Scottsdale Homeowners Association (SHA)

Institution: Chicago Public Library - Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: 312-747-4300
Date: 1919-2006
Extent: 9 Linear Feet
Finding Aid

Biographical/Historical Note:
The Scottsdale Homeowners Association (SHA) was established in 1952 by a group of residents of Scottsdale, a newly formed subdivision on the southwest side of Chicago. The mission of the SHA is to meet regularly with Scottsdale residents in order to discuss and take action on community issues and services. In addition, SHA members have been extremely active in the neighborhood by promoting community events such as the yearly Santa Claus visit program, the Annual Picnic in the Park, and the Annual Inaugural Ball dedicated to newly elected SHA officers. The SHA also puts out a newsletter, which began in 1952 and is still being published.

Scope and Content Note:
While the collection begins in 1916 with the construction of Ashburn Flying Field, Chicago's first airfield, the majority of the records span the period from the inception of the Scottsdale Homeowners Association as a non-profit organization in 1952 to 2006. The collection provides an inside look at some of the major issues affecting Chicagoans during this time period, particularly the development of shopping centers, the cross-town expressway proposal, and the Civil Rights Movement and the subsequent desegregation initiative in the Chicago Public Schools during the 1960s and 1970s.

The collection includes manuscript material documenting SHA involvement with local businesses, municipal agencies, schools, and other groups and people in the community in addition to a complete run of SHA newsletters from 1952 through May of 2006. A scrapbook containing photographs is housed separately, as are all oversized materials.

Related Material: None