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The Forest Preserve District of Cook County

Forest Preserve District of Cook County
Forest Preserve District of Cook County

The Forest Preserve District Of Cook County Collection

The Forest Preserve District of Cook County (FPDCC) was created in 1914 with a mandate to “protect and preserve” the forested lands in and around Chicago. The district quickly developed into one of the most extensive systems of wildlife reserves near a large metropolitan area. Throughout its history, the FPD has tried to balance the conflicting goals of preserving the natural beauty of the land and ensuring its accessibility. By 2011, the district had acquired nearly 68,000 acres and now entertains as many as 40 million visitors each year.

The FPDCC collection contains materials documenting the history of the district, the people who founded it, some of its day-to-day operations, and its planning, construction, and development. It includes correspondence, memoranda, reports, financial records, legal files, construction plans and blueprints, minutes of meetings of the Board of Forest Preserve Commissioners and of advisory bodies, and photographic prints, negatives, and glass "lantern slides." The following resources are available online and were made possible by a generous grant from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation:

Cook County Records Finding Aid

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Finding aids provide a guide to the collection. They contain a history of the organization, scope and contents note, and a list of series, boxes, and folders available to on-site researchers.

Cook County Forest Preserve Image Collection

The images in this digital collection come from lantern slides, glass slides, and print photo­graphs taken during the FPDCC’s history. The collection consists primarily of images of flora and fauna from the preserves.

Cook County Forest Preserve Blueprint Collection

The images in this digital collection come from blueprints and maps created during the FPDCC’s history. The collection consists primarily of master plans and control plans for the entire district and blueprints that pertain to specific projects at specific locations in the district.

Cook County Forest Preserve Document Collection

The images in this digital collection come from a small sampling of the thousands of documents created during the district’s history and consist primarily of documents that the district deemed as being of “historical” interest.

Cook County Interactive Map & Image Collection

This digital collection provides FPDCC blueprints, maps, and images in a multi-dimensional manner that allows patrons to find, categorize, and interpret those materials according to their particular needs. The site uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to plot the collection’s resources geographically on a user-friendly map.

To Protect And Preserve

An Early History of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Illinois

This online, interpretive exhibit explores the efforts by visionaries such as Dwight H. Perkins to establish the FPDCC and the challenges the district faced once it was established.

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Adaline Fritz

Adaline Fritz - Adaline's upbeat, can-do attitude and nurturing disposition make her perfect for understanding each client's wants and needs and skillfully directing them toward their real estate objectives. Adaline has experience in all facets of the real estate process, having started in the administrative sector and progressed to operations before achieving success in real estate sales. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from San Diego State University and Western Oregon University, and returned to the Portland area in 2011 to pursue a career in real estate. She also loves traveling, working out, and spending time on the water during Portland's beautiful summers.

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