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Descriptive Inventory for the Robert Mier papers, 1968-1989, bulk 1982-1989

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Descriptive Inventory for the Robert Mier papers, 1968-1989, bulk 1982-1989

Prepared by Carolyn Chermel and Kendra Hay; ed. by Sarah Dorpinghaus and Rachel Juris, 2011; Gretchen Neidhardt, 2017.
Processed with funding provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
  
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Robert Mier papers, 1968-1989 (inclusive), 1982-1989 (bulk)
Creators: Mier, Robert
Sawyer, Eugene
Washington, Harold, 1922-1987
Chicago (Ill.). Department of Economic Development
Chicago (Ill.). Department of Planning
Chicago (Ill.). Mayor (1983-1987 : Washington)
Community Workshop on Econonmic Development (Chicago Ill.)
Dates: 1968-1989 (inclusive), 1982-1989 (bulk)
Accession number: 1989.0920
Bib number: 00066877
Call number: MSS Lot M
Size:18.5 linear ft. (44 boxes)
1 oversized folder
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Gift of Robert Mier (1989.0920).

Terms governing use:

All rights owned by the donor, including copyright, were deeded to Chicago Historical Society. Copyright may be retained by the creators of items, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law, unless otherwise noted.

Restriction(s):

This collection is open for research use.

Please cite this collection as:

Robert Mier papers (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, in the Mayor Harold Washington administration neighborhood and economic development policy papers, include: Thom Clark papers, Robert Giloth papers, Elizabeth Hollander papers, Ken O'Hare papers, Judith Walker papers, the Harold Washington collection of papers, Kenneth M. Reardon's dissertation on Local economic development in Chicago, and the Chicago Mayor's Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs records.

Collection Summary +/-

Correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, discussion papers, and other working files of Robert Mier, a Chicago city planner, professor, and social activist who served as commissioner of economic development for the City of Chicago in the Mayor Harold Washington administration and as assistant for development and planning in the Mayor Eugene Sawyer administration. Materials pertain to projects with which Mier was engaged, including authoring the 1984 development plan Chicago Works Together; proposals for collateral development at O'Hare Airport, renovation of Navy Pier, and building of various sports facilities; and the proposed 1992 Chicago World's Fair. Also present are correspondence, meeting minutes, and other papers related to Mier's involvement in the mayoral and reelection campaigns of Harold Washington.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

Robert Mier (1924-1995) was a Chicago city planner, professor, and social activist. Mier taught urban planning and public administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he founded the Center for Urban Economic Development in 1978. He served as commissioner of economic development for the City of Chicago in the administration of Mayor Harold Washington (1983- 1987). Notable amongst his accomplishments while holding this position was authoring the 1984 development plan Chicago Works Together. Mier also served as assistant for development and planning to Mayor Eugene Sawyer (1987-1989).

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
$aMunicipal officials and employees$zIllinois$zChicago$y20th century.
Airports--Illinois--Chicago--20th Century
City planners--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
City planning--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Economic development--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Elections--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Exhibitions--Illinois--Chicago--20th Century
Fairs--Illinois--Chicago--20th Century
Historic buildings--Remodeling for other use--Illinois--Chicago
Mayors--Illinois--Chicago--Election
Recreation Areas--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Sports facilities--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Stadiums--Illinois--Chicago--20th Century
Persons:
Mier, Robert--Archives
Sawyer, Eugene
Washington, Harold
Organizations:
Chicago (Ill.)--Department of Planning
Chicago (Ill.)--Department of Economic Development
Chicago O'Hare International Airport
Community Workshop on Economic Development (Chicago, Ill.)
World's Fair--(1992 : Chicago, Ill.)--Planning
Genre/Form:
Articles
Brochures
Correspondence
Minutes
Newspaper Clippings
Press Releases
Reports
Transcripts
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.)--Economic conditions--20th century
Chicago (Ill.)--Officials and employees--20th century
Chicago (Ill.)--Politics and government--20th century
Navy Pier (Chicago, Ill.)--Conservation and resoration

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in nine series.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1, Department of Economic Development, 1982-1988 (box 1-3)
Series 2. Economic Development Commission, 1978-1988 (box 3-5)
Series 3. Development Subcabinet, 1983-1989 (box 5-8)
Series 4. Department of Planning, 1986-1988(box 9-12)
Series 5. Collateral development at O'Hare Airport, 1985-1989 (box 12-13)
Series 6. Navy Pier Development, 1980-1989 (box 14-16)
Series 7. Sports facilities development, 1982-1989 (box 16-23, oversize folder)
Series 8. 1992 Chicago World's Fair, 1972-1987 (box 23-25)
Series 9. Other projects and programs, 1968-1989 (box 26-44)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Karrah Kuykendall using Oxygen 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.
Processing Note:Forms part of the Washington Administration Neighborhood and Economic Development Policy Papers (at Chicago History Museum).
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