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Descriptive inventory for the Kale Williams papers, 1950-2008, bulk 1964-1995

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Descriptive inventory for the Kale Williams papers, 1950-2008, bulk 1964-1995

Prepared by Katie Obriot and Elise Zerega, edited by Kailee Swolley, 2014.
Processed with funding provided by the Council on Library and Information Resources- funded Black Metropolis Research Consortium "Color Curtain Processing Project."
  
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Chicago History Museum, Research Center
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Chicago, IL 60614-6038
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Kale Williams papers, 1950-2008 (inclusive), 1964-1995 (bulk)
Creators: Kale Williams
Chicago Freedom Movement
Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities
American Friends Service Committee. Midwest Regional Office
Dates: 1950-2008 (inclusive), 1964-1995 (bulk)
Accession numbers: 2013.10.1
2014.16.1
Bib number: 00074607
Call number: MSS Lot W
Size: 6.5 linear feet (15 boxes)
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Materials were a gift of Kale and Helen Williams (accession #: 2013.10.1 and 2014.16.1).

Terms governing use:

Copyright 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:

Kale Williams papers (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 materials by and about the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities, the American Friends Service Committee, the Alliance to End Repression, and the Illinois Council to Repeal the Draft, cataloged separately.

Collection Summary +/-

Reports, publications, correspondence, memoranda, briefings, research materials, and newspaper clippings comprising the papers of Kale Williams, former director of the Midwest Office of the American Friends Service Committee and the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities. In 1951, he began his career with the American Friends Service Committee. Williams also worked as a part of the Chicago Freedom Movement with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and starting in 1972 he was the executive director of the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

Kale Williams was born in 1925 in Cedar Vale, Kansas. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. His experiences in war had a direct impact on his embrace of pacifism. In 1951, he began work with the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker service organization based in Chicago (Ill.). In 1958, he became the head of the Midwest office of the AFSC. The AFSC was heavily involved in the Chicago Freedom Movement, also referred to as the Chicago Open Housing Movement, and Williams worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during that time. From 1968 to 1970, Williams led an international Quaker team providing food and medical services to both Nigeria and Biafra during their civil war. In 1972, he became the executive director of the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities (LCMOC), the fair housing organization that was a direct outgrowth of the Chicago Freedom Movement. The LCMOC worked with investigators and lawyers on housing discrimination issues in Chicago. In 1994, Williams was invited to Loyola University Chicago as Visiting Professor of Applied Ethics. In 1996, he was appointed Senior Scholar in the Center for Urban Research and Learning at Loyola and held that position until 2011.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
African Americans--Housing--Illinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area--20th century
African Americans--Illinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area
American Friends Service Committee. Midwest Regional Office--Archives
Chicago (Ill.). Police Dept. Intelligence Section
Chicago Freedom Movement--Anniversaries, etc.
Chicago Freedom Movement--Archives
Chicago Housing Authority
Civil rights--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Discrimination in housing--Illinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area
Discrimination in housing--Law and legislation--United States
Housing--Illinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area
Human rights workers--Illinois--Chicago
Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities--Archives
Police--Complaints against--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Political activists--Illinois--Chicago
Public housing--Illinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area--20th century
Quakers--Illinois--Chicago
Persons:
Gautreaux, Dorothy--Trials, litigation, etc.
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
Raby, Al (Albert Anderson), 1933-1988
Williams, Kale--Archives
Genre/Form:
Announcements
Correspondence
Newspaper clippings
Publications
Reports
Speeches
Geographic:
Chicago Metropolitan Area (Ill.)--Race relations--20th century
Chicago Metropolitan Area (Ill.)--Social conditions--20th century

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in five series with subsequent subseries by topic.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. American Friends Service Committee files, circa 1950-1993 (box 1-4)
Series 2. Chicago public housing files, 1966-2008 (box 4-10)
Subseries 1. Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities files, 1975-2005 (box 4-6)
Subseries 2. Dialogue Group files, 1994-2003 (box 6-7)
Subseries 3. Housing Mobility Conference files, 1987-1998 (box 7-10)
Series 3. Chicago Freedom Movement files, 1966-2006 (box 11-14)
Series 4. Personal papers, 1959-2004 (box 15)
Series 5. Subject files, 1964-1996 (box 15)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Mary Hynes, 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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