Cecil A. Partee Papers

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: 1936-1992
Extent: 13 Linear Feet
Finding Aid

Biographical/Historical Note:
Cecil Armillo Partee (1921-1994) was an African-American lawyer and politician who served in a variety of public service roles in Illinois and Chicago. His career record reflects many firsts as an African-American and he affected policy to improve opportunities for both African-Americans and other minorities. He was the first African American president of the Illinois State Senate since Reconstruction and first African American state’s attorney for Cook County, Illinois.

Scope and Content Note:
The Cecil A. Partee Papers include correspondence, clippings, memoranda, newsletters, schedules, reports, photographs, meeting minutes, legal documents, press releases, budgets, mailing lists, speeches, awards, miscellaneous papers, and personal artifacts. The bulk of the papers cover the period 1970-1990 and deal with Partee’s relationship with the Democratic National Party and his tenure as State’s Attorney of Illinois and as Chicago City Treasurer. Partee’s association with service organizations and anti-drug efforts are also included. Items of special interest are a "Hard Copy" interview regarding Richard Speck and photographs of Partee with Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy, and Cardinal Cody.

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