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Afro-American Family and Community Services records

The mission of African American Family Services (AAFS) is to help the African American individual, family and community to reach a greater state of well being through the delivery of community-based, culturally-specific chemical health, mental health, and family preservation services.

Dr. Robert Mendelsohn papers

Dr. Mendelsohn was known for his outspoken criticism of some aspects of the medical establishment. Mendelsohn wrote several books, as well as a syndicated newspaper column, "The People's Doctor." In addition to his medical practice, he served as director of the Cook County Head Start program, director of medical consultation for the federal Head Start program, and operated the New

Friendship House (Chicago, Ill.) photograph collection, part 2

Friendship House was a Catholic interracial apostolate founded in Toronto in the early 1930s, then New York City in 1938, and established in Chicago in 1942. Friendship House Chicago closed its facilities on March 31, 2000.

Michael Reese Nurses Alumnae Association collection of visual materials

Founded in 1881 by the United Hebrew Relief Association, Michael Reese Hospital’s first mission was to provide healthcare to immigrants. A bequest by Michael Reese (1817-1878), a German Jewish immigrant, gave the UHRA the funding needed to establish the hospital. The cornerstone was laid on November 4, 1880, and the hospital opened on Oct. 23, 1881. A nurse training school

Vigils Against Violence posters

Includes notices for speeches and other anti-violence activities held at Stateway Gardens public housing project, located at 35th and State Street in Chicago (Ill.). Collectively known as the Vigils Against Violence, the activities included a candlelight remembrance of the victims of violence on Chicago's south side.

Visiting Nurse Association of Chicago photograph collection

From 1890 to 1995, the Visiting Nurse Association of Chicago employed its own nurses and other health professionals to provide health care to the underprivileged. Now the VNA Foundation operates exclusively as a grantmaking foundation, giving financial support to nonprofit organizations offering home- and community-based care to the underserved.

Welfare Council of Metropolitan Chicago Photograph Collection

The Welfare Council of Metropolitan Chicago was founded in 1914 as the Chicago Central Council of Social Agencies; incorporated in 1919 as the Chicago Council of Social Agencies; in the 1940s, became the Welfare Council of Metropolitan Chicago; in 1971 renamed the Council of Community Services; in 1977 merged with the Community Fund of Chicago to become the United Way

Woodlawn Property Owners Association records

Tax bills and receipts and other papers related to the Woodlawn Property Owners Association, a community organization. Participation in the organization reached as far south as 74th Street in the late 1920s, beyond the official boundaries of the Woodlawn Community Area of Chicago (Ill.). According to one letter (Apr. 3, 1929), this organization of white people sought to restrict ""Woodlawn