Greater Rockwell Organization Records
Scope and Contents
This small collection contains administrative records and publications from the Greater Rockwell Organization, including newsletters, correspondence, by-laws, event and program files, membership information, reports, and questionnaires.
- 1979 - 2020
Conditions Governing Access
Materials are open without restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
Please consult staff to determine ability to reuse materials from collection.
Biographical / Historical
According to their by-laws, the Greater Rockwell Organization (GRO) was founded to “preserve, promote and develop the Greater Rockwell residential and business community; to encourage and foster mutual understanding and goodwill among residents and business people of the community; to maintain a stable, multi-ethnic community; and to engage in such activities as will promote civic pride and community welfare” (By-laws, 1981). The Greater Rockwell neighborhood is located within Chicago’s Lincoln Square community area. It extends from Wilson north to Lawrence, from Western Avenue west to Rockwell, and then along Leland Avenue to the North Branch of the Chicago River.
The organization began in 1976 as a task force of the Ravenswood Community Council. Three years later it broke away from the Council and formed the Greater Rockwell Organization. Its earliest priority was opposing gang activity near Rockwell and Lawrence avenues. As the GRO grew, it broadened its focus to include neighborhood beautification and stabilization, such as the redevelopment of Jacob Park and the adoption and preservation of the Chicago Transit Authority’s Rockwell station.
.75 Linear Feet (in 2 boxes)
Language of Materials
The Greater Rockwell neighborhood is located within Chicago’s Lincoln Square community area. This small collection contains administrative records and publications from the Greater Rockwell Organization, a local neighborhood group. It includes newsletters, correspondence, by-laws, event and program files, membership information, reports, and questionnaires.
Alphabetically by document type, and alphabetically or chronologically therein when necessary.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Mark Dawson, President of the Greater Rockwell Organization, circa 1996. Additional material donated by Eric Sinclair in 2023.
- Citizens' associations Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Community life -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History -- Sources. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Lincoln Square (Chicago, Ill.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Guide to the Greater Rockwell Organization Records
- Processed by Harry Klinkhamer, 1996. Updated and ingested into ArchivesSpace by Allyson Smally, 2021.
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Finding aid written in English
Part of the Northside Neighborhood History Collection Repository
Sulzer Regional Library
Chicago Public Library
4455 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago IL 60625 United States