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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
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.
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
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, 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."
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
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
Part of the Jane Addams Memorial Collection. Part of the Midwest Women's Historical Collection. Mary Bartelme (1865-1954) was the first woman Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County assigned to the Juvenile Court. She held that position from 1923 until her retirement in 1933. Prior to being elected a judge, Mary Bartelme worked in private practice as a probate
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 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
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.
Richard Joseph Daley (May 15, 1902 — December 20, 1976) was a six-term mayor of the city of Chicago (1955-1976) and the influential chair of the Cook County Democratic Party from 1953 until his death in 1976. Daley served as an Illinois State representative and Senator (1936-1946), State Director of Revenue (1948—50), and Cook County Clerk (1950—55) before being elected
The YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago was founded in 1876 at a time when a growing number of young single women came to Chicago looking for work. The YWCA provided services to these women, including safe housing, religious and vocational instruction, and help in improving labor conditions labor conditions. The YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago records contain administrative records, publications, newsletters, promotional