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Descriptive inventory for the Illinois Defender Project records, 1964-1976, bulk 1972-1974

Illinois Defender Project Records

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Descriptive inventory for the Illinois Defender Project records, 1964-1976, bulk 1972-1974

Prepared by Sarah Scheinman; ed. by Rachel Juris, 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: Illinois Defender Project Records, 1964-1976 (inclusive), 1972-1974 (bulk)
Creators: Illinois Defender Project
Illinois Law Enforcement Commission
National Legal Aid and Defender Association
National Legal Aid and Defender Association--National Defender Project
Dates: 1964-1976 (inclusive), 1972-1974 (bulk)
Accession number: (accession #: M1979.0077).
Bib number: 00065816
Call numbers: MSS Lot I
MSS Oversize I
Size:4.5 linear feet (11 boxes)
3 volumes (2 wrapped packages)
1 oversized folder
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Gift of the Illinois Defender Project(accession #: M1979.0077).

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 Defender Project 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 the Illinois Defender Project newsletter and the final published report, cataloged separately; as well as Illinois Law Enforcement Commission records.

Collection Summary +/-

Surveys, questionnaires, interviews, correspondence, notes, grant applications, reports, survey tallies, newsletters, standards, manuals, publications, and other records of the Illinois Defender Project, a project to improve the legal representation of indigent defendants in the criminal appeals process.

The majority of the collection consists of questionnaires, interviews, and statistical data from the Illinois Defender Survey, a statewide survey of appointed counsel funded by the Illinois Law Enforcement Commission (ILEC).

Also present are materials pertaining to the formation and operation of the Illinois Defender Project such as correspondence, grant applications, and reports. Includes also some materials related to the National Defender Project of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA).

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

The Illinois Defender Project was formed in 1970 by a grant from the Illinois Law Enforcement Commission (ILEC). The project resulted from a statewide survey conducted in the late 1960s by the Illinois Public Defender Association and funded by the ILEC, which found the need for changes to the criminal appeals process for indigent defendants.

The main purpose of the project was to improve the legal representation of indigent defendants, and the project was appointed to assist in approximately 2,000 criminal appeals during its three years of existence. The project created regional appellate defender offices in Elgin, Ottawa, Springfield, Mt. Vernon, and Chicago (Ill.), and, through the Illinois Defender Survey, collected and analyzed data concerning the status and needs of criminal defendants in Illinois.

The results of the Illinois Defender Survey were published in the report Criminal Defense of Indigents in Illinois, 1973 (1974). The work of the Illinois Defender Project led to the creation of a state agency, the Office of the State Appellate Defender, in 1972.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Appellate procedure--Illinois--20th century
Defense (criminal procedure)--Illinois--20th century
Legal aid--Illinois--20th century
Public defenders--Illinois--20th century
Right to counsel--Illinois--20th century
Organizations:
Illinois Defender Project--Archives
Illinois Law Enforcement Commission
National Legal Aid and Defender Association
National Legal Aid and Defender Association--National Defender Project
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Grant proposals
Interviews
Manuals
Newsletters
Questionnaires
Reports
Research notes
Surveys
Geographic:
Illinois--Politics and government--20th century
Illinois--Social conditions--20th century

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in four series

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Illinois Defender Survey, 1973-1974 (box 1-4, vols. 1-3)
Series 2. Administrative records, 1970-1974 (box 5-6)
Series 3. Publications and reports, 1964-1976 (box 7-9, oversize folder 1)
Series 4. Index cards, undated (box 10-11)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Chelsea Pokrzywinski using Oxygen editor, 2016.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
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