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Descriptive inventory for the Chicago Reporter (periodical) records, 1972-1989

Chicago Reporter (periodical) records

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Descriptive inventory for the Chicago Reporter (periodical) records, 1972-1989

Prepared by Christopher Johnson, 2018; ed. by Julie Wroblewski, 2018
  
Please address questions to:
Chicago History Museum, Research Center
1601 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614-6038
Web-site: http://libguides.chicagohistory.org/research
Catalog: http://chsmedia.org
E-mail: research@chicagohistory.org
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Chicago Reporter (periodical) records, 1972-1989 (inclusive)
Creators: The Chicago Reporter
Community Renewal Society
Dates: 1972-1989 (inclusive)
Accession number: 1989.0472
Bib number: 00065123
Call numbers: MSS Lot C
0MM 331
PSM 1989.0472
Size:16 linear feet (38 boxes)
7 cassette tapes
1 folder photo negatives
Language of material:Collection is written in English, and Spanish.

Provenance statement:

Gift of The Chicago Reporter, 1989 (accession #: 1989.0472).

Terms governing use:

The donor deeded all rights owned by the donor to this material, including copyright, to Chicago Historical Society.

Restriction(s):

Advance appointment required to view cassette tapes. For listening purposes, it is necessary to use a copy, not the original sound recording (and to have a listening copy made if one is not available).

Please cite this collection as:

Chicago Reporter (periodical) Records, Chicago History Museum, Research Center, plus a detailed description, date, and series/box/folder of a specific item.

Additional Materials +/-

Related material:

Related collections at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the John A. McDermott papers (2010.0029.1) and The Chicago Reporter (periodical) photograph collection (1989.0136), and copies of the publication cataloged separately.

Collection Summary +/-

Correspondence, reports, research files, periodicals, news releases, news clippings, interview transcripts, mailing lists, data sheets, and other materials related to the Chicago Reporter organization as well as its publications concerning civil rights issues within the Chicagoland area. Contained are several research documents on Chicago’s handling of race relations, involving the minority populations’ rights and roles as they relate to city infrastructure. Several drafts, potential story suggestions, and outlined investigations written by the staffed reporters are present as well with handwritten notes along with revisions. Also included are the Chicago Reporter's own records pertaining to the publication’s organizational affairs dealing with staff guidelines, salaries, fundraising, awards, and direct interactions with the readership. Audio material includes cassette tapes while the visual material includes photo negatives.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

The Chicago Reporter was founded in 1972, under the direction of civil rights advocate John A. McDermott, as a monthly publication by the Toward An Open Society Division of the Community Renewal Society, a non-profit urban mission agency of the United Church of Christ. The paper's reporting focused on race and poverty issues in Chicago with a particular focus on African American and Latina/o communities, including discrimination within the city in several departments of city infrastructure; discrepancies in minority healthcare services, education, and employment; exposure of mistreatment of elderly African American people within nursing homes; and under-reporting of fire deaths in poor and minority neighborhoods.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
African Americans--Civil rights--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Catholics--Illinois--Chicago--20th--century
Community organization--Illinois--Chicago--20th--century
Discrimination in employment--United States
Hispanic Americans--Illinois--Chicago--Economic conditions
Hispanic Americans--Illinois--Chicago--Social conditions
Journalism--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Minorities--Illinois--Chicago
Periodicals--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Poverty--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Racism--Illinois--Chicago
Social service--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Persons:
King, Martin Luther, Jr.--1929-1968
McDermott, John A.--1949-1996--Archives
Organizations:
Catholic Inter-Racial Council (Chicago, Ill.)
Chicago Freedom Movement
Community Renewal Society (Chicago, Ill.)--Archives
National Center for the Laity
Genre/Form:
Audio recordings
Correspondence
Negatives
Periodicals
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.)--Ethnic relations--20th century
Chicago (Ill.)--Race relations--20th century
Chicago (Ill.)--Riots, 1968 (April)
Chicago (Ill.)--Social conditions--20th century

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in four series. The first series, Research Materials, has three subseries. The overall arrangement of the collection closely reflects the original order of the materials.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Research Materials, 1972-1985
Subseries 1. Education, 1975-1982
Subseries 2. Health, 1972-1982
Subseries 3. Other/Civil Rights, 1972-1982
Series 2. Administrative Files, 1972-1989
Series 3. Story Processing, 1972-1985
Series 4. Reporter files, 1974-1987

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Christopher Johnson using Oxygen editor, 2018; ed. by Julie Wroblewski, 2018
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Processing Note:Processed with support from the Black Metropolis Research Consortium Archie Motley Archival Internship program.
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