University of Illinois at Chicago
Special Collections Department
- Documents Chicago and Midwestern History
- Encompasses such topical areas as:
- Social Welfare
- Cultural History
- Ethnic Groups etc.
- Collections answer "how" and "why" rather than "who", "when", and "where"
- Has records of organizations such as:
- The German Aid Society
- Established in 1854 - rendered assistance to immigrants
- Recorded names of immigrants in daily logs and on applications for assistance
- Membership rosters and financial contribution sheets list names of donors including individuals and German-owned businesses
- The Chicago Relief and Aid Society
- Manuscript collection has some German selections