Chicago Urban League Records

Institution: University of Illinois at Chicago - Special Collections and University Archives
Richard J. Daley Library
801 S. Morgan St., Room 3-330
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312-996-2742
Date: 1916-2000
Extent: 664 Linear Feet
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Biographical/Historical Note:
The Chicago Urban League is an independently run affiliate of the National Urban League governed by a Board of Directors and run by a professional staff. It was organized in 1916 to deal with problems arising from the migration of African Americans from southern rural areas to urban areas in the North. The League attempted to mediate during the race riots of 1919. In the 1920’s it encouraged the formation of neighborhood clubs to promote community improvement and better housing conditions. In the 1930’s, it set up relief programs and soup kitchens to aid unemployed blacks. The specific focus of the Chicago League's programs has changed over time from the provision of social services to advocacy and leadership on citywide efforts to open jobs, housing, and public accommodations to black citizens.

Scope and Content Note:
This collection primarily contains materials generated or collected by the Chicago Urban League. It documents the history, leadership, activities, social services provided by and the mission of the Chicago Urban League. The collection also contains some material from affiliated organizations, which directly pertain to the Chicago Urban League. The materials in the collection span from 1916 to 2000, the bulk of which is from the 1950s through the 1980s. The files contain a wide assortment of materials including, but not limited to, articles, attendance lists, audio cassette tapes, audiovisual materials, biographies, booklets, broadcasts, budgets, case files, charts, conference materials, contracts, correspondence, directories, files, film strips, film reels, forms, invitations, manuals, memos, movies, negatives, newspaper clippings, questionnaires, pamphlets, photographs, planning materials, plaques, press releases, programs, proposals, remarks, reports, slides, speeches, surveys, testimonials and VHS tapes.

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