Unrecorded plan of the Bohemian National Cemetery in Chicago

The Frank Pavlicek Co., MAPA CESKO NARODNIHO HRBITOVA. Chicago, 1902.
Lithograph, 16 1/2”h x 28 3/8”w plus margins, uncolored. Old folds, couple of spots, a hint of offset, and a nick to lower edge, but very good.

A very rare 1902 Czech-language plan of the Bohemian National Cemetery on the North Side of Chicago.

The Cemetery, located at 5255 North Pulaski, was established to serve the Czech community in 1877.  Apparently this community was outraged when a Czech Catholic woman named Marie Silhanek was denied burial at several Catholic cemeteries in town because she supposedly never made her “Easter Duty” (confession and communion during the Easter season).  In response, the Czechs purchased land in what was then Jefferson Township to create a cemetery under their own control.

This proved popular with the Czech community, then one of the world’s largest, and the cemetery repeatedly expanded.  This map was produced in 1902 to promote one such expansion.  At lower left is an image of the Cemetery’s iconic gatehouse, the Golden Gate or “Brana.” The map was issued by the Frank Pavlicek Co., Chicago printers of Czech descent.

As of July 2019, not in OCLC or on-line catalogs of the Chicago History Museum, Newberry Library or Northwestern (The Newberry does hold one in an uncatalogued collection.)