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Descriptive inventory for the John Howard Association records [manuscript], 1898-1976, bulk 1920-1976

John Howard Association (Chicago, Ill.) records

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Descriptive inventory for the John Howard Association records [manuscript], 1898-1976, bulk 1920-1976

Prepared by Brittney Baltimore and Abigail Creitz; rev. by Rachel Juris, 2011.
  
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Chicago History Museum, Research Center
1601 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614-6038
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: John Howard Association (Chicago, Ill.) records, 1898-1976 (inclusive), 1920-1976 (bulk)
Creator: John Howard Association (Chicago, Ill.)
Dates: 1898-1976 (inclusive), 1920-1976 (bulk)
Accession number: 1968.0275, 1968.0740, 1977.0057
Bib number: 00066088
Call number: MSS Lot J
Size: 9.75 linear ft. (17 boxes)
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Gift of the John Howard Association(accession #: 1968.0275, 1968.0740, 1977.0057).

Terms governing use:

Copyright may be retained by the creators of items, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law, unless otherwise noted.

Restriction(s):

A folder from box 11 is closed until 2032 and has been removed to a restricted storage area.

Please cite this collection as:

John Howard Association 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 John Howard Association photograph collection (1980.0291), as well as publications of the John Howard Association, cataloged separately.

Collection Summary +/-

Minutes, reports, correspondence, financial records, topical files, speeches, press releases, and other records of the John Howard Association (JHA), a Chicago-based penal reform organization focused on jail and prison conditions within Illinois along with some studies concerning other U.S. prisons. Early materials relate to Frank Emory Lyon, a minister who founded the organization and served as superintendent from 1901 to 1942. Topics of the collection include services to prisoners, ex-convicts, and their families; women prisoners; juvenile offenders; and reforms in penal legislation; prison inspections; jail and prison conditions; and fundraising.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

The John Howard Association (JHA), a Chicago-based penal reform organization, was founded in 1901 by Frank Emory Lyon, a minister who served as superintendent until his retirement in 1942. Originally known as the Central Howard Association, it came to be known as the John Howard Association in the mid-1940s. As of 2011, the organization continues to provide services to prisoners, ex-convicts, and their families, and to advocate for reforms in penal legislation and improved conditions in Illinois jails and prisons.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Capital punishment--Illinois--20th century
Charities--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Chicago, Illinois--Social conditions--20th century
Children of women prisoners--Illinois--20th century
Correctional institutions--Illinois--20th century
Criminals--Rehabilitation--Illinois--20th century
Illinois--Social conditions--20th century
Juvenile courts--Illinois--20th century
Juvenile justice, Administration of--Illinois--20th century
Legal assistance to prisoners--Illinois--20th century
Parole--Illinois--20th century
Prison reformers--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Prison reformers--Illinois--Societies, etc.--20th century
Prison release gratuities--Illinois--20th century
Prisons--Illinois--20th century
Prisons--Law and legislation--Illinois--20th century
Prisons--United States--20th century
Social work with criminals--Illinois--20th century
Women prisoners--Illinois--20th century
Persons:
Lyon, Frank Emory, 1864-1943--Archives
Organizations:
Central Howard Association (Chicago, Ill.)--Archives
John Howard Association (Chicago, Ill.)--Archives
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Financial records
Minutes
Photographic prints
Press releases
Questionaires
Reports
Sermons
Speeches

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in six series.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Minutes and reports, 1901-1976 (box 1-4)
Series 2. Financial records, 1910-1975 (box 5-10)
Series 3. Topical files, 1947-1962 (box 11-14) RESTRICTION: A folder from box 11 is closed until 2032 and has been removed to a restricted storage area.
Series 4. General files 1912-1975 (box 15-16)
Series 5. Sermons and other speeches, 1898-1937 (box 16)
Series 6. Correspondence, 1900-1948 (box 17)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Joy Wohlman Boyce 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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