAST COMPANY, CHICAGO, IL.:
Robert C. Fletcher, architect.
OP 1
Plans, 45F-29.
07/15/1903 1

CARR AND ADAMS CO., PEORIA, IL.:
OP 1
Plans, 45F-92.
08/29/1903 1

KEHM, FIETSCH AND MILLER CO, CHICAGO, IL.:
OP 1
Plans, 46F-10.
09/09/1903 1

PETTIS DRY GOODS CO., INDIANAPOLIS, IN.:
A. Scherrer, architect.
OP 1
Plans, 46F-13.
09/10/1903 1

LORD-OWEN BUILDING (FOR MR. F.A. HARDY), CHICAGO, IL.:
D.H. Burnham and Co., architect.
OP 1
Plans, 46F-51.
10/26/1903 1

1265-1267 N. MILWAUKEE AVE. (FOR MR. CHARLES A. ZAHN), CHICAGO, IL.:
Fred Ahlschlager, architect.
OP 1
Plans, 46F-54.
11/04/1903 1

NORTHERN HOTEL COMPANY, LA CROSSE, WI.:
Handy and Cady, architect.
OP 1
Plans, 46F-69.
11/17/1903 1

RAILWAY EXCHANGE BUILDING, CHICAGO, IL.:
OP 1
Plans, 46F-92.
12/04/1903 1

NATIONAL LEAD CO., CHICAGO, IL.:
OP 1
Plans, 47F-11.
12/28/1903 1

HELVETICA MILK CONDENSING CO., HIGHLAND, IL.:
Ernest Helfensteller, architect.
OP 1
Plans, 47F-86.
03/21/1904 1

NATIONAL BISCUIT COMPANY, KENNEDY PLANT, CHICAGO, IL.:
A.G. Zimmerman, architect.
OP 1
Plans, 48F-4.
03/18/1904 1

PARK BREWING CO., WINONA, MN.:
OP 1
Plans, 48F-54.
05/20/1904 1

WELLS BROS. CO., CHICAGO, IL.:
Holabird and Roche, architects.
OP 1
Plans, 48F-81.
06/14/1904 1

JOBST, V. AND SONS, PEORIA, IL.:
Holabird and Roche, architects.
OP 1
Plans, 49F-97B.
11/11/1904, revised 12/29/1904 1

MARSHALL FIELD AND CO. WAREHOUSE, CHICAGO, IL.:
D.H. Burnham and Co., architect.
OP 1
Plans, 50F-18.
11/25/1904, corrected 03/21/1905 1

EMMERICH, EDWARD E., CHICAGO, IL.:
OP 1
Plans, 50F-22.
10/28/1904 1

FIFIELD, MRS. HELEN GOODWIN, BELOIT, WI.:
Mr. Fifield, architect.
OP 1
Plans, 50F-29.
11/13/1904 1

ALLIS-CHALMERS CO.:
OP 1
Plans, 50F-41A.
11/25/1904 1

WESTERN ELECTRIC COMPANY, PUMPING PLANT, CHICAGO, IL.:
OP 1
Plans, 50F-46A.
01/18/1905 1

STORE AND STORAGE BUILDING (FOR MR. M.V. DUNHAM), CHICAGO, IL.:
William H. Pruyn Jr. and Co., architects.
OP 1
Plans, 50F-62.
12/09/1904 1

STORE AND STORAGE BUILDING (FOR MR. M.V. DUNHAM), CHICAGO, IL.:
William H. Pruyn Jr. and Co., architects.
OP 1
Plans, 50F-63.
12/08/1904 1

STANDARD CHAIN CO., MARION, IN.:
OP 1
Plans, 50F-64.
12/09/1904 1

OLIVER HOTEL (FOR MR. JAMES OLIVER), SOUTH BEND, IN.:
OP 1
Plans, 50F-68.
12/23/1904 1

KNELL, MR. JOHN, AURORA, IL.:
Eugene Malmer, architects.
OP 1
Plans, 50F-76A.
02/23/1905 1

PEOPLE'S GAS, LIGHT AND COKE CO., CHICAGO, IL.:
OP 1
Plans, 50F-81A.
01/10/1905 1

STRONGE, WARNER AND CO., SAINT PAUL, MN.:
OP 1
Plans, 50F-84.
12/30/1904 1

WESTERN ELECTRIC COMPANY, PUMPING PLANT, CHICAGO, IL.:
OP 1
Plans, 51F-2.
01/13/1905 1

CHICAGO SAVINGS BANK, CHICAGO, IL.:
OP 1
Plans, 51F-42.
02/06/1905 1

UNION LEAGUE CLUB AUXILIARY ASSOCIATION, CHICAGO, IL.:
D.H. Burnham and Co., architects.
OP 1
Plans, 51F-56A.
06/23/1905 1

AYRES, L.S. AND COMPANY, INDIANAPOLIS, IN.:
Vonnegut and Bohn, architects.
OP 1
Plans, 51F-61.
02/21/1905 1

ORCHESTRA BUILDING, CHICAGO, IL.:
OP 1
Plans, 51F-78.
03/02/1905 1

JEWETT, MR. S.R., CHICAGO, IL.:
OP 1
Plans, 52F-13.
02/21/1905 1

BASS, MR. J.H., WAYNE, IN.:
OP 1
Plans, 52F-76A.
06/06/1905 1

LEFFEN AND SEIPP, MESSRS., CHICAGO, IL.:
OP 1
Plans, 54F-7.
08/03/1905 1

UIHLEIN, MR. AUGUST, CHICAGO, IL.:
OP 1
Plans, 54F-22.
08/22/1905 1

EMPLOYERS TEAMING CO., CHICAGO, IL.:
OP 1
Plans, 54F-63.
09/25/1905 1

FAIRBANKS, N.K., COMPANY, CHICAGO, IL.:
OP 1
Plans, 55F-4A.
11/24/1905 1

CHICAGO FLEXIBLE SHAFT CO., CHICAGO, IL.:
J.H. Wagner, architects.
OP 1
Plans, 55F-35.
12/05/1905 1

KING'S LAUNDRY (FOR B.A. ECKHART), CHICAGO, IL.:
W.C. Zimmerman, architect.
OP 1
Plans, 55F-49A.
01/05/1905 1

MINNESOTA SEED COMPANY, NEW ULM, MN.:
OP 1
Plans, 55F-60A.
01/18/1906 1

UNITED HEBREW CHARITIES OF CHICAGO, MICHAEL REESE HOSPITAL, CHICAGO, IL.:
Richard E. Schmidt, architect.
OP 1
Plans, 55F-81.
02/15/1906 1

SWIFT AND COMPANY, UNION STOCK YARDS, CHICAGO, IL.:
OP 1
Plans, 56F-3.
02/12/1906 1

ADAMS AND WESTLAKE COMPANY, CHICAGO, IL.:
OP 1
Plans, 56F-45A.
05/18/1906 1



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