Descriptive inventory for the Lawndale Community Committee records, 1949-1975

Lawndale Community Committee records

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Descriptive Inventory for the Lawndale Community Committee records, 1949-1975

Prepared by Steve Szczeblowski; rev. by Sarah Dorpinghaus, 2010.
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Chicago History Museum, Research Center
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Chicago, IL 60614-6038
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Lawndale Community Committee records, 1949-1975 (inclusive)
Creator: Lawndale Community Committee
Dates: 1949-1975 (inclusive)
Accession number: M1975.0026
Bib number: 00066253
Call number: MSS Lot L
Size: 10.75 linear ft. (26 boxes)
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Gift of John T. Harris (accession #: M1975.0026).

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 descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law, unless otherwise noted.


Boxes 16-17 are closed until 2050.

Please cite this collection as:

Lawndale Community Committee 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 Greater Lawndale Conservation Commission records and photographs; the Chicago Area Project records; the Anthony Sorrentino papers; and the Institute for Juvenile Research records, ca. 1930-1980.

Related material at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Special Collections and University Archives, include the Near West Side Community Committee records; and the Greater Lawndale Conservation Commission records.

Collection Summary +/-

Meeting minutes, reports, correspondence, legal documents, newsletters, press releases, newspaper clippings, neighborhood maps, publications, and other records of the Lawndale Community Committee (LCC), a Chicago (Ill.) neighborhood organization that sponsored programs and activities associated with the Fillmore Youth Center. Includes materials regarding consultant director John T. Harris; and administrative files involving other Lawndale organizations, such as the Near West Side Community Committee, Westside Youth Boosters and Civic Committee, Greater Lawndale Conservation Commission, and the Little Community Council. Also includes documents and publications produced by the Chicago Committee on Urban Opportunity's Model Cities Programs and the City of Chicago's Department of Urban Renewal; reports from the Illinois Department of Corrections Joint Treatment Program (some reports closed until 2050); and Community Project Reports to the Illinois Youth Commission. Topics include work at the Fillmore Youth Center; providing athletic activities for youths; anti-juvenile delinquency programs; opposition to the proposed Crosstown expressway; involvement of business executives from Sears and from General Electric in neighborhood improvement efforts; and analyses by professional social workers involved with the Chicago Area Project or the Institute for Juvenile Research.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

The Lawndale Community Committee (LCC) was founded in 1949 to prevent juvenile delinquency in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago. LCC established headquarters at 4001 W. Fillmore Street, on the third floor of a Chicago police station. This space became known as the Fillmore Youth Center. The Committee provided afterschool courses and sponsored athletic activities, including boxing, basketball, and baseball. LCC also organized educational trips and sent children to summer camps in the Chicago area. The committee worked with the local police and the Family Court of Cook County to monitor and assist recently paroled young people and other youths with problems who lived in the area. In the 1960s, youths were also directed towards state-government and federal-government funded job programs through the LCC. On some programs, the LCC worked cooperatively with the Youth Division of the Illinois Department of Corrections and with the Chicago Area Project. Social worker John T. Harris was a longtime Consultant Director of the LCC and also was a supervisor with the Youth Commission of the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

4001 West Fillmore Street (Chicago, Ill.)
African Americans--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Chicago Area Project
Community organization--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Crosstown Expressway (Chicago, Ill. : Proposed)
Fillmore Youth Center (Chicago, Ill.)
Greater Lawndale Conservation Commission (Chicago, Ill.)
Illinois Youth Commission
Illinois. Dept. of Corrections. Juvenile Division
Illinois. Dept. of Public Safety
Illinois. Family Court (Cook County)
Illinois. Juvenile Court (Cook County)
Institute for Juvenile Research (Ill.)
Juvenile delinquency--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Juvenile delinquency--Illinois--Chicago--Prevention--20th century
Juvenile delinquents--Rehabilitation--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Juvenile justice, Administration of--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Lawndale Community Committee (Chicago, Ill.)--Archives
Model Cities-Chicago Committee on Urban Opportunity
Social work with youth--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Sociologists--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Youth--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Harris, John T.
Raymond, Ray
Shaw, Clifford R., (Clifford Robe), 1895-1957
Sorrentino, Anthony.
Newspaper clippings
Press releases
Chicago (Ill.)--Social conditions--20th century
Lawndale (Chicago, Ill.)
Near West Side (Chicago, Ill.)
North Lawndale (Chicago, Ill.)
United States--Illinois--Cook County--Chicago
West Side (Chicago, Ill.)

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in twelve series

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Administrative records, ca. 1949-1975 (box 1-3)
Series 2. Affiliate organizations files, ca. 1949-1975 (box 4-8)
Series 3. Lawndale Executives files, ca. 1949-1975 (box 8-9)
Series 4. Youth Commission materials, ca. 1949-1975 (box 9-12)
Series 5. Correspondence, ca. 1949-1975 (box 13-15)
Series 6. Volunteer reports, ca. 1949-1975 (box 15)
Series 7. Joint Treatment Program materials, ca. 1949-1975 (box 16-17) [closed until 2050]
Series 8. Events and activities records, ca. 1949-1975 (box 17-19)
Series 9. Chicago Area Project and Institute for Juvenile Research files, ca. 1949-1975 (box 20)
Series 10. Model Cities-Chicago Committee on Urban Opportunity files, ca. 1949-1975 (box 21-22)
Series 11. General materials, ca. 1949-1975 (box 22-23)
Series 12. Publications, ca. 1949-1975 (box 24-26)

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Language: Finding aid is written in English.
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