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Descriptive inventory for the Roman C. Pucinski papers, 1948-1992

Roman C. Pucinski papers

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Descriptive inventory for the Roman C. Pucinski papers, 1948-1992

Prepared by Archie Motley, 2001; revised 2014.
  
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Roman C. Pucinski papers, 1948-1992 (inclusive)
Creators: Roman C. Pucinski
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Education and Labor
Dates: 1948-1992 (inclusive)
Accession number: 2002.0022
Bib number: 00093155
Call number: MSS Lot P
Size:133 linear feet (106 boxes)
sound recordings
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Gift of Aurelia Pucinski (accession #: 2002.0022).

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):

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

Please cite this collection as:

Roman C. Pucinski 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 Roman C. Pucinski collection of visual materials (2002.0022.6-.7).

Collection Summary +/-

Correspondence with colleagues and constituents, reports, fliers, texts of speeches, memorabilia, drafts of legislation, sound recordings, index cards, and other files of Roman Pucinski, relating to his political career as U.S. Congressman (Illinois 11th District, Democrat), 1959-1973; a member of the National Advisory Council on Vocational Education, 1974-1981; and alderman of Chicago's 41st Ward on the Northwest side, 1973-1991. Mr. Pucinski was considered a national spokesman for Polish Americans as well as other residents of his legislative districts and corresponded widely with Polish and Polish American organizations. The collection also provides an overview of legislation introduced by Pucinski; materials on the work of the House Committee on Education and Labor, which Pucinski chaired after Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.; information on Medicare, minimum wage, labor unions, the National Labor Relations Board; Chicago politics and his neighborhood with some expressions of his constituents' attitudes on major issues, including racial militancy and civil rights; and Pucinski's unsuccessful campaign for the U.S. Senate in 1972 against Charles Percy.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

Roman Conrad Pucinski was a reporter, war hero, U.S. Congressman (Democrat, 11th District of Illinois), and Chicago alderman (41st Ward). He was born in Buffalo (N.Y.) and educated in Chicago area schools and colleges before working as a Chicago Sun-Times reporter and writer (ca.1939-1959). During World War II, he was a pilot and became a war hero. His leading role in Chicago's Polish American community followed in the footsteps of his mother Lydia Pucinska, famed performer and broadcaster, and was continued by his daughter Aurelia Pucinski, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. Early in his career (1952) he served as chief investigator for the Congressional select committee investigating the Katyn Forest Massacre of Polish army officers during World War II. In the U.S. House of Representatives, he served on the Committee on Education and Labor under chairman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., and succeeded him as chair. In 1972, Pucinski did not seek reelection to the House in order to campaign for the U.S. Senate against Charles Percy. After losing that election, he served as alderman of Chicago's 41st Ward, on the Northwest side, for many years. He died Sept. 25, 2002.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
City council members--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Election districts--Illinois--Chicago--11th Congressional District (Ill.)
Election districts--Illinois--Chicago--41st Ward
Election districts--United States--11th Congressional District (Ill.)
Legislators--United States--20th century
Polish Americans--20th century
Polish Americans--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Polish people--20th century
Politicians--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Persons:
Powell, Adam Clayton, 1908-1972
Pucinski, Roman C., 1919-2002 -- Archives
Organizations:
Democratic Party (Chicago, Ill.)
Democratic Party (Ill.)
Democratic Party (U.S.)
United States--Congress. House
United States--Congress. House. Committee on Education and Labor
United States--National Labor Relations Board
Genre/Form:
Announcements
Audiotapes
Bills of sale
Correspondence
Reports
Speeches
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.)--Politics and government--1951
Illinois--Politics and government--1951
Northwest Side (Chicago, Ill.)
United States--Politics and government--1945-1989

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in three series.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Congressional papers, 1948-1974 (boxes 1-82)
Series 2. Aldermanic papers, 1960-1992 (boxes 83-105)
Series 3. Other materials (boxes 106-108)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Eric Peich and Julie Wroblewski using Oxygen XML editor, 2017.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
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