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Aaron H. Payne (1901 to 1994) was a Chicago-area attorney and civic activist. In 1926, after studying law at the University of Chicago Law School, he was admitted to the Bar of the State of Illinois. Three years later Payne served as Assistant City Prosecutor, Assistant Corporate Counsel, and Arbitrator for the Illinois Industrial Commission. In addition, he served for
The Adrian Scheltes collection contains photographs either taken by or collected by Scheltes while he was the Supervisor of Counsel and Guidance for the Blind from the Illinois Division of Vocational Rehabilitation in the late 1940s and early 1950s. In this position he assisted blind people with learning professional skills to enter the workforce. Scheltes also advocated for black blind
The Adult Education Council of Greater Chicago was established in 1924 and incorporated in 1925 as the Chicago Forum Council. The purpose was "to promote understanding and good will by bringing people of different groups into friendly association with each other for discussion of problems related to the public welfare." The collection contains annual reports, brochures, constitution and by-laws, correspondence,
Arthur Taylor Aldis was a Wyoming rancher from 1885 to 1889 and a Chicago realtor from 1890 to 1935. The collection consists of correspondence, reports, proceedings, minutes, by-laws, questionnaires, petitions, speeches, clippings, and published material of Aldis and Company, specialists in the management, renting, and appraisal of central property and office buildings.
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Religious Society of Friends (Quaker) founded in 1917 to work for peace and social justice in the United States and around the world. It was created in order to provide conscientious objectors ways to serve without joining the military or taking lives. Through the years, the Committee became known for its work
Annetta Dieckmann (1888-1974) was a pioneer in women’s rights and welfare work. She was appointed the first industrial secretary for the National Board of the Young Women’s Christian Association in 1918. In 1924, she moved to Chicago and served as the industrial secretary of the Chicago YWCA. Upon her retirement in 1956, Annetta Dieckmann became a full-time volunteer as secretary
Art Resources in Teaching was founded as the Chicago Public School Art Society in 1894 at Hull-House. It was led by Ellen Gates Starr and included a group of women from the Chicago Woman’s Club. Its goal was to serve young people in the inner city. It did this initially by refurbishing classrooms and by providing art appreciation lectures and
Part of the Jane Addams Memorial Collection. Arthur Hillman (1910-1985) was a board member and director of the Chicago training office of the National Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers as well as a professor of urban sociology at Roosevelt University. Associated with Roosevelt University since its founding in 1945, Hillman served as dean of the College of Arts and
The Associated Negro Press (1919-1967) was established in Chicago by Claude Barnett. It was the first black news wire service and the majority of its stories were about news affecting African Americans.
Barratt O'Hara (1882-1969) enjoyed one of Illinois' longest legislative careers. The collection consists of correspondence, clippings, legal records, congressional resolutions, agendas and minutes, maps, building plans, press releases, poll sheets, poems, sheet music, programs, bibliographies, and photographs.
Ben L. Reitman (1879-1942), known as the "hobo physician," was an anarchist, lover of radical Emma Goldman, and advocate on behalf of the homeless, sex workers, the poor, and other "social outcasts." He promoted birth control and awareness of and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases. This collection includes correspondence with Emma Goldman and others, some of Reitman's essays, articles, and
The correspondence, minutes, reports, financial records, publications, research studies and subject files contained in this collection reflect the administration, programming and advocacy efforts of the Beverly Area Planning Association between 1967 and 1972.
This collection was assembled from various small manuscript items donated to the UIC Library Special Collections department starting in 1968.
This collection contains photographs from the following construction projects: the Calumet Skyway (later named the Chicago Skyway), the Northern Illinois Toll Road Project in 1958, and the Congress Expressway (later renamed the Eisenhower Expressway).
The Cathedral Shelter was established in 1919 as a social service agency of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. The collection consists of annual reports, case files, correspondence, by-laws, minutes, newsletters, newspaper clippings, photographs, and published material pertaining to the operation of the Cathedral Shelter.
Cecil Armillo Partee (1921-1994) was an African-American lawyer and politician who served in a variety of public service roles in Illinois and Chicago.Cecil Armillo Partee (1921-1994) was an African-American lawyer and politician who served in a variety of public service roles in Illinois and Chicago. The Cecil A. Partee Papers reflect his professional work as the State's Attorney for Cook
Charles F. Armstrong (1919-1965) served the 22nd District in the Illinois House of Representatives for five consecutive terms, from 1957 until his death in 1965. A Democrat with a strong interest in public education, Armstrong sponsored H.B. 113 (1963) amending the Illinois School Code to require revision of school districts to eliminate racial segregation of children. The collection consists of
Charles Harrison was a product deisgner who worked for Sears, Roebuck and Co., for nearly 30 years, from 1961 to 1993. The collection includes examples of Charles Harrison's work from his time at Sears.
Part of the Jane Addams Memorial Collection. Charles P. Schwartz (1887-1975) was an attorney, civic leader, and educator in the social welfare movement. Schwartz served as chairman of the State of Illinois Committee on Citizenship and Naturalization and wrote many pamphlets for new citizens. Schwartz also served as president of the City Club of Chicago and in 1936, he was
The collection contains minutes, speeches, annual reports, studies, reports, and correspondence dating from 1900 to the present. The materials pertain to Chicago area settlement houses, social work, childcare, public housing, poverty, Jane Addams, and Louise de Koven Bowen.
Founded in 1910, the National Urban League is one of the oldest African American social service, research, and advocacy organizations in the United States. A group of sociologists, social workers, and philanthropists founded the Chicago League in 1916 to address the rapidly increasing needs of the African American community during a time of voluminous migration. The specific focus of the
The Chicago Woman’s Aid was founded in 1882 as the Young Ladies Society to provide civic, philanthropic, literary, educational, and social welfare programs. The organization was divided into several departments including the Civics and Philanthropy Department, the Educational Department, and the Art and Literature Department. It was active in such areas as public housing, public health, child welfare, and arts
Tracing its origins to 1883, the Children's Home and Aid Society is a private charitable organization devoted to helping homeless and dependent children. It has offered adoption foster-care, boarding, counseling services, and other services to thousand so children and families. This collection includes financial records, administrative records, publications, reports, correspondence, and one videocassette tape, all produced by or on behalf
The Citizens' Association of Chicago was founded in 1874 in order to ensure what its members believed to be honest and cost-effective governance in the city. The collection consists of annual reports, by-laws, committee reports, speeches and bulletins pertaining to fire protection, municipal elections, and the administration of public funds by the Treasurer of Cook County, Illinois.
The collection contains records dating from 1954 to 1970 including committee reports, correspondence, budgets, programs, photographs, newspaper clippings, annual reports and a scrapbook. The materials pertain to the administration of the community center and its programs.