William H. Peterson Papers

Street Address: 
720 W. 76th Street
Chicago, IL

Peterson, William H. (William Hartin), 1921-2008. William H. Peterson Papers, 1891-2008. 2.6 linear feet.

Collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, personal material, genealogical research, and photographs for William H. Peterson and the Peterson family, whose members were employed by the Pullman Company for several generations. Other material includes Pullman employee reviews and publications dating to 1893, pictorial books from Chicago’s 1893 and 1934 World’s Fairs, engineer designs for Pullman, and official documents like birth certificates. Photographs document a variety of subjects, such as World War I training, school and confirmation class photos, and early twentieth-century social events.

Additionally, William H. Peterson’s daughter, Karla Hanley, assembled booklets with the personal biographies and family histories of her father and both his parents, Hartin Peterson and Martha Johnson Peterson. She also wrote up biographies and genealogy for her husband’s parents, Robert Hanley and Genevieve Kotula Hanley. They are both of Polish descent and grew up in the Chicago neighborhood of Bridgeport.

Call Number: Midwest MS Peterson W
Finding Aids: Collection level catalog record
Inventory: Online

William H. Peterson lived at this address, 720 W. 76th Street, in the 1950s.

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