Waller & Beckwith Realty Co. Records

Institution: Newberry Library
60 W. Walton St.
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: 312-255-3506
Date: 1911-1976
Extent: 17.5 Linear Feet
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Biographical/Historical Note:
Family-owned Chicago real estate company.

Scope and Content Note:
Records retained by Waller & Beckwith Realty Co., including general business files and legal documents. General files include city assessments and municipal regulations, rental agreements, tenant complaints, applications for employment, and contracts. There is also some material related to members of the Waller family, including wills, licenses, and a small amount of correspondence. Legal files include efforts to collect unpaid rent, lawsuits against the company and lawsuits the company brought against others, personal injury and property damage complaints, and insurance records. There are also nine ledgers used to record rental payments, various legal issues, and a calendar.

The bulk of the material dates from the 1920s-1940s, and documents financial difficulties and living conditions in Chicago during this time, as well as various changes and improvements to the city, including street widenings and the shift from trolleys to busses. Also unique to the era are the restrictive covenants enacted by neighborhood associations, and documents detailing prohibition violations by tenants.

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