North Central College Archives

Illinois Prairie Path Archives

Illinois Prairie Path

Names of Creators

Chandler, Marvin Doty, Carol Gibson, Lucy Ebisch Hamill, Joan Headen, Louise Heddens, John Hodge, Phil Holmes, Elizabeth Hurley, Bernie Jablonsky, Joseph Johnson, George Keck, Warren Lasch, Lillian Lewis, Eugene Mooring, Jean Mooring, Paul Nemec, Bill Nemec, Betty Newitt, George Olson, Keith Peterson, Gunnar Pomerance, Eugene Ryerson, George Ryerson, Phoebe Schmidt, Connie Schmidt, Michael Sheaffer, Larry Sindt, Jane Sindt, August Terwedow, Susan Turner, Helen Watts, May Westlake, Donald Wilson, Dick Wilson,Nancy

Extent:

60 boxes, 25.02 linear feet

Administrative History

Betun in 1963 with May Watts' vision of a public footpath along an abandoned railway, the Illinois Prairie Path has developed into a 63 mile multi-use path crossing Kane, DuPage, and Cook County. The Archives of the Illinois Prairie Path encompass everything that has happened in that fifty year time span, from construction of the path and building bridges to advocating for necessary maintenance and installing amenities. The Illinois Prairie Path donated their records to the North Central College Archives' Suburban Studies Archives in February 2014.

Scope and Content Note

The Illinois Prairie Path Archives consists of meeting minutes, correspondence, newsletters, newspaper clippings, financial records, brochures, slides, filmstrips, videos, and photographs chronicling the foundation and development of the Illinois Prairie Path from 1960 to the present. Major topics to which the collection relates include the growth of footpath and rails-to-trails movements in the Chicago suburbs, environmental advocacy, the relationship between local grassroots movements and city governments, and the relationship between local volunteer organizations and large corporations.

Conditions Governing Access

Some material in this collection is restricted due to privacy concerns. Such restrictions are noted on the subseries level below. Contact the North Central College Archivist for more information.

Related Materials

The Mooring Slide Collection: The Mooring Slide Collection correlates to the Illinois Prairie Path Archives, although they are two separate collections due to provenance. The Mooring Slide Collection can be found here: The Mooring Slide Collection


Record Group 1: Administrative

Extent:

20 boxes, 8.34 linear feet

Scope and Content Note:

This record group contains materials that reflect the work and decisions of the Illinois Prairie Path's Board of Directors. Types of materials include meeting minutes, newsletters, histories, membership files, financial statements, articles of incorporation and bylaws, and awards and honors. Subjects include amenities on the path, events, and other matters discussed in more detail in the scope and content notes for each series.

Conditions Governing Access:

Some material in this record group is restricted due to privacy concerns and other legal matters. Please consult the North Central College Archivist and the Conditions Governing Access notes in the series below for more information.

Series 1: Amenities, 1966-2006

Extent: 1 Box, 0.42 linear feet

Arrangement: Alphabetical

Conditions Governing Access: None

Scope and Content:

Part of the responsibilities of the Illinois Prairie Path Corporation Board is to plan and install amenities along the Path. Over the 50 years of the Path, the Board was able to fund, install, and maintain port-a-lets, drinking fountains, benches, display cases, commemorative plaques, parks, prairies, garbage cans, and artwork, making the Path more enjoyable for all of its users. In most instances, the planning, fundraising, purchasing, installation, and maintenance of the amenities were all done by volunteers. These files contain maps, newspaper clippings, correspondence and receipts, and photographs relating to purchasing and installing of amenities.

Additional Records:

Not included in this series are files concerning major construction projects funded and/or organized by the IPPc Board. These can be found in the Advocacy and Issues Record Group.


Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1 IPP Offices- Rathje Park, 1970-2006IPP- Photographs- Subjects- Negatives
Box 1 Folder 2 Benches, 1987-2002
Box 1 Folder 3 Culverts
Box 1 Folder 4 Display Cases, 1980-1987
Box 1 Folder 5 Fountains, 1987-2006
Box 1 Folder 6 Maintenance, 1966-1974
Box 1 Folder 7 Maps of the Path
Box 1 Folder 8 Mile Markers / Traffic Signs, 1994-2003
Box 1 Folder 9 Plaques, 1987
Box 1 Folder 10 Signs, 1966-1967
Box 1 Folder 11 Suggestions, 2002
Box 1 Folder 12 Surfacing, 1973-1977
Box 1 Folder 13 Traffic Gates, 1972, n.d.
Box 1 Folder 14 Trash Containers, 1993-2001
Box 1 Folder 15 Visitor Center, 1985
Box 1 Folder 16 Volunteer Park, 1987-1988
Box 1 Folder 17 Volunteer Park Sculpture, 1989

Series 2: Awards and Honors, 1967-2013

Extent: 1 Box, 0.42 linear feet

Arrangement: Alphabetical

Conditions Governing Access: None

Scope and Content:

The Illinois Prairie Path has received local, county, state and national recognition for the hard work and dedication of founders and members throughout the years. Many of the awards honor May Watts, Jean and Paul Mooring, and the IPP in general for the vision and tireless effort to create a public green space from an abandoned railbed. These files contain newsletters, programs, newspaper clippings, correspondence, award certificates, tickets and photographs.

Additional Records:

The series, 'Administrative Files-Events', has files related to events at which honors were received. The awards themselves which are three dimensional are located in 'Artifacts'.


Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1 General
Box 1 Folder 2 Chicago World Flower Show Awards, 1969, 1971
Box 1 Folder 3 Community Millennium Trail, 2000
Box 1 Folder 4 Conservation Foundation of DuPage County- Paul Butler Award, 1989
Box 1 Folder 5 Dr. Alfred Lewy Memorial Book Award, 1967
Box 1 Folder 6 Environmental Council’s David Dinsmore Comedy Award- Nomination, 1980
Box 1 Folder 7 Green Leaf Award, 1992
Box 1 Folder 8 Horizons on Display, 1975, 1976
Box 1 Folder 9 Illinois Environmental Commission Award to State Rep. Leverenz, 1985
Box 1 Folder 10 Illinois Women of Achievement Award, 2000
Box 1 Folder 11 May Watts- Rails to Trails Dopplet Family Award, 2001
Box 1 Folder 12 National Rails to Trails Hall of Fame, 2008
Box 1 Folder 13 Orchid Award (Liz Holmes), 1976
Box 1 Folder 14 Take Pride in America Award, 1987-1990
Box 1 Folder 15 Western Communities Architects Association Orchid Award, 1976
Box 1 Folder 16 50th Anniversary Proclamations, 2013

Series 3: Board of Directors Minutes, 1965-2012

Extent: 5 Boxes, 2.09 linear feet

Arrangement: Chronological

Conditions Governing Access: None

Administrative History:

Many volunteers donated their time and talents to secure a public path especially the 14 founders: Mrs. Watts, Helen Turner, Lillian Lasch, Elizabeth and Samuel Holmes, Phoebe and George Ryerson, Jane and August Sindt, Dr. Warren Keck, Bill and Betty Nemec, John Heddens and advisor Gunnar Peterson of Openlands. They organized a board, developed an organization, developed communications, recruited members and volunteers, conducted an intensive grass roots campaign to rally public support for a public path, and met with local, county, state and national government officials.

The responsibilities of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Prairie Path have changed over time. From 1966 through 1986 the board was responsible for advocating, building, expanding, maintaining and funding path improvements along 27 miles of the Path in DuPage County. Since 1986, government entities have responsible for maintaining and improving the Path in DuPage County. From its inception in 1970 in Kane County and in 1979 in Cook County, government entities have had the same responsibilities. The mission of the Board in all three counties now is to preserve, enhance and advocate on behalf of the Illinois Prairie Path for current and future generations. The board is responsible for annual cleanups, annual meetings, memberships, communications, volunteer work days, permits, trail displays and coordinating memorial bench donations.

Scope and Content:

These files include the minutes from Board of Directors meetings. The minutes include who attended, who was absent, and a brief description of what was discussed at the meeting. Agenda and attachments are also included. The Board of Directors worked on a calendar year schedule from January through December, often with no meetings held in August. The Illinois Prairie Path Annual Meeting for all members is held in November and represented in these files. Beyond minutes, internal notes between directors relating to the meetings, expense reports and monthly budgets are included.

Two folders at the end of this series are exceptions. One folder contains lists of Board of Directors and Committees for each year, including both original and versions with handwritten notes and changes. The second folder, titled “Visions and Conflicts”, includes notes regarding differences in opinion and outlines of visions for the Illinois Prairie Path written by individual directors.

Processing Note:

During archival processing, two copies of the minutes for many meetings were kept: a clean, original version and then Jean Mooring’s copy upon which she suggested corrections to the official minutes. Both copies were kept since it was unclear which version was designated the ‘official’ minutes.

Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1 Minutes (summary only), 1963-1965
Box 1 Folder 2 Minutes, 1965
Box 1 Folder 3 Minutes, 1966
Box 1 Folder 4 Minutes, 1967
Box 1 Folder 5 Minutes, 1968
Box 1 Folder 6 Minutes, 1969
Box 1 Folder 7 Minutes, 1970
Box 1 Folder 8 Minutes, 1971
Box 1 Folder 9 Minutes, 1972
Box 1 Folder 10 Minutes, 1973

Box 2

Box 2 Folder 1 Minutes, 1974
Box 2 Folder 2 Minutes, 1975
Box 2 Folder 3 Minutes, 1976
Box 2 Folder 4 Minutes, 1977
Box 2 Folder 5 Minutes, 1978
Box 2 Folder 6 Minutes, 1979
Box 2 Folder 7 Minutes, 1980
Box 2 Folder 8 Minutes, 1981
Box 2 Folder 9 Minutes, 1982
Box 2 Folder 10 Minutes, 1983
Box 2 Folder 11 Minutes, 1984
Box 2 Folder 12 Minutes, 1985

Box 3

Box 3 Folder 1 Minutes, 1986
Box 3 Folder 2 Minutes, 1987
Box 3 Folder 3 Minutes, 1988
Box 3 Folder 4 Minutes, 1989
Box 3 Folder 5 Minutes, 1990
Box 3 Folder 6 Minutes, 1991
Box 3 Folder 7 Minutes, 1992
Box 3 Folder 8 Minutes, 1993

Box 4

Box 4 Folder 1 Minutes, 1994
Box 4 Folder 2 Minutes, 1995
Box 4 Folder 3 Minutes, 1996
Box 4 Folder 4 Minutes, 1997
Box 4 Folder 5 Minutes, 1998
Box 4 Folder 6 Minutes, 1999
Box 4 Folder 7 Minutes, 2000
Box 4 Folder 8 Minutes, 2001
Box 4 Folder 9 Minutes, 2002
Box 4 Folder 10 Minutes, 2003
Box 4 Folder 11 Minutes, 2004
Box 4 Folder 12 Minutes, 2005
Box 4 Folder 13 Minutes, 2006
Box 4 Folder 14 Minutes, 2007

Box 5

Box 5 Folder 1 Minutes, 2008
Box 5 Folder 2 Minutes, 2009
Box 5 Folder 3 Minutes, 2010 (1)
Box 5 Folder 4 Minutes, 2010 (2)
Box 5 Folder 5 Minutes, 2011
Box 5 Folder 6 Minutes, 2012
Box 5 Folder 7 Minutes, 2013
Box 5 Folder 8 Minutes, 2014
Box 5 Folder 9 Minutes, 2015
Box 5 Folder 10 Correspondence Between Directors, 1968-1975
Box 5 Folder 11 Lists of Committees and Directors, 1965-2011
Box 5 Folder 12 Resignations and Deaths, 1966-1988
Box 5 Folder 13 Visions and Conflicts, 1967-1980

Series 4: Events, 1960-2013

Extent: 3 Boxes, 1.251 linear feet

Arrangement: Chronological

Conditions Governing Access: None

Scope and Content:

In order to engage more people and increase membership among Path users, the Illinois Prairie Path hosted many events. Some of the more high profile events include a Governor's Bike Ride, National Trail celebrations, and an historical treasure hunt. These events were intended as fun and creative ways to bring a crowd on the trail and spread the word about membership. Annual Path Clean-ups which rally many volunteer groups, including Girl and Boy Scout troops, can also be found in this series, as well as records of Anniversary Celebrations. Also included are non-IPP sponsored events, which consists of correspondence between the IPP and fundraising groups that wished to host events on the path. This file includes information on events which were both held as well as those denied (due to costs and/or liability).


Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1 1960-1969
Box 1 Folder 2 1970-1979
Box 1 Folder 3 1980-1989
Box 1 Folder 4 1990-1999;2003-2004
Box 1 Folder 5 n.d.
Box 1 Folder 6 Annual Meetings, 1970-1976
Box 1 Folder 7 Beauty and the Beasts - IL State Flower Show, 1988
Box 1 Folder 8 Chicago Public Library Exhibit, 1973
Box 1 Folder 9 Chicago World and Garden Shower, 1967-1971
Box 1 Folder 10 Clean-up, 1970-2010
Box 1 Folder 11 Clean-up - Glen Ellyn, 1970-2009
Box 1 Folder 12 Clean-up - Wheaton, 1970-1994, n.d.
Box 1 Folder 13 History Treasure Hunt, 1989

Box 2

Box 2 Folder 1 IPP Anniversaries, 1973-2013
Box 2 Folder 2 IPP Archives Open House, 2014
Box 2 Folder 3 IPP Representation at Other Events, 1967-1972, 1996-1997
Box 2 Folder 4 Junior League National Conference, 1970
Box 2 Folder 5 Member Walk Activity Sheets
Box 2 Folder 6 National Trails Day Celebration, 1997-2002
Box 2 Folder 7 National Trails Day Celebration - The Grand IL Trail (Geneva Spur), 1996
Box 2 Folder 8 National Trails Day Celebration - The Grand IL Trail - Video Festival Submission, 1997
Box 2 Folder 9 Non IPP Sponsored Events, 1969-1986, 1992, 2003
Box 2 Folder 10 Prairie Path Day - 1st Annual, 1965
Box 2 Folder 11 Rails to Trails Conference, 1987-1992
Box 2 Folder 12 Trail Appreciation Month, 1991
Box 2 Folder 13 Trail Appreciation Month (First Annual Governor's Bike Ride), 1992

Box 3

Box 3 Folder 1 Trails in an Urban Setting (sponsored by the Open Lands Project), 1970
Box 3 Folder 2 Trails in an Urban Setting - Sam and Liz Holmes (attendees), 1970
Box 3 Folder 3 Trails in an Urban Setting - Gene Lewis (presenter), 1970
Box 3 Folder 4 Trails in an Urban Setting - Materials Distributed at Meeting, 1970

Series 5: Financial Statements, 1966-2010

Extent: 1 Box, 0.42 linear feet

Arrangement: Alphabetical, then Chronological

Conditions Governing Access: None

Scope and Content:

This series contains financial reports created by the Illinois Prairie Path and filled with both the State of Illinois and the US Internal Revenue Service, as well as monthly budget statements to the Board of Directors.

The Audits file includes reports and correspondence regarding independent audits sought by the IPP, once in 1987 and again in 1988. The Financial statements are monthly summaries of the budget status which are produced by IPP Treasurer for Board of Directors meetings. The Tax Exempt and Not for Profit Status file contains correspondence and notifications about the IPP seeking tax exempt and not for profit status. The file is located in this series because all of the filings and reports to both the US IRS and State of Illinois are based on this status. The Illinois Not for Profit Annual Reports is a report filed with the State of Illinois which lists the IPP Board of Directors. The Illinois Repoirt of Charitable Trusts is a financial report filed with the State of Illinois which outlines the revenue and expenditures of the organization. The reports from the gap of 1985-1990 were not received by the Archives.

The US Tax Statements include the IRS-990 Tax Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax forms filed by the IPP with the Internal Revenue Service which outline the revenue, expenses, and net assets. The reports from a nearly 20 year gap from 1979-1995 were not received by the Archives


Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1 Audits, 1987, 1998
Box 1 Folder 2 Financial Statements, 1977-1993
Box 1 Folder 3 Financial Statements, 1996-1997
Box 1 Folder 4 Financial Statements, 1998
Box 1 Folder 5 Financial Statements, 1999
Box 1 Folder 6 Financial Statements, 2001
Box 1 Folder 7 Financial Statements, 2002
Box 1 Folder 8 Financial Statements, 2003
Box 1 Folder 9 Financial Statements, 2004
Box 1 Folder 10 Financial Statements, 2005
Box 1 Folder 11 Financial Statements, 2006
Box 1 Folder 12 Financial Statements, 2007
Box 1 Folder 13 Financial Statements, 2008
Box 1 Folder 14 Financial Statements, 2009
Box 1 Folder 15 Financial Statements, 2010
Box 1 Folder 16 Tax Exempt and Not for Profit Status, 1967-2005
Box 1 Folder 17 Tax Statements - IL Not for Profit Annual Reports, 1969-1987
Box 1 Folder 18 Tax Statements - IL Report of Charitable Trusts, 1969-1984
Box 1 Folder 19 Tax Statements - IL report of Charitable Trusts, 1991-2005
Box 1 Folder 20 Tax Statements - US, 1966-1978
Box 1 Folder 21 Tax Statements - US, 1996-2006

Series 6: Histories, 1963-2013

Extent:2 Boxes, 0.834 linear feet

Arrangement: Chronological

Conditions Governing Access: None

Scope and Content:

This series consists entirely of histories related to the Illinois Prairie Path specifically. The histories differ in scope and purpose, therefore, some are short and concise and others are longer and more in-depth. These histories usually relate the story of the construction of the Path and the creation of the motivated volunteer base that made it happen. In addition to histories written by May Watts, Sam and Liz Holmes, or Jean Mooring, these files also contain histories published in newsletters, newspapers, and brochures and histories shared within correspondence. The second box includes files which are related specifically to the Chicago Aurora and Elgin Railroad. The files include histories, newsclippings, and photographs. Located in these files is a comprehensive history of the railroad titled, “The Great Third Rail,” Bulletin 105 of the Central Electric Railfans' Association. This particular written history is referenced in the May Watt's filmstrip and several other times throughout the collection when referencing maps of portions of the railroad. Also in this set of files is a book that was going to be published about the history of the CAE Railroad, and the correspondence from one of the authors to the Prairie Path.


Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1 1963-1969
Box 1 Folder 2 1970-1979
Box 1 Folder 3 1980-1989
Box 1 Folder 4 1990-1999
Box 1 Folder 5 2000-2009
Box 1 Folder 6 50th Anniversary, 2013

Box 2 (Chicago, Aurora, and Elgin Railroad)

Box 2 Folder 1 'The Great Third Rail', 1961
Box 2 Folder 2 Historical Materials, 1964-1977
Box 2 Folder 3 Historical Materials, 1979-2013, n.d.
Box 2 Folder 4 Newsclippings, 1966-1996
Box 2 Folder 5 Peter Weller (co-author) Research The Living Legacy of Chicago, Aurora and Elgin, 1992-2002
Box 2 Folder 6 Historical Photographs, n.d.

Series 7: Legal, 1960-2013

Extent: 2 Boxes, 0.834 linear feet

Arrangement: Alphabetical

Conditions Governing Access:Box 2 is restricted to access by a member of the Board of Directors or their designee.

Scope and Content:

This series contains various files related to the legal standing and business of the Illinois Prairie Path. These include the articles of incorporation and by-laws, both original and revised. Copyright Requests Received and Granted, Deeds of Gift Regarding the IPP Records, and Logo and Trademark Registrations and Requests are also included. Land Acquisition and permissions and challenges by private property owners, as well as legal agreements with Railroads regarding pedestrian crossing maintenance and liability are included.

The second box contains materials that are restircted access, due to privacy concerns.

Additional Records:

Leases and legal agreements signed with utility companies, the three counties (Kane, DuPage, Cook), or the various municipalities can be found in either "Cities & Government" or "Advocacy & Issues".


Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1 Articles of Incorporation, 1965, 1968, 1998
Box 1 Folder 2 Bulk Mail Permits, 1968-2003
Box 1 Folder 3 By-Laws, 1965-2001
Box 1 Folder 4 By-Laws - Amendments, 1968
Box 1 Folder 5 By-Laws - Amendments, 1980-1994, n.d.
Box 1 Folder 6 Copyright, 1969-2013
Box 1 Folder 7 IPP Archives - DuPage County Historical Museum, 1987-2014
Box 1 Folder 8 IPP Archives - North Central College, 2013-2015
Box 1 Folder 9 Land Acquisition - Permissions and Challenges, 1967-1992
Box 1 Folder 10 Land Acquisition - Permissions and Challenges - Geneva Branch, 1970-1987
Box 1 Folder 11 Land Acquisition - Permisions and Challenges - St. James Farm, 1969-1982, 2000
Box 1 Folder 12 Logo - Trademark, 1972-2012
Box 1 Folder 13 Logo - Trademark - Requests/Permission/Denials, 1975-1998
Box 1 Folder 14 Mission Statement, 1991-2002
Box 1 Folder 15 Policies, 1997
Box 1 Folder 16 Railroads - Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railway, 1971-1972
Box 1 Folder 17 Railroads - Chicago and Northwestern Railroad - Pedestrian Crossing Agreement, 1970-1973
Box 1 Folder 18 Railroads - Elgin, Joliet, and Eastern Railway - Pedestrian Crossing Agreement, 1970-1987
Box 1 Folder 19 Railroads - Illinois Central Railroad - Pedestrian Crossing Agreement, 1970, 1990
Box 1 Folder 20 Railroads - Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad, 1981-1982
Box 1 Folder 21 Taxpayer-Employer ID Number, 1996-2001, nd

Box 2 : RESTRICTED


Series 8: Membership Files, 1996-1984

Extent: 1 Box, 0.42 linear feet

Arrangement: Chronological

Conditions Governing Access: Only the first file is open to researchers, the others are restricted to access by a member of the Board of Directors or their designee

Scope and Content:

The first file in this series includes the membership committee chair responsibilities and discussions of the same

The remaining files in this series contain names of individual members of the IPP and have been deemed private information which, therefore, means that these files are closed to research.


Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1 Committee Chair, 1966-1996
Box 1 Folder 2 Lists, 1964-1969 - RESTRICTED
Box 1 Folder 3 Lists, 1970-1976 - RESTRICTED
Box 1 Folder 4 Lists, 1982-1984, n.d. - RESTRICTED
Box 1 Folder 5 Lists - Kane County, 1969-ca.1972 - RESTRICTED

Series 9: Membership Mailings and Brochures, 1964-2013

Extent: 1 Box, 0.42 linear feet

Arrangement: Chronological

Conditions Governing Access: None

Scope and Content:

This series consists of the mailings that were sent out to members of the Illinois Prairie Path. One benefit of being a member is a new trail map of the IPP each time it is updated. These maps include mileage and amenities. Other items included in member mailings are flyers and letters about upcoming events or state and county regulations. Also included in this series are brochures which outline the rates and benefits of membership in the Illinois Prairie Path. The second file in this series is a sampling of correspondence received with membership dues.

Additional Records:

Another major benefit of membership is the regular newsletter of the IPP. These newsletters can be found in a separate series within this collection.


Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1 1964-1966
Box 1 Folder 2 1967-1969
Box 1 Folder 3 1970-1973
Box 1 Folder 4 1974-1979
Box 1 Folder 5 1980-1989
Box 1 Folder 6 1990-1999
Box 1 Folder 7 2001-2013, n.d.
Box 1 Folder 8 Membership and Donations, 1966-1993
Box 1 Folder 9 Request for Information, 1966-1997

Series 10: Newsletters, 1963-2014

Extent: 2 Boxes, 0.834 linear feet

Arrangement: Chronological

Conditions Governing Access: None

Scope and Content

From the time the idea of the Illinois Prairie Path was born, the volunteers have published and distributed newsletters. Beginning in 1963, the newsletters have been used as an incentive to recruit members to the volunteer organization. The newsletters were intended to update members about events and meetings, as well as keeping them informed on trail conditions and extensions.

The files consist of the newsletters, in chronological order by year and then by season: winter, spring, summer, and fall. Articles in the newsletters include information about events happening on the trail, animals and plants to see, new ideas and proposals, meetings, and projects. Almost always, a calendar of events included upcoming important meetings and events. All newsletters are available online on the Illinois Prairie Path website - www.ipp.org/newsletter/

Additional Records:

A series of photographs came with the newsletters and, due to differing storage needs, are maintained as a separate series "Media - Newsletter Photographs".


Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1 1963-1965, 1968
Box 1 Folder 2 1969-1970
Box 1 Folder 3 1971-1972
Box 1 Folder 4 1973-1974
Box 1 Folder 5 1975-1976
Box 1 Folder 6 1977-1978
Box 1 Folder 7 1979-1980
Box 1 Folder 8 1981-1982
Box 1 Folder 9 1983-1984
Box 1 Folder 10 1985-1986
Box 1 Folder 11 1987-1988
Box 1 Folder 12 1989-1990
Box 1 Folder 13 1991-1992
Box 1 Folder 14 1993-1994

Box 2

Box 2 Folder 1 1995-1996
Box 2 Folder 2 1997-1998
Box 2 Folder 3 1999-2000
Box 2 Folder 4 2001-2002
Box 2 Folder 5 2003-2004
Box 2 Folder 6 2005-2006
Box 2 Folder 7 2007-2008
Box 2 Folder 8 2009-2010
Box 2 Folder 9 2011-2014
Box 2 Folder 10 2015-
Box 2 Folder 11 Correspondence, 1996, n.d.

Series 11: Surveys, 1975-2004

Extent: 1 Box, 0.42 linear feet

Arrangement: Chronologically

Conditions Governing Access: None

Scope and Content:

This series consists of surveys which were conducted in order to see how often the path was being used. The details of the usage surveys revealed the age, gender, number of times the patron used the path, and what town they were from. They also recorded which users were actual members of the organization. The Board used the results for resource allocation, submission for state and federal grants, and other fundraising opportunities. These numbers also demonstrated the validity of the path to organizations and officials. Included in the collection are forms, results, and, in some cases, the raw data of each survey.

Additional Records:

Not included in this series are surveys that measure plant life; those are included in "Advocacy and Issues - Prairie". Also not included are animal surveys, also located in "Advocacy and Issues". Surveys of land ownership and physical conditions of the path are included in "Building Initial Support".


Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1 Usage Surveys, 1975-1979
Box 1 Folder 2 Usage Surveys, 1980
Box 1 Folder 3 Usage Surveys, 1981
Box 1 Folder 4 Usage Surveys, 1985
Box 1 Folder 5 Usage Surveys, 1996
Box 1 Folder 6 Usage Surveys, 1997
Box 1 Folder 7 Usage Surveys, 2004
Box 1 Folder 8 Usage Surveys - 2nd Annual Trail Appreciation Day, 1988
Box 1 Folder 9 Usage Surveys - Raw Data, 1980
Box 1 Folder 10 Usage Surveys - Raw Data, 1985
Box 1 Folder 11 Maintenance Surveys, 1986
Box 1 Folder 12 Non-IPP Sponsored Surveys, 1981-1989
Box 1 Folder 13 Rails to Trails Statewide Usage Surveys, 1989

Record Group 2: Building Initial Support: 1945-2003

Extent: 3 Boxes, 1.251 linear feet

Arrangement: Alphabetical

Conditions Governing Access: None

Scope and Content:

This series includes materials which set the stage for the creation of the Illinois Prairie Path. These files demonstrate the actions of dedicated volunteers, supportive companies, and government officials which resulted in the IPP construction. While the date span of this collection does not entirely reflect this idea, the files included in this series relate specifically to the individuals and companies involved with the earliest days of the Path.

The Correspondence between Founders, IPP Planning Committee file, and the files from the Open Lands Project reflect the crucial level of involvement and dedication of the original volunteers. Much of what is included in Correspondence and Planning files are notes and records of meetings with government and discussions of possible next steps. Gunnar Peterson and the support of the Open Lands Project through his service was critical to the success of the IPP. The Open Lands Project promoted and supported (financially and emotionally) the Path with Peterson playing a key role in facilitating its construction. The files labled as Gunnar Peterson were created and maintained by him while the other Open Lands files were compiled by the IPP volunteer. There may be overlap and duplicates within the two sets of files.

The files include permissions and support garnered from the former CA&E Railroad, Chicago and Northwestern Railway, Commonwealth Edison, Northern Illinois Gas, and local groups and individuals. Both utilities supported the idea of the IPP and paid for advertisements to run in local newspapers promoting use of the new walking path. Additionally, ComEd paid for various maps to be made and distributed. Local groups and individuals became Endorsers of the Path, providing proof of interest to government officials. The early newsletters and solicitations of support to interested parites are included in the Mailings files.

Other promotional materials included in this series regard the filmstrip. These files include correspondence with the DuKane Corporation about the creation of and their donation of the equipment for the filmstrip. Volunteers (especially Jane Sindt) introduced the idea of the Path to thousands of individuals through presentations to local school and church groups, public libraries, serives organizations, private companies and organizations, and government officials as demonstrated by the scheduling cards and correspondence found in the Viewings file.

Much of the US, National Trails Survey, and Using Right of Ways for Recreation files provide support for the concept of reusing abandoned rail lines for a multi-purpose walking path. Locally, the Property Title Searches were a crucial step in the acquisition of the land for public right of way use. The Appalachian Trail file contains a reprint of the original legislation creating the Trail plus correspondence regarding the IPP's intentions and progress.

The Physical Survey and Original Field Inspection Notes provide in great detail the condition and needs of the Path in its original state. A system of Maintainers was created to try to manage such a vast amount of land with a relatively small group of volunteers. Maintainers included families, service organizations, and individuals who were assigned a stretch of the Path to keep clean and monitor and report back to the Board on. The original roster of Maintainers is included.

The files of DuPage County, Cook County and some cities include correspondence, news clippings, and resolutions to and from various governmental officials. Both support for and opposition to the Path can be found in these files. Additionally, one file includes alternative proposals by DuPage County and Wheaton for use of the abandoned railroad land.


Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1 Alternative Uses Proposed by DuPage County and Wheaton, 1964-1966
Box 1 Folder 2 Appalachian Trail, 1945-1985
Box 1 Folder 3 CA&E, 1964-1966
Box 1 Folder 4 Chicago and Northwestern Railway, 1967
Box 1 Folder 5 Cook County, 1964-1965
Box 1 Folder 6 ComEd, 1965-1968
Box 1 Folder 7 Correspondence between founders, 1963-1966
Box 1 Folder 8 DuPage County, 1964-1967
Box 1 Folder 9 Endorsers
Box 1 Folder 10 Endorsers - Correspondence, 1963-1965
Box 1 Folder 11 Elmhurst / Lombard / Glen Ellyn / Wheaton
Box 1 Folder 12 Filmstrip, 1964
Box 1 Folder 13 Filmstrip - Viewings, 1964-1966
Box 1 Folder 14 IPP Planning Committee, 1968-1969
Box 1 Folder 15 Land Acquisition-Property Title Searches, 1964-1965
Box 1 Folder 16 Mailings, 1963-1966

Box 2

Box 2 Folder 1 Maintainers - Correspondence, 1972-1988
Box 2 Folder 2 Maintainers - Early Lists, 1966-1969
Box 2 Folder 3 Maintainers - Guidelines, 1966-1975, nd
Box 2 Folder 4 Maintainers - Individual Assignments - Aurora Branch, 1969-1970
Box 2 Folder 5 Maintainers - Individual Assignments - Elgin Branch, 1969-1970
Box 2 Folder 6 Maintainers - Individual Assignments - Main Stem, 1969-1970
Box 2 Folder 7 Maintainers - Original Roster, 1969-1970
Box 2 Folder 8 Maintainers - Original Roster with edits, 1969-1973
Box 2 Folder 9 Maintainers - Progress Reports, 1967
Box 2 Folder 10 Original Field Inspection Notes, 1969
Box 2 Folder 11 NiGas, 1963-1966
Box 2 Folder 12 Open Lands Project, 1964-1966
Box 2 Folder 13 Open Lands Project - Gunnar Peterson Files, 1963-1964
Box 2 Folder 14 Open Lands Project - Gunnar Peterson Files, 1965-1966
Box 2 Folder 15 Open Lands Project - Gunnar Peterson Files, 1967-1969
Box 2 Folder 16 Open Lands Project - Gunnar Peterson Files, 1970-1976

Box 3

Box 3 Folder 1 Open Lands Project - Histories, 1976-2003
Box 3 Folder 2 Open Lands Project - Newsletters, 1961-1965
Box 3 Folder 3 Open Lands Project - Newsletters, 1966-1968
Box 3 Folder 4 Open Lands Project - Newsletters, 1969-1976
Box 3 Folder 5 Physical Surveys, 1966
Box 3 Folder 6 Physical Surveys - First Plant Survey by Ray Schulenberg, 1965
Box 3 Folder 7 Physical Survey from CA&E Maps, 1969, 1973
Box 3 Folder 8 U.S., 1964-1966
Box 3 Folder 9 National Trails Survey, 1965-1967
Box 3 Folder 10 Using Right of Ways for Recreation Background, 1964-1975

Record Group 3: Cities and Government

Extent: 4 Boxes, 1.668 linear feet

Arrangement: Alphabetical within each level of Government

Conditions Governing Access: None

Scope and Content:

This group of records consists of materials sent to, received from, or was about the cities, counties, state, or federal government. The materials relate to fairly general topics, and as such, did not seem appropriate to add the "Advocacy and Issues". The files include routine correspondence with governmental officials. Also included are newsclippings and non-IPP maps. Materials about retirement celebrations of individuals are included.

Additional Records:

Correspondence with city, county, state and federal authorities can also be found in "Advocacy and Issues".


Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1 Batavia, 1973-2001
Box 1 Folder 2 Elgin
Box 1 Folder 3 Elmhurst, 1967-1988
Box 1 Folder 4 Elmhurst - Newsclippings, 1967-1980
Box 1 Folder 5 Geneva Spur - Maps and Surveys, 1967-1998
Box 1 Folder 6 Glen Ellyn, 1964-1997
Box 1 Folder 7 Glen Ellyn - Newsclippings, 1971-1995
Box 1 Folder 8 Lombard, 1967-1979
Box 1 Folder 9 Lombard, 1980-1993
Box 1 Folder 10 Lombard, 1999-2004, nd

Box 2

Box 2 Folder 1 Villa Park, 1965-1982
Box 2 Folder 2 Villa Park, 1983-2007
Box 2 Folder 3 Villa Park - Newsclippings, 1968-1990
Box 2 Folder 4 Warrenville, 1964-2002
Box 2 Folder 5 Warrenville, Newsclippings, 1967-2001
Box 2 Folder 6 Wayne, 1966-1986
Box 2 Folder 7 Wheaton, 1967-1969
Box 2 Folder 8 Wheaton, 1970-1976
Box 2 Folder 9 Wheaton, 1977-1984

Box 3

Box 3 Folder 1 Wheaton, 1985-2005
Box 3 Folder 2 Wheaton - Newsclippings, 1967-1990
Box 3 Folder 3 Wheaton - Leases, 1966-1983
Box 3 Folder 4 West Chicago, 1970-2004
Box 3 Folder 5 Winfield, 1979, 1984, 2007
Box 3 Folder 6 Winfield - Newsclippings, 1981
Box 3 Folder 7 DuPage County, 1968-2004
Box 3 Folder 8 DuPage County - Forest Preserve District - Land Acquisition Master Plan, 1965
Box 3 Folder 9 DuPage County - Jack Knuepfer Recognition by IPP
Box 3 Folder 10 DuPage County - Newscipplings, 1967-1998

Box 4

Box 4 Folder 1 Kane County - Gunnar Anderson Recognition, 1973-1974
Box 4 Folder 2 Kane County - Maps and County Publications, 1969-1978
Box 4 Folder 3 Kane County - Phil Elfstrom Recognition by IPP
Box 4 Folder 4 State of Illinois, 1965-1993, nd
Box 4 Folder 5 State of Illinois - IL Environmental Council and Department of Conservation, 1969-1970, 1980-1990
Box 4 Folder 6 State of Illinois - IL Environmental Council and Department of Conservation - William Rutherford Resignation, 1970
Box 4 Folder 7 U.S., 1966-2008
Box 4 Folder 8 U.S. - Fermi Lab, 1967-2002

Record Group 4: Individuals

Extent: 4 Boxes, 1.668 linear feet

Arrangement: Alphabetical

Conditions Governing Access: One folder is restricted

Scope and Content:

These files contain information about the people who conceived of and then developed the Illinois Prairie Path into what it is today. These include founders and legacy volunteers who played key roles in significant milestones and development projects. These files contain biographies, newspaper clippings, correspondence, awards and photographs. Included within the biographies are documents created by Mary Jo Malach, IPPc Secretary, which highlight each individual's contributions to the Illinois Prairie Path.

Some of the materials in these files are duplicates of items which are found elsewhere within the IPP Archives.


Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1 Chandler, Marvin
Box 1 Folder 2 Doty, Carol
Box 1 Folder 3 Gibson, Lucy Ebisch
Box 1 Folder 4 Hamill, Joan
Box 1 Folder 5 Headen, Louise.
Box 1 Folder 6 Heddens, John
Box 1 Folder 7 Hodge, Phil
Box 1 Folder 8 Holmes, Elizabeth and Sam
Box 1 Folder 9 Holmes, Elizabeth
Box 1 Folder 10 Holmes, Elizabeth- Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 11 Hurley, Bernie
Box 1 Folder 12 Jablonsky, Joseph
Box 1 Folder 13 Johnson, George
Box 1 Folder 14 Keck, Warren
Box 1 Folder 15 Lasch, Lillian
Box 1 Folder 16 Lewis, Eugene
Box 1 Folder 17 Mooring, Jean and Paul-Biographies

Box 2

Box 2 Folder 1 Mooring, Jean and Paul-Honors and Advocacy
Box 2 Folder 2 Mooring, Jean and Paul-Media
Box 2 Folder 3 Mooring, Jean and Paul-Photographs
Box 2 Folder 4 Nemec, Bill and Betty
Box 2 Folder 5 Newitt, George
Box 2 Folder 6 Olson, Keith
Box 2 Folder 7 Peterson, Gunnar
Box 2 Folder 8 Pomerance, Eugene
Box 2 Folder 9 Ryerson. George and Phoebe
Box 2 Folder 10 Schmidt, Connie and Michael
Box 2 Folder 11 Sheaffer, Larry
Box 2 Folder 12 Sindt, Jane and August
Box 2 Folder 13 Terwedow, Susan

Box 3

Box 3 Folder 1 Turner, Helen
Box 3 Folder 2 Turner, Helen-Photographs
Box 3 Folder 3 Turner, Helen-Correspondence
Box 3 Folder 4 Turner, Helen-Journal
Box 3 Folder 5 Turner, Helen-Media
Box 3 Folder 6 Watts, May-Biography
Box 3 Folder 7 Watts, May-Correspondence
Box 3 Folder 8 Watts, May-Honors
Box 3 Folder 9 Watts, May-Journal
Box 3 Folder 10 Watts, May-Media

Box 4

Box 4 Folder 1 Watts, May-Poetry and Articles
Box 4 Folder 2 Watts, May-Photographs
Box 4 Folder 3 Westlake, Donald
Box 4 Folder 4 Wilson, Dick and Nancy
Box 4 Folder 5 Contact Information (RESTRICTED)

Record Group 5: Advocacy and Issues, 1964-

Extent: 20 Boxes, 8.34 linear feet

Arrangement: Alphabetical within series

Conditions Governing Access: None

Scope and Content:

The Advocacy and Issues series includes a broad range of topics involving the IPP. They are combined since the difference between advocating for or on behalf of a group or topic and seeking a resolution to a specific issue was hard to determine. As the records were processed, organic groupings became apparent (Alphabetical; Federal, State and Regional; Counties; Cities; Highways; and Bridges) and these are described in detail below.

Additional Records:

Additional Records that relate to these files include Record Group 1, Series 11: Surveys; Record Group 3: Cities & Government; and Record Group 2, Building Initial Support. The Surveys within the Administrative record group are user surveys rather than plant and/or animal surveys which are located here. The Cities & Government record group contains more general correspondence while anything related to specific issues are located here. The Building Initial Support record group contains records of the earliest years of the Illinois Prairie Path and includes some overlapping topics, including Northern Illinois Gass and Physical Surveys of the area.

Series 1: Alphabetical, 1964-2007

Extent: 4 Boxes, 1.668 linear feet

Scope and Content:

The files in this group did not fit within the other categories but were Advocacy and Issues, and thus, remain as a general topical subseries. Included in the Alphabetical subseries are files on Boy and Girl Scouts of America and correspondence and news clippings about their projects: The Red Caboose Trail, The Triangle Park, and The Charlotte Marous Trail. Correspondence, notes, and news clippings about an additional special use trail, the Raymond Watts Trail for the Blind, are also found here. Correspondence and publications from the Rails to Trails Conservancy are also found here. Connecting Trails files includes materials on the Great Western Trail and the Fox River Trail. As one of the earliest examples of reuse of an abandoned railway for public recreation, the input and guidance of the IPP was often sought by the supporters and proposers of other trails in both Illinois as well as other states. The Support for Other Trails files contain a sampling of this very voluminous correspondence, with substantive inquiries and ongoing correspondence always maintained.

Other issues which can be found in this series include correspondence about the Derailment of a Chicago & Northwestern train in downtown Glen Ellyn in 1976 and the subsequent repair efforts. Crime and Safety, as well as Vandalism on the trail, is a perennial issue and these files contain news clippings, correspondence, and police reports regarding incidents or perceived dangers. Parking and Encroachments also are ongoing issues and these files pertain to illegal parking and building on the path as well as the IPP advocating against further parking lot construction along the path. One file relates to a recurring proposal to build a monorail along the path. Accomodations for equestrian use of the path is a common theme, resulting in several folders with concerns from both the equestrians and other path users..

The protection and redevelopment of prairies along the path, as well as the surveys of both flora and fauna found along the path are included in this subseries. These files consist of survey forms and results and correspondence regarding prairie maintenance or destruction and restoration are included.

The campaign to have the Illinois Prairie Path recognized as the official name produced a larger amount of material than the other topics in these files. When DuPage County purchased the abandoned railway, this path was known as the DuPage Parkway and placed within the DuPage Highways Department. After decades of concern about the incorrect but official name, the IPP launched a campaign which ultimately resulted in a resolution by the County Board to recognize Illinois Prairie Path as the official name.

Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1 Bell Labs Road, 1982-1983
Box 1 Folder 2 Bicycle Organizations, 1967-1975
Box 1 Folder 3 Boy Scouts, 1964-2008
Box 1 Folder 4 Boy Scouts - Red Caboose Trail, 1967, n.d.
Box 1 Folder 5 Burlington Northern Railroad, 1982
Box 1 Folder 6 Chicago and Northwestern Derailment, 1976-1977, 2006
Box 1 Folder 7 Connecting Trails - Fox River Trail, n.d.
Box 1 Folder 8 Connecting Trails - Great Western Trail, 1988-2001, n.d.
Box 1 Folder 9 Salt Creek Greenway, 1992-1994
Box 1 Folder 10 Crime and Safety, 1967-1988
Box 1 Folder 11 Crime and Safety, 1989-2009
Box 1 Folder 12 County Lakes Development, 1972
Box 1 Folder 13 Equestrian, 1966-2000
Box 1 Folder 14 Equestrian - Asphalt at Wayne, 1990

Box 2

Box 2 Folder 1 Girl Scouts, 1964, 1967-1992
Box 2 Folder 2 Girl Scouts - Charlotte Marous Trail (built by Troop 488), 1973-1974
Box 2 Folder 3 Girl Scouts - Triangle Park, 1969
Box 2 Folder 4 IL State Purchase of IPP Support, 1970-1971
Box 2 Folder 5 IPP as Official Name Campaign - Correspondence with County, 1984-1991
Box 2 Folder 6 IPP as Official Name Campaign - Letters of Support, 1986-1988
Box 2 Folder 7 IPP as Official Name Campaign - Newsclippings, 1986-1988
Box 2 Folder 8 IPP as Official Name Campaign - Proof of Name Examples, 1969-1987
Box 2 Folder 9 Interstate Commerce Commission - Rule for Rail Abandonment as use for Right-Of-Way as Trails, 1978-1986
Box 2 Folder 10 Legislation - Land Acquisition by Forest Preserve, 1991
Box 2 Folder 11 Monorail, 1969, 1970, 1985, 1990
Box 2 Folder 12 No Vehicles, 1971, 1976, n.d.
Box 2 Folder 13 Parking, 1972-1992
Box 2 Folder 14 Parking - Elmhurst, 1972-1985
Box 2 Folder 15 Parking - Glen Ellyn, 1978-1985, 1992

Box 3

Box 3 Folder 1 Parking Encroachments - Villa Park (Ovaltine and Others), 1973-1978
Box 3 Folder 2 Prairies - Elmhurst, 1970-1977
Box 3 Folder 3 Prairies - Elmhurst - The Great Western Prairie, 1990-2014, n.d.
Box 3 Folder 4 Prairies - The West Chicago Prairie - Newsletter, 1996-2007
Box 3 Folder 5 Prairies - Media, 1970-2003
Box 3 Folder 6 Prairies, 1974-2007
Box 3 Folder 7 Prairies - Encroachments, 1983-2000
Box 3 Folder 8 Prairies - Prairie Planning, 1970-1999, n.d.
Box 3 Folder 9 Prairies - Surveys - Plan and Animal, 1967-1998, n.d.
Box 3 Folder 10 Raymond Watts Memorial Trail for the Blind, 1973-1976
Box 3 Folder 11 Regional Transit Authority, 1969, 1974
Box 3 Folder 12 Railbanking, 1990-1996

Box 4

Box 4 Folder 1 Rails to Trails Conservancy, 1985-1988
Box 4 Folder 2 Rails to Trails Conservancy - Illinois Chapter, 1987-1999
Box 4 Folder 3 Rails to Trails Conservancy - Publications, 1988-2013
Box 4 Folder 4 Rails to Trails Conservancy - Publications - Legal Guides, 1986
Box 4 Folder 5 Support for Other Issues, 1971-2002
Box 4 Folder 6 Support for Other Trails - Illinois and Michigan Canal, 1970-1986
Box 4 Folder 7 Support for Other Trails - Illinois, 1974-1994
Box 4 Folder 8 Support for Other Trails - U.S., 1966-1993
Box 4 Folder 9 Vandalism

Series 2: Federal, State & Regional, 1968-1996

Extent: 3 Boxes, 1.251 linear feet

Scope and Content:

One specific topic makes up the bulk of the Federal portion of this series. The National Trail Designation was an important recognition from the United States Department of the Interior first achieved by the IPP in 1971. The files include the IPP's application for this status, data collection and correspondence in support of this, and correspondence and news clippings about the designation.

The State and Regional Planning Trail Planning files pertain to open space and trail plans throughout the State of Illinois as well as the Northeastern Illinois region. The Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission files pertain to open space planning for the entire region and contain correspondence, publications, press releases, and reports to this effort. Correspondence and proposals about various other state and regional trail plans, such as State Bikeway Plan and Illinois State Trail Plan are included here as well.

Box 5

Box 5 Folder 1 Federal Bikeway Demonstration Programs Application, 1975-1976
Box 5 Folder 2 National Trails Council (Sponsor of post-1971 Symposium), 1971-1986
Box 5 Folder 3 National Recreation Trail - Application for IPP Designation, 1969
Box 5 Folder 4 National Recreation Trail - IPP Designation - Correspondence, 1968-1982, 1987
Box 5 Folder 5 National Recreation Trail - IPP Designation - Correspondence - Public Support, 1970
Box 5 Folder 6 National Recreation Trail - IPP Designation - Data Collection, 1968-1970
Box 5 Folder 7 National Recreation Trail - IPP Designation - Newsclippings, 1970-1971
Box 5 Folder 8 National Recreation Trail - Public Law, 1965-1968
Box 5 Folder 9 National Recreation Trail Publications, 1970-1975

Box 6

Box 6 Folder 1 National Recreation Trail - Publications, 1981-1984
Box 6 Folder 2 National Recreation Trail - National Symposium on Trails, 1971
Box 6 Folder 3 State and Regional Trail Planning - Northeastern ILL Planning Commission, 1969-1974
Box 6 Folder 4 State and Regional Trail Planning - Northeastern IL Planning Commission, 1980-1990
Box 6 Folder 5 State and Regional Trail Planning - Northeastern IL Planning Commission, 1992-1996
Box 6 Folder 6 State and Regional Trail Planning - Northeastern IL Planning Commission - Regional Bikeways Workshop and Proposal, 1974-1975

Box 7

Box 7 Folder 1 State and Rebional Trail Planning - IL State Outdoor Recreation Plan, 1978
Box 7 Folder 2 State and Regional Trail Planning - IL State Trails Plan (IL Dept. of Conservation), 1994-1995
Box 7 Folder 3 State and Regional Trail Planning - IL Trail (National Park Service), 1985
Box 7 Folder 4 State and Regional Trail Planning - IL Prairie Trail Authority, 1986-1994
Box 7 Folder 5 State and Regional Trail Planning - Report 'Open Lands in Urban Illinois', 1971
Box 7 Folder 6 State and Regional Trail Planing - Trail Guides, 1979-2002
Box 7 Folder 7 State and Regional Trail Planning - State Bikeway Program - ILSB83/HB1270, 1973-1974, 1988

Series 3: Counties, 1964-2010

Extent: 4 Boxes, 1.668 linear feet

Scope and Content

The third series is Counties, specifically the three counties involving the IPP: DuPage, Kane, and Cook. These files vary in complexity and substance based on the differing relationships the IPP had in each. For Kane County, the records are largely a chronological file containing correspondence, notes, maps, resolutions, and news clippings about the IPP in Kane County. It is unknown whether this smaller amount of material is due to stronger support for the Path in Kane County or if the records were not kept. The Cook County files are also a largely chronological file containing the same types of materials. The Cook County portion was purchased in 1979 but took years of continued advocacy by IPP to finally get the trail fully developed as the files indicate.

The DuPage County files are similar to subject files. This may reflect the increased responsibility of the IPP Board, and Paul and Jean Mooring, in DuPage County. While DuPage had purchased the land, the IPP was largely responsible for the construction and maintenance of the path through DuPage County, and the files of leases included in this group outline their agreements. Policy statements and correspondence are included regarding liability insurance held by the IPP and the insurance crisis in 1986 when premiums exceeded what the IPP could manage, which resulted in the takeover of the Path by DuPage County. Maintenance and Encroachment policies, concerns, and requests on the DuPage section of the IPP are also included.

Box 8

Box 8 Folder 1 Cook County Extension, 1967-1972
Box 8 Folder 2 Cook County Extension, 1973-1978
Box 8 Folder 3 Cook County Extension, 1979-1984
Box 8 Folder 4 Cook County Extension, 1985-2010
Box 8 Folder 5 Cook County Extension - Lease Agreement Drafts, 1975-1986, n.d.
Box 8 Folder 6 Cook County Extension - Newsclippings, 1967-1988
Box 8 Folder 7 Cook County Extension - Phil Hodge Binder, 1982

Box 9

Box 9 Folder 1 DuPage County - Bikeway Plan, 1982-2003
Box 9 Folder 2 DuPage County - Conservation Foundation, 1993-1999
Box 9 Folder 3 DuPage County - Conservation Foundation - DuPage Watershed, 1996-1999
Box 9 Folder 4 DuPage County - Airport, 1974, 1986-1987, 1990
Box 9 Folder 5 DuPage County - Encroachment Policy, 1999-2005
Box 9 Folder 6 DuPage County - Environmental Policy, 1993-2005
Box 9 Folder 7 DuPage County - Lease Agreements, 1966-1979

Box 10

Box 10 Folder 1 DuPage County - Lease Agreements, 1980-1985
Box 10 Folder 2 DuPage County - Lease Agreements, 1986-1987
Box 10 Folder 3 DuPage County - Lease Agreements, 2005-2011
Box 10 Folder 4 DuPage County - Lease Agreements - Newsclippings, 1970-1985
Box 10 Folder 5 DuPage County - Liability Insurance, 1967-1984
Box 10 Folder 6 DuPage County - Liability Insurance, 1985
Box 10 Folder 7 DuPage County - Liability Insurance - Crisis, 1986-1989
Box 10 Folder 8 DuPage County - Liability Insurance - Newsclippings, 1976, 1983, 1985-1986
Box 10 Folder 9 DuPage County - Maintenance, 1970-1989
Box 10 Folder 10 DuPage County - Maintenance, 1990-2008
Box 10 Folder 11 DuPage County - Open Space Planning, 1973-2006

Box 11

Box 11 Folder 1 DuPage County - Trail Planning, 1974-2008
Box 11 Folder 2 DuPage County - Vegetation Management Project, 2002
Box 11 Folder 3 DuPage County - Zoning, 1974-1991
Box 11 Folder 4 Kane County - 1964-1969
Box 11 Folder 5 Kane County - 1970-1974
Box 11 Folder 6 Kane County - 1975-1988
Box 11 Folder 7 Kane County - Newsclippings, 1967-1993
Box 11 Folder 8 Kane County - Open Lands/Wildlife Surveys

Series 4: Cities, 1966-2014

Extent: 1 Box, 0.42 linear feet

Scope and Content:

The fourth series focuses on the cities and villages through which the IPP travels. The bulk of the material relates to the Wheaton Friends of the Prairie Path group. This group promoted, raised funds for, and supported the construction and preservation of the IPP through Wheaton. The files contain minutes, mailings, correspondence, and news clippings. Additional files relating to Wheaton include protest of McDonald's parking too close to the Path, protection and development of the Lincoln Marsh natural area, and access along the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad line. The files pertain to specific issues with other towns, such as removing billboards at Route 83 in Villa Park, reuse of the Poplar Avenue station in Elmhurst, Native American burial mounds in Winfield, and an anti-litter ordinance in Glen Ellyn. In each file, relevant correspondence, news clippings, flyers, and newsletter articles can be found.

Box 12

Box 12 Folder 1 Elmhurst - Kennedy Construction Company, 1967-1968
Box 12 Folder 2 Elmhurst - Poplar Ave. Station, 1966-1968
Box 12 Folder 3 Glen Ellyn - Anti-Litter Ordinance, 1986
Box 12 Folder 4 Glen Ellyn - Special 8 Acres, 1998-2004
Box 12 Folder 5 Villa Park - Billboards at Route 83, 1970-1976
Box 12 Folder 6 Wheaton - Chicago & Northwestern RR Access, 1970, 1985-1986
Box 12 Folder 7 Wheaton - Lincoln Marsh / Goose Island, 1971-1992
Box 12 Folder 8 Wheaton - McDonalds, 1976-1981
Box 12 Folder 9 Wheaton Friends of the Prairie Path - Correspondence with IPP City and County Officials, 1963-1973
Box 12 Folder 10 Wheaton Friends of the Prairie Path - Mailings and Minutes, 1969-1972, n.d.
Box 12 Folder 11 Wheaton Friends of the Prairie Path - News clippings, 1970-1973, n.d.
Box 12 Folder 12 Wheaton Friends of the Prairie Path - Planning and Receipts, 1970
Box 12 Folder 13 Winfield Mounds, 1995-2001

Series 5: Utilities, 1968-2003

The utility companies own the railroad right of way in perpetuity and, as such, are involved in many matters relating to the IPP. While files do exist for Northern Illinois Gas and Illinois Bell, the bulk of the files relate to Commonwealth Edison. This relationship has existed from the earliest days of the Path, with ComEd creating advertising to support the Path. The files reflect the changing nature of that relationship over the years. Legal agreements, correspondence, reports, news clippings, and advertisements are included. Specific issues regarding installation of high tension electric lines along portions of the Path and the vegetation management policies are also found here.

Also included in this series are files on the DuPage Lake Michigan Water Pipeline. These files contain correspondence, news clippings, maps, and agreements regarding the DuPage County Water Commission using the IPP right of way in portions to build the pipeline bringing water from Lake Michigan to DuPage County, specifically under the Cook County section of the IPP.

Box 13

Box 13 Folder 1 Lake Michigan Pipeline/DuPage Water - Correspondence and Resolutions, 1971
Box 13 Folder 2 Lake Michigan Pipeline / DuPage Water - Correspondence and Resolutions, 1981-1992
Box 13 Folder 3 Lake Michigan Pipeline / DuPage Water - Newsclippings, 1970-1988
Box 13 Folder 4 Lake Michigan Pipeline / DuPage Water - Publications, 1979-1982
Box 13 Folder 5 Utilities - ComEd - Agreement and Insurance, 1978-1985
Box 13 Folder 6 Utilities - ComEd - Advertisements, 1971-1974

Box 14

Box 14 Folder 1 Utilities - ComEd - Citizens for a Better Environment, 1972-1972, n.d.
Box 14 Folder 2 Utilities - ComEd - Correspondence, 1968-1969
Box 14 Folder 3 Utilities - ComEd - Correspondence, 1970-1976
Box 14 Folder 4 Utilities - ComEd - Correspondence, 1981-1988
Box 14 Folder 5 Utilities - ComEd - Correspondence, 1990-1999
Box 14 Folder 6 Utilities - ComEd - High Tension Lines, Newsclippings, 1993-1997
Box 14 Folder 7 Utilities - ComEd - High Tension Lines, Newsclippings, 1993-1997
Box 14 Folder 8 Utilities - ComEd - Newsclippings, 1970-2002, n.d.
Box 14 Folder 9 Utilities - ComEd - Vegetation Management Project, 2002-2003
Box 14 Folder 10 Utilities - IL Bell, 1969-1976
Box 14 Folder 11 Utilities - Multiple Utility Cooperation, 1969-1971
Box 14 Folder 12 Utilities - NiGas - Correspondence, 1968-1990
Box 14 Folder 13 Utilities - NiGas - Newsclippings, 1966-1968, n.d.

Series 6: Highways, 1965-2008

Extent: 1.5 Boxes, 0.6255 linear feet

Scope and Content:

The Illinois Prairie Path was directly affected by expansions and changes to local highways. The largest of these was the construction of I-355 (Federal Aid Project 431). Working with many local conservation groups, the IPP supported campaigns protesting the project and then mitigating the impact on local environmental areas. Other projects include concerns regarding path user safety with the expansion of Butterfield Road (Route 56) and Route 59 and Eola Road. One project that did not progress was a proposed Fox Valley Freeway. Several files pertain to Federal Aid Project 61, an expansion of Route 53. It is unclear from the files if this project proceeded. The files contain correspondence with city, county, state, and federal agencies, original proposals and hearing notifications, statements prepared for the hearings, petitions, action packets and promotional pieces, and notes.

Box 15

Box 15 Folder 1 Highways - Eola Road Extension/Pratt's Wayne Woods, 1999-2000
Box 15 Folder 2 Highways - FA61 - IPP Notes and Mailings, 1965-1969
Box 15 Folder 3 Highways - FA61 - Letters from Politicians, 1968
Box 15 Folder 4 Highways - FA61 - Letters to Illinois Officials, 1969-1972
Box 15 Folder 5 Highways - FA61 - Letters to US Officials, 1968-1969
Box 15 Folder 6 Highways - FA61 - Letters Written by IPP Supporters, 1968-1969
Box 15 Folder 7 Highways - FA61 - Newsclippings - 1967-1972
Box 15 Folder 8 Highways - Fox Valley Freeway, 1969-1971
Box 15 Folder 9 Highways - Fox Valley Freeway, 1973-1975, 1992
Box 15 Folder 10 Highways - I355/FAP 431, 1975-1984
Box 15 Folder 11 Highways - I355/FAP 431, 1984-1985
Box 15 Folder 12 Highways - I355/FAP 431, 1986-1988
Box 15 Folder 13 Highways - Route 56/FAP 131 (Butterfield Rd.), 1980-1988, 2008

Box 16

Box 16 Folder 1 Highways - Route 59/FAP 77, 1981-1984
Box 16 Folder 2 Highways - Route 64/FAP 17, 1981-1984
Box 16 Folder 3 Highways - Route 64/FAP 17, 1984-1985

Series 7: Bridges, 1967-2009

Extent: 1.5 Boxes, 0.6255 linear feet

Scope and Content:

Included in this series are materials on construction of bridges over Filey Road, I-290/I-294/Electric Avenue, and Route 59 affording path users a more direct way to cross these busy roads. The files include correspondence, news clippings, statements prepared by the IPP for hearings, and reports and proposals by the government departments constructing the bridge. Bridges over the East Branch and West Branch of the DuPage River are also documented in these files. The same types of materials are included in these files, although at least some of these bridges were constructed by the IPP volunteers themselves, so there are fewer reports and hearings involved. The East Branch bridge in particular was replaced repeatedly due to floods and vandalism.

Several files pertain to the Taylor Avenue Bridge in Glen Ellyn. Earlier material demonstrates an interest in a bridge, but a near accident in 1997 led to a strong push by volunteers and local residents to raise funds and construct a bridge over Taylor Avenue in Glen Ellyn. These files contain meeting agendas and minutes, fundraising flyers, lists of donors to the project, and correspondence with village and county officials.

Box 16 (cont.)

Box 16 Folder 3 Highways - Route 64/FAP 17, 1984-1985
Box 16 Folder 4 Bridges, n.d.
Box 16 Folder 5 Bridges - East Branch of the DuPage River (between Glen Ellyn and Lombard), 1967-1969
Box 16 Folder 6 Bridges - East Branch of the DuPage River (between Glen Ellyn and Lombard), 1972-1978, 2002, 2009
Box 16 Folder 7 Bridges - Finley Road (Lombard), 1967-1977
Box 16 Folder 8 Bridges - IDOT Bridge Inspection Manual, 1980

Box 17

Box 17 Folder 1 Bridges - I290-I294-Electric Avenue Overpass (Berkeley), 1984-1986
Box 17 Folder 2 Bridges - Route 59, 1991-1993
Box 17 Folder 3 Bridges - West Branch of the DuPage River (Warrenville), 1974-1977
Box 17 Folder 4 Bridges - West Branch of the DuPage River - Funding (ILHB3403), 1975-1976
Box 17 Folder 5 Bridges - Route 83 (Elmhurst), 1980-1987
Box 17 Folder 6 Bridges - Taylor Avenue (Glen Ellyn), 1984-1987
Box 17 Folder 7 Bridges - Taylor Avenue (Glen Ellyn), 1997-2001
Box 17 Folder 8 Bridges - Taylor Avenue (Glen Ellyn) - Fundraisers and Financial, 1998-2001

Series 8: Volunteer Bridge, 1972-1986

Extent: 3 Boxes, 1.251 linear feet

Scope and Content:

Scope and Content Note: The Volunteer Bridge was built in 1983 to span busy railroad crossings west of downtown Wheaton. Of all of the projects taken on by the IPP volunteers, this was the largest and most complex. The IPP volunteers did all of the fundraising, planning, and construction of this bridge after all authorities declined to facilitate or fund the project. As a result, it became known by its fundraising campaign title, "Let's Build The Bridge." The files included in this series are from two compilers, Phil Hodge and the IPP itself. Phil Hodge was the engineer of the bridge and served as the vice president of the IPP. His files were removed from the original binders, but otherwise were kept intact exactly as he had them arranged. The IPP files were organized into similar categories for consistency and ease of research.

Hodge's files include ideas for raising funds, notes on who to approach for funding, and whether they contributed. They also include proposals, brochures, estimates, designs, sketches, supply orders, media, and labor. His files also include a printout of names of volunteers who worked on the project and the amount of hours they contributed. The IPP files include agreements and correspondence with Wheaton, DAVEA welding class certificates and information, and a history of the bridge.

Box 18

Box 18 Folder 1 "Let's Build the Bridge" - Phil Hodge Binders - B1 - 1 - Donations and Hardware
Box 18 Folder 2 "Let's Build the Bridge" - Phil Hodge Binders - B1 - 2 - Fence
Box 18 Folder 3 "Let's Build the Bridge" - Phil Hodge Binders - B1 - 3 - Paint/Brochure/C+NW
Box 18 Folder 4 "Let's Build the Bridge" - Phil Hodge Binders - B1 - 4 - Tools and Supplies
Box 18 Folder 5 "Let's Build the Bridge" - Phil Hodge Binders - B1 - 5 - Money and Labor
Box 18 Folder 6 "Let's Build the Bridge" - Phil Hodge Binders - B2 - 1 - Permission/Committee
Box 18 Folder 7 "Let's Build the Bridge" - Phil Hodge Binders - B2 - 2 - Estimate/Proposal
Box 18 Folder 8 "Let's Build the Bridge" - Phil Hodge Binders - B2 - 3 - Media
Box 18 Folder 9 "Let's Build the Bridge" - Phil Hodge Binders - B2 - 4 - Sketches
Box 18 Folder 10 "Let's Build the Bridge" - Phil Hodge Binders - B2 - 5 - Literature

Box 19

Box 19 Folder 1 "Let's Build the Bridge" - Agreements
Box 19 Folder 2 "Let's Build the Bridge" - Bridge Naming, 1983
Box 19 Folder 3 "Let's Build the Bridge" - Brochures
Box 19 Folder 4 "Let's Build the Bridge" - Correspondence
Box 19 Folder 5 "Let's Build the Bridge" - Correspondence - Chicago and Northwestern
Box 19 Folder 6 "Let's Build The Bridge" - Correspondence - Wheaton, 1982-1985, 1987
Box 19 Folder 7 "Let's Build the Bridge" - Costs and Fundraising
Box 19 Folder 8 "Let's Build the Bridge" - DAVEA Welder - Fall, 1983
Box 19 Folder 9 "Let's Build the Bridge" - DAVEA Welder - Spring, 1983
Box 19 Folder 10 "Let's Build the Bridge" - DAVEA Welder Certification - Fall, 1983
Box 19 Folder 11 "Let's Build the Bridge" - History
Box 19 Folder 12 "Let's Build the Bridge" - Newsclippings, 1972, 1974, 1980-1986, n.d.

Box 20

Box 20 Folder 1 "Let's Build the Bridge" - Phil Hodge Scrapbook
Box 20 Folder 2 "Let's Build the Bridge" - Proposals
Box 20 Folder 3 "Let's Build the Bridge" - Sketches
Box 20 Folder 4 "Let's Build the Bridge" - UIC Student Report, 1981
Box 20 Folder 5 "Let's Build the Bridge" - Volunteers

Record Group 6: Media

Extent:

9 Boxes, 3.74 linear feet

Scope and Content Note:

This record group contains photographs collected and produced by the Illinois Prairie Path in the course of its activities, as well as photographs used in IPP newsletters, clippings of articles about the Path and correspondence related to those articles. More detail about the contents of each series can be found in their respective scope and content notes.

Series 1: vPhotographs - by Subject

Extent: 3 Boxes, 1.251 linear feet

Arrangement: Alphabetical by Subject

Conditions Governing Access: None

Scope and Content:

The files are photographs of all aspects of the Illinois Prairie Path. They were not in any coherent order, so the photos were arranged similarly to the slides so there would be consistency. Subjects were designed to increase usability. If there was indication of information about the picture, it was written on the back. Additional slides were found in the box with the pictures, which were taken out and placed with the rest of the photographs. Additionally, negatives were found in the box which we organized and placed at the back of the series.


Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1 Amenities
Box 1 Folder 2 Awards
Box 1 Folder 3 Bridges
Box 1 Folder 4 Bridges- Saga of A Bridge
Box 1 Folder 5 Bridges- Volunteer Bridge (Folder 1 of 2)
Box 1 Folder 6 Bridges - Volunteer Bridge (Folder 2 of 2)
Box 1 Folder 7 Bridges - Volunteer Bridge (Phil Hodge Binder)
Box 1 Folder 8 Buildings
Box 1 Folder 9 Com Ed Advertisement
Box 1 Folder 10 General

Box 2

Box 2 Folder 1 Governor's Bike Ride
Box 2 Folder 2 Grand Openings
Box 2 Folder 3 1st Great Western Trail Clean-Up
Box 2 Folder 4 Inspection for National Trails Designation
Box 2 Folder 5 Meetings
Box 2 Folder 6 Tours (1 of 2)
Box 2 Folder 7 Tours (2 of 2)
Box 2 Folder 8 Exhibits
Box 2 Folder 9 Federal Bikeway Demonstration Plan Application
Box 2 Folder 10 Flora (1 of 2)
Box 2 Folder 11 Flora (2 of 2)
Box 2 Folder 12 Founders
Box 2 Folder 13 Identified Groups

Box 3

Box 3 Folder 1 Maintenance and Issues
Box 3 Folder 2 Maintenance and Issues - Spring Clean-Ups
Box 3 Folder 3 Maintenance and Issues - Surfacing
Box 3 Folder 4 Maintenance and Issues - Villa Park
Box 3 Folder 5 Prior to IPP
Box 3 Folder 6 Prior to IPP - From Ken Moss/CA&E
Box 3 Folder 7 Trails (1 of 2)
Box 3 Folder 8 Trails (2 of 2)
Box 3 Folder 9 Trails - Charlotte Marous Girl Scout Trail
Box 3 Folder 10 Trails - Raymond Watts Memorial Trail for the Blind
Box 3 Folder 11 Trail Users
Box 3 Folder 12 Negatives

Series 2: Newsletter Photographs, 1965-1996, 2000-2001

Extent: 2 Boxes, 0.834 linear feet

Arrangement: Chronological

Conditions Governing Access: None

Scope and Content:

From the time the idea of the Illinois Prairie Path was born, the volunteers have published and distributed newsletters. Beginning in 1963, the newsletters have been used as an incentive to recruit members to the volunteer organization. The newsletters were intended to update members about events and meetings, as well as keeping them informed on trail conditions and extensions.

This series consists entirely of photographs considered for publication in the newsletters. The photographs arrived in envelopes labeled with the newsletter issue in which they were used. The envelopes also indicated that only some of the photographs were actually included in the newsletter, as often many more photos of an event were taken than could be used. Many of the photographs are labeled with specific details of the event and names of the individuals. Photographs in the files include: Governor's Bike Ride, Earth Day Clean-ups, Brownie and Cub Scout Troops Clean-ups, Construction of extensions, volunteer built bridge, parks and playgrounds. It also appears that many of the photographs were reprints from original slides taken by Jean Mooring, although no cross reference to the specific slides is available.

Additional Records:

The "Media-Photographs" is a subject arranged series which may contain some duplicates of images used in the newsletters. Additional images can be found in The Paul and Jean Mooring Slide Collection.


Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1 1965-1966
Box 1 Folder 2 1983-1984
Box 1 Folder 3 1985
Box 1 Folder 4 1986
Box 1 Folder 5 1987
Box 1 Folder 6 1988
Box 1 Folder 7 1989
Box 1 Folder 8 1990
Box 1 Folder 9 1991
Box 1 Folder 10 1992

Box 2

Box 2 Folder 1 1993
Box 2 Folder 2 1994
Box 2 Folder 3 1995
Box 2 Folder 4 1996
Box 2 Folder 5 2000-2001

Series 3: Publicity, 1963-2009, undated

Extent: 4 Boxes, 1.668 linear feet

Arrangement: Chronological

Conditions Governing Access: None

Scope and Content:

These files consist of newspaper clippings and any correspondence that related to the articles. The news clippings are all written by different authors and are from many different newspapers and magazines. Some of the correspondence is from individuals requesting more information about the Prairie Path after reading about it in one of the articles. This demonstrates how the IPP was publicized in cities around the state and country, as many of the correspondents were from out of state.

This series also includes columns and news releases written by Louise Headen, the former publicity chair. Her column, titled Along the Path , highlighted upcoming events and happenings on the path. This series includes original versions of the column and news releases as well as published versions of the column.


Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1 Clippings and Correspondence, 1963-1964
Box 1 Folder 2 Clippings and Correspondence, 1965
Box 1 Folder 3 Clippings and Correspondence, 1966
Box 1 Folder 4 Clippings and Correspondence, 1967
Box 1 Folder 5 Clippings and Correspondence, 1968
Box 1 Folder 6 Clippings and Correspondence, 1969
Box 1 Folder 7 Clippings and Correspondence, 1970

Box 2

Box 2 Folder 1 Clippings and Correspondence, 1971
Box 2 Folder 2 Clippings and Correspondence, 1972
Box 2 Folder 3 Clippings and Correspondence, 1973
Box 2 Folder 4 Clippings and Correspondence, 1974
Box 2 Folder 5 Clippings and Correspondence, 1975
Box 2 Folder 6 Clippings and Correspondence, 1976

Box 3

Box 3 Folder 1 Clippings and Correspondence, 1977
Box 3 Folder 2 Clippings and Correspondence, 1978
Box 3 Folder 3 Clippings and Correspondence, 1979
Box 3 Folder 4 Clippings and Correspondence, 1980-1982
Box 3 Folder 5 Clippings and Correspondence, 1983
Box 3 Folder 6 Clippings and Correspondence, 1984-1985
Box 3 Folder 7 Clippings and Correspondence, 1986-1987
Box 3 Folder 8 Clippings and Correspondence, 1988-1989
Box 3 Folder 9 Clippings and Correspondence, 1990-1991
Box 3 Folder 10 Clippings and Correspondence, 1992-1993
Box 3 Folder 11 Clippings and Correspondence, 1994-1999
Box 3 Folder 12 Clippings and Correspondence, 2000-2001

Box 4

Box 4 Folder 1 Clippings and Correspondence, 2002-2003
Box 4 Folder 2 Clippings and Correspondence, 2004-2005
Box 4 Folder 3 Clippings and Correspondence, 2006-2007
Box 4 Folder 4 Clippings and Correspondence, 2008-2009
Box 4 Folder 5 Clippings and Correspondence, n.d.
Box 4 Folder 6 Columns- Along the Prairie Path [By: Louise Headen], ca.1968-1972
Box 4 Folder 7 News Clippings- Along the Prairie Path [By: Louise Headen], ca.1968-1972
Box 4 Folder 8 News Releases [By: Louise Headen], ca.1968-1972