Archibald J. Carey Papers

Institution: Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: (312) 642-4600
Date: 1919-1966
Extent: 21.25 Linear Feet
Finding Aid: None

Biographical/Historical Note:
Archibald J. Carey, Jr was an American lawyer, judge, politician, diplomat and clergyman from the south side of Chicago. He was an alderman for many years under the patronage of powerful African-American politician William L. Dawson. For many years Judge Carey was a major figure in Chicago's political and religious life. He won numerous awards for his oratorical skills and contribution to civic improvement.

Scope and Content Note:
The Collection includes correspondence and other papers relating to Carey's activities as a lawyer, politician, and alderman (1947-1955) of the 3rd ward in Chicago; member (1955-1961) of the President's Committee on Government Employment Policy; and pastor of Quinn Chapel (African Methodist Episcopal Church). Topics include his 1949 efforts to have the Chicago City Council pass an open housing ordinance; his father, Bishop Carey; his nationwide speaking tour for the Eisenhower-Nixon 1952 presidential campaign; and his 1964 decision to join the Democratic Party. His work on the presidential committee is covered by minutes of meetings, reports, and correspondence with committee members Ross Clinchy, W. Arthur McCoy, Branch Rickey, the U.S. Department of Labor, and U.S. Department of Defense, and others.

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