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Aaron H. Payne (1901 to 1994) was a Chicago-area attorney and civic activist. In 1926, after studying law at the University of Chicago Law School, he was admitted to the Bar of the State of Illinois. Three years later Payne served as Assistant City Prosecutor, Assistant Corporate Counsel, and Arbitrator for the Illinois Industrial Commission. In addition, he served for
Documents the activities of the Illinois Division of the American Civil Liberties Union from its founding through the early 1980s. Includes case files, finances and fundraising information, individual and institutional correspondence, minutes, newsletters and publications, film, audio cassettes, and photographs.
Bennett McVey Stewart was born in Huntsville, Alabama in August 12, 1912. He attended the public schools in Huntsville and Birmingham and received as B.A. from Miles College in Birmingham. In 1968, he served as inspector of the Chicago Building Department and was a rehabilitation specialist for the Chicago Department of Urban Renewal. Steward was elected alderman on the Chicago
A life-long Chicagoan, Brenetta Howell Barrett was a leader and political activist in West Side community organizations. She served in the mayoral administrations of Harold Washington and Eugene Sawyer. Active in housing, environmental and civil liberties issues, she was also involved in community protests in the 1960s and 1970s.
Carole Powell was the Treasurer of the Gerber/Hart Library from 1989-1991; served on the board of Directors of IMPACT, a Chicago based gay and lesbian political action committee; and was involved with the Illinois Gay and Lesbian Task Force. In 1989, she served as Assistant to the Director of Eugene Sawyer's campaign for Mayor of Chicago. She also worked on
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
Dan Rostenkowski (1928-2010) was elected as a Democrat to the Illinois State General Assembly where he served as a representative in the sixty-eighth general assembly (1952) prior to being elected to the Illinois state senate, where he served from 1954 to 1956. Rostenkowski was first elected to the eighty-sixth United States Congress in 1959 and served in seventeen succeeding Congresses
Dempsey J. Travis (1920-2009) was an entrepreneur and civil rights activist whose real estate and mortgage businesses helped shape African American communities throughout Chicago during the mid-20th Century. Travis was also a prominent author who wrote about African American history, politics, and music. The papers include writing drafts, transcripts of interviews, and research.
Emil Jones, Jr. has had a long career in Illinois politics, first on the 1960 John F. Kennedy presidential campaign, followed by working with a Chicago alderman and work as a sewer inspector. He was elected to the Illinois General Assembly in 1973, serving in the Illinois House of Representatives until 1983. During his time as a State Representative, Jones
Eric Werner was born in Riverside California, but his family moved to Chicago when he was 3 years old. After serving in Vietnam in the 1970s, Werner came back to follow his lifelong passion for photography, working as a public relations photographer for most of his life. He also documented community organizing and events, and musicians, as well as other
"For Chicago" was conceived as a non partisan organization of young leaders throughout Chicago working to support the re-election of Mayor Richard J. Daley in 1975 and was active from January-March 1975. The organization was not primarily focused on fund raising, but rather worked to mobilize support for Mayor Daley's re-election by recruiting members and promoting Mayor Daley's accomplishments at
The Freedom Day footage is from an unfinished film project produced by Gordon Quinn, Jerry Temaner, and others when they were students at the University of Chicago and before they formed Kartemquin Films. The original footage was shot in Chicago on October 22, 1963, during a one-day school boycott and march on the headquarters of the Chicago Board of Education
Harold Foote Gosnell (1896-1997) was a political scientist at the University of Chicago during the 1920s and 1930s. He also worked for the federal government and spent the latter part of his academic career at American and Howard Universities. He was renowned for his work on voter behavior, particularly with reference to African-American politics and Chicago politics. The Harold F.
Harold Washington archives and collections. Mayoral records. Journal of the Proceedings of the City Council of the City of Chicago
Harold Washington filed as a mayoral candidate in December 1982. Congressman Harold Washington won the Democratic Primary on February 22, 1983. He defeated both Mayor Jane M. Byrne and Illinois States Attorney Richard M. Daley in that political race. He carried the Mayoral General Election on April 12, 1983 against Republican candidate Bernard E. Epton. Washington was elected in 1983
Like the New York-based National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, The Illinois Gay and Lesbian Task Force (originally the Illinois Gay Rights Task Force) was formed to support the rights of gays and lesbians in Illinois by monitoring legislative bills (including the long-running campaign to pass an anti-discrimination bill that would make sexual orientation a protected class in Illinois) and
IMPACT was one of Chicago's earliest gay and lesbian political action committees. Formed in 1987, it charged itself with increasing politicians' responsiveness to the needs of Chicago's gay and lesbian community.
The Institute of the Church in an Urban Industrial Society was the umbrella organization for a number of Church organizations, including the Urban Training Center and Association for Christian Training. Founded in 1967, it acted as a clearing house, distributing literature on multiple topics related to the Church, civil rights, missionary work around the world, the environment, foreign and corporate
The Josie Brown Childs papers consist of materials from Childs’ political career. The collection specifically includes her work on the Mayor’s Office of Special Events especially under Mayor Harold Washington; newspaper clippings about Chicago politics, Childs’ professional and personal correspondence, and materials from events she planned, such as the Great Lakes Experience Reunion and the Ellington International Conference. Also included
The League of Women Voters of the United States was formed in 1919 when the Nineteenth Amendment enfranchising women was passed. It grew out of the National Women’s Suffrage Association. The League of Women Voters of Chicago was organized in 1950, when ten Chicago-area chapters of the League of Women Voters of Cook County merged. The League’s objectives are to
Louvana Jones served as Illinois State Representative from 1987 to 2006.
Margaret Smith served in the Illinois State Legislature from 1981 until 2002. She was known as a staunch defender of the rights of women, children, the elderly, the poor, and the incarcerated. Smith was born September 25, 1922 in Tennessee. She attended DuSable High School in Chicago and she studied commerce at Tennessee State University. Margaret Smith’s early career was
Mary Ann Smith is alderman of the 48th ward in Chicago; she was appointed in 1989 by Mayor Richard M. Daley to replace Kathy Osterman; she was first elected in 1991. Mary Ann Smith's papers pertain primarily to her tenure as Alderman of the 48th Ward, and are divided into eleven series with multiple subseries that address her aldermanic duties
Melvin G. Holli is a professor of history at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the author of several books on Chicago politics, including Bashing Chicago Traditions: Harold Washington's Last Campaign.
Includes portraits and informal scenes of Chicago Mayor Harold Washington during his tenure as the first African American mayor of the city. Views include public events (such as parades, ribbon-cuttings, award ceremonies, community and church meetings, galas, fundraisers, press conferences, city council meetings, campaign-related events) and informal meetings with Chicago citizens entertainers, athletes, foreign officials, politicians, and religious leaders. Also