Records and Histories of Professions in Chicago and Illinois

Chicago Medical Blue Book, 1905

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Medical Practitioners

American Medical Association. Directory of deceased physicians, 1804-1929. Chicago, 1993. Call # 2nd floor open shelf R712.A1 D57 1993.

Chicago medical directory…Chicago, McDonough & Co. 1899. Call # microfilm G 8963.171. 1904-1905: Call # G8962.171.

History of medicine and surgery and physicians and surgeons of Chicago, endorse and pub. Under the supervision of the Council of the Chicago medical society. Chicago: The Biographical publishing corporation, 1922. Call # Q.412.

Hyde, James Nevins. Early medical Chicago: an historical sketch of the first practitioners of medicine, with the present faculties, and graduates since their organization, of the medical colleges of Chicago. Chicago: Fergus Printing Company, 1879. Number 11 of the Fergus Historical Series. Call # 2nd floor open shelf F548.3 F35 1876.

Illinois. State Board of Health. Official register of physicians and midwives, to whom certificates have been issued by the Illinois state board of health… Springfield: Weber & Co., 1880. Call # E 368.435.

Illinois medical journal. Oak Park, Ill., 1940. This is the one hundredth anniversary number with portraits of the presidents of the Illinois state medical society, 1840- 1940. Pages 406-412.Call # E 368.43.

Police Department

Burke, Edward M and Thomas J. O’Gorman. End of watch : Chicago police killed in the line of duty, 1853- 2006. Chicago : Chicago’s Books Press, 2007. Call # 2nd floor open shelf HV8148.C4 B87 2007.

Chicago. Police Dept. Report of the general superintendent of police of the city of Chicago. Chicago. 1880, 1885, 1890, 1897-1904. Call # I 1896.16.

Chicago police records, 1857-1861. [Chicago, 1991?] Call # Microfiche 2076.

Durkin, James Aloysius. The auto bandits of Chicago a correct account of the greatest detective work in the history of Chicago’s Police Force. Chicago, [1913]. Call # Graff 1185

Flinn, John Joseph. History of the Chicago police. Reprinted with a new introduction by Mark H. Haller and a new index. Montclair, N.J., Patterson Smith, 1973. Reprint of the 1887 edition. Call # I 1896.31.

Johnson, David Ralph. Policing the urban underworld: the impact of crime on the development of the American police, 1800-1887. Philadelphia, 1979. Call # HV8138.J58

Lindberg, Richard. To serve and collect: Chicago politics and police corruption from the Lager Beer Riot to the Summerdale Scandal: 1855-1960. Carbondale, Ill., 1998. Call # HV8148.C4 L55 1998

Fire Department

Chicago. Fire Dept. Report of the fire marshal. Call # U 98.16. Holdings: 1876, 1880, 1897-1901. Lists members of the fire department by company and deaths and injuries of firemen. Also lists fire calls by date. [The Chicago Public Library has 1871-1930]

IFLODD, the Illinois Firefighter Line of Duty Deaths Digital Image Collection Database, documents the ultimate sacrifice of more than 780 Illinois firefighters over the past 150 years. Some entries just have very basic information about the circumstances of the death, while others include photographs and oral history presented as audio and text.

Little, Kenneth. History of Chicago fire houses of the 19th century. [Chicago, Ill?]: Ken Little and John McNalis. Volume 1 covers the 19th century. Volume 2 covers the 20th century, 1901-1925. Call # folio TH9505.C4 L59 1996.


Arnold, Isaac Newton. Reminiscences of the Illinois bar forty years ago. [n.p., 1881]. Call # 4A 4566.

The bench and bar of Chicago. Biographical sketches. With steel engraved portraits. Chicago: American biographical publishing company [1883?]. Call # K 31.089.

Bench and bar of Illinois. [Chicago, Bench & bar publishing Co., 1920]. Call # K 31.0893.

Caton, John Dean. Early bench and bar of Illinois. Chicago, 1893. Call # K31.156

Chicago law directory: an official list of members of the bar, with full information about the courts, officials and rules of practice, also a list of court stenographers and corresponding attorneys. Chicago: Gritman & Sullivan, 1913-1914. Call # KF193.C45.

Chicago Law Journal. Chicago, 1891-1896. Call # K007.16 We have volumes 12-17.

Chicago law school brief; being in part a history in part a chronicle, and in part a prophecy of those who have and those who will (we hope) laureate from Chicago Law School. Chicago, 1903-1904. Call # I 836.166.

Haines, Deborah L. City doctor, city lawyer the learned professions in frontier Chicago, 1833-1860. Call # Microfilm 807.

Illinois State Bar Association. …Classified register of members. Springfield, Ill. [1940]. Call # K 006.43 The directory for 1946 is call # K006.433.

Kogan, Herman. The first century: the Chicago Bar Association, 1874-1974. Chicago, 1974. Call # KF334.C52 C545

Lord, John Solon. A history of the Law Club of the city of Chicago. Chicago, 1968. Call # KF334.C52 L344.

Linder, Usher F. Reminiscences of the early bench and bar of Illinois. Chicago: Chicago Legal News Co., 1879. Call # Microfiche 332. Contains biographical sketches of early law practitioners in Illinois.

Palmer, John McAuley. The bench and bar of Illinois. Historical and reminiscent. Chicago, 1899. Call # K31.65 Chicago Bar Association. Chicago bar memorials. Chicago, 1888, 1889, 1893, 1894. Call # fK 31.166 This is a listing of members of the bar that died in the previous year. There are also listings for the years 1903-09. Call # K 31.167.

Wilkie, Franc Bangs. The Chicago bar. Chicago: Published by the author, 1872. Call # K 31.967. There is another copy of this title with portraits of some of the subjects. Call # fK 31.966.

Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. 20th anniversary journal and directory. 1934-1935. [Chicago, 1935]. Call # K 008.982.

Educators and Librarians (Public)

Chicago. Board of Education. Annual report. Chicago, 1872-1918. Lacking 1916-1917. These annual reports can contain lists of teachers and principals and high school graduates. Call # I68962.27. Specify year. Earlier years are in special collections. 1854-1871. Call # Case I 68962.27.

Chicago. Board of Education. Directory of the public schools of the city of Chicago. Chicago, Board of Education Printing Plant. 1895/96, 1900/01-1908/09, 1928/1929. Call # I 68962.23

Chicago. Board of Education. Proceedings. Chicago, 1872-1916. These proceedings can contain lists of teachers, principals and school staff, as well as graduates. Data will vary from year to year. Call # I 68962.26.

Chicago. Public Library. Annual Report. Chicago, 1873- 1964. 1873-1947, 1951-1964. Call # Z 584.165.

Chicago. Public Library. Proceedings of the Board of directors of the Chicago public library… Chicago, 1888- 1916. Includes names of directors and employees. Volumes 1-20, covering 1872/81-1914/16. Call # Z 584.167.

Chicago. Public Library. Staff News. Chicago, 1922- 1929. Call # Z 584.1678.

Howatt, John. Notes on the first one hundred years of Chicago school history. Chicago, 1946., Lists presidents of the Board of Education along with other administrators in the Chicago Public School system. Call # LA 269.C45 H68.


Centennial list of mayors, city attorneys, city treasurers, and aldermen, elected by the people of the City of Chicago, from the incorporation of the City on March 4, 1837 to March 4, 1937. Chicago: Municipal Reference Library, 1937. Call # 2nd Floor Open Shelf JS705.C5.

Chicago Real Estate Board. Bulletin. Chicago, 1910-1920. Published monthly. Call # H 94896.1

Directory of licensed real estate dealers of Chicago. [Chicago, 1891?] 1890 directory. Call # H 94896.23

Gordon, Charles Ulysses. Chicago postmasters, 1831- 1897. [Chicago, 1899]. Call #H 650896.36.

Midwest musicians’ and allied artist directory: Chicago and Midwest. Chicago: Mid-West Management, 1925. Call # ML15.C5 M54.

Warner, Edward S. Crew members who served aboard commercial sailing vessels on the Great Lakes, 1838 through 1925: the names of masters, first and second mates, cooks and stewards, seamen and cabin boys appearing in available first and nearfirst records. Lansing, MI, 1992. Call # folio HD 8039.S42 A17 1992. 1/09