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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
The Office of Public affairs handles all State of Illinois records relating to Chicago State University.
Sylvia Cotton (1912- ) was the founder and president of the Day-Care Crisis Council of the Chicago Area (later the Day Care Action Council), an organization that advocates for safe, affordable child care in the Chicago area. Cotton's work as a child care advocate began with her involvement in the education section of the National Council of Jewish Women. Cotton