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Descriptive inventory for the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities collection of visual materials, 1967-1982, bulk 1967-1975

Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities collection of visual materials

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Descriptive inventory for the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities collection of visual materials, 1967-1982, bulk 1967-1975

Prepared by Brienne Callahan, 2016.
  
Please address questions to:
Chicago History Museum, Research Center
1601 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614-6038
Web-site: http://libguides.chicagohistory.org/research
Catalog: http://chsmedia.org
E-mail: research@chicagohistory.org
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities collection of visual materials, 1967-1982 (inclusive), 1967-1975 (bulk)
Creator: Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities (Chicago, Ill.)
Dates: 1967-1982 (inclusive), 1967-1975 (bulk)
Accession numbers: 1978.0043
1982.0003
1984.0172
1985.0033
1992.0212
Bib number: 00222959
Call numbers: 1992.0212 PPL
1992.0212 PCT-0256
1992.0212 PPN-0403
Size: 1.4 linear feet, including approximately 1760 images (3 boxes)

Provenance statement:

Gift of the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities (accession #: 1978.0043, 1982.0003, 1984.0172, 1985.0033, 1992.0212).

Terms governing use:

Credit photographer, some restrictions may apply.

Restriction(s):

Advance appointment required to view material from cold storage.

Please cite this collection as:

Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities collection of visual materials (Chicago History Museum), with a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of the specific item(s).

Additional Materials +/-

Related material:

Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the Kale Williams papers and publications of the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities, cataloged separately

Separated material:

Visual materials in this collection were transferred from the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities records, part 1.

Collection Summary +/-

Black-and-white photographic negatives (approximately 1059), photographic prints (383) and contact sheets (76); color transparencies (238) and photographic prints (4) depicting the activities of the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities (LCMOC) and affiliated organizations, including the Housing Investments Fund (HIF), the Regional Housing Coalition, and the South Shore Scene newspaper. The majority of the images depict events, workshops, and publicity materials of the organizations in support of their respective missions to increase housing access and end housing discrimination in Chicago and surrounding suburbs during the late 1960s and 1970s. Photographic prints, ads, and news releases used to create the South Shore Scene in 1972 and 1973 are also included. Other images in the collection depict staff and board members from LCMOC and HIF, as well as the built environment in Chicago and the suburbs, including images of housing and models of homes.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

The Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities (LCMOC), one of the first open-housing organizations in the U.S., was founded on December 6, 1966, following a number of open-housing actions by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and others involved in the Chicago Freedom Movement. Following a summit held by the Chicago Conference on Religion and Race that brought together government (federal, state, and local), religious, labor, civil rights, and business leaders, the not-for-profit LCMOC was established to tackle the challenges of housing discrimination in the Chicago metropolitan area. The original board and staff leadership included: James W. Cook, president; James W. Montgomery, vice president; Al Raby, vice president; David Kennedy, Treasurer; Paul M. Lund, Secretary; and Edward L. Holmgren, Executive Director. Kale Williams succeeded Holmgren as Executive Director in 1972.

LCMOC used a variety of tactics to achieve its goals, including holding educational conferences, presentations, and workshops, advertising campaigns, lawsuits on behalf of individuals facing discrimination, and developing advocacy partnerships with other agencies and groups working in the field. In 1972, the LCMOC, Chicago Metropolitan Housing Development Corporation, and the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission organized the Metropolitan Housing Coalition (renamed the Regional Housing Coalition in 1973) to work with suburban officials to achieve a planned, balanced dispersal of subsidized housing throughout the Chicago region; the presentation slides in this collection result from this partnership. LCMOC also worked extensively with an affiliated organization, Home Investments Fund (HIF), which provided loans and other home-buying assistance to low- and moderate-income individuals to encourage housing integration in the city and suburbs; the two entities merged in 1976.

LCMOC's programs served as a guide for national housing policy; in 1991, the U.S. Congress passed legislation to replicate it in five metropolitan areas. In its 40-year lifetime, the LCMOC assisted 10,000 families and trained 30,000 individuals in fair housing issues and advocacy. The organization ceased operations on June 2, 2006.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Discrimination in housing--Illinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area
Housing--Illinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area--1950-1989
Minorities--Housing--Illinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area--1950-1989
Persons:
Brown, James--1933-2006
Cody, John Patrick
Gautreaux, Dorothy
Holmgren, Edward
Kerner, Otto--1908-1976
Lee, Brenda--1944-
Walker, Daniel--1922-2015
Williams, Kale
Organizations:
Chicago Metropolitan Housing Development Corporation
Home Investments Fund
Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities
Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission
Regional Housing Coalition
South Shore Scene
Genre/Form:
Advertisements
Contact sheets--Black and white
Film negatives--Black and white
Film transparencies--Color
Photographic prints--Black and white
Photographic prints--Color
Photomechanical prints
Geographic:
Chicago Metropolitan Area (Ill.)--Race relations--1950-1989

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in five series.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Events and Workshops , ca. 1967-1982 (items found in 2 boxes)
Series 2. Publicity Materials, ca. 1967-1982, bulk 1972-1975 (items found in 3 boxes)
Series 3. Board and Staff Portraits, 1967-1982 (items found in 2 boxes)
Series 4. Built Environment, 1967-1982 (items found in 2 boxes)
Series 5. Negatives 1967-1975, bulk 1967-1968 (items found in 1 box)

About This Finding Aid +/-

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