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Descriptive inventory for the Chicago Housing Authority development records, 1948-1992

Chicago Housing Authority development records

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Descriptive inventory for the Chicago Housing Authority development records, 1948-1992

Prepared by Jordan Jancosek; edited by Sarah Dorpinghaus, 2010.
Processed with funding provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
  
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Chicago History Museum, Research Center
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Chicago, IL 60614-6038
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Chicago Housing Authority development records, 1948-1992 (inclusive)
Creators: Chicago Housing Authority
Chicago Dwelling Association
United States Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
Chicago Housing Authority times
Dates: 1948-1992 (inclusive)
Accession number: 2003.0052.1
Bib number: 00145811
Call number: MSS Lot C
Size: 16 linear ft. (39 boxes)
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Gift of the Chicago Housing Authority (accession #: 2003.0052.1).

Terms governing use:

All rights owned by the donor, including copyright, were deeded to Chicago Historical Society. Copyright may be retained by the creators of items, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law, unless otherwise noted.

Restriction(s):

Boxes 31-33 are closed until 2075.

Please cite this collection as:

Chicago Housing Authority development records (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Additional Materials +/-

Related material:

Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include "Scrapbooks of newspapers clippings pertaining to the activities of the Chicago Housing Authority, 1957-1967"; and other materials cataloged separately, such as photographs; publications by CHA; and publications about CHA.

Collection Summary +/-

Correspondence, legal documents, financial records, research files, newsletters, press releases, newspaper clippings, meeting minutes, maps, transcripts of speeches, and other records of the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA). Most of the materials relate to CHA's city development plans for the placement of public housing, including ordinances, easements, urban renewal studies, and issues in administering the agency. Also present are materials on activities by and for tenants; complaint files; and files concerning civil rights, affirmative action, and the 1966 racial discrimination lawsuit against CHA filed by Dorothy Gautreaux and other tenants.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) is a municipal corporation established in 1937 to administer public housing in Chicago. Over the years, CHA built many public housing projects, mostly on the South Side of Chicago and primarily serving low-income families although some projects were built in other neighborhoods and planned for other demographic groups. Some of the most prominent projects were the Cabrini-Green Homes (begun in 1942), the ABLA complex (begun in 1943), the Stateway Gardens Homes (begun in 1955), and Robert Taylor Homes (begun in 1962). ABLA included the Jane Addams Homes, the Robert Brooks Homes (including the Robert Brooks Extension), Loomis Courts, and the Grace Abbott Homes. Over the years, the majority of CHA residents were African American, and the selection of sites for public housing often involved controversy. CHA was accused of racial discrimination and segregation and was brought to court in 1966 in a lawsuit filed by Dorothy Gautreaux and other tenants. In 1996, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development took control of CHA, and its supervision lasted until 2000, when Mayor Richard M. Daley and the City of Chicago regained authority over CHA and began housing renovations and redesigns.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
African Americans--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
City planning--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Civil rights--Illinois--Chicago
Construction industry--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Discrimination in housing--Illinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area
Hispanic Americans--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Low-income housing--Illinois--Chicago
Public housing--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Urban renewal--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Persons:
Gautreaux, Dorothy--Trials, litigation, etc
Organizations:
American Arbitration Association
Chicago Boys and Girls Club
Chicago Dwelling Association
Chicago Housing Authority--Archives
Chicago Housing Authority--Management
Genre/Form:
Announcements
Correspondence
Maps
Minutes
Newsletters
Reports
Speeches
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.)--Economic conditions--20th century
Chicago (Ill.)--Race relations
Chicago (Ill.)--Social conditions--20th century
Hyde Park (Chicago, Ill.)--Buildings, structures, etc.
Kenwood (Chicago, Ill.)--Buildings, structures, etc.
Lincoln Park (Chicago, Ill. : Community area)--Buildings, structures, etc.
Near South Side (Chicago, Ill.)

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged nine series.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Ordinances and zoning materials, 1949-1992 (box 1-3)
Series 2. City plans and urban renewal materials, 1949-1961, 1992 (box 4-10)
Series 3. Financial records, 1960-1991 (box 11-16)
Series 4. Correspondence and speeches, 1955-1991 (17-20)
Series 5. Chicago Dwelling Association (CDA) materials, 1948-1961 (box 21)
Series 6. Administrative files, 1953-1991 (box 22-28)
Series 7. City boards and clubs materials, 1955-1983 (box 28-30)
Series 8. Human Resources Dept. files, 1954-1990 (box 30-33) [boxes 31-33 CLOSED until 2075.]
Series 9. Development program materials, 1964-1989 (box 34-39)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Julia Trumpy using Oxygen XML Editor, 2016.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
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