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Descriptive inventory for the Judge Sidney A. Jones, Jr. papers, 1931-1994

Judge Sidney A. Jones, Jr. papers

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Descriptive inventory for the Judge Sidney A. Jones, Jr. papers, 1931-1994

Prepared by Katie Obriot and Elise Zerega, 2013. Edited by Julie Wroblewski, 2015.
Processed with funding by the Council on Library and Information Resources-funded Black Metropolis Research Consortium "Color Curtain Processing Project."
  
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Judge Sidney A. Jones, Jr. papers, 1931-1994 (inclusive)
Creators: Sidney A. Jones, Jr.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
Illinois. Circuit Court (Cook County)
United States. Dept. of Labor
Dates: 1931-1994 (inclusive)
Accession number: 2012.0031.1
Bib number: 00145878
Call number: MSS Lot J
Size: 1.5 linear feet (4 boxes)
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Materials were a gift of the Judge's daughter Roma J. Stewart in 2012 (accession #: 2012.0031.1).

Terms governing use:

Rights owned by the donor, including copyright, were donated to Chicago Historical Society. Other copyrights may be retained by the creators of items, or their descendants as stipulated by United States copyright law, unless otherwise noted.

Restriction(s):

This collection is open for research use.

Please cite this collection as:

Judge Sidney A. Jones, Jr., papers (Chicago History Museum), plus a detailed description, date, and series/box/folder/call number of a specific item.

Collection Summary +/-

Correspondence, publications, programs, legal documents, newspaper clippings, photographs, and writings by and about Judge Sidney A. Jones, Jr., attorney, alderman of the 6th Ward, Cook County Circuit Court judge, and mayoral appointee as director of the Mayor's License Commission under Mayor Harold Washington in the 1980s. A portion of the collection documents his involvement in various fraternities, clubs, and religious organizations. Of particular note are legal cases Jones tried for the United States Labor Department in the 1930s concerning resistance by labor unions against admitting African Americans.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

Judge Sidney A. Jones, Jr. (1909-1993) was a Chicago attorney, alderman, and Cook County Circuit Court judge. Jones was born in Sandersville, Georgia and later moved with his family to Savannah, Georgia. He graduated from Atlanta University in 1928 and from Northwestern University Law School in 1931. While at Northwestern, Jones became a member of the fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha of which he was an active member until his death. After law school, Jones practiced law in Chicago and was a Senior Attorney for the United States Department of Labor from 1939 to 1946.

Jones won election as alderman of the 6th Ward in Chicago in 1955. In 1960, he was elected Cook County Circuit Court judge and was re-elected until his retirement from the bench in 1980. After this retirement, Jones became an adjunct professor of law at DePaul University College of Law until 1983. Mayor Harold Washington appointed Jones director of the city License Commission in 1983. Jones stayed in the mayoral cabinet until 1989. Jones was a member of the Chicago Bar Association, National Bar Association, past President of the Cook County Bar Association, served on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Boys Club, life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, and was legal counsel of the Fourth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
African American Judges--Illinois--Chicago
African American Lawyers--Illinois--Chicago
African Americans--Illinois--Chicago--Societies, etc.
Courts--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Courts--Illinois--Cook County
Discrimination in employment--United States--20th century
Labor unions--United States--20th century
Legislators--Illinois--Chicago--20th century--6th Ward
Persons:
Jones, Sidney A., 1909-1993--Archives
Washington, Harold, 1922-1987
Organizations:
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
Illinois. Circuit Court (Cook County)
Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). School of Law. Class of 1931 Sixtieth Reunion
Original Forty Club of Chicago
Sigma Pi Phi
United States. Dept. of Labor--Officials and Employees
Genre/Form:
Articles
Clippings
Correspondence
Legal documents
Photographic prints
Programs (documents)
Publications
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.)--Politics and government--20th century
Chicago (Ill.)--Race relations--20th century

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged physically into five series by subject.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Fraternal order and club involvement, 1936-1994 (items found in boxes 1-2)
Series 2. Civic engagement, 1970-1992 (items found in box 3)
Series 3. Law career, 1932-1992 (items found in boxes 3-4)
Series 4. Political involvement, 1956-1989 (items found in box 4)
Series 5. Personal, 1937-1993, undated (items found in box 4)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Michael Bezushko using Oxygen XML 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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