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Descriptive inventory for the C.D. Peacock and Co. (Chicago, Ill.) records, ca. 1837-1993

C.D. Peacock and Co. (Chicago, Ill.) records

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Descriptive inventory for the C.D. Peacock and Co. (Chicago, Ill.) records, ca. 1837-1993

By Abigail Creitz; ed. by Rachel Juris, 2011.
  
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: C.D. Peacock and Co. (Chicago, Ill.) records, 1837-1993 (inclusive)
Creators: C.D. Peacock and Co.
Dayton Hudson Corporation
Dates: 1837-1993 (inclusive)
Accession number: 1993.0042
Bib number: 00064739
Call number: MSS Lot C
Size:5 linear ft. (10 boxes)
13 volumes
5 sound recordings

Provenance statement:

Gift of Birks International, Inc., parent company of C.D. Peacock and Co.; (1993.0042).

Restriction(s):

For listening purposes, it is necessary to use a copy, not the original (and to have a listening copy made if one is not available).

Please cite this collection as:

C.D. Peacock Co. (Chicago, Ill.) records (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Collection Summary +/-

General ledgers (1904-1912, 1981-1983), other account books and audit reports (1912-1955), correspondence, leases, insurance policies, publicity materials, catalogs, audio tapes, historical information, and other records of C.D. Peacock and Co.; one of the oldest and most prominent jewelers in Chicago. Peacock's main store was on State Street in the Loop, and the company eventually established suburban stores as well. Also present in the collection are some materials from and about the Peacock family, which settled in Chicago in 1837 and continued to own the business until 1969.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

C.D. Peacock and Co. is one of the oldest and most prominent jewelers in Chicago (Ill.). The company was founded in 1837 as the "House of Peacock" by Elijah Peacock and specialized in the sale and repair of jewelry and watches. In 1889, the business came to be known as C.D. Peacock, after Charles D. Peacock, son of Elijah Peacock, who had assumed ownership. Around the time of the World's Columbian Exposition, C.D. Peacock began selling more luxury items and publishing a mail-order catalog. The company remained in the Peacock family until 1969, when it was sold to Dayton-Hudson Corp., and has had other owners subsequently. As of 2011, C.D. Peacock and Co. had several retail locations in the Chicago area.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Families -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 19th century
Families -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 20th century
Family-owned business enterprises -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 19th century
Family-owned business enterprises -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 20th century
Jewelers -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 19th century
Jewelers -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 20th century
Jewelry stores -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 19th century
Jewelry stores -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 20th century
Persons:
Peacock Family
Peacock, Charles Daniel. 1838-
Peacock, Elijah. 1818-1889
Organizations:
C.D. Peacock & Co. (Chicago, Ill.) -- Archives
C.D. Peacock (Firm) -- Archives
Genre/Form:
Account books
Audiotapes
Audits
Catalogs
Correspondence
Genealogies
Leases
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.) -- Commerce -- 19th century
Chicago (Ill.) -- Commerce -- 20th century

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in three series:

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Promotional materials, ca. 1889-1993 (box 1-3)
Series 2. Financial records, 1899-1984 (box 4-7, 13 v.)
Series 3. General records, 1837-1993 (box 8-10)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Alan Greunke using Oxygen editor, 2017; edited by Julie Wroblewski, 2017.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
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