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The national AJC was founded in 1918 in Philadelphia, a response to the worsening conditions of European Jews in the years before World War I. Its goals were to establish unity within the Jewish community and represent all groups of Jews in a democratic forum, and defend the rights of Jews abroad. The advent of World War II proved the
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is an international non-governmental organization based in the United States. Founded in 1913 by The Independent Order of B'nai B'rith, a Jewish service organization, its original mission statement was "to stop, by appeals to reason and conscience and, if necessary, by appeals to law, the defamation of the Jewish people. Its ultimate purpose is to secure
CORE, a national civil rights organization, began in Chicago in 1942, with protests to force desegregation of restaurants and other public accommodations. The Chicago Chapter of Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) Archives contain the papers of Chicago CORE, its Southside subchapter, Metropolitan CORE and the National CORE. This collection has been arranged by chapters, and includes constitutions and by-laws, committee
Includes correspondence, minutes, and other files of the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights (CCDBR), organized in 1960 to protect rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, and of forerunner organizations that shared office files, including the Civil Rights Congress of Illinois, the Lightfoot Defense Committee, and the Smith Act Families Committee. The CCDBR staff also functioned as the
The Chicago Conference on Religion and Race was formed immediately following the National Conference on Race and Religion in January 1963. The National Conference was the first of its kind, and attracted over 700 clergy members who represented over 60 denominations from across the country. The collection highlights both the National Conference on Religion and Race as well as the
The Chicago Seed (Newspaper) Photograph Collection Includes photoprints from the alternative newspaper Chicago Seed. Some photoprints relate to the 1968 Democratic Convention demonstrations in Chicago, the civil rights movement, and other national social and political issues. Negatives show a construction project, an earth-moving project, and an unidentified event with a crowd, possibly in a park. A contact sheet, stored with
The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was founded in 1960 on the initiative of Ella Baker, a member and former executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Seeing the need to capitalize on the student sit-in movement across the South and to incorporate more youth into the civil rights movement, Baker held a conference for student leaders in
Grace Holt was an instructor at UIC for 22 years. In addition to teaching in the Department of Speech and Theatre and the Black Studies Program (African-American Studies Department), Professor Holt was active in the UIC community throughout her career and became involved in women's and African-American issues at the national level. Professor Holt was a pioneer both for promoting
Best known as a member of Pres. Eisenhower’s White House staff, E. Frederic Morrow worked for the Urban League, the NAACP, and CBS radio before joining Eisenhower’s campaign in 1952. He served on the White House staff from 1955 through 1960 and wrote a memoir, Black Man in the White House.
Ethel Ina Untermyer (1925 – 2009) was a deaf education advocate, social reformer, poet, and the leader in the quest to found a forest preserve district in Lake County. Untermyer (nee Kotal) was born in Chicago in 1925. She moved to Lake County with her husband and children in the mid-1950s. In 1957, Untermyer organized a countywide referendum to create
Collection of correspondence, works, research materials, and personal information by and about Hoke Norris, reporter, book reviewer, novelist, and public affairs director. Norris worked for several papers including the Raleigh News and Observer, the Winston-Salem Journal-Sentinel, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Daily News.
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 National Alliance of Black Feminists Collection includes leaflets, a membership application, statement of purpose, calendar, syllabi, and workshop resolutions.
The National Black Feminist Organization Collection includes minutes, correspondence, memoranda, by-laws, published material, and clippings related to the work of the Chicago chapter plus some additional materials from the National Office.
W. Alvin Pitcher (1913-1996), professor, minister, community and social justice activist. The Pitcher Papers include manuscripts, correspondence, press clippings, and extensive records from numerous political and civic organizations. The papers document Pitcher's scholarly career at Denison University and the University of Chicago, his ministerial work, and his participation in the civil rights movement and in various community organizations.
These records pertain to the successor body to the Evanston Community Relations Commission. The Human Relations Commission was established by an Evanston city ordinance in 1968 with a somewhat different structure from that of its predecessor. Its Chair and 14 Members were appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the City Council. “The primary function of the Commission shall
Rev. Albert Sampson, ordained by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., was active in the 1960s civil rights movement. He is the pastor of Fernwood United Methodist Church.
The Reverend Doctor Robert Warren Spike (1923-1966) was a minister, theologian, and activist who served as the first Executive Director of the Commission on Religion and Race of the National Council of Churches and Professor of Ministry and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program in the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. A leader in mobilizing church involvement
The collection consists of the records of the Chicago SNCC Freedom Center, a local branch which was developed in order to establish programs attacking poverty and poor housing conditions, and to create community action projects and youth council programs. It includes mimeographed correspondence, statements, reports, articles, memoranda, press releases, minutes, programs, newsletters, bulletins, and speeches pertaining to the purposes, objectives,
Research materials assembled by Theodore Kornweibel, a professor of African American studies at San Diego State University, used in the writing of monographs about federal surveillance of and campaigns against African Americans, 1917-1925, and federal efforts to compel Black loyalty during World War I. The collection consists of copies of FBI and other federal agency records, including case files obtained
This collection contains records of the University of Chicago Office of the President, covering the administration of George W. Beadle, who served as President from 1961-1968. Included are administrative records such as correspondence, reports, publications, budgets and personnel material.
Speeches, notes, etc., chiefly from the second national convention of the W.E.B. DuBois Clubs of America."
Ida B. Wells, (1862-1931) teacher, journalist and anti-lynching activist. Paper contain correspondence, manuscript of Crusade for Justice: the Autobiography of Ida B. Wells, diaries, copies of articles and speeches by Wells, articles and accounts about Wells, newspapers clippings, and photographs. Also contains Alfreda M. Duster's (Wells' daughter) working copies of the autobiography which Duster edited. Correspondents include Frederick Douglass and
William H. Exum became involved in school integration efforts during the late 1950s and early 1960s both as a student and as a civil rights worker. He joined the faculty of Northwestern University in September, 1977 and served as Associate Professor of African-American Studies and Sociology. Exum's research interests are centered around his concern for understanding the "phenomena of difference,"