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Descriptive inventory for the Uhlich Children's Home records, 1867-1987, bulk 1919-1958

Uhlich Children's Home records

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Descriptive inventory for the Uhlich Children's Home records, 1867-1987, bulk 1919-1958

Prepared by Abigail Creitz; ed. by Rachel Juris, 2010
  
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Uhlich Children's Home records, 1867-1987 (inclusive), 1919-1958 (bulk)
Creator: Uhlich Children's Home
Dates: 1867-1987 (inclusive), 1919-1958 (bulk)
Accession number: 2000.0066
Bib number: 00143885
Call number: MSS Lot U
Size: 13.25 linear feet (13 boxes)
Language of material:Collection is written in English, and German.

Provenance statement:

Materials were a gift of the Uhlich Children's Home (accession #: 2000.0066).

Terms governing use:

All rights owned by the donor, including copyright, were deeded to Chicago Historical Society. Copyright may be retained by the creators of items, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law, unless otherwise noted.

Restriction(s):

Box 4 is temporarily unavailable while being treated for mold.

Please cite this collection as:

Uhlich Children's Home records (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Additional Materials +/-

Related material:

Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include Uhlich Life, a publication of the Uhlich Children's Home, cataloged separately.

Collection Summary +/-

Ledgers, bound and unbound, containing records relating to the founding, residents, staff, finances, and administration of the Uhlich Children's Home, a private institution caring for Chicago children who had lost their parents or whose parents could not care for them adequately. The collection includes board of trustees meeting minutes (1923-1946); Junior Auxiliary meeting minutes (1956-1958); visitor registers (1939-1944, 1972-1987); student roll call books (1928-1937); budget reports (1958-1959); the founding charter (1867) and meeting minutes in German (1869-1889); and account ledgers (1879-1943).

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

Uhlich Children's Home was founded as part of the German Evangelical St. Paul's congregation (later known as St. Pauls United Church of Christ) in Chicago (Ill.) and endowed by a gift of property from Mr. and Mrs. Carl Gottfried Uhlich in 1867. The home was originally located at Ohio Street and LaSalle Street, and its original purpose was to care for German American orphans. The orphanage was incorporated as the Uhlich Evangelical Lutheran Orphan Asylum in 1869. Both the church and the orphanage were destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. In 1872, the orphanage reopened on Burling Street at Center Street in the Lakeview neighborhood. In 1927-1928, the Uhlich Children's Home relocated to the 3700 block of North California Avenue and expanded further in the 1940s. Several prominent German American Chicagoans, such as Oscar Meyer, were major contributors to the home.

Uhlich Children's Home was a privately funded institution until 1959. In the 1960s-1990s, it added various service programs to its offerings. In 2002, it changed its name to Uhlich Children's Advantage Network (UCAN) to reflect the wide variety of services it provided, and in 2004, UCAN merged with FamilyCare of Illinois, although it maintained its own identify.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Charities--Illinois--Chicago--19th century
Charities-Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Child welfare--Illinois--Chicago--19th century
Child welfare--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Children--Institutional care--Illinois--Chicago--19th century
Children--Institutional care--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
German Americans--Illinois--Chicago--19th century
German Americans--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Orphanages--Illinois--Chicago--19th century
Orphanages--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Organizations:
St. Paul's Church (Evangelical and Reformed : Chicago, Ill.)
St. Pauls United Church of Christ (Chicago, Ill.)
Uhlich Children's Home (Chicago, Ill.)--Archives
Genre/Form:
Budgets
Charters
Ledgers
Minutes
Registers
Geographic:
3737 North Mozart Street (Chicago, Ill.)
Chicago (Ill.)--Social conditions--19th century
Chicago (Ill.)--Social conditions--20th century
Irving Park (Chicago, Ill. : Community Area)

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in two series.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Administrative records, 1867-1987 (box 1-5)
Series 2. Financial records, 1879-1943 (box 6-13)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Julie Wroblewski, 2015
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Other Finding Aids: Finding aid also submitted to Explore Chicago Collections portal.
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