Aldis Family Papers

Institution: University of Illinois at Chicago - Special Collections and University Archives
Richard J. Daley Library
801 S. Morgan St., Room 3-330
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312-996-2742
Date: 1914-1953
Extent: 6 Linear Feet
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Biographical/Historical Note:
Arthur Taylor Aldis (1861-1933) was a rancher in Wyoming before moving to Chicago in 1890. In Chicago, Aldis established the real estate firm Aldis and Company. Aldis was also interested in the education of underprivileged boys; financing and promoting the work of talented artists and sculptors, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Chicago Urban League, the National Conservation Association, the American Red Cross, and World War I relief commissions. His son Graham (1895-1966) followed his father, joining the real estate firm in 1919 and becoming a partner in 1922.

Scope and Content Note:
The collection consists of correspondence, reports, proceedings, minutes, by-laws, questionnaires, petitions, speeches, clippings, and published material of Aldis and Company, specialists in the management, renting, and appraisal of central property and office buildings. The collection also includes material pertaining to the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, the Civic Federation of Chicago, the Metropolitan Housing Council of Greater Chicago and Chicago Land Clearance Commission. The collection also contains material on federal housing programs, low-rent housing, the Noland Land Bill of 1919, relief of European Refugees and housing of African Americans.

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