Aldis Family papers
MSAldi67

 An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
Aldis & Company, Inc..
Title
Aldis Family papers
ID
MSAldi67
Date
1897-1953
Extent
11.75 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
Arthur Taylor Aldis was a Wyoming rancher from 1885 to 1889 and a Chicago realtor from 1890 to 1935. The collection consists of correspondence, reports, proceedings, minutes, by-laws, questionnaires, petitions, speeches, clippings, and published material of Aldis and Company, specialists in the management, renting, and appraisal of central property and office buildings.

Preferred Citation

Aldis Family papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Biographical Sketch

Arthur Taylor Aldis - Wyoming rancher from 1885 to 1889 and Chicago realtor from 1890 to 1935 was born in Concord, New Hampshire in 1861. After graduating from St. Paul's School in New Hampshire. Aldis studied at Harvard University from 1882-1882 as a special student, and then at the Harvard Law School. Arthur Taylor Aldis married Mary Reynolds of Chicago in 1892 and established their residence in Lake Forest, Illinois. In 1895, a son Graham was born.

Arthur Aldis joined the firm of Aldis, Aldis and Northcote, which subsequently became Aldis and Company in 1880 with offices located in the Mondanock Block in downtown Chicago.

Aldis was also interested in the education of underprivileged boys; financing and promoting the work of talented artists and sculptors, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Chicago Urban League, the National Conservation Association, the American Red Cross, and World War I relief commissions.

Graham Aldis, son of Arthur Aldis was born in Chicago in 1895. He graduated from Harvard University in 1916 with a A.B. degree and in 1917 with an A. M. degree. From 1917 to 1919, Aldis fought in World War I as a first lieutenant, in the United States Army. Graham Aldis married Dorothy Keeley of Chicago in 1922. They resided in Lake Forest, Illinois with three daughters and a son.

In 1919, Graham joined the real estate firm of Aldis and Co., becoming a partner in 1922. He specialized in management, renting of central property and office buildings and appraisals. Graham Aldis was also active in the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, the Chicago Association of Building Managers, the Civic Federation of Chicago, and the Metropolitan Housing Council.

In 1941, Graham Aldis was called to active duty by the United States Army. During his absence, his partner, Bill Doughty succeeded him as trustee and voting director of various organizations. From 1941 to 1942, Aldis was the Army real estate director for Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Later, he served in Iceland and the United Kindom with the War Department, and on the General Staff Corps of the United States Army. He left the army in 1945 and returned to his real estate firm and to a participation in a number of civic organizations.

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, reports, proceedings, minutes, by-laws, questionnaires, petitions, speeches, clippings, and published material of Aldis and Company, specialists in the management, renting, and appraisal of central property and office buildings. The collection also includes material pertaining to the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, the Civic Federation of Chicago, the Metropolitan Housing Council of Greater Chicago and Chicago Land Clearance Commission. The collection also contains material on federal housing programs, low-rent housing, the Noland Land Bill of 1919, relief of European Refugees and housing of African Americans.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives 2006-09-13

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

None.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Aldis & Company, Inc.. -- Archives
  • Chicago Council on Foreign Relations.
  • Chicago Land Clearance Commission.
  • Civic Federation of Chicago (Ill.).
  • Metropolitan Housing and Planning Council (Chicago, Ill.).

Family Name(s)

  • Aldis family -- Archives

Personal Name(s)

  • Addams, Jane, 1860-1935 -- Correspondence
  • Aldis, Arthur Taylor, 1861-1933 -- Archives
  • Aldis, Graham, 1895-1966 -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • African Americans -- Housing.
  • Chicago African American History.
  • Housing subsidies -- United States.
  • Real estate management -- Illinois -- Chicago.
  • Refugees -- Services for -- Europe.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Arthur Taylor Aldis Papers 

Box Folder

Addams, Jane - correspondence, 1916-1920 

1 1

Allendale Association - correspondence, 1916-1920 

1 2

Appui Aux Artistes - correspondence, 1918-1920 

1 3

Art Institute of Chicago - correspondence, 1917-1920 

1 4

Artists and sculptors - correspondence, 1916-1920 

1 5

Chicago Urban League - correspondence and minutes, 1917-1920 

1 6

Citizens' Street Cleaning Bureau - correspondence, 1917-1918 

1 7

Community Service of Chicago, Illinois - correspondence, 1919-1920 

1 8

Correspondence - miscellaneous, 1914-1920 

1 9

Correspondence - miscellaneous, 1916-1919 

1 10

Hankow Light and Power Company - correspondence, 1916 

1 11

Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness - by-laws and correspondence, 1916-1920 

1 12

League to Enforce Peace - correspondence, 1916-1919 

1 13

League of Nations - correspondence and statement, 1920 

1 14

Monroe, Harriet - editor of Poetry - correspondence and reports, 1916-1920 

1 15

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People -correspondence,, 1917-1919 

1 16

National Association for the Prevention of Blindness - by-laws and correspondence, 1920 

1 17

National Conservation Association - correspondence, 1919 

1 18

Negroes - racial prejudice - correspondence, 1919-1920 

1 19

Real Estate Tax Bill - Nolan Bill H.R. 12397 - correspondence, 1920 

1 20

Red Cross - American - correspondence, 1917-1919 

1 21

Relief - ABFB Blind Relief Fund - correspondence and minutes, 1916-1917 

1 22

Relief - Belgium Relief Commission - correspondence, 1916-1917 

1 23

Relief - correspondence - general, 1916-1919 

2 24

Relief - French War Relief - correspondence, 1916-1920 

2 25

Relief - Navy Relief Society - correspondence, 1916-1918 

2 26

Relief - Russian Aid Committee - correspondence and report, 1916-1919 

2 27

Relief - World War I - "Children of the Frontier"-correspondence, 1917-1918 

2 28

Roosevelt Memorial Association - correspondence, 1919-1920 

2 29

State Council of Defense - correspondence, 1917-1918 

2 30

Thompson, William Hale - correspondence,, 1916-1919 

2 31

War Relief Fund - Allied Bazaar - correspondence, 1916-1917 

2 32

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Series II: Graham Aldis Papers 

Box Folder

Chicago Council on Foreign Relations - correspondence, 1926-1931 

3 33

Chicago Council on Foreign Relations - correspondence, 1928-1950 

3 34

Chicago Council on Foreign Relations - correspondence, 1929-1937 

3 35

Chicago Council on Foreign Relations - correspondence, 1934 

3 36

Civic Federation and Bureau of Public Efficiency - bulletins and correspondence, 1932-1935 

3 37

Civic Federation and Bureau of Public Efficiency - bulletins and reports,, 1933-1935 

3 38

Civic Federation and Bureau of Public Efficiency - bulletins and reports, 1933-1935 

4 39

Civic Federation and Bureau of Public Efficiency - correspondence and reports, 1938-1940 

4 40

Civic Federation and Bureau of Public Efficiency - bulletins and minutes, 1939-1940 

4 41

Civic Federation - bulletins and minutes, 1940-1941 

4 42

Civic Federation - correspondence and minutes, 1940-1941 

4 43

Civic Federation - Executive Committee - memoranda, 1940-1941 

4 44

Civic Organizations on Relief Committee - minutes and reports, 1936 

5 45

Civic Organizations on Relief Committee - 1936 

5 46

Committee on Public Expenditures - correspondence, 1932 

5 47

Committee on Public Expenditures - minutes and statements, 1932-1934 

5 48

Committee on Public Expenditures - correspondence and memoranda, 1934-1935 

5 49

Committee on Public Expenditures - correspondence and statements, 1936-1938 

5 50

Cook County Emergency Relief Fund - correspondence, 1930 

6 51

Cook County Emergency Relief Fund - correspondence,, 1930-1931 

6 52

Cook County Emergency Relief Fund - correspondence, 1931-1934 

6 53

Horner, Henry - gubernatorial campaign - correspondence, 1932 

6 54

Housing - Chicago - General Advisory Board - correspondence and minutes, 1936-1938 

6 55

Housing - Chicago Housing Authority - correspondence, 1938-1950 

6 56

Housing - Metropolitan Housing Council - minutes, 1934-1935 

6 57

Housing - Metropolitan Housing Council - minutes and reports, 1935-1936 

7 58

Housing - Metropolitan Housing Council - minutes and reports, 1936-1938 

7 59

Housing - Metropolitan Housing Council - correspondence and reports, 193-1939 

7 60

Housing - Metropolitan Housing Council - correspondence and reports, 1939-1945 

7 61

Housing - national and federal - correspondence, 1933-1935 

7 62

Housing - national and federal -- reports and statements, 1935-1937 

8 63

Housing - national and federal - correspondence and reports, 1937-1938 

8 64

Housing - national and federal - clippings and reports, 1939-1949 

8 65

Housing Service Bureau - report, 1935 

8 66

Illinois Emergency Relief Commission - correspondence and minutes, 1931-1936 

8 67

Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness - correspondence and minutes, 1915-1938 

8 68

Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness - correspondence, 1939-1954 

8 69

Illinois State Housing board - by-laws and statements, 1946-1952 

8 70

Illinois State Housing Board - Chicago Land Clearance Commission - memoranda and reports, 1949-1951 

9 71

Illinois State Housing Board - Chicago Land Clearance Commission - reports, 1951 

9 72

Illinois State Housing Board - Chicago Land Clearance Commission - correspondence and reprints, 1942-1950 

9 73

Illinois State Housing Board - Chicago Land Clearance Commission - reports, 1952-1953 

9 74

Kelly, Edward J. - correspondence and resolutions, 1935-1942 

9 75

Miscellaneous File - brochures and leaflets, 1935-1938 

9 76

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Series III: Graham Aldis - Subject Files 

Box Folder

Housing Authority - Atlanta - annual report, 1940 

9 77

Housing Authority - Chicago - annual reports, 1948-1952 

9 78

Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness - annual reports, 1929-1937 

9 79

Illinois State Housing Board - Chicago Land Clearance Commission - annual report, 1950-1951 

9 80

Chicago General Advisory Board on Housing - bulletins, 1936-1937 

9 81

Citizen's Association - bulletin, 1936-1937 

9 82

Cook County Emergency Relief Campaign - bulletins, 1930 

9 83

Cook County Emergency Relief Campaign - bulletins, 1931 

10 84

Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works - Housing Division - bulletins, 1935-1937 

10 85

Federal Home Loan Bank Board - bulletins, 1936 

10 86

Federal Housing Administration - bulletins, 1935-1938 

10 87

Housing Authority - Chicago - bulletins, 1941-1942 

10 88

The Legislative Voters League of Illinois - bulletins, 1932 

10 89

National Association of Housing Officials - bulletins, 1935-1936 

11 90

National Association of Housing Officials - bulletins, 1936-1938 

11 91

National Public Housing Conference - bulletin, 1935-1938 

11 92

Political and Economic Problems of the South - bulletin, 1935 

11 93

United States Department of the Interior - Division of Subsistence Homesteads - bulletin, 1935 

11 94

Welfare Council of New York City - Housing Information Bureau - bulletin, 1935 

11 95

Parents' Public School Association - Chicago - leaflet, undated 

11 96

Metropolitan Housing Council - newsletters, 1934-1942 

11 97

National Association of Housing Officials - newsletters, 1938-1939 

11 98

American Savings and Loan Institute - pamphlet, 1940 

11 99

Architectural Record - pamphlet, 1935 

11 100

Chicago Association of Commerce and Industry - Commerce - pamphlet, 1952 

11 101

Chicago Housing Authority - pamphlets, 1941 

11 102

Chicago Title and Trust Company - pamphlets, 1938 

12 103

Committee for Industrial Organization - Housing Committee - pamphlet, 1938 

12 104

Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works - Housing Division - pamphlets, undated 

12 105

Federal Housing Administration of Public Works - Housing Division - pamphlet, undated 

12 106

Federal Housing Administration - Modernize for Profit - pamphlet, 1935-1936 

12 107

Federal Housing Administration - Portfolio - pamphlets, 1936-1937 

12 108

Housing Authority - New York City - pamphlets, 1936 

12 109

Housing Problem - pamphlet, undated 

12 110

Housing and Redevelopment Coordinator - pamphlet, 1953 

12 111

Housing and Redevelopment Coordinator - Illinois - pamphlet, undated 

12 112

Illinois League of Women Voters - The Illinois Voter - pamphlet, 1932 

12 113

Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness - pamphlets, 1927-1938 

12 114

Merchants' Association of New York - Special Housing Committee - pamphlet, 1939 

12 115

Metropolitan Housing Council - pamphlets, 1936 

12 116

National Association of Housing Officials - pamphlets, 1934-1935 

12 117

New York Building Congress - Land Utilization Committee - Land Usage - pamphlets, 1936 

12 118

Public Affairs Committee - pamphlet, 1936 

12 119

Resettlement Administration - pamphlet, 1936 

12 120

Federal Emergency Administration - pamphlet, 1936 

13 121

Federal Housing Administration - press releases, 1935 

13 122

Federal Housing Administration - press releases, 1935 

13 123

Chicago Building Congress - report, 1948 

13 124

Chicago Committee on Public Expenditures - reports, 1932-1934 

13 125

Federal Housing Administration - report, 1936 

13 126

Chicago Housing Authority - reports, 1948-1950 

13 127

Chicago Housing Authority - reports, 1952-1954 

13 128

Illinois State Housing Board - reports, 1935-1938 

14 129

Illinois State Housing Board - Chicago Land Clearance Commission - reports, 1950-1951 

14 130

Illinois State Housing Board - Chicago Land Clearance Commission - report, 1950-1952 

14 131

Illinois State Housing Board - Chicago Land Clearance Commission - reports,, 1951 

14 132

Illinois State Housing Board - Chicago Land Clearance Commission - reports, 1952-1953 

14 133

Metropolitan Housing Council - reports, 1946-1947 

14 134

Michigan Boulevard Garden Apartments Building Corporation - reports, 1935-1937 

14 135

United States Building and Loan League - report, 1936-1937 

14 136

American Architect - reprint, 1935 

14 137

American City Magazine - reprint, 1935 

14 138

Atlantic - reprint, 1939 

14 139

Austinite - reprint, 1933 

14 140

Chicago Association of Better Housing Committee - reprints, 1935 

14 141

Federal Home Loan Bank Review - reprint, 1935 

14 142

Harper's Magazine - reprint, 1937 

14 143

Kentucky Law Journal - reprint, 1951 

14 144

National Association of Housing Officials - reprint, 1935 

14 145

Survey Graphic - reprint, 1936 

14 146

Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works - Housing Division, 1934-1936 

14 147

Public Service Building Corporation - speech, 1938 

14 148

The House Beautiful: A Monthy Magazine of Art and Artisanship v.2 no.1, June 15, 1897 

14 149

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Supplement I 

Oversize

Quadrennial Real Estate Assessment of Cook County, IL 1933 

Folder 1-SI

Real Estate Assessment Tax Maps, 1905-1928 

Folder 2-SI

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