Soc. Social Action
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This topic covers individuals and groups involved in social activist causes, protests, movements, and causes.
Found in 67 Collections and/or Records:
Allen Ruff Papers
Abstract Publications and working papers of Ruff, mostly in preparation for his book "We Called Each Other Comrade": Charles H. Kerr and Company, Radical Publishers (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1997). The bulk of the material is photocopied documents used in research.
Arnold Mireles papers
Abstract Papers of Chicago community activist Arnold Mireles, who worked on improving housing conditions. Includes CAPS police meeting minutes and other reports on gang activity and housing problems, materials from city-wide activism meetings on housing and other issues, handwritten notes about buildings, and brochures.
Dates: approximately 1962-1997
Art & Soul Records
Abstract Art & Soul (1968-1969) was a nonprofit workshop and gallery project designed and organized by the Conservative Vice Lords, Inc. in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art. It provided a platform for the West Side community to pursue creative collaboration and arts education. These records include organizational and funding proposals, course materials, photographic copies, slides and DVDs, interview transcripts, and media coverage relating to A&S and the Black Arts Movement.
Dates: 1917-2018; Majority of material found within 1968 - 1992
Arthur and Lila Weinberg Papers
Abstract Works, Research files, and secondary source materials created and compiled by Arthur and Lila Weinberg for their works on Clarence Darrow and other topics.
Bernard J. Brommel-Eugene V. Debs papers
Abstract Research material and works of Eugene V. Debs biographer Bernard J. Brommel, including correspondence, notes, photocopies, photographs, pamphlets, newsclippings, and memorabilia. Also letters and personal materials of Grace Laird, a teacher with whom Brommel retained a long time correspondence.
Carolyn Ashbaugh Papers
Abstract Includes correspondence, memoranda, notes, cassette tapes of interviews, etc., for Carolyn Ashbaugh's biography of Lucy Parsons, published by the Charles H. Kerr Co. for the Illinois Labor History Society in 1976.
Carroll Binder papers
Abstract Correspondence, writing, personal and family materials, and photographs of newspaper editor and foreign correspondent Carroll Binder.
Dates: 1910-1984; Majority of material found within 1920-1955
Charles H. Kerr Publishing Company records
Abstract Business records (financial, stock, and customer order files), manuscripts, author information, and publishing, production, and promotion information for the Charles H. Kerr Company, the oldest labor and socialist publishing house in the United States. The collections also includes some information about The Socialist Party, The Proletarian Party, unions, and radical organizations, primarily in the United States.
Charlotte Adelman papers
Abstract Correspondence, notes, and legal documents of Charlotte Adelman, attorney. Adelman acted as legal counsel for the National Organization for Women (NOW) and as Chairperson of Chicago NOW, before becoming an environmental activist in Wilmette, IL and co-authoring "The Midwestern Native Garden, an illustrated guide". Collection includes correspondence, notes, and other documents pertaining to pesticides, recycling, and other environmental issues in Wilmette and Chicago. Also includes email...
Dates: approximately 1999-approximately 2015
Chauncey McCormick papers
Abstract Letters, clippings, photographs, and mementos of Chicago businessman and philanthropist Chauncey McCormick. He was the nephew of Cyrus McCormick, founder of the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company which became part of International Harvester Company, and was president of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1944-1954. Correspondence concerns business, civic, philanthropic, religious, and political activities. Also contains speeches and writings, including those for the Art Institute, child...
Chicago Black Lives Matter protest collection
Abstract Announcements, flyers, artwork, buttons, newsletters, photographs, posters, t-shirts, and other materials collected by various individuals at Chicago protests, 2015-2016, responding to recurring police violence and civil rights violations against black citizens. This documentation was solicited as part of a 2016 Newberry Library exhibition, From Civil War to Civil Rights, and also includes responses to events posted by visitors to the exhibition.
Cole family papers
Abstract New England and Chicago Protestant missionary family. Includes letters and family documents from John A. Cole, a civil engineer, active in the U.S. Christian Commission during the Civil War. After the war he worked with and educated freedmen, women, and children in Washington D.C. through the Lincoln Industrial Mission and the recently established Howard University. He met his wife, Julia A. Cole (née Alvord) through his work with the Lincoln Industrial Mission and Howard University, who worked...
Dates: 1842-1945; Majority of material found within 1854-1928
Contract Buyers' League interview and meeting sound recordings
Abstract 39 reel-to-reel tapes (plus digitized (MP3) copies), containing interviews conducted by Jeffrey FitzGerald with Contract Buyers' League members, lawyers, and supporters, together with recordings of group meetings in Woodlawn, 1969-1971.
Dance For Life records
Identifier: Dance-MS-Dance For Life
Abstract Project notebooks, publicity, promotional materials, and audiovisual footage from Dance For Life, a yearly dance event organized by Chicago Dancers United. According to their website, " Dance for Life Chicago is the annual benefit dance concert presenting and showcasing the city’s unique diversity of talent, dance traditions and styles by bringing together the incredibly talented, world-renowned professional dancers of Chicago for one night on the same stage. The dance community unites...
Darrow Family Scrapbooks
Abstract Four scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, school papers and a few pieces of memorabilia. Scrapbooks contain many articles by and about the career of Clarence Darrow; also, some articles referring to Greeley, Colorado, sometime home of Clarence Darrow's son Paul, and a collection of Paul's early school papers. Other clippings are miscellaneous articles about other Darrow family members. Two of the scrapbooks apparently were kept by Clarence Darrow's first wife, Jessie Ohl Darrow, one by her son...
Dates: approximately 1881-1925
Dill Pickle Club records
Identifier: Midwest-MS-Dill Pickle
Abstract Miscellaneous material relating to the Dill Pickle Club of Chicago, Illinois (1916-ca.1933) and its leading founder, John (Jack) Jones. The bulk of the collection, most of which was removed from two scrapbooks, consists of handbills, fliers, programs and posters announcing and advertising numerous lectures, readings, parties, plays and other regular activities. Also includes art work, business and membership items, clippings, a few letters, photographs, poetry and Jack Jones memorabilia.
Dates: 1906-1941; Majority of material found within 1915-1935
Douglas C. Wixson-Jack Conroy research collection
Abstract Correspondence, research files and works from American writer and literary critic Douglas C. Wixson. Materials are mostly relating to author Jack Conroy (1898-1990) and his literary circle.
E. Winston and Ina D. Williams NAACP Papers
Abstract Papers of Chicago NAACP and labor union leader E. Winston Williams, who served as president of the Chicago Southside NAACP chapter from 1971-1974. Papers also reflect activities of Ina D. Williams (wife of E. Winston Williams), who played an integral behind-the-scenes role in Williams' administration. Collection includes photographs, clippings, programs, brochures, and correspondence documenting the activities of the NAACP chapter and Williams’s involvement with Chicago labor unions.
Dates: 1940s-1986; Majority of material found within 1957 - 1986
Edith Franklin Wyatt Papers
Abstract Correspondence of Chicago writer and social activist Edith Franklin Wyatt, plus drafts of works, contracts, scrapbooks, clippings and mementos.
Dates: 1894-1968; Majority of material found within 1894 - 1955
Edith Lovejoy Pierce papers
Abstract Papers of Chicago and Evanston-based poet and author Edith Lovejoy Pierce (1904-1999). Includes two published books of poems, several self-published booklets of poems, numerous carbon copies of original poems, autobiographical writings, prose writings, biographical material, and photographs of the poet. Also includes indexes, unpublished collections of poetry, and other items prepared by Marin Deppe, who was Pierce's friend and pastor. Many of Pierce's poems are on peace movement and anti-war...
Edward Eulenberg Papers
Abstract Articles, columns, and clippings of Edward Eulenberg, reporter and editor for the City News Bureau, and reporter and feature writer for the Chicago Daily News.
Dates: 1930-1985; Majority of material found within 1957 - 1976
Elliott Gorn - Mother Jones research papers
Abstract Research files and manuscript drafts of Elliott Gorn's 2001 book, Mother Jones: The Most Dangerous Woman in America. The research files are comprised of photocopies of original material dating as early as the 1890s. These include articles, books, dissertations, and archival material. Major topics covered include Mother Jones, the union movement, radicalism, socialism, mining and other trades. There are also multiple copies of annotated manuscript drafts, research notes, and administrative files...
Eve L. Ewing papers
Abstract Correspondence, works, publicity, biographical material, ephemera, family papers, and photographs of author, poet, and academic Eve L. Ewing.
Floyd Dell papers
Abstract Correspondence, works and miscellaneous material relating to Floyd Dell, novelist, poet, playwright, newspaperman, literary editor and social and political critic.
Franklin and Penelope Rosemont collection of IWW publications and ephemera
Abstract Publications, official documents, song books, and other materials created by and related to the Industrial Workers of the World, an historic union and labor organization.
Dates: 1905-2005; Majority of material found within 1905 - 1935