Richard H. Newhouse Papers

Institution: Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: (312) 642-4600
Date: 1953-1997
Extent: 12 Linear Feet
Finding Aid

Biographical/Historical Note:
Richard H. Newhouse, Jr. (1924-2002) served as Illinois State Senator from 1967-1991, representing the 13th and 24th districts on the South Side of Chicago. Newhouse received his law degree from the University of Chicago in 1961, and began his career as legal counsel for the Housing and Home Finance Agency (subsequently the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development). In 1969, Newhouse founded the Black Legislative Clearing House (later known as the National Black Conference of Black Legislators) to facilitate the of exchange ideas among African American legislators. He also established the Newhouse Architecture Competition to help minority and disadvantaged students from Chicago public schools pursue careers in architecture. In 1975, he was the first minority to run for mayor of Chicago. Newhouse retired from the senate in 1991.

Scope and Content Note:
Correspondence, reports, newsclippings, speeches, legal documents, biographical materials, and other papers of Richard H. Newhouse, Illinois State Senator, 1967-1989, from Chicago's South Side. Topics include discriminatory employment practices, especially in the construction industry; education for minorities; low-income housing; and political participation of minorities. Present are materials related to the Futures Conference, established by Newhouse address the causes of poverty, and the Newhouse Architecture Competition, designed to encourage minority and disadvantaged youths in Chicago public schools to pursue careers in architecture. The collection includes some files pertaining to senate bills and senate committee activities, as well as materials related to organizations of black legislators, notably the Black Legislative Clearing House, a group founded by Newhouse. Also included are some materials concerning Newhouse's legal work before and during his senatorial career, especially in redistricting cases of the 1980s.

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