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Descriptive inventory for the Edward Moss Martin papers, 1896-1985

Edward Moss Martin papers

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Descriptive inventory for the Edward Moss Martin papers, 1896-1985

Prepared by Kit Fluker, 2010.
  
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Chicago History Museum, Research Center
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Edward Moss Martin papers, 1896-1985 (inclusive)
Creators: Edward Moss Martin
Citizenship Council of Metropolitan Chicago
Joint Civic Committee on Elections(Chicago, IL)
Municipal Art League of Chicago
Union League Club of Chicago
Union League Club of Chicago. Public Affairs Committee
United States. Public Health Service
Dates: 1896-1985 (inclusive)
Bib number: 00065376
Call numbers: MSS Lot M
MSS Oversize A
Size:3 linear feet(7 boxes)
2 volumes
1 sound recording
1 oversize folder
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Gift of Mrs. Edward Moss Martin. An addition to the collection was donated by the Union League Club of Chicago.

Terms governing use:

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

Restriction(s):

For listening purposes, it is necessary to use a copy, not the original (and to have a listening copy made if one is not available).

Please cite this collection as:

Edward Moss Martin 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 Moss family papers (M1979.0025) and publications cataloged separately.

Collection Summary +/-

Biographical materials, correspondence, publications, research materials, memoranda, fliers, programs, and other papers of Edward Moss Martin, a civic reformer and member of the Union League Club of Chicago. Much of the material in the collection relates to Martin's work as director of public affairs (1924-1960) and director of the Civic and Arts Foundation (1960-1974) at the Union League Club of Chicago, including research materials on local government in Illinois villages, programs and promotional materials for Union League events, and correspondence and articles related to Martin's awards and citations, retirement, and professional contacts. Biographical materials pertain to Martin's childhood, education, and early employment. Present are booklets and articles, some authored by Martin, that document Martin's interest in judicial, electoral, and civic reforms. Also included are materials related to organizations with which Martin was involved, notably the Municipal Art League of Chicago and the Citizenship Council of Metropolitan Chicago.

The collection includes a reel-to-reel tape of a speech given about Martin when the Union League Club honored him with a citation for distinguished public service (1958).

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

Edward Moss Martin (1896-1985) was a civic reformer and active in the Union League Club of Chicago. After graduating from Oberlin College in 1916, Martin worked as a reporter for the Chicago City News Bureau, as a field investigator for the U.S. Public Health Service, and studied and taught at the National Institute for Public Administration in New York City. Martin served as director of public affairs for the Union League Club of Chicago from 1924 to 1960, and as director of the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation from 1960 to 1974. Martin received his doctorate in political science from the University of Chicago in 1938. His doctoral thesis was an analysis of the effects that the Chicago Bar Association's recommendations to voters had on judicial elections, and was published in 1936 as The Rôle of the Bar in Electing the Bench in Chicago.

Throughout his life, Martin pursued civic reforms through his involvement with a variety of organizations and committees. In the late 1940s he served as chairman of the Joint Civic Committee on Elections, a group dedicated to educating voters and discouraging electoral fraud, and in 1953 he became chairman of the Council on Government Personnel, which worked to improve the merit system in the Illinois civil service. He was an advocate of the city manager system of government, and worked to pass legislation that would enable Illinois cities to adopt city manager plans. He was also interested in judicial reform, and advocated for the appointment, rather than election, of judges. Martin's organizational affiliations also include serving as chairman of the Municipal Art League of Chicago and cofounder and secretary of the Citizenship Council of Metropolitan Chicago.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Citizenship -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 20th century
Civic leaders -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 20th century
Elections -- Illinois -- 20th century
Justice, Administration of -- Illinois -- 20th century
Law reform -- Illinois -- 20th century
Municipal government by city manager -- Illinois -- 20th century
Public art -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 20th century
Reformers -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 20th century
Voting -- Illinois -- 20th century.
Persons:
Martin, Edward Moss, 1895-1985--Archives
Van der Vries, Bernice T., 1890-
Organizations:
Citizenship Council of Metropolitan Chicago
Joint Civic Committee on Elections (Chicago, Ill.)
Municipal Art League of Chicago
Union League Club of Chicago
Union League Club of Chicago.$bPublic Affairs Committee
United States. Public Health Service
Genre/Form:
Articles
Audiotapes
Correspondence
Diaries
Essays
Memorandums
Minutes
Newspaper clippings
Pamphlets
Photographic prints
Program documents
Research notes
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.) -- Politics and government -- 20th century
Chicago (Ill.) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
Illinois -- Politics and government -- 20th century

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in six series.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Biographical materials, 1896-1985 (box 1)
Series 2. Publications, 1914-1939 (box 2)
Series 3. Union League Club of Chicago, Public Affairs Committee, 1924-1985 (box 3-4 and sound recording)
Series 4. Union League Civic and Arts Foundation, 1949-1985 (bulk 1974-1985) (box 5, 2 vols.)
Series 5. Citizenship Council of Metropolitan Chicago, 1975-1984 (box 6)
Series 6. Miscellaneous organizations and activities, 1955-1985 (box 7, oversize folder)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Kelly J. Applegate 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.
Processing Note:Processed with funding provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
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