Harold Washington Archives and Collections. Mayoral Records. Infrastructure Sub-Cabinet Series
Scope and Contents
The records in this series consist primarily of the files of Robert L. Anderson, Howard Stanback and the departments that reported to the Infrastructure Sub-Cabinet. During Mayor Washington’s administration the Infrastructure Sub-Cabinet was responsible for a number of important projects, including the O’Hare Development Project, a major expansion of O’Hare International Airport: the construction of a direct L (train) connection to O’Hare; the Southwest Transit Project; and capital improvement programs to repair aging streets and sewers throughout the city.
The records in the series reflect the operations, programs and goals of the Infrastructure Sub-Cabinet. Formats include reports, minutes, memos, budget and other financial records, monthly reports and correspondence. For photographs, please see the Press Office Photographs.
- 1981 - 1989
- Majority of material found within 1983 - 1987
- Anderson, Robert L. (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Materials open without restrictions
Conditions Governing Use
Please consult staff to determine ability to reuse materials from collection
The Infrastructure Sub-Cabinet was one of five sub-cabinets Mayor Washington formed when he took office in 1983. Headed by both Robert L. Anderson and Howard Stanback, the Infrastructure Sub-Cabinet oversaw projects in several city departments, including Aviation, Public Works, Streets and Sanitation, Sewers and Water.
The other sub-cabinets were Community Services, Development, Finance and Public Safety/Regulatory. Like Infrastructure the other sub-cabinets were responsible for the coordination, development and implementation of the Mayor’s policies that cut across department boundaries. The head of each sub-cabinet reported to the Chief of Staff.
18 Linear Feet (in 40 boxes)
Language of Materials
When Harold Washington took office in 1983 he formed five sub-cabinets that were responsible for the coordination, development and implementation of policies that cut across departmental boundaries. Departments reporting to the Infrastructure Sub-Cabinet include Aviation, Public Works, Sewers, Streets and Sanitation and Water. Major topics in the collection include an expansion of O’Hare International Airport and the construction of a direct rail link to O’Hare International Airport by the Chicago Transit Authority.
The original order has been maintained as far as possible. The records are arranged into three series:
- Series 1: Subject Files, 1981-1989, undated
- Series 2: Street Closing Applications, 1985-1987, undated
- Series 3: Howard Stanback’s Papers, 1984-1988, undated
Researchers should check all series as there may be overlap.
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.
- Chicago (Ill.) -- Economic conditions -- Sources Subject Source: Local sources
- Chicago (Ill.) -- Politics and government -- Sources Subject Source: Local sources
- Chicago (Ill.). Department of Aviation
- Chicago (Ill.). Department of Public Works
- Chicago (Ill.). Department of Streets and Sanitation
- Chicago (Ill.). Department of Water
- Chicago (Ill.). Department of Water & Sewers
- Chicago O'Hare International Airport -- Noise Abatement Office
- Chicago Transit Authority -- Blue Line
- Chicago Transit Authority -- Orange Line
- Festivals -- Illinois -- Chicago Subject Source: Local sources
- Meigs Field
- Minority business enterprises -- Illinois -- Chicago Subject Source: Local sources
- Sewerage -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History -- Sources Subject Source: Local sources
- Guide to the Harold Washington Archives and Collections. Mayoral Records. Infrastructure Sub-Cabinet Series
- Special Collections staff, 2002. Additional processing by Morag Walsh, 2018. Updated and ingested into ArchivesSpace by Sarah Zimmerman 2022.
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- Finding aid written in English.
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