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A Guide to the Charles Hull Ewing Papers

Finding aid prepared by Jacob Crescent

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
November 2011


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Ewing, Charles Hull, 1868-1954
Title: Charles Hull Ewing Papers
Dates: 1919-1954
Bulk dates: 1927-1940
Abstract: Charles Hull Ewing of Chicago was a property owner and real estate developer in the Bradenton-Sarasota region of Florida during the early to mid 1900s. This collection includes business papers relating to his real estate holdings and transactions.
Extent: 7.5 Linear feet. 13 Boxes.
Identification: MS 27
Language(s): English
Online Content Items from this collection have been digitized and are available online in the UF Digital Collections. For more information please see the note below.

Biographical/Historical Note

Charles Hull Ewing, financier and developer, was born in Randolph, New York, in 1868 and died in 1954. He received his college education at Oberlin College, Yale University (A.B. degree, 1893) and Northwestern University. In 1906 he married Mary Everts and the couple had two daughters, Helen and Katherine.

Ewing had strong family and business connections in Chicago. He was the nephew of philanthropist Helen Culver and managed her business affairs. Through her, he was involved with Jane Addams and Hull House. Ewing's business interests in Florida included property in Jacksonville that he received from his aunt and real estate investments in the Bradenton-Sarasota area. He used his Chicago business contacts to attract northern investment to Florida. In the 1930s and 1940s he owned much of what is now downtown Bradenton, bounded by Manatee Ave, 9th St., 11th St. and 6th Ave. In addition, he had numerous pieces of property in present-day Manatee and Sarasota Counties, including what would become Siesta Key.

Along with his ventures in real estate, Ewing was a director of the First National and State Banks of Lake Forest, Illinois, and the secretary and treasurer for the Southern Gypsum Co., Inc. based in Virginia. He was also a director for Southern Gypsum's controlling company, Beaver Products Company of Virginia.

Ewing was politically active in local, state and national politics. His Republican political orientation led to his opposition of several New Deal reforms and the Judiciary Reorganization Bill of 1937.


Scope and Content

The Charles Hull Ewing Papers are comprised primarily of business correspondence relating to Ewing's real estate holdings and transactions in Florida. This collection does not cover Ewing's Chicago affairs or his relationship with Helen Culver, Jane Addams or Hull House. There are five series in the collection: Series I- Correspondence with Individuals, Series II- Personal Records, Bank Records, Estates and Trusts, Series III- Correspondence with Organizations, Series IV- Real Estate, and Series V- Property Taxes.

Correspondence ranges from the early 1920s to the late 1940s and is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Closely related is the series on real estate, which is organized by subject or property name. The collection documents the development of both residential and commercial properties in the Bradenton-Sarasota region. It includes Ewing's deeds, legal documents, abstracts and plat maps for Sarasota Beach/Siesta Key, Cedar Cove Development, and Pelot Addition in Bradenton, among others. Ewing's efforts to attract investment from large Chicago-based corporations like Montgomery Ward, Walgreens and Sears are covered. Also included are personal financial records, income tax returns, trust statements, balance sheets, and property tax records.

The collection contains some personal papers: newspaper clippings, correspondence relating to Rollins College, and letters on national issues to and from Supreme Court justices and United States Congressmen Harry S Truman. Political topics include lobbying for the site of the local post office in Bradenton and objections to the Judiciary Reorganization Act of 1937. Other items, some oversize, include blueprints and plans for houses, bungalows, and shops, notes on rental properties, and a brief 1931 description of plans to install a solar-powered water heater in a residence.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research.


Related or Separated Material

The University of Illinois Chicago holds the Hull-Culver Papers and the Helen Culver Ewing Breasted Papers.


Administrative Information

Alternate Form of Material

Digital reproductions of items in this collection are available online via the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). Please read the Permissions for Use statement for information on copyright, fair use, and use of UFDC digital objects.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charles Hull Ewing Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Katherine [Ewing] Hocking, 1976.

Processing Notes

Oversize materials, such as blueprints, were removed and are now stored flat in a map case.


Contents List

Series I- Correspondence with Individuals


Box
1 Alder, Max S. 1937
1 Alsobrook, Charles B. 1938-1939
1 Archibald, I.G. 1931-1935
1 Archibald, I.G. 1936-1939
1 Brooke, Ethel M. 1933-
1 Buck, B.C. (Jacksonville). 1925-1932
1 Buck, B.C. (Jacksonville). 1933-1934
1 Coddington, A.R. and Freeda. 1938-1939
1 Crichlow, WB Shelby. 1921, 1928-1930
1 Crichlow, WB Shelby. 1932-1941
1 Davis, Jesse Roland - Cedar Cove. 1948
1 Dykes, Joseph G. 1938-1939
1 Fieldhouse, J.W. - Hotel Dixie Grand (Elkhart, MD). 1931
1 Gaillard, J.D. 1932-
1 Hampton, Hilton S. 1927
1 Hancock, J.E. - 523 10th St. Bradenton. 1939
1 Hardin, Walter S. 1932
1 Hesket, Miss Elizabeth. 1935-1938
1 Jackson, A.J. - Terra Ceia. 1936-1937
1 Jennings, C.W. 1927
1 Lawson, J.J. 1937-1939
1 Lyon, Mrs. Sanford A. 1929
2 Manning, Walter F. - Plainfield, N.T. 1930
2 Matson, Wm. R., Rotha Lee. 1938-1946
2 McCall, W.E. 1932
2 McGuire, W.E. (Frierson Farm). 1933-1938
2 McGuire, W.E. (Frierson Farm). 1939-1943
2 Mercer, F.R. 1927-1930
2 Moore, Donald A. 1928-1929
2 Nash, O. Glenn. 1927
2 Padgett, Mrs. P.M. 1929
2 Peacock, J.R. 1938
2 Robinson, W.E. 1929
2 Schultz, G. Harvey. 1938-1939
2 Sewell, S. Wyatt. 1936
2 Shuman, W.I. - Stuart/Captiva Island. 1927
2 Streider, C.G. 1928-1934
2 Sweat, Allan - 402 12th St. Bradenton. 1929-1930
2 Tallevast, J.H. and F. Louise. 1931-1933
2 Thompson, Paul. 1928, 1930- 1931
2 Turbeville, Julia. 1941
2 Wick , L.C. (Martin). 1932
2 Willis, Mildred W. and Everett. Not dated
3 Personal Correspondence- Newspaper Clippings- Retirement- Rollins. 1935
3 Personal Correspondence- Supreme Court and other Political Issues. 1937-1938


Series II- Personal Records, Bank Records, Estates and Trusts


Box
3 Hull, Charles Ewing Personal Estate. 1932-1933, 1939
3 Innisfree. 1925
3 Innisfree. Not dated
3 Ewing Trust Balance Sheets. 1935-1949
3 Auditors Report/Account Statements. 1935-1949
3 Banks- First Federal Savings and Loan of Manatee County. 1939-1945
3 Banks- First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Sarasota. 1939-1945
3 First National Bank of Bradenton. Not dated
3 Banks- First National of Tampa. 1942
3 Palmer National Bank and Trust Co. 1932-1941
3 Palmer National Bank and Trust Co. 1942-1953
3 Bank of Sarasota. 1929-1931, 1933
4 Auditor's Reports. 1934-1943
4 Statements of Accounts. 1944-1945
4 Auditor's Reports. 1934-1943
4 Monthly Balance Sheets and Monthly Income and Expense Statements of Mary E. Ewing. 1936-1943
4 Mary Ewing (Personal) Monthly Balance Sheets and Income and Expense Statements. 1944-1953
4 Lists of Securities Held. 1934-1937
4 Personal Assets, Culver Inheritance and Misc. Property and Stocks and Endowments. 1919-1936
4 Estimated Income of Charles Hull Ewing and Mary Ewing. 1933
4 Balance Sheets and Profit and Loss Statements. 1930-1935
5 Florida Business. 1940-1942
5 Florida-Loans. 1940-1942
5 Estimated Cash Resources and Obligations; Investments; Mortgages. 1937-1946
5 Maturities. 1938-1951
5 Income and Expense Statements (Personal) Monthly Balance Sheets. 1950-1954
5 Charles Hull Ewing Trust #77, Mary E. Ewing Trust #78. 1948-1949
5 Charles Hull Ewing Trust #77, Mary E. Ewing Trust #78. 1949-1950
5 Charles Hull Ewing Trust #77, Mary E. Ewing Trust #78, CHE; Palmer Bank; Scudder, Stevens and Clark. 1950
5 Charles Hull Ewing Trust #77, Mary E. Ewing Trust #78. 1951
5 Charles Hull Ewing Trust #77, Mary E. Ewing Trust #78, CHE; Palmer Bank; Scudder, Stevens and Clark. 1951-1952
5 Charles Hull Ewing Trust #77, Mary E. Ewing Trust #78. 1952-1953
5 Charles Hull Ewing Trust #77, Mary E. Ewing Trust #78, CHE; Palmer Bank; Scudder, Stevens and Clark. 1953-1954
5 Charles Hull Ewing Trust #77, Mary E. Ewing Trust #78, Koenig and Tasch. 1954
6 Corporate- Social Security Taxes. 1937-1940
6 Income Taxes. 1930
6 Income Taxes. 1931
6 Income Taxes. 1932
6 Income Taxes. 1933
6 Income Taxes. 1934
6 Income Tax Reform - "Pink Slip" Repeal. 1935
6 Income Taxes. 1935
6 Income Taxes. 1936
6 Income Taxes. 1937
6 Income Taxes. 1938
6 Income Taxes. 1939
6 Income Taxes. 1940-1941
6 Income Taxes. 1942-1943
6 Income Taxes. 1944
6 Income Taxes. 1945


Series III- Correspondence with Organizations


Box
7 American Enterprises, Inc. - Florida Avenue Frontage. 1925
7 Florida- Ames Realty Company. 1935
7 Florida- Ames Realty Company. 1934
7 Miscellaneous Correspondence with G.E. Baumbach and Company. 1937
7 Board of Public Instruction of Manatee County. 1934-1936
7 Local Office Bookkeeping. 1944
7 Bradenton Bank and Trust Company Correspondence. 1926, 1929, 1931
7 First Trust Company, Bradenton. 1927, 1929, 1931
7 Florida Finance Company. 1940-1945
7 Florida Travertine Co. 1934
7 Judge Dwight N. Ford Correspondence/Florida Republican Organization. 1931-1935
7 Jacksonville Ferry and Land Co. 1931-1936
7 Longboat Bridge Company. 1940-1942
7 King and Barringer Attorneys. 1926
7 Jackman-Williams. 1928-1929
7 T.A. Monk, Inc. Correspondence. 1929, 1931-1937
7 Montgomery Ward and Company Correspondence. 1929-1932
7 Montgomery Ward and Company Correspondence. 1933-1939
7 Montgomery Ward and Company Correspondence. 1940-1941, 1943
8 Palmer Corporation. 1925-1929
8 Palmer Corporation v. Ewing. 1928
8 Palmer v. Ewing. 1929
8 SCOH Souders Property. 1929-1932
8 Seaboard Oil Company. 1933-1937
8 Sewell Printing Company. 1934-1935
8 Florida- Sharp, F. Emory, Realty Co. Inc. 1939
8 Surrency and Keen Attorneys. 1931, 1933
8 Florida- Tamiami Trail Tours. 1936-1942
8 Toole and Sons Realtor Correspondence. 1940
8 Walker Rental Agency/Realty Co. 1931-1939
8 Florida- Attorneys Williams, J.J. Jr. 1939-1945
8 Wilhart Loan. 1933
8 Wilhite Company. 1932
8 Winn and Lovett Grocery Co. 1937-1945
8 Wyman, Green and Shelton, Inc. Correspondence. 1926-1933


Series IV- Real Estate


Box
9 51-Acre Speculation. 1935-1940
9 Barker Purchase. 1930
9 Bay View and Lake Shore Corp. 1939-1940
9 Bay View and Lake Shore Corp. 1941-1943
9 Bay View and Lake Shore Corp. 1935-1938
9 Braden Apartments. 1923
9 Bradenton - Building Unit 2. 1940-1944
9 Bradenton - SE 4th Ave and 9th Ave. 1931-1947
9 City of Bradenton. 1933-1935
9 Bradenton - 320 12th St. . 1933-1935
9 City of Bradenton. 1935, 1938
9 Bradenton - 303 29th St. 1933-1948
9 Bradenton - 620-710 12th St. 1944
9 Bradenton - 918 and 922 14th St. 1932-1944
9 Bradenton - Bay Drugs. 1945-1947
9 Bradenton - "Hospitality Hut". 1934
9 Bradenton - 931-3 Manatee Ave., Roy S. Spence. 1938-1939
9 Bradenton - Manatee and 10th. 1931
10 Bradenton - Development of- AC Hopkins Architectural Plans. 1937-1940
10 Bradenton - Development of- Leases. 1938-1939
10 Bradenton - Development of- Pelot's Addition/Blueprint. 1931
10 Bradenton - Development of - Lots. 1937
10 Bradenton - Development of- Permits. 1924-1943
10 Bradenton - Development of- Sears. 1929
10 Bradenton - Granada Terrace. 1938-1939
10 Bradenton - Lawsuit re property ownership. 1929
10 Bradenton Post Office. 1931
10 Bradenton Post Office. 1932
10 Bradenton Post Office. 1933
10 Bradenton Post Office. 1934-1935
11 Bradenton - Smith Addition. 1946
11 Brookside House, Brookside Dr., Sarasota (Lot, Plans, Photos). 1931-1938
11 Cedar Cove. 1932
11 Cedar Cove Addition. 1944
11 City of Coral Gables- Bonds. 1938-1943
11 Florida - Duval County Lots- PLATS, Maps, Etc. 1936
11 Florida - Duval County Lots (B.C. Busch). 1944-1947
11 Florida - Misc. 1929, 1932-1936
11 Florida - Misc. 1937-1938
11 Florida - Misc. Bonds. 1936-1943
11 Florida Property. 1932-1937
11 Longboat Key Property. 1950s
11 Manatee County- 2200 Acre Purchase (Crichlow). 1939-1941
11 Manatee - Elwood Park Subdivision. 1934-1946
11 Manatee - Robinson Property. 1931
11 Florida - Lot 2, Blk. 2, Anthony's Add., Palmetto (SW Pine and Lamb, Palmetto). 1938-1944
11 Property Abstracts (FL and Illinois). 1922-1931
12 City of Sarasota Bonds. Not dated
12 Sarasota Country Club Gulf Course. 1927
12 Sarasota - 142 W. 7th St. 1933-1938
12 Property - 211 Calle de Junio Sarasota. 1932-1936
12 Property - 231 Calle de Junio Sarasota. 1933-1943
12 Sarasota - 5611 Division Street. 1929
12 Sarasota - Stickney Estate. 1929
12 Sarasota - Vamo Subdivision. 1933
12 Sarasota Beach, House Plans for I.G. Archibald. 1938
12 Siesta Key- Gulf View Manor. 1931
12 Solar Water Heater- Residence Siesta Key. 1931
12 Tampa- Hampton and Lee, Citizens Bank Building. 1928
12 Tampa- J.B. Hartsell- Gulf Coast Motor Lines. 1928
12 Florida Abstracts. 1914-1950
12 Cedar Cove Development. Not dated
12 Land Abstracts with Blueprints (Waverly, Cedar Cove, Pelot Subdivision). Not dated
12 Land Abstracts with Blueprints (Pelot Subdivision). Not dated
12 Contracts and Deeds. 1927-1944
12 Sarasota Beach Maps and Plats. Not dated
12 Manatee and Sarasota Co. /Bradenton. Not dated


Series V- Property Taxes


Box
13 Florida Taxes. 1922-1926
13 Florida Taxes. 1927-1928
13 Florida Taxes. 1929-1931
13 Florida Taxes. 1932-1933
13 Florida Taxes. 1934-1938
13 Florida Taxpayers Assn. 1934
13 Florida Taxpayers Protective Association Inc., of Sarasota County- also Better Government League of Manatee County. 1932
13 Florida Taxes- Bradenton- City. 1939-1943
13 Florida Taxes- Duval County. 1938-1943
13 Florida Taxes Manatee County. 1939- 1943
13 Florida Taxes Miscellaneous: Intangible, Tangible, General. 1939-1943
13 Florida Taxes- Sarasota County. 1938-1943


Oversize


Folder
1 Oversize materials (e.g., blueprints) [These materials were removed and are now stored in flat storage in a map case.].


Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Real estate business -- Florida.
Real estate development -- Florida -- Manatee County
Real estate development -- Florida -- Sarasota County



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