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United Woodlawn, Inc. Records

Identifier: spe-nhrc-uwi

Scope and Contents

The Papers of United Woodlawn Inc. (UWI), primarily from 1949 to 1952, document that organization’s efforts on behalf of neighborhood improvement projects. Included in the collection are administrative files papers concerning the UWI’s constitution and by-laws, membership rosters, minutes of meetings, letters to the UWI’s executive board, and reports. The UWI’s newsletter, Voice of Woodlawn, was how the UWI communicated with and mobilized its members. The collection includes a complete run of the Voice of Woodlawn. Other printed materials include handout and fliers publicizing the UWI’s sponsored events such as contests, campaigns and special meeting announcements.


  • 1949 - 1958


Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Please consult staff to determine ability to reuse materials from collection.

Biographical / Historical

The stated objective of the United Woodlawn, Inc. (UWI) was, "the protection and improvement of the mutual interests of its members in that district of Chicago known as Woodlawn." On May 18, 1953, the UWI and the Woodlawn Neighborhood Conference merged to form a new organization, the United Woodlawn Conference.


0.5 Linear Feet (in 1 box)

Language of Materials



The collection documents efforts on behalf of neighborhood improvement projects undertaken by United Woodlawn, Inc.


Files are arranged alphabetically by type (administrative, newsletter, and printed materials) and either alphabetically or chronologically within.

Custodial History

The UWI’s records were donated to the Historical Society of Woodlawn and subsequently housed at the Woodlawn Branch of the Chicago Public Library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Woodlawn Branch of CPL, with funding from a Scholl Foundation grant, in October 1984.

Related Materials

  • Associated Clubs of Woodlawn Records
  • Historical Society of Woodlawn Records
  • Woodlawn Block Club Council Records
  • Woodlawn Community Collection
  • Woodlawn Women’s Club Records

Guide to the United Woodlawn, Inc. Records
Original author unknown. Processed, October 1984. Updated and ingested into ArchivesSpace by Johanna Russ, 2021.
1984 October
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Unit at Harold Washington Library Center Repository

Harold Washington Library Center, 9th Floor
Chicago Public Library
400 S. State Street
Chicago IL 60605 United States
(312) 747-4875