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Descriptive inventory for the Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty records, 1963-1986, bulk 1976-1980

Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty records

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Descriptive inventory for the Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty records, 1963-1986, bulk 1976-1980

Prepared by Ron Sherman; edited by Rachel Juris, 2011.
Processed with funding provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
  
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Chicago History Museum, Research Center
1601 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614-6038
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty records, 1963-1986 (inclusive), 1976-1980 (bulk)
Creators: Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty
Mary Alice Rankin
Alliance to End Repression
Illinois Committee to Abolish Capital Punishment
Illinois Defender Project
Illinois Law Enforcement Commission
National Coalition Against the Death Penalty
Dates: 1963-1986 (inclusive), 1976-1980 (bulk)
Bib number: 00065814
Call number: MSS Lot I
Size: 5.5 linear feet (14 boxes)
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

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:

Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty 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 records of member and allied organizations, including the Alliance to End Repression, as well as publications of the Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty, cataloged separately.

Collection Summary +/-

Correspondence, research about individuals facing the death penalty, pamphlets, flyers, booklets, newspaper clippings, and other records of the Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty, an association of non-profit organizations that educated the public about and lobbied against capital punishment. Present are records of member and allied organizations such as the Alliance to End Repression, the Illinois Law Enforcement Commission, and the National Coalition Against the Death Penalty. Includes materials pertaining to the Death Penalty Study Project, the Illinois Defender Project, and other related projects. Also included is correspondence of the Illinois Committee to Abolish Capital Punishment, an associated organization led by Willard J. Lassers.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

The Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty (later known as the Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty) was founded in 1976 as an association of non-profit organizations that lobbied against laws that allowed for capital punishment to be imposed in Illinois and against its use in specific cases, as well as educating the public about problems with the death penalty. Mary Alice Rankin was founder and first director of the coalition. As of 2011, the coalition remained active.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Actions and defenses--Illinois--20th Century
Capital punishment--Illinois--20th Century
Capital punishment--United States--20th Century
Criminal justice, Administration of--Illinois--20th century
Death row inmates--Illinois--20th century
Death row inmates--United States--20th century
Judicial error--Illinois--20th century
Police--Complaints against--Illinois
Prison riots--Illinois--Pontiac--20th century
Prosecutorial misconduct--Illinois--20th century
Race and crime--Illinois--20th century
Organizations:
Alliance to End Repression
Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty--Archives
Illinois Committee to Abolish Capital Punishment
Illinois Defender Project
Illinois Law Enforcement Commission
National Coalition Against the Death Penalty
Pontiac Correctional Center (Ill.)
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Financial records
Newspaper clippings
Pamphlets
Research (document genres)
Geographic:
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. Correspondence, 1973-1982 (box 1-2)
Series 2. Individuals facing the death penalty, 1965-1981 (box 3-6)
Series 3. Illinois Committee to Abolish Capital Punishment, 1965-1978 (box 7-8)
Series 4. Other projects, 1973-1981 (box 8-9)
Series 5. Allied organizations, 1964-1982 (box 10-11)
Series 6. Newspaper clippings, 1965-1979 (box 11-12)
Series 7. Pamphlets, booklets, and other printed materials, 1963-1986 (box 12-14)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Anders L. Swendsrud using Oxygen XML editor, 2016.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
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