Made In Chicago Museum curator Andrew Clayman has been researching and writing in-depth company histories for over 10 years, building the entirety of our museum archive.  Now, he’s expanding these services through commissioned work for current businesses (Chicago-based and otherwise), producing exclusive company history books, articles, timelines, and other materials for both promotional use and posterity.

Recent projects include commissions from the legendary candy giant Mars, Inc. (commemorating their original Chicago factory location) and QRS Music Technologies, marking their 125th year in the world of automatic musical instruments.

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Any business interested in celebrating their history can benefit from having a custom company history book or promotional campaign put together swiftly and professionally. Check out the samples and testimonials from some of our recent projects below. For enquiries on exploring your own book project or newsletter series, reach out to us at

Recent Samples and Testimonials . . .

40 pages, published 2024

QRS was founded in Chicago in 1900 and is currently based in Seneca, PA. The company was a pioneer in player piano technology and has remained one of the last producers in Earth of traditional perforated piano rolls. They’ve also entered the digital age with a wide range of new products suited to the age of Bluetooth, smartphones, and AI.

“We recently contracted Andrew Clayman to create a corporate booklet. The booklet exceeded all of our expectations. His effective use of historical images and captions draws you in; he then combines it with an immersive ‘must read further’ storytelling style. Andrew successfully wove QRS’s bit of Americana through time all the way up to our current technologies. We hope to use his talents again – A job well done!” –Thomas Dolan, CEO, QRS Music Technologies

“Andrew wrote, edited, and stylized our company’s history into a neat little book. His professionalism and communication are top-tier. We will be using our new history booklet in our promotions for years to come!” –Ashlynne Cornmesser, Marketing Team, QRS Music Technologies


223 pages, published 2024

When the Mars chocolate plant opened on the West Side of Chicago in 1929, it was hailed as one of the most unique and forward-thinking factories in the world; distinct for its Spanish revival architecture, beautiful gardens, and bright and airy working conditions. Over the course of 95 years, this facility underwent many expansions and adaptations as Mars itself emerged from a sea of Chicago confectioners to become one of the largest privately owned companies on Earth. With the announcement of the factory’s closure in 2024, this commemorative yearbook was commissioned to trace the history of “the CHI” plant and the team of Associates who helped maintain its efficiency and reputation in its final year.

“I think the book turned out great, and the feedback has been nothing short of amazing. Everyone loved it! Even the print shop reached out just to say what a great looking book it is. The people who regularly deal with the Mars account said that it’s one of the best things they’ve ever been asked to print.” –Al Ruiz, C.I. Engineer, Mars Wrigley, Chicago