Encounters

Indigenous Farmers of Tultepec vs. Spanish Rancher Juan Antonio Covarrubias, part of Map of Lands in the Tultepec and Jaltocán Regions Adjacent to the Hacienda de Santa Inés (Mexico)
...Map of Lands in the Tultepec and Jaltocán Regions Adjacent to the Hacienda de Santa Inés (Mexico), 1576.

Power, money, and art often fuel Encounters that result in written or visual records. Trade, military conquest, economic colonialism, religion, diplomacy, corporate record-keeping, political campaigns, counter-cultural debate, and bohemian theatre productions bring disparate groups of people into contact who otherwise would not have met.

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This document uses both indigenous pictorial language and Spanish to establish a legal settlement between native farmers and a Spanish rancher. The manuscript is made of European paper and indigenous amatl, paper derived from the bark of trees native to Central America. [Essay 18]

Indigenous Farmers of Tultepec vs. Spanish Rancher Juan Antonio Covarrubias, part of Map of the Lands in the Tultepec and Jaltocán Regions Adjacent to the Hacienda de Santa Inés
Mexico, 1569
Ayer Fund, 1988
VAULT drawer Ayer MS 1801 map 1

 

 

<em>Fur trade contract between François Francoeur and four voyageurs for transport of goods and purchase of beaver pelts in Michilimackinac and Chicago</em>
Fur trade contract ..., September 15, 1652.

In this commercial manuscript, we find one of the earliest references to Chicago (halfway down the left side). An example of how carefully France attempted to regulate the fur trade in its colony, it is part of the Newberry’s collection on the history of the Great Lakes region. [Essay 3]

Fur Trade Contract between François Francoeur and Four Voyagers for Transport of Goods and Purchase of Beaver Pelts in Michilimackinac and Chicago
Ville-Marie, Quebec, 1692
Ruggles Fund, 2001

VAULT Ruggles 419

William Clark&#039;s Account Book
William Clark, Account Book, 1825 to 1828.

After the Lewis and Clark Expedition ended, William Clark held a number of appointments in the Missouri Territory. In 1822, he noted on the cover of his journal that Sacagawea, the expedition’s Shoshone interpreter, had died. [Essay 20]

William Clark
Account Book
St. Louis, May 25, 1825 – June 14, 1828
Gift of Everett D. Graff, 1964
VAULT Graff 743

<em>Treaty with the Pen-e-tegh-ca Band of the Nē-ūm, Wich-i-tas, Ca-do-Ha-da-chos, Hue-cos, etc. ...</em>
Treaty with the Pen-e-tegh-ca Band of the Nē-ūm,..., August 12, 1861.

Chiefs from several Indian groups put their marks on this treaty with the Confederate States of America. They hoped the treaty would provide protection from other tribes and from white settlers. It did not and most Indians soon fled to Kansas, under United States control. [Essay 24]

Treaty with the Pen-e-tegh-ca Band of the Né-ŭm, Wich-i-tas, Ca-do-Ha-da-chos, Hue-cos, etc.
Wichita Agency (Indian Territory), August 12, 1861
Gift of Edward E. Ayer, 1911
VAULT Ayer MS 438

"Step High, Stoop Low, Leave Your Dignity Outside" Entryway to the Dill Pickle Club, 18 Tooker Alley<br />
"Step High, Stoop Low, Leave Your Dignity Outside", n.d.

The Dill Pickle Club opened in 1915 as a coffeehouse, theater, dance hall, lecture room, art gallery, and later, as a Prohibition speakeasy. Chica­go’s radical elite met there, including Sherwood An­derson, Clarence Darrow, Ben Hecht, Harriet Monroe, Lucy Parsons, and Carl Sandburg. [Essay 42]

Dill Pickle Club
Chicago, undated
Gifts of Mrs. Iailah Cooper, 1973
Midwest MS Dill Pickle Club, Box 3, Folder 285

Dill Pickle Club Broadsides, 1916-1933
Dill Pickle Club Broadsides, 1916-1933.

Dill Pickle Club
A Night in Bohemia

Chicago, October 31, 1916
Gifts of Mrs. Iailah Cooper, 1973
Midwest MS Dill Pickle

Classification of Workmen at the Pullman Company
Duane Doty, Classification of Workmen ..., September 22, 1890.

Railroad car manufacturer George Pullman established his company town south of Chicago in 1881 to demonstrate benevolent corporate management. But Duane Doty, the town’s civil engineer and statistician, reflects the period’s prejudices in this categorization of workers. [Essay 35]

Duane Doty
A Classification of Workmen at the Pullman Company

Chicago, 1890
Gift of the Pullman Company, 1969
Case Pullman 09/00/03, Box 1 Folder 20

Plan of Pullman Private Railroad Car Ferdinand Magellan
Pullman Company, Plan of Pullman Private Railroad Car Ferdinand Magellan, 1942.

In early 1942, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s White House staff proposed that the President travel in an armored railcar. The Ferdinand Magellan, one of the Pullman Company’s customized cars, was rebuilt, although its exterior retained the look of a regular Pullman railcar. [Essay 91]

Pullman Company
Plan and Interior View of Pullman Private Railroad Car Ferdinand Magellan
Chicago, 1942
Gifts of the Pullman Company, 1969
Case Pullman 05/02/03

Pullman Company&#039;s Ferdinand Magellan Car
Pullman Company, Ferdinand Magellan Car, 1942.

Pullman Company
Plan and Interior View of Pullman Private Railroad Car Ferdinand Magellan
Chicago, 1942
Gifts of the Pullman Company, 1969
Case Pullman 13/01/01, Box 6, Folder 443

Memorandum to Jack Mabley
Dwayne Oklepek, Memorandum to Jack Mabley, July 10. 1968.

In the summer of 1968 Jack Mabley, a noted Chicago journalist, shrewdly gathered information about groups that were planning to demonstrate during the Democratic National Convention. Dwayne Oklepek was one of his sources. [Essay 48]

Dwayne Oklepek
Memorandum to Jack Mabley; Jack Mabley
Chicago, 1968
Gifts of Frances and Patricia Mabley, 2007
Midwest MS Mabley, Box 16, Folder 164

Jack Mabley
Jack Mabley, 1968.

Dwayne Oklepek
Memorandum to Jack Mabley; Jack Mabley
Chicago, 1968
Gifts of Frances and Patricia Mabley, 2007
Midwest MS Mabley, Box 17, Folder 190