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Skinner, Richard M., Residence Records, 1878-1979

Richard M. Skinner Residence Records,

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

Finding Aid Published: 1996

Richard M. Skinner Residence Records, 1878-1979

Accession Number: 1984.1

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:Richard M. Skinner Residence Records, 1878-1979
EXTENT:.5 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:Papers document the construction and maintenance of the Richard M. Skinner House, in Princeton, Illinois, from 1878 to 1979.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:Printed papers and manuscripts.
ORIGINATION:Richard M. Skinner Family
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:This collection was a gift of Electra (Mrs. Louis) Tarsinos to the Ryerson and Burnham Archives.

HISTORICAL NOTE:
The Richard M. Skinner house was built in Princeton, Illinois, in 1878 and was occupied by members of the Skinner Family until its sale in 1979 to Dr. and Mrs. Louis Tarsinos, at which time the papers in this collection were transferred to their possession.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
The papers span the century from 1878 to 1978. The material pertaining to the construction of the house includes detailed personal records of Richard Skinner, specifications for the house, and some correspondence related to the installation of mantels and grilles. As the house remained in the family, detailed records of maintenance and improvement were kept. The collection gives the researcher information about nineteenth-century building techniques and about the local merchants and tradesmen who supplied both materials and expertise. There are also extensive records of the cost of materials and services. Skinner appears to have been particular about the house, and his records indicate his concern for detail. The records generated are, for the most part, those of standard home improvement, but do give the researcher information as to when significant changes to the house occurred.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
Items are arranged in chronological order, with undated items listed at the end of the inventory.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Richard M. Skinner House (Princeton, Ill.)
Skinner, Richard M.--Homes and haunts
Bryant, Joseph Plummer, 1845-1916

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
BOX.FFBox #, Folder #
c.circa
n.d.not dated

RELATED MATERIALS IN CURATORIAL DEPARTMENTS, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO:
Architectural drawings by 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:
Richard M. Skinner Residence Records, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
This collection was processed by the staff of the Department of Architecture at The Art Institute of Chicago. This finding aid was revised and expanded by Annemarie van Roessel in 2003.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

Box.FF 1.1
Personal record of R.M. Skinner.
Expenses for the house are detailed and contractors listed; includes portrait photograph attached to notebook cover.
02/06/1878-06/18/1879 1
Box.FF 1.2
Specifications contract for building materials from J.P. Bryant, architect.
c.1878 1
Box.FF 1.3
Skinner, R.M., note.
Manuscript. Regarding 12 strip of land bought from Mrs. Ballon for $100.00.
09/03/1895 1
Box.FF 1.3
Dawson Brothers to Judge Richard M. Skinner.
Bill of sale for two mantels and trimmings.
10/01/1904 1
Box.FF 1.3
Skinner, R.M., "Home Repair and Finishing Expenses etc."
Bound in tan leather.
1904-1911 1
Box.FF 1.3
Decorators Supply Co., verification of order for six grilles.
Details the size and price of each item.
02/25/1905 1
Box.FF 1.4
Ledger page.
Notes improvements done on Skinner House in conjunction with transfer of house to Skinner relative on 08/10/1945.
02/19/1946-05/1977 1
Box.FF 1.5
National Register of Historic Places, nomination form.
1982 1
Box.FF 1.6
Advertisement for mantels and mirrors.
With manuscript notations.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.6
"Directions for setting wood mantels, tile and fireplaces."
With diagram and manuscript annotations on verso.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.6
First floor plan.
Includes manuscript annotations of rooms and furniture.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.6
Garage specifications for John S. Skinner.
Typescript carbon. With manuscript notes.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.6
Manuscript note about materials, prices and builders.
On stationery of Mrs. John S. Skinner.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.7
Gertrude H. Skinner notebook. Expenditures on house decoration and maintenance.
1923-1979 1


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