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Maywood Company Records, 1869-1901

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Finding Aid Published: 1998

Maywood Company Records, 1869-1901

Accession Number: 1996.1

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COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:Maywood Company Records, 1869-1901
EXTENT:.25 linear foot (1 box) and one 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:Papers relating to the formation and business of the Maywood Company and its subsidiary, the Chicago Scraper and Ditcher Company.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:Holograph correspondence, typescript correspondence, typescript papers, printed papers, and maps.
ORIGINATION:Maywood Company
Chicago Scraper and Ditcher Company
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:Ryerson and Burnham Archives purchased this collection from Steve Finer, Rare Books, in Greenfield, Massachusetts, in 1996. An additional Maywood Company booklet was purchased by the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 2003.

HISTORICAL NOTE:
Maywood, Illinois, was established under the auspices of a joint stock corporation, the Maywood Company, with $75,000 capital from seven men from Vermont. The Maywood Charter was organized under special act of the Legislature of Illinois on April 6, 1869. Colonel William T. Nichols, a former Vermont state senator and state's attorney, served as president of the Maywood Company until his death in 1882. Nichols was also the president and treasurer of the Maywood Company's subsidiary commercial venture, the Chicago Scraper and Ditcher Company. Maywood was named in memory of Nichols's daughter May.

The original plat of land was located west and approximately thirty feet above the Des Plaines River, five and a half miles west of the Chicago city limits and ten miles west of the Wells Train Depot. The land, 560 acres, was one and three-quarters miles north to south and one-half mile east to west. The Chicago and Northwestern Company built a train depot in Maywood in 1870, making the area a viable suburb of Chicago.

The general suburban migration after the Chicago Fire of 1871 spurred housing construction in Maywood. The first structure built by the Maywood Company in 1871 was a two-story combination school and church. Lots were sold, and sometimes donated, to individuals who agreed to build and live in homes costing at least two thousand dollars to erect. The company set aside land for a park and planted trees. Blocks were set aside along one street for churches, as part of village planning. Growth slowed in 1873, and then between 1880 and 1890 the population of Maywood doubled. Early advertising brochures emphasized the absence of saloons in addition to citing the amenities of Maywood. The Village of Maywood was incorporated on October 22, 1881.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
Materials include the Maywood Company's charter, stocks, bonds, stockholders' reports, advertising brochures, and village maps are gathered in Series I. Material from Maywood Company's subsidiary, Chicago Scraper and Ditcher Company is gathered in series II. Dates span from April 6, 1869, to 1901.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
SERIESI: MAYWOOD COMPANY RECORDS. Materials arranged chronologically, with undated items following dated items.

SERIES II: CHICAGO DITCHER AND SCRAPER COMPANY RECORDS. Materials arranged chronologically, with undated items following dated items.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Maywood Company--Archives
Chicago Scraper and Ditcher Company--Archives
Maywood (Ill.)--Sources
Maywood (Ill.)--Maps
Maywood (Ill.)--Pictorial works

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
BOX.FFBox #, Folder #
n.d.not dated
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/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:
Maywood Company Records, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
The collection was processed by staff of the Ryerson and Burnham Archives in 1997. This finding aid was revised and expanded by Annemarie van Roessel in 2002. An additional item was added by Annemarie van Roessel in 2003.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES I: MAYWOOD COMPANY RECORDS
Box.FF 1.1
Maywood Charter, organized under special act of the Legislature of Illinois.
04/06/1869 1
Box.FF 1.2
Company stocks.
Includes stocks with values of $100 and $250 apiece.
04/10/1869, 01/06/1870 8
Box.FF 1.3
Correspondence to stockholders.
Includes notice of dividend; Treasurer's statement to the stockholders; decision to divide and distribute the company's property.
04/16/1869, 01/05/1871, 01/27/1875 4
Box.FF 1.4
"As it is in 1870: Containing a History of the Enterprise and a Description of the Town Together with some Twenty Engravings of Views and Buildings."
1870 1
Box.FF 1.5
Land grant applications: letter explaining application process for quarter squares donated to parties who will build $2,000+ residences for themselves on the property; conditions and application.
01/12/1872, 01/30/1872, 02/16/1872 3
Box.FF 1.6
"Company report."
Booklet.
06/01/1875 1
Box.FF 1.7
"Maywood; a Suburb of Chicago." Chicago: Lakeside Publishing and Printing Co.
Booklet. Residences are illustrated in engravings.
1875 1
Box.FF 1.8
Consolidated bonds: coupon bonds statement; with examination and valuation statement.
10/01/1878, 12/18/1878 4
Box.FF 1.9
Business cards and train schedules.
Includes cards with printed train schedule for Maywood Company (handwriting in graphite on verso); and Maywood Company and Chicago Scraper and Ditcher, Healthfulness and Accessibility of the Beautiful Suburb of Maywood, brochure and train schedule.
n.d., 1884 3
OP 1
Maywood auction sale advertisement.
Includes map, details of available lots, and manuscript annotation in red.
1887 1
Box.FF 1.10
"On June 2, 1888 at 2 o'clock P.M. Grand Auction Sale of the Maywood Hotel and 102 Choice Lots at Maywood."
Booklet. Sale held by E.A. Cummings and Co., Chicago, Illinois.
c.06/1888 2
Box.FF 1.11
"To the Citizens of Maywood."
Pamphlet. Signed "The Committee," citing the shortcomings of the current village legislation the day before elections.
04/18/1892 1
OP 1
Report of special meeting of stockholders.
Booklet. Includes map, details of available lots, and manuscript annotation in red.
06/18/1892 1
OP 1
Map advertising auction.
09/16/1893 1
OP 1
Map with manuscript annotation.
1894 1
OP 1
Report of annual meeting of stockholders.
Booklet.
01/02/1896 1
OP 1
Map, with annotations and manuscript "Auction Sale of Lots: June 29th 1901. "
1901 1
OP 1
Map.
Blocks marked in red bearing some correspondence to those of the map with handwritten "Auction Sale of Lots: June 29th 1901."
[1901?] 1
Box.FF 1.12
"A Home in Maywood: The Place to Live."
Brochure. Purchased by the Ryerson and Burnham Archives from a private dealer, 2003.
[after 1906] 1
Box.FF 1.13
"Delightful Homes."
Brochure. Includes photographic reproduction.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.14
Correspondence.
Brochure. Includes Thompson & Kendall stating check enclosed, possibility of future purchase (2 copies); to holders of Maywood Co. Consolidated Bonds requesting that stockholders option stocks to raise capital for the company; letter to customers and correspondents includes testimonials; "confidential" addressed to "dear sir" advertising product and asking for farmers' addresses to whom circulars may be sent; "dear sir" letter with circular encouraging franchise sales.
1870, 1878, 1881 6






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES II: CHICAGO SCRAPER AND DITCHER COMPANY RECORDS
Box.FF 1.15
Chicago Screw Harrow instruction manual.
1877 or later 1
Box.FF 1.16
Annual circulars.
1879, 1880, 1884 1
OP 1
Chicago Screw Pulverizer advertisement.
Includes testimonials.
03/15/1881 1
OP 1
Chicago Screw Pulverizer advertisement.
Includes testimonials.
06/09/1881-08/27/1881 1
Box.FF 1.17
Chicago Screw Pulverizer advertisement.
Booklet. Includes testimonials.
1879 1







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