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Descriptive inventory for the West Side Christian Parish (Chicago, Ill.) records, 1945-1968, bulk 1952-1962

West Side Christian Parish (Chicago, Ill.) records

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Descriptive inventory for the West Side Christian Parish (Chicago, Ill.) records, 1945-1968, bulk 1952-1962

Prepared by Linda Montalbano and Shanna Seiberlich; ed. by Rachel Juris, 2010; Gretchen Neidhardt, 2017.
Processed with funding provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
  
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: West Side Christian Parish (Chicago, Ill.) records, 1945-1968 (inclusive), 1952-1962 (bulk)
Creators: West Side Christian Parish (Chicago, Ill.)
Benedict, Don, 1917-
Hargraves, J. Archie
Owens, Raymond Lee
Chicago City Missionary Society of the Congregational Churches
Community Renewal Society (Chicago, Ill.)
East Harlem Protestant Parish (New York, N.Y.)
Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities
Dates: 1945-1968 (inclusive), 1952-1962 (bulk)
Accession number: M1977.0041
Bib number: 00067264
Call number: MSS Lot W
Size: 3.5 linear ft. (8 boxes)
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Received from Alan Anderson (accession #: M1977.0041). Materials collected and questionnaires administered by Raymond Owens.

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:

West Side Christian Parish (Chicago, Ill.) 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 publications of the Chicago City Missionary Society, cataloged separately; and the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities records.

Collection Summary +/-

Scrapbooks, questionnaires, interviews, meeting minutes, reports, speeches, press releases, newsletters, brochures, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and other records related to the West Side Christian Parish (WSCP), an interdenominational religious and social service organization. Includes materials collected and interviews of WSCP employees conducted by Raymond Owens, whose master's thesis on the organization is included in the collection. Also present are articles, speeches, and other papers pertaining to Rev. Donald Benedict, co-founder of the WSCP and head of Chicago City Missionary Society (CCMS), as well as administrative records and publications related to the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities (LCMOC), mostly on the subject of racial discrimination in housing.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

The West Side Christian Parish was an interdenominational, multi-service agency serving impoverished neighborhoods on Chicago's West Side. WSCP was founded in 1952 by Donald Benedict and J. Archie Hargraves as a subsidiary of the East Harlem Protestant Parish in New York and was sponsored by the Chicago City Missionary Society (later known as the Community Renewal Society). WSCP offered religious services in storefront churches, as well as a variety of community and social services, including youth programs, and employment and housing assistance. Leaders of the WSCP were active in the civil rights and anti-war movements. WSCP was at one-time located at 1613 West Washington Street.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
African Americans--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Christian sects--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Church and social problems--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Church charities--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Clergy--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Community organization--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Discrimination in housing--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Social service--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Persons:
Benedict, Don, 1917-
Hargraves, J. Archie
Owens, Raymond Lee
Organizations:
Chicago City Missionary Society of the Congregational Churches
Community Renewal Society (Chicago, Ill.)
East Harlem Protestant Parish.
Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities
West Side Christian Parish (Chicago, Ill.)--Archives
Genre/Form:
Brochures
Correspondence
Interviews
Minutes
Newsletters
Newspaper clippings
Pamphlets
Press releases
Programs (documents)
Questionnaires
Reports
Scrapbooks
Speeches
Theses
Geographic:
1613 West Washington Street (Chicago, Ill.)
Chicago(Ill.)--Race relations--20th century
Chicago(Ill.)--Social Conditions--20th century
Near West Side Chicago(Ill.)
West Side Chicago(Ill.)

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in four series:

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. General materials, 1945-1968 (box 1-4)
Series 2. Leadership Council materials, 1959-1968 (box 4-5)
Series 3. Employee study materials, 1950-1963 (box 5-7)
Series 4. Thesis and drafts, 1962 & undated (box 8)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Alessandra Affinito using Oxygen XML editor, 2016; revised by Julie Wroblewski, 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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