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Rockford Area Chamber of Commerce Records

Overview

Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Historical Information; Board of Directors' Records, Executive Committee, Financial, Annual Meetings, Credit Bureau

Correspondence

Newsletters

Subject Files

Industry File, 1940-1975

Photographs

Oversize

Addendum 1.

Addendum 2.

Addendum 3.

Addendum 4.



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Collection Overview

Title: Rockford Area Chamber of Commerce Records, 1910+

ID: RHC/RC/180

Extent: 32.25 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Series I has  five subseries:  Board of Directors' records, Executive Committee records, Financial Statements, Annual Meeting Records and Annual Reports, and Credit Bureau records. Series IV, Subject Files, is arranged alphabetically . The fifth series is the Industry File. These files span the years 1940-1975 and are arranged alphabetically by company name. Photographs make up Series VI. Photographs are arranged alphabetically by subject with the number of prints and negatives listed for each folder.

Date Acquired: 01/00/1986. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Commerce of Rockford Area, Discrimination., Economic development., Retail trade, Rockford (Ill.), School District of Rockford (Ill.), Segregation in education

Forms of Material: Photographs

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The records in this collection document the activities of the Rockford Area Chamber of Commerce from 1910 to the present.  The original collection is arranged in seven series.  The  addendum donated in April 2006 adds an eighth series, Council of 100 Records.

Series I and its five subseries contains many of the core organizational records of the Rockford Chamber including Board of Directors' records, Executive Committee records, Financial Statements, Annual Meeting Records and Annual Reports, and Credit Bureau records.  A later addendum adds Awards to the Annual Meeting Records and Annual Reports subseries.

The second series is comprised of Correspondence.  It should be noted that a considerable amount of committee information is contained in this series.

Newsletters contained in Series III are especially valuable since they often provide documentation of Chamber activities for years not covered by Board records.  A later addendum adds Membership/Development to this series.

Series IV, Subject Files, is arranged alphabetically and provide information on most of the major issues that confronted the Rockford community during the first three-quarters of the twentieth century.

The fifth series is the Industry File.  These files span the years 1940-1975 and are arranged alphabetically by company name.  An index for the series is contained in Box 15, Folder 27.  The amount of information for each company varies widely.  Also included in this series is  general information on Rockford industry including statistics, strike information, and some correspondence.

More than 400 photographs make up Series VI.  Photographs are arranged alphabetically by subject with the number of prints and negatives listed for each folder.

Series VII, Oversize, includes newsclippings, one photograph, an 1889 issue of Frank Leslie's Illustrated containing an article on Rockford, and a 1921 membership roster (photocopy in Box 1, Folder 1).  The addendum includes award certificates, publications, 16mm films, an album, and several artifacts.

The Council of 100 records comprise series VIII.  These files contain information on the activities of the Council.  Of special interest are the VHS Tapes that consist of business properties that the Council was promoting for future use, local business highlights, and several tapes promoting development in Rockford.

Collection Historical Note

In June 1910 the Board of Directors of the Rockford Club authorized the club's President to appoint a committee to organize a Chamber of Commerce for the City of Rockford. A month later, on July 13, 1910 a group of approximately 1,000 businessmen and manufacturers met on the river steamer "Illinois" to organize a chamber. Chairman of the organizing committee was E.H. Keeler. This meeting was followed a month later by a Chamber "Round-up" day to solicit members for the new Chamber. In the months following these initial efforts the group elected a Board of Directors, officers, and created a committee structure. The first officers were President R.K. Welsh, Vice President F.S. Datin, Treasurer August Floberg, and Secretary Art. G. Brown. Committees created were: Finance, Conventions, Traveling Men, Civic Improvement, Membership, Manufacturers, Colleseum, and Municipal. In 1921 the Chamber conducted a re-organization and recruitment campaign that succeeded in signing up over 1,400 members. In April of the same year the Chamber incorporated. Early in its history the Chamber became involved with the local credit bureau which had been established in 1900 as the Rockford Business and Professional Men's Association. The organization became a department of the Chamber in 1923 and was known as the Credit Rating Bureau. In 1944 the Credit Bureau of Rockford was incorporated as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce.

During most of its first fifty years the Chamber focused much of its energies on problems and issues relating to private business and economic development. As the local economy changed and problems common to mature urban-industrial centers emerged, the Chamber expanded its activities. Through its annual program of work, standing committees and project committees the Chamber broadened its areas of community involvement. The Chamber con- tinues to function in many traditional roles but now sees itself as a community-centered problem solving organization that emphasizes cooperation among the business, government, and education communities in Rockford.

Subject/Index Terms

Chamber of Commerce
Chamber of Commerce of Rockford Area
Discrimination.
Economic development.
Retail trade
Rockford (Ill.)
School District of Rockford (Ill.)
Segregation in education

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: Addenda were added at later dates.

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection are held by the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Rockford Area Chamber of Commerce

Acquisition Method: The Rockford Area Chamber of Commerce donated its inactive records to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center in January 1986.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Historical Information; Board of Directors' Records, Executive Committee, Financial, Annual Meetings, Credit Bureau],
[Series II: Correspondence],
[Series III.: Newsletters],
[Series IV.: Subject Files],
[Series V.: Industry File, 1940-1975],
[Series VI.: Photographs],
[Series VII.: Oversize],
[Addendum 1.],
[Addendum 2.],
[Addendum 3.],
[Addendum 4.],
[All]

Series IV.: Subject Files
Box 11
Folder 1-7: Accreditation, 1968-1977
Folder 8-9: All American City, 1970, 1975
Folder 10: Bankruptcy, 1968
Folder 11: Bicentennial, 1974-1976
Folder 12: Biographical, Rockford Citizens
Folder 13: Chamber Surveys, 1951, 1967
Folder 14-16: City-County Planning Commission, 1971-1978
Folder 17: City-Government Study, 1966-1967
Folder 18-19: City Manager Form of Government, 1955-1956, 1966
Folder 20-21: Civic Auditorium, 1944-1968
Folder 22-23: Civic Beautification, 1966-1967
Folder 24: Committee on Political Education (C.O.P.E.), 1968-1969
Folder 25-28: Con-Con, 1970
Folder 29: Employment Statistics, 1957-1973
Folder 30: Employment Manpower Directory, Training 1969-1974
Box 12
Folder 1-3: Flood Control, 1953-1973
Folder 4: Focus on the City, 1967
Folder 5-6: Forward Rockford Congress, 1969-1970
Folder 7: Greater Rockford Airport, 1946-1971
Folder 8-9: Hassell-Cramer Flight, Bert Hassell Day, 1928, 1969
Folder 10-11: Human Resources, 1970-1973
Folder 12: Industrial Affairs, 1968
Folder 13: Junior League & Forward Rockford, 1969-1970, 1972-1973
Folder 14: Labor Relations: Fair Employment Practices, 1955-1956
Folder 15: Labor Relations: GE Boycott and Strike, 1969-1970
Folder 16: Labor Relations: Guaranteed Wage, 1953-1956
Folder 17: Labor Relations: Organizing Manuals, 1958-1961
Folder 18: Labor Relations: Rockford Congress of Industrial Organization (CIO), 1945-1947, 1949
Folder 19: Labor Relations: Rockford Newspapers; Strikes, 1952-1970
Folder 20: Labor Relations: Strikes, 1953-1971
Box 13
Folder 1: Labor Relations: Strikes, 1950-1976
Folder 2: Labor Relations: Surveys, Strike Statistics, 1948-1956
Folder 3: Labor Relations: Taft-Hartley, 1953
Folder 4: Labor Relations: Unemployment, Workman's Compensation, 1950-1974
Folder 5: Labor Relations: Unions, 1946-1974
Folder 6: Labor Relations: Union Elections, 1950-1976
Folder 7: Labor Relations: Wages, 1946-1974
Folder 8: Legislative Affairs, World Court, 1965-1966
Folder 9: Lists, Miscellaneous, 1953-1973
Folder 10: Lynn, Janet, Welcome 1972
Folder 11-12: Manufacturers Directories, Rockford, 1928-1970, 1987
Folder 13: Manufacturers Directories, Other Cities, 1950-1974
Folder 14: Maps; Rockford and Winnebago County, 1957-1970
Folder 15: Membership Directories, 1972-1974
Folder 16: Minorities Affairs Council, 1971-1973
Folder 17: Northern Illinois Foundation for Medical Care, 1973
Folder 18-19: Policy Statements, 1955-1972
Folder 20: Pollution Control, 1949-1971
Folder 21: Race Relations, 1963-1969
Folder 22: RAPS (Rockford Area Planning Service), 1971-1973
Folder 23-24: Reports, Rockford Companies and Organizations, 1967-1974
Folder 25: Resolutions, 1951-1968
Folder 26: Retail Data, Union Activities, 1956-1965
Folder 27: Retail Trade, 1947
Folder 28: Rockford: Air Service Survey, 1969
Folder 29
Item 1: Rockford: Business Climate Appraisal, 1958
Item 2: Business Review, September-November 1969
Folder 30: Rockford: City Government Survey, 1940, 1943-1944
Box 14
Folder 1: Rockford: College, 1955-1975
Folder 2: Rockford: Consumer Survey, 1947
Folder 3: Rockford: Fire Department, 1969
Folder 4: Rockford: Flag, 1957-1959
Folder 5-6: Rockford: History
Folder 7-8: Rockford: Information, 1934-1975
Folder 9
Item 1: Rockford: Metro Theatre, 1968
Item 2: Rockford: Museum Center, 1972
Item 3: Rockford: Newspapers, Incorporated, 1971
Folder 10: Rockford: Ordinances: Electrical Code, 1952-1953
Folder 11: Rockford: Ordinances: Employee Compensation, 1954
Folder 12: Rockford: Ordinances: Handicap, Access, 1972
Folder 13: Rockford: Ordinances: Housing, 1953-1955, 1968
Folder 14: Rockford: Ordinances: Subdivision, 1959
Folder 15: Rockford: Ordinances: Zoning, 1927, 1950, 1960-1961
Folder 16: Rockford: Ordinances: Miscellaneous Ordinance  Information, 1934-1956
Folder 17: Rockford: Park District, 1955-1973
Folder 18-19: Rockford: Publicity, 1929-1974
Folder 20: Rockford: Sanitary District, 1946-1971
Folder 21: Rockford: School of Medicine, 1970, 1975
Folder 22: Rockford: Statistics, 1922-1974
Folder 23: Rockford: United Fund, 1969, 1972
Folder 24: Rockford: Water, 1946-1960
Folder 25-26: School Referendum, 1976-1977
Folder 27: Taggart, Barbara, Rockford Centennial Song, 1952
Folder 28: Television Programs, 1953-1966
Box 15
Folder 1: Traffic Control, 1942-1957
Folder 2: Trask Street Bridge Picnic, 1911-1953
Folder 3: Tree Preservation, 1955-1967
Folder 4: Urban Development and Renewal, 1964-1969
Folder 5: United States Area Redevelopment Administration, 1960-1964
Folder 6: West State Street Lighting Project, 1954
Folder 7: Whitman Street Bridge, 1955-1959
Folder 8: Winnebago County Facts and Figures, 1966-1971
Folder 9: Winnebago County History, 1877-1972
Folder 10: Comprehensive Plans: Cherry Valley, 1973
Folder 11: Comprehensive Plans: Rockford-Winnebago, 1967-1970
Folder 12: Comprehensive Plans: Rockton, 1971
Folder 13: General Plan: Rockford Central Area, 1963
Folder 14: General Plan: City of Rockford and Winnebago County, 1957
Folder 15: Area Manpower Review, Rockford, 1972
Folder 16: Capital Improvement Plan, Rockford, 1971-1976
Folder 17: Community Facilities, Rockford and Winnebago, 1969-1970
Folder 18: Community Profile, Winnebago County, 1970-1971
Folder 19: Employment Study Instruction Manual, Rockford, 1969
Folder 20-21: Flood Hazards in Winnebago County, 1974
Folder 22: Land us for DuPage, 1970
Folder 23: Park and Open Space Policy Plan, Rockford and Winnebago County, 1973
Folder 24: Public Utilities in Winnebago County, 1970
Folder 25: Regional Development Guide, Rock Valley, 1972
Folder 26: Rockford Area Transportation Study, 1970

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Historical Information; Board of Directors' Records, Executive Committee, Financial, Annual Meetings, Credit Bureau],
[Series II: Correspondence],
[Series III.: Newsletters],
[Series IV.: Subject Files],
[Series V.: Industry File, 1940-1975],
[Series VI.: Photographs],
[Series VII.: Oversize],
[Addendum 1.],
[Addendum 2.],
[Addendum 3.],
[Addendum 4.],
[All]


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