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Harold Washington Archives and Collections. Mayoral Records. Development Sub-Cabinet Series

Identifier: spe-h00016

Scope and Contents

The records consist primarily of files of the Mayoral Liaison Benjamin Reyes and his two assistants, Shelley Sandow and Juanita Burris, and the Departments that reported to them. The records are particularly strong for information about Latino community organizations, economic development groups, economic studies of neighborhoods and other city and community agencies. The records in the collection reflect the operations, programs and goals of the Development Sub-Cabinet. Formats include reports, minutes, memos, budget and other financial records, personnel issues, monthly reports and correspondence. For photographs, please see the Mayoral, Press Office Photographs Series.


  • Creation: 1980 - 1987


Conditions Governing Access

Materials open without restrictions. Three files have been redacted or separated for privacy reasons and are marked CLOSED in the Collection Inventory.

Conditions Governing Use

Please consult staff to determine ability to reuse materials from collection

Historical Note

The Development Sub-Cabinet was one of five sub-cabinets Mayor Washington established. The sub-cabinets were headed by a mayoral liaison who coordinated policies that cut across departmental boundaries. The Development Sub-Cabinet oversaw projects in several city departments, including Economic Development, Planning, Housing, the Mayor’s Office of Employment and Training, Cultural Affairs and the Chicago Housing Authority.

The other sub-cabinets were Community Services, Finance, Infrastructure and Public Safety/Regulatory. Like Development, the other sub-cabinets were responsible for the coordination, development and implementation of the Mayor’s policies that cut across departmental boundaries. The head of each sub-cabinet reported to the Chief of Staff.


24 Linear Feet (in 16 boxes)

Language of Materials



When Harold Washington took office 1983 he formed five sub-cabinets that were responsible for the coordination, development and implementation of policies that cut across departmental boundaries. The Development Sub-Cabinet worked with several city departments including Departments of Economic Development, Planning, Housing, Cultural Affairs, Chicago Housing Authority and the Mayor’s Office of Employment and Training. Documents include reports, memoranda, correspondence and minutes.


The original order has been maintained and the files are arranged into two series:

  • Series 1: General Subject Files, 1983-1987, undated
  • Series 2: Project Files, 1980-1987, undated

Researchers should search both series for topics as there is overlap.

Physical Location

Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please request materials at least 24-hours prior to your research visit to coordinate access.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The records were acquired by the Chicago Public Library after Harold Washington’s death.

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  • Harold Washington, Central Files Records
  • Harold Washington, Chief of Staff Records
  • Harold Washington, City Council Proceedings Records
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  • Harold Washington, Finance and Administration Sub-Cabinet Records
  • Harold Washington, Infrastructure Sub-Cabinet Records
  • Harold Washington, Intergovernmental Affairs Records
  • Harold Washington, Office Manager/Supervisor of Clerical Staff Records
  • Harold Washington, Press Office Records
  • Harold Washington, Public Safety/Regulatory Sub-Cabinet Records
  • Harold Washington, Real Estate Committee Records
  • Harold Washington, Schedules and Evaluations Records
  • Harold Washington, Videotapes
  • Harold Washington, Commemorative Year Archives
  • Harold Washington, Political Education Project Records

Guide to the Harold Washington Archives and Collections. Mayoral Records. Development Sub-Cabinet Series
Special Collections staff, 2002. Updated and ingested into ArchivesSpace by Sarah Zimmerman 2021
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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