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Descriptive inventory for the John Gutknecht papers, 1906-1972 (bulk 1920-1960)

John Gutknecht papers

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Descriptive inventory for the John Gutknecht papers, 1906-1972 (bulk 1920-1960)

Prepared by Claudia Nickson and Kit Fluker, ed. by 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: John Gutknecht papers, 1906-1972 (inclusive), 1920-1960 (bulk)
Creator: John Gutknecht
Dates: 1906-1972 (inclusive), 1920-1960 (bulk)
Accession number: M1972.0048
Bib number: 00066080
Call numbers: MSS Lot G
MSS Oversize G
Size:2.75 linear ft. (5 boxes)
11 vols.
1 oversize folder
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Gift of Mrs. John Gutknecht (accession #: M1972.0048).

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:

John Gutknecht 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, include the John Gutknecht photograph collection (1980.0135).

Collection Summary +/-

Biographical materials, correspondence, travel diaries (17 v.; 1934-1965), scrapbooks (11 v.; 1911-1960), transcripts, certificates, photocopies of newspaper clippings, and other papers of John Gutknecht, a Chicago lawyer and judge. Present are transcripts of radio broadcasts pertaining to traffic court (1930s) and the Chicago Boys' Court (ca. 1932-1943), and transcripts of speeches from Gutknecht's successful campaign for Cook County State's Attorney (1951-1952). A large portion of the collection consists of travel diaries and transcripts of radio broadcasts of Gutknecht's commentaries on the political situation in Europe and the rise of Fascism (1936-1945), as well as customs, social and economic conditions, and political problems in Latin and South America (1943-1944). The scrapbooks contain clippings related to Gutknecht's education and career.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

John Gutknecht (1889-1972) was a Chicago lawyer and judge, and a professor of law at DePaul University and John Marshall Law School. Gutknecht served as a judge for the Municipal Court of Chicago (1932-1950), Cook County State's Attorney (1952-1956), and as a judge for the Circuit Court of Cook County (1958-1968). As a municipal court judge, Gutknecht was known for his work with the Chicago Boys' Court and the traffic court. Gutknecht also traveled extensively in Europe, Latin America, South America, Asia, and the Middle East, and gave many public addresses, reports, and radio broadcasts on his travel experiences, including commentaries on the rise of fascism in Europe.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Fascism--Italy
Judges--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Juvenile courts--Illinois--Cook County--20th century
Juvenile justice, Administration of--Illinois--Cook County--20th century
Lawyers--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
National socialism--Germany
Traffic courts--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Persons:
Gutknecht, John, 1889-1972--Archives
Organizations:
Chicago (Ill.) Boys' Court
Chicago (Ill.) Municipal Court
Chicago (Ill.) Municipal Court--Traffic Court
Cook County (Ill.) State's Attorney
John Marshall High School (Chicago, Ill.)--Students
Genre/Form:
Articles
Certificates
Correspondence
Diaries
Newspaper clippings
Photocopies
Scrapbooks
Speeches
Transcripts
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.)--Politics and government--20th century
Chicago (Ill.)--Social conditions--20th century
Chicago (Ill.)--Social life and customs--20th century
China--Politics and government--1912-1949
Europe--Description and travel
Europe--Politics and government--1918-1945
Latin America--Description and travel
South America--Description and travel

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in five series.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Biographical materials, 1906-1972 (box 1-3, 5, OSFF 1)
Series 2. Traffic court broadcast transcripts, 1932-1968 (box 4)
Series 3. Travel broadcast transcripts, 1936-1945 (box 4)
Series 4. General materials, 1933-1968 (box 4)
Series 5. Scrapbooks, 1911-1960 (Vols. 1-11)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Kristin Lear using Oxygen 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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