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Newman, Edgar, Papers, 1863-1977 (bulk 1863-1977)

Edgar Newman Papers,

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

Finding Aid Published: 2012

Edgar Newman Papers, 1863-1977 (bulk 1863-1977)

Accession Number: 2012.1

COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:Edgar Newman Papers, 1863-1977
EXTENT:3.25 linear feet (1 box), 1 portfolio and flatfile materials
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:Design drawings and photographs of architect Edgar Newman's Chicago residential projects, mainly of his own residence in Norwood Park. Correspondence consists mainly of marital congratulations and condolences on Newman's death. Family photographs, post-mortem, and genealogical information is also included. Printed materials, newspaper clippings, and receipts that cover both Newman's personal life and architectural career.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Printed papers, correspondence, architectural drawings, black and white and color photographic prints.
ORIGINATION: Newman, Edgar M., 1863-1940.
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:The collection was a gift from Susan Mathews to the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 2003.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:
Architect Edgar Melchior Newman was born in 1863 in Indiana, where his father owned a furniture factory. In his 20s he began his architectural profession in Chicago with the Firm of Adler and Sullivan, where he worked on the Auditorium Theater and worked alongside Frank Lloyd Wright. Newman is often associated with the Prairie School and Arts and Crafts schools of architecture and, accordingly, a substantial amount of his work were residential projects in the Craftsman bungalow style. In 1892 he established his own architecture firm in Chicago. One of his first projects was the Kranz Candy Store on State Street. While he was most known for his residential work in the northern suburbs of Chicago, he also worked on non-residential projects such as the Auditorium Building and Theater, Immaculate Conception School, and the Chinese Government buildings at the World's Columbian Exposition. In 1903 Newman became the president of the Illinois Association of Architects. Newman's own home--built in the northern Chicago neighborhood called Norwood where the majority of Newman's residential projects were located--was completed in 1917. Newman died March 1940.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
This collection is comprised of two series that document Edgar Newman's family life, professional practice, and death. Series I consists mainly of design drawings and photographs of Newman's own residence, 5745 Newark Avenue, Chicago, IL. This series also has photographs, newspaper clippings, and design drawings for five of Newman's residential projects built in the northern Chicago neighborhood, Norwood Park.Series II is chiefly composed of condolences after Newman's death and family photographs. There is also a correspondence collection of congratulations for Newman's marriage as well as legal paperwork and receipts regarding the construction of Newman's residence.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
SERIES I: PROJECT PAPERS. Two subseries: Projects, A-Z; and Multiple Projects.

SERIES II: PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL. Six subseries: Photos, Correspondence, Legal and Financial, Biographical and Genealogical Information, Post-Mortem, Printed Matter. All correspondence is arranged chronologically.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Newman, Edgar M., 1863-1940
Architecture -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
Architectural drawing -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 20th century -- Sources
Architects--Illinois--Chicago--Archives
Architecture -- Designs and plans -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History -- Sources
Architecture, Domestic -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History -- Sources

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
AICArt Institute of Chicago
ALautograph letter
ALSautograph letter signed
ASautograph signed
BOX.FFBox #, Folder #
n.d.no date
(OS)offsite storage
Portf.Portfolio
TCtyped carbon
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:
Edgar Newman Papers, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
This collection was processed by Kathelijne Zadrozny in 2012.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES I: PROJECT PAPERS



PROJECTS A-Z:
5828 N. NEWARK (RESIDENCE), CHICAGO, IL.
Box.FF 1.1 (OS)
Exterior views.
Color photographs.
07/01/2009 3

LENNON RESIDENCE, CHICAGO, IL.
Box.FF 1.2 (OS)
"House No. 2: The Lennons." Newspaper clipping.
n.d. 1

NEWMAN, EDGAR, RESIDENCE, CHICAGO, IL.
Box.FF 1.3 (OS)
Exterior views.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.3 (OS)
Exterior views.
Black and white photographs, a Color photograph, and an addressed envelope. Photos mailed from Maude Newman after Newman's death.
09/1960 5
Box.FF 1.3 (OS)
Exterior views, from album.
Black and white photographs. See photocopies: Box.FF 1.6.
n.d. 7
Box.FF 1.3 (OS)
Exterior views.
Black and white photographs and negatives.
n.d. 6
Box.FF 1.3 (OS)
Exterior view.
Black and white photograph.
n.d. 1
Flatf. 32.1
Design drawings.
Blueprints. Includes plans of foundation, first, and second floors as well as north, east, south, and west elevations with sections and notations. Also contains diagrams for fireplace, wood trim, tile work.
1917-1918 9
Flatf. 32.1
Plat of survey.
Linen.
1918 1
Flatf. 32.1
Garage addition, design drawing.
Blueprint. Elevation and plan of garage addition. See garage permit: Box.FF 1.8.
n.d 1
Box.FF 1.3 (OS)
"What Miss Newman Remembers: A Famous Architect Who Built Newark Homes." Newspaper clipping.
01/23/1975 1

"STUDIO BUILDING," CHICAGO, IL.
Box.FF 1.4 (OS)
Exterior views.
One photocopy of 3 images: exteriors and painting of studio.
n.d. 1
Flatf. 32.1
Design drawings.
Ink on vellum. Includes plans of foundation, main floor, and roof as well as elevations of six views and an unmarked plan with sections of the window frame and casement.
n.d. 5

UNIDENTIFIED RESIDENCE, [CHICAGO, IL].
Flatf. 32.1
Design drawings.
vellum. Includes floor plans of basement, first, and second floor plans as well as elevations of east, south, north and west views. The elevations indicate that the entrance was on the south elevation, most likely placing the building on the north side of an east-west street in Chicago.
n.d. 7


MULTIPLE PROJECTS:
Box.FF 1.5 (OS)
"South of the Newark Avenue ridge, historic houses are few, scattered." Newspaper clipping.
Two photocopied pages: second page discusses Newman's residence and other houses he built in the area.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.5 (OS)
Norwood Park Historical Society.
"Volume IV - Issues III." Shows Newman residence on cover. Includes biographical information and addresses of the houses he built in the area. Covers society dues.
07/1983 1
Box.FF 1.5 (OS)
Newman Buildings List.
Two sheets: addresses and permit dates for various projects.
07/1983 1






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES II: PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL



PHOTOGRAPHS:
Box.FF 1.6 (OS)
Newman's parents.
Two photocopies: Cabinet cards, newspaper clippings announcing the marriage of Theodore Newman to Tamzen Clements and the death of Newman's father. Includes information about the father and their residence in Richmond, IN.
n.d. 2
Box.FF 1.6 (OS)
Newman.
Black and white photographs. Includes cabinet cards of Edgar Newman at various ages, a calling card with Newman's portrait, Newman in costume with friends, and a tin type of Newman with a friend.
n.d. 13
Box.FF 1.6 (OS)
Unidentified man with child.
Black and white photographs. Photograph may be of Edgar Newman with his daughter Margaret Tamzen Newman.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.6 (OS)
Picture postcards.
Black and white photographs. Two postcards of residences; one post card of a man holding a baby.
c.1909 3
Box.FF 1.6 (OS)
Newman residence, exterior and interior.
Black and white photographs. Includes photo of Christmas tree in Newman residence dated 12/25/1910.
c.1910 4
Box.FF 1.6 (OS)
Newman residence, exterior.
Black and white photographs. Includes two photocopies.
See original photographs: Box.FF 1.3.
n.d. 12
Box.FF 1.6 (OS)
Libertyville architecture.
Black and white photographs and negatives. Photographs taken by Newman's daughter Margaret Newman. Includes photograph order envelope.
c.1928 9
Box.FF 1.6 (OS)
Newman's wife and daughter.
Black and white photographs. Photograph of Maude Newman and Margaret Newman most likely taken after Newman's death, possibly at his grave site.
n.d. 2
Box.FF 1.6 (OS)
Newman's projects and possessions.
Color photographs. Includes the Newman residence, unknown homes created by Newman, and two photographs with Newman's blueprints, articles of jewelry, and office materials.
n.d. 12

CORRESPONDENCE:
Box.FF 1.7 (OS)
Newman to mother.
ALS, with envelope.. Sending congratulations to his parents. Stationery shows his Chicago office address.
09/24/1898 2
Box.FF 1.7 (OS)
Grace Gilts to Newman.
ALS, with envelope.. Regarding not seeing Newman's father and mother at a concert.
11/24/1881 2
Box.FF 1.7 (OS)
Newman to parents.
ALS, with envelope.. Individual letters to his mother and father, mailed under one cover. Regarding Newman's father rejoining the church First Methodist Episcopal.
01/26/1888 2
Box.FF 1.7 (OS)
F. Hichkirk to Newman.
ALS. Regarding acceptance to the Lincoln Cycling Club and participation in the Pullman Road Race.
06/09/1890 1
Box.FF 1.7 (OS)
Notes about a concert.
11/1887 1
Box.FF 1.7 (OS)
Note about wedding correspondence.
Note included with collection of correspondence regarding Newman's marriage. Includes notes on who the writers are as well as a comment about the "Frank" mentioned in the letters may refer to Frank Lloyd Wright, "who wasn't well-liked & apparently never responded with congratulations after Edgar's wedding announcement."
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.7 (OS)
Emma to Newman.
ALS, with envelope.. Regarding not being able to attend his wedding. From Newman's sister, Emma.
05/10/1905 2
Box.FF 1.7 (OS)
Ella to the Newmans.
ALS, with envelope.. Congratulating the couple's marriage. From Newman's sister, Emma.
05/14/1905 2
Box.FF 1.7 (OS)
Parents to the Newman.
ALS, with envelope.. Congratulating the couple's marriage.
05/14/1905 2
Box.FF 1.7 (OS)
Mary E. Lemon to the Newman.
ALS, with envelope.. Congratulating the couple's marriage.
05/16/1905 2
Box.FF 1.7 (OS)
Frank Smith to Newman.
ALS, with envelope.. Congratulating Newman's marriage. Three-page letter on Turkish Bath stationery.
05/21/1905 2
Box.FF 1.7 (OS)
J. M. Erwin to Newman.
ALS, with envelope.. Congratulating Newman's marriage. Two-page letter postmarked from Paris.
05/23/1905 2
Box.FF 1.7 (OS)
Chad to Newman.
ALS, with envelope.. Congratulating Newman's marriage.
06/1905 2
Box.FF 1.7 (OS)
Fannie W. [Pilk] to Maude Newman.
ALS, with envelope.. Congratulating the couple's marriage.
06/26/1905 2
Box.FF 1.7 (OS)
[Avril Fauril] to Newman.
ALS, with envelope.. Congratulating the couple's marriage.
07/10/1905 2
Box.FF 1.7 (OS)
H.G. Paterson to Newman.
ALS, with envelope.. Regarding Edgar's resignation from the Lincoln Park Club, part of the Lincoln Cycling Club. Envelope has a pencil sketch of a table on the back.
07/10/1905 2
Box.FF 1.7 (OS)
Father to Newman.
ALS, with envelope.. Regarding his return home and some of the work he has been doing.
11/19/1905 2
Box.FF 1.7 (OS)
J. M. Erwin to Newman.
ALS, with envelope.. Five-page letter regarding the writer's experiences in France. Letter switches between handwriting and type.
09/07/1906 2
Box.FF 1.7 (OS)
Father to the Newman.
ALS, with envelope.. Thanking artist's wife for Christmas presents.
12/29/1906 2
Box.FF 1.7 (OS)
Lincoln Cycling Club to Newman.
. Regarding the 1931 The Lincoln Cycling Club reunion.
05/20/1931 1

LEGAL AND FINANCIAL:
LEGAL PAPERS FOR NEWMAN RESIDENCE.
Flatf. 32.1
Plat of survey.
Survey of Newman residence lot. Includes envelope.
11/07/1916 2
Box.FF 1.8 (OS)
Trust deed for lot.
Deed with envelope.. Sale of Newman residence lot.
06/1918 2
Box.FF 1.8 (OS)
Principal promissory note.
See Central Trust Company receipts: Box.FF 1.9.
06/01/1928 1
Flatf. 32.1
Garage permit.
Permit allowing Newman to add a garage. See design blueprint: Flatfile 32.1.
08/22/1928 1
Box.FF 1.9 (OS)
Chicago Title and Trust Company to Henry G. Zander and Company.
TLS. Regarding completion of examination of title and property.
04/17/1931 1
Box.FF 1.8 (OS)
Release deed for lot.
04/23/1931 1
Flatf. 32.1
Plat drawing.
Drawing of lot the Newman residence was built on. Includes embossed emblem of Chicago Title and Trust Company.
n.d. 1

SALE OF EDGAR NEWMAN RESIDENCE.
All these items were enclosed together in an envelope with the note "Sale of 5745 N. Newark Avenue." The Newman residence was sold to the Rusin's family April 23, 1964 for $32,000.
Box.FF 1.9 (OS)
Receipt for title order.
03/19/1964 1
Box.FF 1.9 (OS)
Real estate sale contract.
04/30/1964 1
Box.FF 1.9 (OS)
Chicago Title and Trust Company paperwork.
04/06/1964 1
Box.FF 1.9 (OS)
Witek Co., Realtors paperwork.
04/23/1964 1
Box.FF 1.9 (OS)
Receipt for movers.
04/28/1964 1

BUSINESS & PERSONAL RECEIPTS.
Box.FF 1.10 (OS)
Producers Material Company.
Regarding construction of the Newman residence.
12/31/1917 2
Box.FF 1.10 (OS)
W.B. Kilgore Construction Co.
04/01/1918 2
Box.FF 1.10 (OS)
Jacob Swanson, carpenter.
05/29/1918 2
Box.FF 1.10 (OS)
Wagner Bros.
05/31/1918 2
Box.FF 1.10 (OS)
Cook County
Regarding plumbing and painting. Third receipt is dated July 27, 1918
06/25/1918 3
Box.FF 1.10 (OS)
Payments to the Central Trust Company of Illinois.
1918-1919 9
Box.FF 1.10 (OS)
Central Trust Company of Illinois.
1918-1928 25
Box.FF 1.10 (OS)
Cost of Newman residence lot.
Note on payments included with two receipts.
1919-1918 3
Box.FF 1.10 (OS)
Post card receipts.
Receipts regarding assessments of Newman residence lot.
1923 3
Box.FF 1.10 (OS)
Sidewalk paving invoice.
TL with envelope and newspaper clipping. Newspaper clipping regarding special assessment notice was included with this invoice.
06/30/1927 3
Box.FF 1.10 (OS)
Valentine's Special Assessment Defence Bureau.
Regarding assessments of Newman residence lot.
1930 1
Box.FF 1.10 (OS)
Newman's architecture office.
Receipts show the address of his office.
1931-1932 16
Box.FF 1.10 (OS)
Note on payments made.
Calculations on payments for construction materials written on Newman's letterhead.
n.d. 1


BIOGRAPHICAL AND GENEALOGICAL INFORMATION:
Box.FF 1.11 (OS)
"Lincoln Cycling Club" membership booklet.
1890 2
Box.FF 1.11 (OS)
"Two of a Kind." Newspaper clipping.
Regarding his involvement with the cycling club.
c.1892 1
Portf. 1 (OS)
Newman's architecture diploma.
12/03/1897 1
Box.FF 1.11 (OS)
"Lincoln Cycling Club" membership booklet.
Lists artist as a director in 1893.
1897 1
Portf. 1 (OS)
Newman's Masonic certificate.
Certificate stating he is a member of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. Include mailing tube the certificate was sent in.
01/26/1900 2
Box.FF 1.11 (OS)
"Report of the Home Department."
Includes Newman's mother Mrs. Theo. Newman. First Methodist Episcopal Sunday School.
12/31/1902 1
Box.FF 1.11 (OS)
Newman's wedding invitation.
05/10/1905 1
Box.FF 1.11 (OS)
Lincoln Park Lodge menu.
04/27/1906 1
Portf. 1 (OS)
"Grammar Department" diploma for Anna Johnson.
1916 1
Portf. 1 (OS)
Robert Raikes diploma for Anna Johnson.
1916 1
Box.FF 1.11 (OS)
Obituary of Newman's father.
03/1922 1
Portf. 1 (OS)
Margaret Newman's eighth grade diploma.
Includes decorative ribbon roll that says "Class 22."
06/1922 1
Box.FF 1.11 (OS)
"Newman Rites Will be Held Here Monday." Newspaper clipping.
Regarding funeral services for Newman's mother.
08/15/1930 1
Box.FF 1.11 (OS)
"In Memory Of."
Photocopy of pages from memorial book with clipping of Newman's obituary. Includes birth and death dates as well as burial location. Two pages. See originals: Box.FF 1.13.
03/1940 1
Box.FF 1.11 (OS)
Margaret Newman Moshier revisits home.
Photocopy of photos, note from Susan Moshier Kearney, and text from the Norwood Historical Society. Two pages.
[1995] 1
Portf. 1 (OS)
Margaret Newman's Chicago Normal College certificate of graduation.
n.d. 1
Portf. 1 (OS)
Carl Schurz High School.
Diplomas for Anne Johnson and Margaret Newman.
n.d. 2
Box.FF 1.11 (OS)
Priest's obituary.
Priest who officiated Newman's marriage. Note written in margin "Married us May 10-1905."
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.11 (OS)
"Norwood Park House Walk."
Two photocopied sheets: includes Newman's biography, list of Norwood Park projects by address, and a description of the interior of 5746 N. Newark Avenue, built for the Newgard family in 1920.
c.1975 2
Box.FF 1.11 (OS)
"Edgar M. Newman House."
A biography of Newman, with edits made in red ink by "S.M.-Feb. 2012." Includes information about Newman's wife and daughter after Newman's death and a second handwritten sheet that has Anna Newman's academic date range for her attendance at the Chicago Art Institute.
n.d. 2
Box.FF 1.11 (OS)
"Edgar M. Newman genealogy."
Three sheets of notes regarding Newman's club activities, genealogy, and Anna Newman's education.
n.d. 3

POST-MORTEM:
CORRESPONDENCE
Box.FF 1.12 (OS)
Condolences.
Includes ALS, with envelopes, cards, and a photograph. Two cards of note: the "Teachers of Prescott School" High Mass for Newman, and the Memorial Flower Fund from the Willing Workers Woman's Club.
03/1940-05/1940 33
Box.FF 1.12 (OS)
Calling Cards and Flower Cards
n.d. 8

OBITUARIES, ETC.
Box.FF 1.13 (OS)
Death Certificate.
03/05/1940 1
Box.FF 1.13 (OS)
Obituary.
"Mar. 5, 1940 - 7:55pm" written in bottom margin.
03/05/1940 1
Box.FF 1.13 (OS)
"Illinois Society of Architects" obituary.
Photocopy from original publication.
03/05/1940 1
Box.FF 1.13 (OS)
"In Memory Of."
Pages from memorial book that contained all condolence letters. Includes birth and death dates, location of burial, services information, and a list of people who visited. See correspondence enclosure: Box.FF 1.12.
03/1940 6
Box.FF 1.13 (OS)
"Treasured Memories."
Cover from memorial book that contained all condolence letters. See memorial book pages: Box.FF 1.13; See correspondence: Box.FF 1.12.
03/1940 1
Box.FF 1.13 (OS)
List of Names.
List of names found inside memorial book enclosure. May relate to those who sent condolence cards. See correspondence Box.FF 1.12.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.13 (OS)
Cemetery Plot.
Diagram showing cemetery plot for Newman family with location of monument with birth and death dates for family. Includes color photos of headstones of Newman family.
n.d. 1


PRINTED MATTER:
Box.FF 1.14 (OS)
Newman stationery.
Envelope and cut letterhead of Newman's professional stationery. Shows his architectural office address. Envelope has schematic drawn in pencil on the front.
03/04/1932 2
Box.FF 1.14 (OS)
"Paul Kruty Will Tell About Edgar Newman." Newspaper clipping.
Original newspaper clipping and photocopy. Regarding lecture that Paul Kruty is conducting entitled "Edgar Newman and the Prairie School of Architecture."
c.1974 2
Box.FF 1.14 (OS)
"What Miss Newman Remembers: A Famous Architect Who Built Newark Homes." Newspaper clipping.
Original clipping: Box.FF 1.3.
01/23/1975 1







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