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ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES


Early Chicago, 1833–1871

A Selection of Documents from the Illinois State Archives

Documents 1-50

Early Chicago Introduction

  1. Proceedings of the Town's Incorporation
    (ca.) August 3, 1833
  2. Petition of Firemen for an Engine House
    December 16, 1835
  3. Council Actions in Relation to City Scrip
    1837
  4. Suggestions from Fire Warden Concerning Stovepipes and Chimneys
    October 11, 1841
  5. Communication Concerning Vocal Music in the Schools
    December 11, 1841
  6. Letter from Martin Van Buren
    May 12, 1842
  7. Communication from the City Council of Galena Relating to a Railroad
    May 16, 1843
  8. Communication from the Mayor of Buffalo
    December 27, 1843
  9. Petition for a Free License for a Museum
    November 12, 1844
  10. Report Relating to a Night Watch and Watch House
    April 11, 1845
  11. Petition Concerning School Teachers' Salaries
    May 2, 1845
  12. Petition Relating to Geese Running at Large
    August 29, 1845
  13. Resolution Concerning a Flag for the Chicago Invincibles
    May 12, 1846
  14. Petition for Appointment as City Scavenger
    April 23, 1847
  15. Ordinance to Prevent Filth from Entering the Water Supply
    June 9, 1848
  16. Communication Regarding the Chicago Harbor
    March 30, 1849
  17. Physician's Cholera Report
    June 3, 1849
  18. Petition for Frederick Douglass's Use of City Hall
    July 12, 1849
  19. Resolution Regarding the Fugitive Slave Act
    November 29, 1850
  20. Petition for a License to Exhibit a Panorama of the Overland Route to California
    March 27, 1851
  21. Communication Regarding Mr. Keith's Hog Pen
    July 25, 1851
  22. Petition Relating to the Arrest of a Fugitive Slave
    March 1, 1852
  23. Census Report
    August 9, 1852
  24. Tax Statistics
    September 26, 1853
  25. Report of the Keeper of the City Bridewell
    November 31, 1853
  26. Petition for the Appointment of a German Constable
    August 21, 1854
  27. Petition of E. Mieling for Relief Due to Damages Incurred by His Wife
    August 28, 1854
  28. Report of Police Committee Regarding Compensating Allan Pinkerton
    September 28, 1854
  29. Invitation of the Illinois Central Railroad Company
    April 26, 1855
  30. Petition of A. C. Brendell for Relief
    May 9, 1855
  31. Communication Concerning Issuance of Bonds
    May 25, 1855
  32. Estimate for Street Construction
    September 14, 1855
  33. Petition for the Free Use of the State Street Market Hall
    December 17, 1855
  34. Petition for the Release of John Tower from Reform School
    August 11, 1856
  35. Sketch of Ontario Street
    December 16, 1856
  36. Petition for Damages Done to Frederick Berner's Store
    March 30, 1857
  37. Petition of Moriss Bauland for Remission of Fine
    July 6, 1857
  38. Petition for Recognition of the Accomplishment of the Madeira Pet
    July 20, 1857
  39. Report and Ordinance for Opening Dearborn Street
    July 1, 1861
  40. Ordinance Appropriating Funds to the Sanitary Commission
    April 10, 1862
  41. Communication from the Mayor Concerning the Flow of the Chicago River
    December 30, 1862
  42. Order of the Committee on Schools Providing for Segregation
    March 23, 1863
  43. Proclamation Regarding Day of Thanksgiving
    August 4, 1863
  44. Drawing for a State Street Bridge
    July 11, 1864
  45. Resolutions Donating Land and Money if the State Capitol be Removed to Chicago
    January 28, 1865
  46. Communication Concerning Confederate Dead
    December 17, 1866
  47. Invitation to a Southern Commercial Convention
    August 16, 1869
  48. Invitation to a Columbus Day Celebration
    October 11, 1869
  49. Petition from the Scandinavian Emigrant Association
    January 12, 1870
  50. Request for the Sale of Brick and Iron from Burned Public Buildings
    October 23, 1871