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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

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

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

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

Oscar D'Angelo papers

The collection documents the activism of Oscar Dā€™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 J. Daley Collection

Richard Joseph Daley (May 15, 1902 ā€” 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 (1948ā€”50), and Cook County Clerk (1950ā€”55) before being elected

YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago records

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