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Lake View Council on Religious Action Records

Identifier: nnhc-lvra

Scope and Contents

This collection contains records from the Lake View Council on Religious Action’s Annual Awards Luncheon, including correspondence, clippings, programs, notes, fliers, biographies of award recipients, posters, and photographs. It also contains a small amount of general correspondence and donation records.


  • 1966-1991, undated

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 Lake View Council on Religious Action was founded in 1940 through the efforts of a group of clergy representing Catholic, Protestant and Jewish faiths as well as the cooperative efforts of the Kiwanis Club of Lake View, under the chairmanship of Reverend John Heyworth. The aim and purpose of the Council was to encourage better understanding among people of differing religious beliefs and to actively cooperate with other organizations toward those ends.

It sought to accomplish those aims in two primary ways. One was through its annual brotherhood award luncheon where community citizens and clergy were recognized and given awards for being "good neighbors." The other was through disbursement of donations to a variety of local not-for-profit, civic, religious and social service organizations.


1.5 Linear Feet (in 2 boxes and 89 photographs)

Language of Materials



The Lake View Council on Religious Action was organized in 1940 by representatives from local churches and synagogues and members of the Kiwanis Club of Lake View. The collection contains documents and photographs from their annual award luncheon as well as a small number of general historical files.


The collection is arranged in three series:

Series 1: Annual Interfaith Awards Luncheon, 1971-1991

Series 2: Administrative Records, 1966-1986, undated

Series 3: Photographs, 1967-1985

Custodial History

Both Reverend Rice and Michael Lerner were longtime members and officers of the LVCRA. Lerner had collected the material for many years as president of the organization.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Reverend George Rice of Addison Street Congregational Church delivered the material on behalf of the donor, Michael Lerner.

Guide to the Lake View Council on Religious Action Records
Becky Haglund, 1989. Updated and ingested into ArchivesSpace by Allyson Smally, 2021.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding Aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Northside Neighborhood History Collection Repository

Sulzer Regional Library
Chicago Public Library
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