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Roosevelt’s founding in 1945 as an independent, nonsectarian, coeducational institution of higher learning was a feat requiring considerable courage. The new administration was determined to make higher education available to all students who could qualify academically. Considerations of social or economic class, racial or ethnic origin, sex, or age were, and remain, irrelevant in determining who is admitted. Originally named
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
Ely Aaron was a Chicago lawyer who served with various organizations and civic committees related to civil rights, Jewish issues, and racial integration. The collection contains his personal papers related to these issues and reflect his work as a civic leader during the mid-twentieth century.
Faith Rich (1909-1990) was a white community activist, educator and volunteer with numerous organizations including the Chicago Westside Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the Independent Voters of Illinois (IVI), the 15th Place Block Club, the Literacy Council of Chicago and local PTAs. She focused her organizing efforts
The Greater Lawndale Conservation Commission was a community organization serving Chicago's central west side neighborhood of Lawndale. The collection consists of correspondence, minutes, programs, legal and financial records, clippings, and published material.
The Illinois Labor History Society (ILHS) was formed on August 5, 1969 in the office of the late Joseph M. Jacobs, attorney for the Chicago Teachers Union, Meatcutters, and other labor organizations. The ILHS supports the preservation of Illinois labor history and works to share this history with researchers, students and the general public through its website, archival collections and
The state league of the National League of Women Voters was formed in Chicago in October of 1920 to "foster education in citizenship to increase the effectiveness of women's votes, and further better government." This collection reflects the activities of the League of Women Voters of Illinois.
This collection contains the personal papers and a collection of the personal and professional publications of Lloyd and Emma Lewis, reflecting their careers as minister and teacher, and librarian, respectively. It also documents the Lewis’ continued interest in African American history and civil rights.
Correspondence; news clipping scrapbooks; manuscripts of legal articles, fiction, poetry, short stories; some legal and business records; and sound recordings of radio interviews of Luis Kutner, a lawyer who became involved in public-interest lawsuits and other high-profile cases in Chicago and in national and international affairs; and an author whose writings ranged from philosophy and legal theory to poetry, fictionalized
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, articles, newsletters, notes, manuscripts of Lens' major books, financial records, and sound recordings from his career as a Chicago labor organizer, peace activist, political candidate, lecturer, and writer. Includes materials from the Revolutionary Workers' League; Local 329 of United Service Employees Union; National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam; and other groups. Also includes Lens'