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Adult Education Council of Greater Chicago records

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 Hillman papers

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

Charles Phineas Schwartz papers

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

Chicago Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers collection

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.

Chicago Urban League Collection

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

Dr. Preston Bradley papers

The collection contains correspondence, diaries, lectures, essays, sermons, minutes, scrapbooks, and clippings as well as published and unpublished writings. Dr. Preston Bradley was the founder of the Peoples Church of Chicago. In 1912, Dr. Bradley withdrew from the Presbyterian ministry to establish an independent church based on a creed of "the Good, the True, and the Beautiful." The Peoples Church

Ely Aaron papers

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.

Emil Jones Jr. Papers

Emil Jones, Jr., a Democrat, served in the Illinois House of Representatives and the Illinois Senate from 1973 to 1983 and in the Illinois Senate from 1983 to 2009, serving as senate president from 2003 to 2008. This collection includes his assorted papers from his District Office, House and Senate bills, photographs and awards he received.

Erwin A. Salk multicultural collection

Erwin Arthur "Bud" Salk (June 1918-July 2000) was a businessman, civil rights activist, peace advocate, philanthropist, author and educator. The Erwin Salk Multicultural Collection contain agendas, minutes, financial statements, bulletins, memoranda, minutes, newsletters, press releases, by-laws, clippings, correspondence, notes, manuscripts, pamphlets, artifacts, photographs, posters, proceedings, political buttons, speeches, phonograph records, education materials, and reports spanning the mid-1930s through about 1997.

Ethel and Irene Kawin papers

Irene Kawin was a probation officer of the Juvenile Court of Cook County from 1913 to 1962, serving as deputy chief beginning in 1927. Ethel Kawin was a child psychologist who directed the Pre-School Department of the Institute for Juvenile Research from 1925 to 1934. The collection contains correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, and articles.

Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago records

The collection contains records from the Society's founding in 1882 to the present. The materials include the constitution and bylaws, reports, minutes, correspondence, financial and legal records, membership lists, speeches, photographs, and newspaper clippings and programs. The Ethical Humanist Society was founded in 1882 as the Society for Ethical Culture of Chicago to "promote a nobler private and juster social

Eugene Winslow papers

Eugene Winslow enjoyed a successful professional career that included work as a graphic designer, cartoonist, publisher, executive, and pilot in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He served as Vice President of the African American Publishing Company and as Treasurer of the Air Purification Company of America. Eugene Winslow wrote Afro-Americans '76: Black Americans in the Founding of Our Nation and

Greater Lawndale Conservation Commission records

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.

Henry Booth House records

The Henry Booth House Records include minutes, reports, correspondence, clippings, receipt books, surveys, questionnaires, brochures, social work files, research papers, photographs, negatives, and related materials from affiliated organizations such as the Hull House Association, Chicago Maternity Center, and Welfare Council of Metropolitan Chicago.

Hull House Association records

In 1963, Hull-House, the world-famous social settlement house founded by Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr, moved from its original location in the Near West Side of Chicago and decentralized its services. The newly restructured Hull House Association became the administrative entity overseeing a confederation of affiliated organizations that included former settlement houses, newly created community centers, and a myriad

Hull-House collection

Hull-House, founded in 1889 by Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr, was the first social settlement in Chicago. The settlement was incorporated in March, 1895, with a stated purpose to "provide a center for higher civic and social life, to initiate and maintain educational and philanthropic enterprises, and to investigate and improve the conditions in the industrial districts of Chicago."

Hyde Park Neighborhood Club records

The Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC) was founded in 1909 as part of the settlement house movement, to serve neglected or abandoned youth in Chicago's south side neighborhood of Hyde Park. It was deliberately named "the Club" as a reaction to the exclusivity of private clubs of the time. Over the years it has redefined its mission to respond to

Jeanne Boger Jones papers

The Jeanne Boger Jones papers contain materials that document the history of African Americans in the Midwest, including religious, military, occupational, and recreational endeavors, from the Civil War to the present. The records highlight such issues as equal opportunity in employment and housing, fair administration of veteran's benefits, and the history of African-American participation in the armed forces. Venues of

Lea Demarest Taylor papers

Lea Demarest Taylor (1883-1975) daughter of Graham Taylor, founder of the Chicago Commons settlement house, and Leah Demarest Taylor was active in Chicago's social settlement movement. The collection contains correspondence, memos, articles, speeches, annual reports, minutes of meetings, and photographs.

Metropolitan Planning Council records

The Metropolitan Planning Council is an independent nonprofit Chicago area planning organization. According to its website, it is committed to developing a sustainable and prosperous Chicago region, and since its founding in 1934 it has played a critical role in city infrastructure planning, providing housing for low income individuals, sponsoring urban renewal, protecting the environment, and advocating health care for

Michael A. Bilandic papers

Michael A. Bilandic served as Mayor of Chicago from 1976-1979 and as Supreme Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court from 1994-1997. This collection includes minutes and reports of the Chicago City Council, Bilandic's personal notes and information he gathered in preparation for City Council meetings and hearings, correspondence between Bilandic and fellow alderman, Mayor Daley, interested parties, and citizens. The

Near West Side Community Committee records

The Near West Side Community Committee was founded as the West Side Community Committee in 1938 to improve Chicago's 20th ward. The collection contains correspondence, photographs, financial records, directories, newsletters as well as the constitution and by-laws of the organization dating from 1947 to 1966.

Oscar D'Angelo papers

The collection documents the activism of Oscar D’Angelo and other community leaders of the University Village area in Chicago, a neighborhood that encompasses University of Illinois at Chicago and is bordered by the expansive Illinois Medical District to the West, the Pilsen community to the South, and the Dan Ryan (1-90/94) and Eisenhower (I-290) Expressways to the East and North.

Packingtown, U.S.A.

The collection consists of black and images that were used in the 1969 narrative film by William Adelman, Packingtown, U.S.A. The images were donated to the Chicago Historical Society by the Chicago Daily News and show the citizens of Packingtown, Union Stockyard, strikers, strikebreakers, union members and the Packingtown neighborhood.

Phyllis Wheatley Association collection

The primary purpose of the Phyllis Wheatley Association was to provide a home for young African-American women who had come to Chicago for employment. The collection consists of programs, reports, and a constitution pertaining to the purpose and objectives of the Phyllis Wheatley Association.