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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.
Harold Washington Archives and Collections. Mayoral Records. Finance and Administration Sub-Cabinet Series.
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. Major topics in the collection include the renovation of the Chicago and Regal Theaters, the Chinatown Basin Project and the North Loop Development Project. Documents include reports, memoranda, correspondence and minutes.
Harold Washington Archives and Collections. Mayoral Records. Legislative Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs Records
Records created by the Harold Washington’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA) and the Legislative Liaison. IGA was established to coordinate legislative and lobbying efforts for and with various city departments, boards and commissions and with state and federal governments. Major topics in the collection include transportation issues and Chicago’s anti-apartheid and divestment from South Africa efforts.
Harold Washington Archives and Collections. Mayoral Records. Office Manager / Supervisor of Clerical Staff Records
In 1983 Harold Washington became Chicago’s first African American mayor. The Office Manager / Supervisor of Clerical Staff Records detail the day to day administrative work done within the Mayor’s Office.
The Press Office was responsible for the mayor’s scheduling and for ensuring he was prepared for each event by producing briefing notes with detailed background information about the organization or venue involved. They also drafted press releases and speeches for the mayor and gathered news clippings on all topics. Of particular note are a collection of news clippings gathered after Mayor Washington’s sudden death.
Harold Washington Archives and Collections. Mayoral Records. Public Safety / Regulatory Sub-Cabinet Series
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 this Sub-Committee include Police, Fire, Consumer Services, Cable Communications and Animal Care and Control. Records from the Police Department are particularly strong in the area of gangs and the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Crime Prevention.
This Committee managed a wide range of city-owned properties. Documents include market value appraisals and reports, correspondence, site plans, leases and market data and from 1979-1984.
Files from Mayor Harold Washington’s Scheduling Department detailing events that the mayor was invited to. Records include reports of site-visits, seating plans, floor plans of the venue, the racial mix of the audience and follow-up reports about how the Mayor was received.
This collection begins with photographs of Harold Washington as a student, in the Army and as a member of the Illinois legislature, but the bulk of the collection dates from his time in Washington, D.C., as U.S. Congressman, and from his 1983 campaign for Mayor of Chicago.
Correspondence, speeches, press releases and reports from Washington’s tenure as Congressman for the First District and a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. Of note are his legislative files and those from his committee and caucus work.
Washington Heights Civic Organization, formed in 1966 for the upkeep and economic development and growth of the area, was initially composed of formal block clubs in the Washington Heights and Mount Vernon communities. The organization also campaigned to name a neighborhood elementary school after Marcus Garvey. The archive includes correspondence, board minutes, agendas, newspaper clippings and organizational files.
Hedy Weiss served as the theater and dance critic for the Chicago Sun-Times 1984-2017. This collection is comprised of electronic files of theater and dance production photos Weiss received as part of press kits via CD from more than 85 theaters.
The Wermich-North Center News Collection contains records from the Clarence and Marie Wermich, who published the neighborhood newspaper the Northcenter News. Items in the collection include issues of the newspaper from the 1940s - 1960s; minutes, correspondence and newspaper clippings about the North Center Commercial Association; miscellaneous files about other neighborhood organizations, and photographs.
The collection consists of yearbooks which contain the club’s articles of incorporation, lists of officers and members, by-laws and program calendars.
The collection contains correspondence, directories, historical narratives, meeting minutes, news clippings, newsletters and over 300 photographs related to businesses, clubs, organizations, religious organizations, persons, residences, schools and street scenes in the West Garfield Park community area.
The West Side Council of Parents and Teachers formed on April 4, 1923, as an umbrella group to support PTA units in individual elementary schools on Chicago’s West Side. This collection documents the West Side Council from its beginning in 1923 up through its division into West Side Council North and West Side Council South in 1949.
The West Side Historical Society worked with staff at Legler Regional Library to collect information about Chicago's West Side. The collection includes the organization’s annual meeting proceedings, by-laws, constitution, collection development policy, correspondence, meeting minutes, photographs, programming, publicity, research indexes and transcripts from a weekly radio quiz show featuring questions about Chicago’s West Side.
The West Side Newspaper Collection consists of partial runs of West Side newspapers including The Austinite, Garfield News, Garfieldian and the West Town News, among others.
The West Town Community Collection covers the history of Chicago's West Town neighborhood, its residents, and its institutions, including churches, businesses, organizations, settlement houses, schools and libraries. Of particular note are the photographs that document schools in the neighborhood.
A Tuskegee Airman during World War II and a historian of African Americans in the military services, Shelby Westbrook’s papers consist of press releases, photographs and audiovisual materials.
Wicker Park is a neighborhood in Chicago's West Town community area on the near northwest side of the city, about three miles from the Loop. This collection contains material gathered by Mary Ann Johnson as part of her research for the book Wicker Park: From 1673 thru 1929 and Walking Tour Guide. There is also a small amount of material from the 1970s-early 2000s.
This collection consists of 52 typed copies of her original letters (322 pages) that Mary Frances Willard (Aunt May) sent to her family members while serving as a YMCA canteen worker in France during World War I.
The Woodlawn Block Club Council’s activities are chronicled in records containing its constitution and by-laws, correspondence, minutes of meetings, membership rosters and publicity materials dealing with its community betterment projects.