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Very little is known about the creator of the records, Ed H. Ed was a member of the Chicago Cossacks Brotherhood from the late 1970s through the mid 1980s.
The Chicago Cossacks Brotherhood was a social leather / levi club in Chicago, IL. The club was founded in 1975. The exact date of dissolution is unknown, but this collection contains a check issued on November 15, 1986 with a memo “to close account”. The Cossacks held bar nights at several Chicago bars including The Gold Coast and Touché. The club helped organize the Wild Onion runs in the early 1980s with other Chicago clubs. The Cossacks attended runs in cities across the Midwest during their existence. The Cossacks held anniversary celebrations on an annual basis, and produced a bar event call “Russian Christmas”. The club was a member of the Chicago Council of Clubs.
Chicago Cossacks Brotherhood recognition trophy from St. Louis Three-Way run in 1978 Various trophies and plaques from clubs
Patch unrelated to collection
Chicago Cossacks anniversary metal plate from Wally Thomas
Chicago Pride patch
The collection contains almost exclusively financial records related to the Chicago Cossacks Brotherhood. Bank statements, general ledgers, cancelled checks, financial statements and membership dues reports are included. A limited number of meeting minutes and general club correspondence is also included in the collection.