Descriptive inventory for the Francis P. Kane papers, 1937-1979, bulk 1962-1979

Francis P. Kane papers

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Descriptive inventory for the Francis P. Kane papers, 1937-1979, bulk 1962-1979

Prepared by Maggie Grossman, ed. by Sarah Dorpinghaus, 2010.
Processed with funding provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Francis P. Kane papers, 1937-1979 (inclusive), 1962-1979 (bulk)
Creators: Francis P. Kane
Gerald R. Ford
Dates: 1937-1979 (inclusive), 1962-1979 (bulk)
Accession number: 2006.0178
Bib number: 00000629
Call numbers: MSS Lot K
MSS AlphaV K
Size:7.5 linear feet (15 boxes)
1 autographed letter
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Gift of Margaret K. O'Brien (accession #: 2006.0178).

Terms governing use:

The donor deeded all rights owned by the donor to this material, including copyright, to the Chicago Historical Society.


Advance appointment with special permission required to view the original Gerald Ford letter. A photocopy is available for research use instead.

Alternate format available:

Original Gerald Ford letter is in special storage. Please consult the photocopy instead.

Please cite this collection as:

Francis P. Kane papers (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Additional Materials +/-

Separated material:

Separated materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include anclude the Francis P. Kane visual materials.

Collection Summary +/-

Military records, biographies, correspondence, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, and other papers of Francis P. Kane, a Chicago military officer and local government official. Most of the collection consists of correspondence and newspaper clippings relating to his service with the Illinois National Guard and the U.S. Army, 33rd Infantry Division, and with several veterans and military associations, such as the American Legion, the Chicago Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars, and the Association of the United States Army. Also present are election materials and press clippings about serving as a trustee of the Metropolitan Sanitary District (1962-1967), Deputy Commissioner of Public Works for Chicago (1967), and Special Assistant to the Mayor in charge of gun registration; as well as materials on personal and family matters and his membership in the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem.

Topics include Kane's distinguished service during World War II in the Philippines; and peacetime national guard actions during natural disasters and during riots in 1966 in Chicago and Cicero, and in 1967 in Cairo while Kane was the commander of the Illinois National Guard. The collection also includes news clippings on the 1968 Chicago riots in April and in August, which took place after Kane was removed as state commander by the governor in February 1968, during a dispute about the promotion of National Guard officers that included racial issues.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

Francis P. Kane was a Chicago military officer and local government official. During World War II, he served in the Pacific with the 108th Combat Engineers of the 33rd Division of the U.S. Army and earned several citations for his service, including the Silver Star and the Legion of Merit. After the war he continued to serve with the 33rd Division of the Illinois National Guard, finally as a Major General and the Guard's commander in the mid-1960s until he was removed from command in February 1968 by Governor Kerner. Kane also was active in several military and veterans associations: he commanded a North Shore post of the American Legion, as well as the Chicago Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars. He also served as vice president of the Association of the United States Army. Supplementary to his military service, Kane served as a trustee for the Metropolitan Sanitary District of Greater Chicago (1962-1967) and Deputy Commissioner of Public Works, City of Chicago, in 1967. In 1968 he was appointed Special Assistant to the Mayor in charge of Gun Registration.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Catholics--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Firearms--Illinois--Chicago--Law and legislation--20th century
Riots--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Riots--Illinois--Cicero--20th century
Soldiers--Illinois--20th century
Soldiers--Japan--20th century
Veterans--Illinois--Chicago--Societies, etc.--20th century
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Philippines
World War, 1939-1945--Japan
Kane, Francis P., 1907-1979--Archives
33rd Division Association (Ill.)
American Legion. North Shore Post No. 21 (Chicago, Ill.)
Association of the United States Army
Democratic National Convention (1968: Chicago, Ill.)--History
Illinois. National Guard
Metropolitan Sanitary District of Greater Chicago
Military Order of the World Wars. Chicago Chapter
Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem
United States. Army. Engineer Combat Battalion, 108th
United States. Army. Infantry Division, 33rd
United States. Army--Officers
Newspaper clippings
Photographic prints
Cairo (Ill.)--Riots, 1967
Chicago (Ill.)--Race relations--20th century
Chicago (Ill.)--Riots, 1966
Chicago (Ill.)--Riots, 1968 (April)
Chicago (Ill.)--Riots, 1968 (August)
Chicago (Ill.)--Social conditions--20th century
Cicero (Ill.)--Riots, 1966
Cicero (Ill.)--Riots, 1967
Illinois--Race relations--20th century
Japan--Social conditions--20th century

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in four series.

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Series 1. National Guard materials, 1959-1972, 1975 (box 1-3)
Series 2. World War II and veterans associations materials, 1937-1979 (box 4-6)
Series 3. Civilian career materials, 1955-1973 (box 7)
Series 4. Personal materials, 1937-1979 (box 8-15)

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Creation: Finding aid encoded by Caroline Nappo using Oxygen editor, 2017.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
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