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Tomlinson Subdivision Collection, 1887-1998 (bulk 1988-1990)

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Finding Aid Published: 2009

Tomlinson Subdivision Collection, 1887-1998 (bulk 1988-1990)

Accession Number: 1988.5


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COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:Tomlinson Subdivision Collection, 1887-1998
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:Correspondence, photographs, and printed matter documenting the history of the 1888 Tomlinson Subdivision of Chicago, Illinois, and additional documentation researching the possibility of involvement of Frank Lloyd Wright in the design of some of the buildings.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:Photographs, typed papers, and printed papers.
ORIGINATION:Norris, Ed
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:The papers and information in this collection were compiled by Ed Norris and donated to the Art Institue of Chicago.

HISTORICAL NOTE:
The Tomlinson Subdivision was begun in 1888 in the present-day Lincoln Park area of Chicago. The majority of the materials in this collection are images of buildings from the area, collected by Ed Norris. Norris compiled this information while investigating the possible contributions of Frank Lloyd Wright in the design of a number of the structures. Extensive research conducted by Norris is put forth in the report contained in this collection under the series "Miscellaneous Papers."

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
Papers regarding the Tomlinson Family and eponymously named subdivision in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. The subdivision, on the 2300 blocks of North Clifton and North Racine Streets, dates from 1888 and contains several arts and crafts style homes. This collection documents the history of this subdivision and the structures that have been built and razed on it, including the Alexian Brothers Hospital, demolished in 1977. This collection also contains research related to an unsubstantiated claim that Frank Lloyd Wright was involved in the design of several buildings in the subdivision.Series I, Photographs/Illustrations, consists of a great number of images of the exterior, interior, and select elements of buildings from the Tomlinson Subdivision. Series II, Correspondence, is comprised of letters referring to the subdivision's history. Some also are related to Norris's research. Series III, Printed Papers and Series IV, Miscellaneous Papers and Notes, house papers relating to the history of the subdivision and also a number of articles regarding Frank Lloyd Wright's work and style of design.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
SERIES I: PHOTOGRAPHS AND ILLUSTRATIONS. Arranged first alphabetically by correspondent, then chronologically.

SERIES II: CORRESPONDENCE. Arranged first alphabetically by correspondent, then chronologically.

SERIES III: PRINTED PAPERS. Arranged chronologically.

SERIES IV: MISCELLANEOUS PAPERS AND NOTES. Arranged chronologically.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Tomlinson Subdivision
Wright, Frank Lloyd
Prairie School (Architecture)
Arts and crafts movement--United States

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
BOX.FFBox #, Folder #
c.circa
FLWFrank Lloyd Wright
n.d.not dated
TLStyped letter signed

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 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/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchaccess.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:
Tomlinson Subdivision Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
This collection was originally processed by Jennifer Kirmer in June 2009.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES I: PHOTOGRAPHS AND ILLUSTRATIONS
Box.FF 1.1
Tomlinson Subdivision Projects.
Photographs. Pages with images of projects in early 1900s, 1970s, 1980s. Some pages include notes and comparison images.
1900s, 1970s, 1980s 41
Box.FF 1.1
Frank Lloyd Wright portrait and Prairie School Terracotta exhibit.
Postcards.
n.d. 2
Box.FF 1.2
Alexian Brothers Hospital.
Photographs. Images of the demolition with note from the photographer, Ed Norris.
1977 22






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES II: CORRESPONDENCE
Box.FF 1.3
David A. Hanks to Ed Norris.
TLS. Regarding question of FLW involvement in 1888 Tomlinson Subdivision.
04/10/1989 1
Box.FF 1.3
Ed Norris to Editor, Chicago Tribune.
TLS. Regarding Blair Kamin's article "For Some the Perfect House Is All Wright".
08/13/1990 1
Box.FF 1.3
Ed Norris to Richard E. Twiss.
TLS. Regarding inquiries on FLW involvement in 1888 Tomlinson Subdivision.
09/04/1990 1
Box.FF 1.3
Paul E. Sprague to Ed Norris.
TLS. Regarding question of FLW involvement in design of Tomlinson Model Home.
04/10/1989 1
Box.FF 1.3
Richard E. Twiss to "Homeowners".
TLS. Regarding FLW involvement in the homeowners' residence's design.
08/25/1990 1






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES III: PRINTED PAPERS
Box.FF 1.4
"Art and Crafts Mania".
Printed papers. Chicago Tribune article regarding reproduction furniture.
04/30/1989 1
Box.FF 1.4
"Features of Apartment House Planning in Chicago".
Printed papers. Article in The American Architect written by Webster Tomlinson.
12/22/1909 1
Box.FF 1.4
"Homeowners build 'landmark' case".
Printed papers. Skyline newspaper article regarding preservation of remaining Tomlinson Subdivision houses.
10/05/1989 1
Box.FF 1.4
"One Book -- Two Reviews"
Printed papers. Article from The Prairie School Review Second Quarter, 1974.
1974 1
Box.FF 1.4
"Frank Lloyd Wright and Prairie School Architecture in Oak Park," Paul E. Sprague.
Printed papers. Partial tearsheet. Focus on Rollin Furbeck House with handwritten note.
1989 1
Box.FF 1.4
"Frank Lloyd Wright to 1910," Grant Carptenter Manson.
Printed papers. Partial tearsheet.
1958 1
Box.FF 1.4
"Many Masks," Brendan Gill.
Printed papers. Partial tearsheet.
1998 1
Box.FF 1.4
Untitled article.
Printed papers. Partial tearsheet. The Inland Architect and News Record. Noting Tomlinson and Frank Lloyd Wright names.
c.03/1901 1
Box.FF 1.4
"The Lakeside Directory of Chicago".
Printed papers. Partial tearsheet. Noting Tomlinson name.
c.1887 1
Box.FF 1.4
"Frank Lloyd Wright's Design for Robert Lamp," excerpt.
Printed papers. Partial tearsheet. Wisconsin Magazine of History.
1988-1989 1
Box.FF 1.4
"FLLW Update"..
Printed papers. Attention to "39 W. Irving Clark Residence (1893)", "88.0 Mr. Thomas H. Gale Summer Residence (1897)".
11/1988, 12/1988 3
Box.FF 1.4
"The Arts and Crafts Movement, 1889-1917".
Printed papers. Chapter 13 from "Chicago Furniture".
n.d. 1






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES IV: MISCELLANEOUS PAPERS AND NOTES
Box.FF 1.5
Abstract of Title.
Printed papers. Title of land plots of Tomlinson Subdivision.
1888 1
Box.FF 1.5
Real Estate Map.
Printed papers. Includes Tomlinson Subdivision.
c.1888 1
Box.FF 1.5
Henry Webster Tomlinson Death Certificate.
Photocopy.
07/11/1942 1
Box.FF 1.5
Planned DePaul University Development.
Printed papers. Legal papers regarding DePaul development near former Tomlinson Subdivision.
05/1989 1
Box.FF 1.7
Notes on Paul E. Sprague Article.
Printed papers. Article titled "Guide to Frank Lloyd Wright and Prairie School Architecture in Oak Park".
04/1989 1
Box.FF 1.7
"Wright to Life".
Printed papers.
09/1989 1
Box.FF 1.6
"The Tomlinson Subdivision, 1888, Chicago".
Printed papers. Report and addendum of research into FLW involvement in Tomlinson Subdivision.
1989 1
Box.FF 1.7
Notes.
Printed papers.
1989, n.d. 3
Box.FF 1.7
Notes on Paul E. Sprague Dissertation.
Printed papers. Dissertation titled "The Architectural Ornament of Louis Sullivan and His Chief Draftsmen", April, 1968.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.7
Newspaper notices.
Printed papers. Noting appearance of Tomlinson name in 1888 newspapers.
n.d. 1







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