Manuscript Collections

The Sangamon Valley Collection owns unique collections of materials from Springfield businesses, organizations, and families. These items are stored in a secure area and must be requested. No materials in this collection are available for circulation.

Available Manuscripts

Beta Sigma Phi

Collection includes local chapter rosters, photos, programs, charter booklets, meeting minutes, and scrapbooks.
More Information

Book Review Club

The collection includes meeting minutes, membership yearbooks, photos, articles, scrapbooks, and more.
More Information

Booth/Grunendike

A collection of four photo albums containing photographs circa 1900 to the 1940's relating to the family, property and travels of the Booth/Gruendike family.
More Information

Buckley Family

The Buckley Family Photograph Collection consists of photographs reproduced from glass negatives and gives a pictorial essay on one family's lifestyle in Springfield during the early part of the 20th century.
More Information

Cantrall Family

The collection contains documents primarily related to William G. Cantrall, his sons, and the Cantrall Cemetery Association.
More Information

Carillon Belles/Rees Carillon Bell Society

Documents, newspaper clippings, carillon programs, memoranda and photographs from the collection of Mrs. Violet Touch.
More Information

Carroll Carman Hall

Collection contains Carroll C. Hall's genealogical work, historical articles, and humorous writings.
More Information

Catchpole’s Greenhouse Collection

The collection includes operational documents, gardening guides, plant lists, newsletters, correspondence, charitable donation material, newspaper ads, a magazine article, and photos.
More Information

Charles M. Parker Publications

Collections includes the publications of teacher and creator of an educational publishing company, Charles M. Parker.
More Information

Church Women United

The collection contains materials from the Church Women United in Springfield, their projects, and earlier interdenominational groups.
More Information

Citizens Tribune Newspaper v. John Hunter

This collection contains materials from the files of J.R. Fitzpatrick, owner of the Citizens Tribune, relating to the lawsuit the Tribune filed against the Commissioner of Public Property for the City of Springfield, John Hunter in 1950.
More Information

Coley C. Cowan Collection

The collection includes photos, programs, and a guest book from the April 16, 1978 Testimonial Luncheon honoring Coley C. Cowan.
More Information

Collection of Robert E. Fitzgerald: Items found in the Reisch Building

These items reflect the personal and professional life of Robert E. Fitzgerald and include correspondence, contracts, and photographs.
More Information

Commission on International Visitors

The collection includes establishment materials, meeting minutes, workshop materials, newspaper articles, correspondence, oral histories, and a key to the city of Springfield presented to Commission Chair Annabelle Patton.
More Information

Dancing Improvement Assembly

The Dancing Improvement Assembly collection includes club histories, bylaws, financials, correspondence, invitations and programs, board meeting materials, membership lists, photos, and newspaper articles.
More Information

Dora Davis Armbruster

The collection is composed of items related to Dora Davis Armbruster’s (1880-1962) First Christian Church involvement.
More Information

Douglas Elementary School Parent Teacher Association

The items in this collection focus on the early years of the Douglas Elementary School Parent Teacher Association and are primarily from the 1940s and 1950s.
More Information

Golden Gloves Tournament

The collection contains background information, correspondence, newspaper publicity, expense records, etc., relating to the Citizens Tribune newspaper's involvement with Golden Gloves Tournaments in Springfield from 1944 through 1956.
More Information

Governor Samuel H. Shapiro Manuscript

This collection contains items from Governor Samuel Shapiro's private and public activities, including photographs and correspondence with state and national political figures.
More Information

Greater Springfield Interfaith Association

The collection include GSIA program documentation, bylaws, reports, position papers, board information, correspondence and more.
More Information

Green Family

A group of 23 letters written to and from members of the William Green family of Orvil Township, Logan County, Illinois between the years 1864 and 1884.
More Information

Grimm Family

This collection consists primarily of letters written to Mildred Jean Grimm by her father, Lester R. Grimm.
More Information

Henry B. House

The Henry B. House Collection contains letters to Henry House, an actor and director of local theater productions until his death in 1953.
More Information

Herndon Family

The Herndon Family Collection is mainly a photographic collection centered on Richard Fleetwood and Kate Herndon’s immediate and extended families.
More Information

Hutton Family

The Hutton Family Collection consists of a series of letters written by Dorothy Hutton as a young girl (1913-1924) from Auburn, Illinois to her mother in Denver, Colorado.
More Information

Iles Manuscript

The Iles Manuscript Collection contains the original, handwritten copy of Iles' autobiography and other Iles family genealogy materials.
More Information

Irene and Mildred Garvey: Items Related to Their Lives and Travels, 1903 – 1992

The collection includes photos, real estate and financial documents, and travel memorabilia kept by the two sisters.
More Information

Johnston Family

This collection is comprised of several types of items, including correspondence, flight school and pilot training materials, and flight log books for Mabel and C.R. Johnston.
More Information

Johnston, Knox, Morgan Families

Correspondence, business documents, certificates, and obituaries spanning three generations of one family: Leonora Knox Morgan, her father, James Madison Knox and her grandfather, Levi Johnston.
More Information

Knotts

The Howard C. Knotts collection primarily covers the period of Knotts' life from 1915 to 1921, including his WWI military experiences, his work in aviation law, and his death in 1942.
More Information

LaBonte Family

Included in this collection are a few items from the LaBonte business, trade catalogs, legal documents and income tax reports.
More Information

Martin

The items in this collection come from a scrapbook personally compiled by Mary C. Martin, one of the prosecutors in the Criminal War Crimes Trials in Tokyo, Japan.
More Information

Mary Bradish Call

The collection consists mainly of letters, most of them written to Mary Bradish in her youth ca. 1895-1900 from friends and family.
More Information

Myers Brothers Department Store

Included in this collection are many photographs, newspaper clippings, correspondence and many materials relating to sales promotions of various types.
More Information

Power Farmstead

Collection contains some of the last few remaining documents regarding the family and farmstead of George Power, one of Sangamon County's earliest settlers.
More Information

Prehn

This collection contains correspondence, photographs, blueprints, business records, and newspaper clippings dealing with the personal and business life of Harold W. Prehn, a prominent Springfield businessman.
More Information

Saint Nicholas Hotel Bankruptcy

Collection includes the papers of J.R. Fitzpatrick and other documents relating to the bankruptcy of Springfield's St. Nicholas Hotel.
More Information

Sangamo Electric Company

Large collection of business documents, photographs, and memorabilia of the Sangamo Electric Company.
More Information

Sangamon County Chapter Infantile Paralysis Foundation

Material in this collection consists primarily of correspondence between officers of the local Infantile Paralysis Foundation Chapter and Basil O'Connor, president of the National Foundation.
More Information

Skelton

Correspondence, literary manuscripts, photographs, and stamp collecting articles by Charles Leonard Skelton, Springfield author.
More Information

Soap Box Derby

The material in this collection consists primarily of photographs of the Springfield Soap Box Derby and the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio.
More Information

Springfield Aviation Company

The Springfield Aviation Company Collection is a collection of photographs, newspaper clippings, various periodicals and other publications dating from the years 1927 to 1955.
More Information

Springfield Community Concert Association Collection

A collection of documents, newspaper clippings and photographs donated by former association board member Charles Keating.
More Information

Springfield Municipal Opera

Documents, newspaper clippings, reports, programs, and photographs from the Muni (Springfield Municipal Opera).
More Information

Springfield Nature League

This collection consists of yearly programs, diaries, and newspaper clippings from the Springfield Nature League, formed in 1932.
More Information

Springfield Pleasure Driveway and Park District

The materials in this collection relate primarily to the first decade of the Park District's existence and include petitions, election results, minutes, and other reports.
More Information

Springfield Transportation Company

The materials in this collection include photographs, newspaper clippings, employee records, newsletters and information from the founding of the SMTD from the 1930's to the 1970's.
More Information

Stout Family

The materials in this collection consist mainly of deeds for land purchased in Ball and Woodside Townships by members of the Stout Family.
More Information

The Cheerful Workers Circle of the International Order of King’s Daughters

This collection is a record of meetings, as well as individual members of the circle.
More Information

Vachel Lindsay

This collection is comprised largely of materials containing the published prose and poetry of Vachel Lindsay in formats such as posters, newspapers and magazine articles, booklets, pamphlets magazines and books.
More Information

Vaughn DeLeath

Composed primarily of newspaper clippings, sheet music, correspondence, and manuscripts of singer and composer Vaughn DeLeath.
More Information

Weaver Garage and Manufacturing Company

This collection consists of approximately 700 photographs, advertising and promotional literature, and photographs of wrecked automobiles from the years 1926-1927.
More Information

Wheeler

This collection consists of eight composition notebooks kept by Pearl Irene Wheeler as a student at Springfield High School and as a student at the Springfield Teacher's Training School between 1913-14.
More Information

William Carpenter

The collection includes leases, receipts, and correspondence from the Carpenter family.
More Information

World War II Oral History Project

A collection consisting of 24 audio cassettes of 17 local individuals interviewed by Glenn Kniss regarding their experiences during the war.
More Information