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Descriptive inventory for the Uptown Chicago Commission papers, 1945-1986

Uptown Chicago Commission records

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Descriptive inventory for the Uptown Chicago Commission papers, 1945-1986

Prepared by Diane Asseln, 1996. Revised by Alex Raynor, 2013.
Processed with funding provided by the U.S. Department of Education, Title II-C Program.
  
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Chicago History Museum, Research Center
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Uptown Chicago Commission records, 1945-1986 (inclusive)
Creators: Uptown Chicago Commission
Arai, Joan F.
Bezazian, Flo
Brown, David E.
Damofle, Urania P.
Dobbeck, E. E.
Freeman, Allen G.
Votaw, Albert N.
Yates, Sydney Richard, 1909-2000
Chicago Model Cities Program
Conservation Community Council (Chicago, Ill.)
Edgewater Community Council (Chicago, Ill.
Lake View Citizens' Council (Chicago, Ill.)
Rogers Park Community Council
United States. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
Dates: 1945-1986 (inclusive)
Accession number: 1987.0312; M1976.0054)
Bib number: 00067180
Call number: MSS Lot U
Size:30 linear feet (61 boxes)
3 oversize posters
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Most of the collection was a gift of the Uptown Chicago Commission in 1986 (accession#: 1987.0312; M1976.0054)

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):

Box 58 is closed to researchers.

Please cite this collection as:

Uptown Chicago Commission 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 the Joan Arai papers (1987.0312), the Visual materials of the Uptown Chicago Commission (1987.0312), and the Uptown Chicago Commission photographs of buildings (1991.0311), as well as publications of the Uptown Chicago Commission, cataloged separately.

Separated material:

Three posters were removed from the main collection due to size restrictions and were cataloged as OSFF U.

Collection Summary +/-

Correspondence, memoranda, reports, minutes, financial records, press releases, and topical files of the Uptown Chicago Commission (UCC), a representative community organization, founded in 1955, in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago (Ill.) to serve as a forum for communication and as a catalyst for action for Uptown residents, community organizations, institutions, and businesses. Also present in the collection are reports, proposals, and memoranda from the local Model Cities Program, a cooperative program of federal, state, and local government that assisted neighborhood planning to organize block clubs, foster economic development plans, and promote projects to improve housing, education, transportation, and health and medical facilities in the community.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

The Uptown Chicago Commission (UCC), a representative community organization, was founded in Chicago in 1955 to serve as a forum for communication and a catalyst for neighborhood action for Uptown residents, civic and community organizations, institutions and businesses. Formation of the commission began when Robert C. Lewis of the Bank of Chicago convened a meeting to establish an organization and apply for a charter. Robert J. O'Rourke, who later became president of the commission, alderman of the 48th ward and state's attorney, took the responsibility of ensuring a charter was properly drawn up. The UCC thus became a functioning legal entity for the area from Irving Park to Bryn Mawr and the Lake to Clark Street, and its first permanent office was established in February of 1956.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Appalachians (People)--Illinois--Chicago
City planning--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Community development, Urban--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Community organization--Illinois--Chicago--20th century.
Drug abuse--Treatment--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Halfway houses--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Mental health facilities--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Public health--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Public housing--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Urban renewal--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Persons:
Arai, Joan F.
Organizations:
Chicago Model Cities Program
Conservation Community Council (Chicago, Ill.)
Edgewater Community Council (Chicago, Ill.)
Harry S. Truman College (Chicago, Ill.)
Lake View Citizens Council (Chicago, Ill.)
Lakeview/Uptown Model Cities Community Council (Chicago, Ill.)
Rogers Park Community Council (Chicago, Ill.)
United States. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Uptown Chicago Commission--Archives
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Financial records
Maps
Minutes
Press releases.
Reports
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.)--Politics and government--20th century
Chicago (Ill.)--Social conditions--20th century
Edgewater (Chicago, Ill.)
Rogers Park (Chicago, Ill.)
Uptown (Chicago, Ill.)

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in seven series.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Financial records, 1955-1985 (box 1-4)
Series 2. UCC projects, 1946-1985 (box 4-23)
Series 3. Administrative, 1945-1986 (box 23-31)
Series 4. General correspondence, news releases, and related materials, 1955-1977 (box 32-38)
Series 5. Community organizations, 1948-1986 (box 38-49)
Series 6. Model Cities, 1955-1985 (box 49-57)
Series 7. Other materials, 1955-1977 (box 58-61)

About This Finding Aid +/-

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