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Descriptive inventory for the Paul King papers, ca. 1967-1997

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Descriptive inventory for the Paul King papers, ca. 1967-1997

Prepared by Benn P. Joseph and Elizabeth Tavares; rev. by Gwendolyn Keita Robinson, 2009; rev. by Julie Wroblewski, 2016.
  
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Paul King papers, circa 1967-1997 (inclusive)
Creator: Paul King
Dates: circa 1967-1997 (inclusive)
Accession number: 2006.71
Bib number: 00229939
Size: 22 linear feet (45 boxes)
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Gift of Paul King (accession #: 2006.71).

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.

Please cite this collection as:

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

Collection Summary +/-

Correspondence, speeches, newsletters, news clippings, photographs, and other papers of Paul King, Jr., a building contractor and community activist in Chicago (Ill.). Materials relate to his activities as executive director of United Builders Association of Chicago and his leadership in National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC) and in his own firm, UBM Construction, Inc., the largest African American owned construction firm in Illinois in. 2000. Annual convention material from the NAMC is well-represented in the collection. There also are information files on affirmative action policies, including copies of academic and government studies; on government-awarded public works projects, both local and national; and on statistics regarding the participation of minorities in national construction projects. King's correspondents include national African American business leaders and elected officials. His speeches were delivered before Congressional committees, African American business organizations, and academic gatherings.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

Paul King was born September 6, 1938, in Chicago, Illinois. King attended De La Salle High School, the University of Chicago, and Roosevelt University. King worked part time in paint contracting during his schooling, which led to a career in contracting.

In the 1960s, King began to organize with other black contractors to end discrimination in the construction industry and in the awarding of public contracts. He was heavily involved in the formation of the Coalition for United Community Action in 1968, which brought together civil rights groups, community organizations, and street gangs to increase minority hiring and inclusion in the construction trades. The Coalition's work led to the creation of the “Chicago Plan” 1970, which outlined the possible creation of thousands of jobs aimed at young African-American men.

King became executive director of the United Builders Association of Chicago in 1969 and a national officer in the National Association of Minority Contractors. In association with the Builders Association of Chicago and The University of Illinois, King developed training courses in construction management for minority contractors. He also spearheaded two national meetings that involved hundreds of contractors and a working alliance with Congressman Parren Mitchell.

King founded UBM Inc. in 1975 and served as its Chairman and CEO. Under his leadership, UBM completed contracting jobs that included portions of the University of Illinois Hospital, the James R. Thompson Center, the O'Hare expansion and an enlisted quarters at Great Lakes Naval Training Center.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Affirmative action programs
African American business enterprises
African Americans--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Building contractors--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Minorities--Employment--United States
Persons:
King, Paul--Archives
Organizations:
National Association of Minority Contractors
UBM Construction, Inc.
United Builders Association of Chicago
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
News clippings
Newsletters
Photographs
Speeches
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.)--Economic conditions--20th century

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in six series.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Economic, construction, and affirmative action organizations
Series 2. Convention and conference materials
Series 3. Printed materials
Series 4. Government and political materials
Series 5. UBM Construction, Inc.
Series 6. Personal items

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Julie Wroblewski using Oxygen editor, 2016.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Other Finding Aids: Finding aid also submitted to Explore Chicago Collections portal.
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