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Garrett Leverton Papers
US ILfC SC/011 · Collection · 1877 - 1949

This collection documents the work of Garrett H. Leverton, who was a professor of speech and drama in addition to being a theater director. The collection contains play scripts that Leverton collected from various sources, potentially for an anthologized publication. The collection also contains curriculum and course notes that Leverton created for the instruction of speech, acting, and stage production in the 1920's and 1930's. Topics represented in the collection include dramatic arts, theater production, acting, and instruction in theater. Also included are prompt books, reports, and production notes for student productions at the Northwestern University Theatre from the 1930's. These reports include costume design sketches, crew member reviews, stage design, and playbills. Leverton's personal papers include correspondence, the bulk of which was exchanged with Barrett Clark, as well as his diplomas from DePauw University, Northwestern University, and Columbia University. There are many photographs included in the collection, both of scenes on stage as well as potraits of Leverton and other individuals, some identified.

Leverton, Garrett H. (Garrett Hasty), 1896-1949
US ILfC SC/012 · Collection

The collection consists of three main series of materials that supplement other cataloged holdings relating to Mary Aldis, her family, her estate, her literary work, and her Lake Forest Players/Playhouse.  The first series consists of a small group of five large format photographs, plus one smaller view, of plays at her playhouse.  The second series is a collection of unpublished translations of French one-act plays, written for production and acting by amateurs.  The third series is a reel of microfilm of two scrapbooks of the Aldis Playhouse, the originals held by the Chicago History Museum.

Aldis, Mary, b. 1872, 1872-1949
US ILfC SC/013 · Collection

The Patterson Family Papers consists of newspaper clippings; Joseph Medill Patterson's research notes about the Patterson family; obituaries; and photographs of members of the Patterson family, the staff of the Chicago Tribune, and World War I. The collection also contains a number of correspondences (type and handwritten letters, telegraphs, and typescripts) between members of the Patterson family. Of note is the large number of letters sent from Joseph Medill Patterson to his mother, Elinor Patterson (née Medill), while he was attending the Groton School in Groton, Massachusetts, dated 1891-1893. These letters discuss his day-to-day doings, make frequent mention of his homesickness and desire to leave the school, and show the extremely tight-knit relationship Patterson had with his mother. The entire collection spans a range of dates from 1825 to 1953.

Patterson, Joseph Medill, 1879-1946
US ILfC SC/014 · Collection · 1891 - 1975

The collection consists of literary works and stage play scripts, many of which were written by Louis E. Laflin, Jr.; some of these were performed by members of Lake Forest College's acting clubs. The collection also includes Mrs. Bentley's papers and collected media and journal articles on ecological conservation and civic activity, including the city of Lake Forest, the Illinois and Indiana Dunes, and other areas of the United States. Of note are the 340 stereo travel photographs from Europe and the United States, and a photo-illustrated travel diary and scrapbook by Mrs. Cyrus Bentley, recounting a Yale reunion for the class of 1882 and her voyage across the Atlantic in 1891 (including stops in England, France, Spain, and Italy). The entire collection spans a range of dates from 1891-1975.

Phoebe Wrenn Norcross Bentley (Mrs. Richard)
US ILfC SC/016 · Collection · 1946 - 1964

The collection contains the papers of Edward Arpee and is arranged in two series. The first series consists of two folders pertaining to the working relationship and manuscript of the World War II memoirs of then Col. John Francis Regis Seitz (d. 1978). The other series contains a diverse array of personal papers such as correspondence, clippings, and contracts, relating to Arpee's authorship (for centennial committee, City of Lake Forest), printing (R. R. Donnelley & Sons, Lakeside Press), and publication (Rotary Club of Lake Forest) of his 1964 released "Lake Forest: History and Reminiscences."

In the first series, Edward Arpee's presence is shown as a helping hand to fellow author and friend Col. J. F. R. Seitz. Mainly, the first folder shows a one-page single-spaced typed letter (carbon copy) to "Jeff," dated January 21, 1948 with a two-page introduction.The letter suggests that this is a revised manuscript after having heard from publishers (not encouraging), with several questions for the author. No reply is in the file. Arpee appears to be the editor or ghost-writer of  Mr. Seitz's own memoir, "From Pearl Harbor to the Elbe: A Field Commander's View of  the War in Europe December 7, 1941 -- April 25, 1945." Seitz, a 1929 West Point graduate, went on to a further military career in Korea until he retired with disability in 1966. These factual details are confirmed within the included background information on Colonel Seitz within folder one as well. Such information greatly helps when one examines the 121-page double-spaced typescript (carbon copy), with an eight-page index, with a one-page introduction.  The manuscript encompasses many different topics of interest and is the single largest portion of the collection.

The second file series relates to author Arpee's 1964 released "Lake Forest, Illinois: History and Reminiscences of Lake Forest, 1861-1961." It was originally undertaken for the City's centennial committee, but was not ultimately published by them. Rather, the the local Rotary Club of Lake Forest helped Arpee publish this important book.  There is correspondence with Mayor Michael Cudahy, local resident Elliott Donnelley of the Donnelley Chicago printing firm, First National Bank President Philip Speidel (Lake Forest College '19), Rotarian Gilbert Curren (Lake Forest College '40), Merle Norton Alderman (Lake Forest Academy alum '08 and publisher of 1916 "Lake Forest Art and History.") There are authorship and printing contracts, press clippings following publication, and letters from readers of the published history.

Arpee, Edward
US ILfC SC/017 · Collection

This collection consists of five travel narratives by George R. Beach (ca. 1903-1990), a long-time Lake Forest resident, mayor of the City, and chair of the College's Board of Trustees from 1971 to 1974.

These journal-type narratives, which foremost are full of personal insights and stories of George Beach, also prove in displaying the spirit of the era of elite jet travel between the 1960s and 1980s. This stretch of time, as made clear through the Beach's words, shows a distinct evolution of how people traveled.

The early journals are characterized by discussing the easy ability to move about the globe and the greater availability of jet travel compared to other methods such as train and ship travel. Still, as time goes by, the reader will see how the Beaches covered a large array of countries and places to visit even as the act of travel changes and progresses. Overall,  these diaries complement an equal number of other such writings by the Beaches that are cataloged.

Beach, George R. (George Raimes), Jr., ca. 1903-1990
US ILfC SC/019 · Collection

The collection features one folder of correspondence (photocopied) and eleven original editorial cartoons by artist Carey Cassius Orr (1890-1967). As a Pulitizer Prize winning cartoonist, Orr produced much of his witty and pointed work, including all of the pieces in this collection, during his time drawing with the Chicago Tribune from 1917 to 1963. The collection features both black and white and color drawings of various sizes. Many handwritten notes by Orr and Tribune newspaper staff are visible and show the behind-the-scenes work of cartooning for a national newspaper.

Orr, Carey 1890-1967, 1890-1967
US ILfC SC/021 · Collection

The collections consists of one folder containing a compiled scrapbook of different newspaper clippings that all relate to the publicity needs of the North Shore Alumnae Panhellenic or as it was later called the Chicago North Shore City Panhellenic Association. This newly named association then became an affiliate Member of the National Panhellenic Conference in July of 1959 as well.

The clippings are glued down onto individual scrapbook pages and come from a number of different newspapers such as Wilmette Life, The Evanston Review, Chicago Sunday Tribune, Deerfield Review, and Northbrook Star.

Overall, the newspaper clippings discuss the group's upcoming meetings, times, locations, dates, and speakers presenting between the years of 1958 to 1969. There is also a small envelope of loose materials that include photographs, additional articles on past events, and 2 pamphlets titles "Theta Sigma Phi Publicity Handbook" and "Speaking of Sororities to High School Graduates Going to College."

These clippings are found to have been collected by the Publicity Chairman Lois C. Cesner. However, the presence of a stamped name of Mrs. Richard E. Gauen on the cover of the scrapbook and also the general number of sororities/collaborated events discussed, it should be reasonably concluded that the collection assuredly has a wider number of contributors present throughout the scrapbook as a whole.

For more information, contact the Lake Forest College Archivist.

Cesner, Lois C. (Mrs. Cassell A.)
US ILfC SC/022 · Collection

The collection consists of records of the Lake Forest Water Company when it was founded in 1891, the papers of its subsidiaries through 1921, and when it became the City of Lake Forest's Water Works unit in 1921 to 1938, with some records as late as 1955.

The records include a very detailed ledger book listing early estates, indicating the scale of listings of equipment/outlets, and it also lists owners, locations, and changes of ownership in that period. Other major materials in the collection include studies carried out for the city of of Lake Forest by the Chicago-based engineering firm of Pearse, Greeley & Hansen, local correspondence, records, and documents for the city department in the 1920s-1930s, and in one case in 1955.

The collection additionally shows the relationships with state and federal authorities, including the WPA and relates the general growing need for water from the lake by the increasing number of estates and North Shore suburbs.

Lake Forest Water Company
US ILfC SC/025 · Collection · 1940 - 1969

This collection contains the personal papers of Ernest A. Johnson, the 9th President of Lake Forest College, donated by his wife, Edith Johnson. The papers mostly consist of documents such as personal correspondence, photographs, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, Lake Forest issued Bulletins, several different awards and honors given to Ernest Johnson, programs such as those given at the opening of the Ernest A. Johnson Memorial Science Center, and additional collected memorabilia by the Johnson family showing the changes that emerged on the Lake Forest College Campus. All these materials are held within a single archival box and in 14 titled folders.

Johnson, Ernest A.
US ILfC SC/027 · Collection

This collection predominantly consists of correspondence in the form of (handwritten in ink) 20 personal letters sent from Eugene Beuharnais Payne, a Union Civil War Soldier, to his wife Delia W. Payne in the year of 1862.

The collection does also contain a folder of photocopied reference/information materials on the life of Eugene B. Payne and the Civil War environment he faced in 1862. These documents include items like a compiled list of summaries about the text and subject matter of each letter in the collection, several photocopied encyclopedic entries, a pamphlet by Payne on the 37th Illinois Veteran Volunteer Infantry and the Battle of Pea Ridge and visual context maps of the Pea Ridge, Arkansas battlefield. There are also transaction papers that document the purchase of these letters by the Lake Forest College Archives and Special Collections.

The collection also holds several individual objects belonging to Payne that include a carte de visite photograph (taken By Chicago photographer A. Hesler) and clothing accessories such as cufflinks, badges, buttons, ribbons, medals, and a fabric star. Overall, the collection shows Payne's early years as a eager soldier ready to fight, but at the same time the letters show a devoted newlywed husband in a time of conflict and separation.

Payne, Eugene B.
US ILfC SC/030 · Collection

This collection, divided into 4 series, primarily contains the written play scripts of Louis Ellsworth (Ells) Laflin Jr. (Series One). The additional material within the collection include the written and visual materials of PlayReaders Theatre Group (Series 2) and a more general assortment of both B&W and Color photographs (Series Three) capturing the different facets of the greater Lake Forest community. Alongside the creative and graphic documents, the last series shows June Kennedy Laflin's, Ells Laflin's wife, small assemblage of travel scrapbooks. Overall, this collection shows the dramatic impact the Laflin family has had on Lake Forest College and the community as a whole.

Laflin, Ells
US ILfC SC/032 · Collection · 1907-1934

The Garden Cities Pamphlets Collection contains informational pamphlets advertising garden cities in England, Germany and the United States. There are accompanying maps with some pamphlets. Other pamphlets include more general information addressing urban planning.
As a reaction to the overcrowding, pollution and turmoil in major English cities at the end of the nineteenth century, the idea of the garden city was born. The brainchild of Ebenezer Howard, he believed the solution to the problem was to build communities where housing, industry and agriculture could coexist. In order to achieve this, he believed all three sectors must be of equal size, with each one being surrounded by an expanse of green, undeveloped land, creating an ideal combination of the city and the country. Howard published his idea in 1898 in the book, “Tomorrow: A Peaceful Path to Real Reform.”

The first two garden cities planned and executed were Letchworth and Welwyn, both in Hertfordshire, England. Howard’s ideas also influenced urban planning in the United States. By the 1920s, the idea of the garden city had taken hold, especially on the Eastern seaboard. This resulted in communities like Sunnyside Gardens in Queens, New York and Radburn, New Jersey being built.

Shortly after World War II, the idea of the garden city once again gained prominence in England. The New Towns Act was passed in 1946 to help rebuild urban communities damaged during the war. This led to Howard’s concepts of equality and coexistence in building communities being embraced.

The garden city and the ideas upon which it was built have since been employed around the world.

Unknown Donor
US ILfC SC/033 · Collection · 1914-1969

This collection contains various book and short story manuscripts written by Blanche Young Oldham. There is also a finished copy of her book, "How the Manx Cat Lost its Tail,” as well as a binder with the author’s notes.

Additionally, the collection boasts photographs and other materials related to the Isle of Man, where the folk stories that make up Oldham’s work originated.

Also contained in the collection are personal materials. These include newspaper clippings, a small number of photographs of Oldham and her family and other personal documents such as the Lake Forest College Program of Commencement Week (1915) and a certificate presented to Oldham in 1946 by the American National Red Cross in recognition of her personal service during World War II.

Oldham, Blanche Young
US ILfC SC/034 · Collection · circa 1890-1920, 1981-1986

This collection contains materials amassed by Van Sickle while undertaking the writing of his senior thesis. The bulk of this collection contains audiocassettes with interviews Van Sickle conducted with Lake Forest residents who lived in the town during the Great Depression. There are also handwritten notes and transcripts from the interviews, as well as 18 release forms.

Also in the collection is a copy of Van Sickle’s 1986 published article in the Illinois Historical Journal that was developed from his senior thesis and has the same title.

Additionally, there is a box containing late 19th-early 20th century theatre programs, mostly from Illinois.

Van Sickle, Frederick
US ILfC SC/035 · Collection · 1932 - 1974

This small group of materials includes small-format candid amateur photographic prints, family letters, and news clippings by and about members of this Lake Forest, Illinois family, mostly from the 1940s and 1950s.

There is a small reference collection of copies of articles and entries and an informal, handwritten family tree.

Wood, Pauline Palmer, ca. 1917-1984
US ILfC SC/036 · Collection · 1976 - 1981

The collection consists of drafts and publications of Susan Dart McCutcheon's nationally syndicated natural foods column.

Dart, Susan, 1920-2007
Lloyd Family Papers
US ILfC SC/037 · Collection

The collection is an assortment of personal papers and non-book materials that were donated to the Lake Forest College Library by Marion Musser Lloyd, the wife of Glen Alfred Lloyd.

Overall, these personal papers show the different lives, accomplishments, and intellectual pursuits of the Lloyd family. The types of documents and materials within the collection include newspaper clippings, scrapbook pages, photographs and postcards, lists of books, course notes and academic papers, a Honorary degree, and the various pieces of documentation about the different social events attended and hosted by the Lloyd Family.

Lloyd, Marion Musser (Mrs. Glen), 1910-2005
US ILfC SC/039 · Collection · 1926-1940

This collection consists of ten diaries belonging to J.S. Hyatt. They provide insight into his day-to-day life and his work as a civil engineer, with the majority of the diaries documenting various appointments and meetings.

Hyatt, J. S.
US ILfC SC/040 · Collection

This collection is a small group of materials relating to R. Hunter Middleton and his work.  In addition to one engraved Bewick wood block, there is a group of discarded (and rescued) proofs of Bewick prints from blocks, a small group of prints and correspondence, a Caxton keepsake "Alphabet in Process" (1984-85), and  a file of reference material.

Middleton, R. Hunter (Robert Hunter), 1898-1985