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CRA490 -- Michael and Susanna Guba Family Papers

CRA 490: Photographs


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August 2014


Cynthia and Glenn Karlberg of Scottsdale, Arizona donated the Michael and Susanna Guba Family Papers to the Calumet Regional Archives on August 4, 2014.

Property rights in the collection are held by the Calumet Regional Archives; literary rights are dedicated to the public.  There are no restrictions on access to the collection.


The Michael and Susanna Guba Family Papers trace the history of this Gary, Indiana family of Slovak heritage through much of the 20th century.  The collection contains numerous documents and photographs, many of them related to Ruth Ellen Guba, the youngest child of Michael and Susanna, and her husband, John Ledwitch.  Of particular interest is a typescript family history, located in Box 1, File1 of the collection.  The narrative offers valuable insights into not only the family’s history but also life in the Steel City.  The Gubas attended St. Michael’s Church (Byzantine) and later St. Mark’s Church, when the family moved to the Glen Park neighborhood.  Schools attended by Guba children included Emerson, Glen Park, and Lew Wallace. Photographs depict family dwellings and activities from the 1930s into the 1960s, along with a series of photographs of John Ledwitch in the U.S. Coast Guard and at his job at the Inland Steel Company in East Chicago.

Box File Description
1 1 Typescript, Memories of the Family of Michael and Susanna Guba, n.d.
2 Death notices/holy cards, Michael and Susanna Guba Family members            and relatives, (1892-2009)
3 Certificates, Ruth Ellen Guba Ledwitch and John Ledwitch, (1933-1954)

Subject Tracings

  • Emerson High School
  • Glen Park School
  • Inland Steel Company
  • Lew Wallace High School
  • St. Mark's Church
  • St. Michael's Church