Notes from IHA

Notes from IHA

Winners of drawings for Gaylord Archival supplies in May and June are the Governor Oglesby Mansion in Decatur and the Ernest Hemingway Foundation in Oak Park. The drawings honor the thirty-fifth anniversary of IHA.

The Oglesby Mansion won a burly box, a square box with metal corners and a deep lid, used to store documents. The Hemingway Foundation received two Abbey pH pens, which measure the pH content of materials placed next to artifacts. (The pens are not to be used directly on artifacts.) The pH level of the test material is indicated by different colors as the pen is used with more- or less-acidic materials, such as acid-free tissue. Acid-free boxes and tissue have a shelf life and over time become less acid-free due to pollutants in the atmosphere.

Governor Richard J. Oglesby lived in the Decatur mansion with his family for more than two decades. The mansion began as a two-story 1850s house and was expanded in the 1870s with a very large Italianate addition. Oglesby is referred to as Decatur’s most distinguished citizen. He served as a U.S. senator, a Civil War Union general, and a three-time governor of Illinois. The house is open for tours for a two-dollar donation and may be reserved for groups for a fee. It is also available for rent. Opening hours vary throughout the year. Some alterations have been made to the structure over the years, but renovations and furnishings are authentic to the period. The mansion is owned by the Macon County Conservation District and its care and operation are under the direction of the Governor Oglesby Mansion, Inc. The house is located at 421 W. William St., Decatur, Illinois, 62522. For more information, see or call 217-429-9422.

The Ernest Hemingway Foundation in Oak Park fosters understanding of the life and work of Ernest Hemingway, especially his origins in Oak Park. It operates the Hemingway birthplace––a home at 339 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park––and a museum in the Arts Center of Oak Park, nearby at 200 N. Park Ave. The museum displays permanent and temporary exhibits relating to Hemingway’s life, in addition to hosting musical performances. Special exhibits highlight Hemingway’s involvement in World War I, World War II, and the movies. Joint tickets for tours of the home and museum are sold at the birthplace ($15 for adults; $13 for seniors). Each tour lasts about forty-five minutes. The tour of the home is led by a guide, but the museum tour is self-guided. Groups larger than ten need an advance reservation. The home and museum are open most afternoons, as well as Saturday mornings. They are closed on holidays. For more information, call the birthplace at 708-445-3071 or see

The archival supplies are being donated by Gaylord Brothers. Gaylord was founded in 1896 and is a leading supplier of archival materials for libraries and museums. Gaylord will be shipping the supplies directly to the winners.

Congratulations to the Governor Oglesby Mansion and the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park.





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