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Descriptive inventory for the Bernard Weisberg papers, 1939-2011, bulk 1964-1985

Bernard Weisberg papers

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Descriptive inventory for the Bernard Weisberg papers, 1939-2011, bulk 1964-1985

Prepared by Ron Sherman; edited by Rachel Juris, 2011; edited by Laura Herlocher, 2016; edited by Gretchen Neidhardt, 2017.
  
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Chicago History Museum, Research Center
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Chicago, IL 60614-6038
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Bernard Weisberg papers, 1939-2011 (inclusive), 1964-1985 (bulk)
Creators: Weisberg, Bernard, d. 1994
American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois
Illinois. Constitutional Convention (1969-1970)
Dates: 1939-2011 (inclusive), 1964-1985 (bulk)
Accession numbers: M1981.0008
2010.0037
2016.35
Bib number: 00064660
Call number: MSS Lot W
Size:27.5 linear feet (66 boxes)
1 oversize folder
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Gift of Bernard Weisberg (accession #: M1981.0008), Ms. Lois Weisberg (accession #: 2010.0037), and Jacob Weisberg (accession #: 2016.35).

Terms governing use:

Copyright may be retained by the creators of items, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law, unless otherwise noted.

Restriction(s):

Research use of this collection is governed by the standard rules and regulations of the Chicago History Museum Research Center.

Please cite this collection as:

Bernard Weisberg papers (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Additional Materials +/-

Related material:

Related collections at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the Lois Weisberg papers; the Peter A. Tomei papers on the 1970 Illinois Constitutional Convention; .

Collection Summary +/-

Correspondence, research files, legal documents, meeting minutes, newsletters, press releases, newspaper clippings, booklets, and other personal papers of Bernard Weisberg, a Chicago human rights lawyer. Materials relate to Weisberg's involvement with the 1970 Illinois Constitutional Convention and to his legal work, especially as general counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois. Topics include police activities, the 1968 Chicago riots, personal privacy, and consumer credit reporting.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

Bernard Weisberg (d. 1994) was a human rights lawyer in Chicago, specializing in constitutional law. After earning a law degree from the University of Chicago and serving in the military, he worked for the law firm Gottlieb and Schwartz. He was general counsel for the Illinois branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) from 1956 to 1977. In 1969, he was elected as an independent delegate to the Illinois Constitutional Convention and served on the Bill of Rights and Rules and Credentials Committees until the convention ended its work in 1970. He was also a member of the Chicago Bar Association's "Special Committee on Civil Disorders" in 1968 and 1969.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Civil rights
Constitutional conventions--Illinois--20th century
Constitutional law--Illinois--20th century
Law reform--Illinois--20th century
Lawyers--Illinois--20th century
Police patrol--Illinois--Chicago--Surveillance operations--20th century
Police--Complaints against
Privacy, Right of
Riots--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Persons:
Weisberg, Bernard, d. 1994 - Archives
Organizations:
American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois
Chicago (Ill.)--Police Department
Democratic National Convention (1968: Chicago, Ill.)
Illinois Constitution (1970)
Illinois Constitutional Convention (1969-1970)
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Legal documents
Minutes
Newsletters
Press releases
Research (document genres)
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.)--Riots, 1968 (April)
Chicago (Ill.)--Riots, 1968 (August)
Illinois - Politics and government - 20th century

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in seven series.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Delegate election campaign, 1952, 1965-1980, 1985-1986, 1993, and undated (box 1-6, 53-57)
Series 2. Convention records, 1970 (box 7-16)
Series 3. Bill of Rights Committee records, 1970 (box 17-24)
Series 4. Constitutional referendum, 1970-1973 (box 25-28)
Series 5. Police issues, 1957-1977, 1986-1988 (box 29-41, 58-60)
Series 6. Privacy, 1972-1976 (box 42-48, 61)
Series 7. Personal papers, 1939, 1946-1988, 1990-1994, 2000-2002, 2011, and undated (box 49-52, 61-66, Oversize)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Laura Herlocher using Oxygen Editor, 2016.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Other Finding Aids: Finding aid also submitted to the Explore Chicago Collections portal.
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