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Community Archives

 Record Group
Identifier: MSS
Collections from individuals and organizations with ties to Lincoln Park, social justice, the Catholic Left, and women's and community advocacy organizations are found in this collection. The tabs in the linked research guide are general categories for the collections, and each collection offers a diverse array of formats and subjects better explained by reading individual finding aids.

Found in 98 Collections and/or Records:

1993 Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago records

Identifier: MSS0077
Scope and Contents The 1993 Parliament of World’s Religions in Chicago records document the logistics undertaken to plan the conference and celebration. The collection contains a complete run of the NEWSLETTER/CPWR Journal, publications, committee files, correspondence, organizational records, a signed copy of the Global Ethic, and press clippings. Also included are posters, souvenirs, and audio-visual media created for and during the parliament. Hank Jacobsen and Francine Salerno’s photographs document...
Dates: 1983-1999; Majority of material found in 1993

1999 Parliament of the World's Religions in Cape Town records

Identifier: MSS0078
Scope and Contents

The 1999 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Cape Town records document the planning process as well as the event’s programs, sessions, and participants. The bulk of the collection consists of publications, planning documents, fundraising materials, and publicity items. Records also include photographs, memorabilia, and materials about ongoing initiatives inspired by the parliament.

Dates: 1993-2000; Majority of material found within 1998-1999

Alicia Finkel papers

Identifier: MSS0046
Scope and Contents

The Alicia Finkel papers contain correspondence, press clippings and publicity, miscellaneous notes, published articles by Alicia Finkel, sketches of costume and set designs, and slides.

Dates: 1968-2007

Allan Mellis papers

Identifier: MSS0108
Scope and Contents The materials in this collection document Allan Mellis' diverse community involvements, ranging in date from the early 1970s to 2012. Mellis was committed to solving a variety of neighborhood and city-wide issues, and many of his interests and committee involvements overlap. Researchers should note the interconnected nature of the series in the Allan Mellis Papers. Related files were gathered together to form the series, which are based on the committee groups Mellis listed on his resume....
Dates: 1962-2012; Majority of material found within 1984-2006

Andrew T. Kopan papers

Identifier: MSS0083
Scope and Contents The Andrew T. Kopan collection contains his personal papers, correspondence, and research files. Series One begins with biographical information about Andrew Kopan. This includes the Kopan family history as well as newspaper clippings about Kopan spanning the dates 1950-1998. Dr. Kopan’s documentation for promotion written in 1977 for his tenure application includes information on his teaching, publications, activities, recognition, and community involvement. Series Two contains papers that...
Dates: 1940-2006

Anne Burke papers

Identifier: MSS0049
Scope and Contents The Anne Burke papers document Justice Burke’s term as the Interim Chair of the National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People (NRB). The collection includes files documenting the John Jay Study and its final report, “Nature and Scope of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests and Deacons in the United States 1950-2002,” notes from NRB meetings, biographical information about NRB board members, and subject files maintained by Justice Burke. Also included are copies...
Dates: 1985-2013; Majority of material found within 2002-2006

Anthony Rayson zine collection

Identifier: MSS0050
Scope and Contents

This collection contains zines and other materials mostly created and/or distributed by Anthony Rayson through his South Chicago ABC Zine Distro. Most zines, artwork, and other materials in the collection contain political, anarchist, and/or social justice-related commentary and imagery.

Dates: 1970-2023; Majority of material found within 1998-2023

Ars Musica Chicago records

Identifier: MSS0074
Scope and Contents

This collection documents the activities of the non-profit organization Ars Musica Chicago. The records include governance documents, administrative reports, concert music and research notes, concert programs and recordings, applications for grants to fund the organization, and workshop materials. The collection also includes materials related to founding board member Enrique Alberto Arias’ research on Vicomte Fernand de Beaufranchet, the composer of the Vincent de Paul Oratorio.

Dates: 1871-2010; Majority of material found within 1986-2010

Batya Goldman zine collection

Identifier: MSS0052
Scope and Contents

This collection represents Batya Goldman's personal collection of zines and is composed primarily of comic and poetry zines. It also includes zines on other subjects such as art, culture, erotica, literature, music, personal, zine related resources, social/political issues, and special interests.

Dates: 1985-1997

Bill Granger papers

Identifier: MSS0053
Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, contracts, early writings, manuscripts, proofs, and much of the journalism of Bill Granger as a Chicago reporter, newspaper columnist, and novelist. It also includes personal documents, photographs, and childhood items.

Dates: 1941-2012; Majority of material found within 1963-1998

Bill Hargate papers

Identifier: MSS0054
Scope and Contents

This collection includes biographical documents, awards, and articles, playbills, photographs, set sketches, costume design sketches, reviews, and clippings from various staged performances and television productions with which Bill Hargate was involved.

Dates: circa 1940-2003

Call To Action records

Identifier: MSS0076
Scope and Contents This collection documents the history and activities of Call To Action (CTA), an organization of Catholics established in 1978 in response to the 1976 U.S. Bishops Call To Action Conference in Detroit, Michigan. The records include publications created or collected by the organization and ready reference files documenting issues such as peace and justice, celibacy for priests, birth control, ordination for women, clergy sex abuse, and the nuclear disarmament movement. It also contains files...
Dates: 1947-2017; Majority of material found within 1980-2009

Charles Smith papers

Identifier: MSS0057
Scope and Contents

The Charles Smith papers contain drafts and typescripts of the playwright’s works.

Dates: 1986-2004

Chicago Great Lakes Underground Press collection

Identifier: MSS0059
Scope and Contents

Donated zines from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin are added to the collection. No attempt is made to collect all issues of any one title; rather the collection reflects the ephemeral nature of the zines, broadly representing various types of publication in the geographic area of Illinois and of the rest of the Midwest. These parameters are reflected in the arrangement of the collection.

Dates: 1965-2022; Majority of material found within 1985-2000

Chicago Park District collection

Identifier: MSS0060
Scope and Contents

This collection was assembled by a neighborhood resident during her work on various advisory boards and citizen action groups in the Old Town Triangle neighborhood during the 1980s and 1990s. In the course of her work she received and retained Park District reports, correspondence, and files. This collection consists of her personal files from this period. Records include correspondence, newsletters, programs, maps, and many other materials from the 1930s to the 1990s.

Dates: 1930s-1994; Majority of material found within 1957-1994

Chip Rowe zine collection

Identifier: MSS0045
Scope and Contents

The collection includes research materials Rowe created or gathered for The Book of Zines: Readings from the Fringe. The collection includes zines, correspondence, and questionnaires sent to zine creators asking them to document what inspired them to launch their zine, why publish, tips for aspiring zinesters, and to list their favorite zines.

Dates: 1990-1998; Majority of material found within 1996-1998

Civic Federation records

Identifier: MSS0048
Scope and Contents The Civic Federation collection contains a wide range of documents that span from 1894 to the early 2000s. These materials includes correspondence, memoranda, reports, press releases, financial spreadsheets, photographs, publications, and other documents needed to conduct research and communicate their findings. The materials cover the organization’s internal operations and administration as well as their research areas of education, environment, health, government and taxes, public...
Dates: 1888-2001; Majority of material found within 1940-1980

Claudia Allen papers

Identifier: MSS0051
Scope and Contents

The Claudia Allen papers contain manuscripts and drafts of Allen's works, including her essays and short stories.

Dates: 1987-2004

Collection on Friends of the Parks

Identifier: MSS0002
Scope and Contents This collection includes documents from the Friends of the Parks organization. The materials in the collection came from a variety of sources: Lincoln Park Advisory Council, Lincoln Park Conservation Association and the affiliated neighborhood organizations. Record types include newsletters, bulletins, histories, minutes, correspondence, reviews, reports, and pamphlets. Several individual reports, newsletters, financial statements, and correspondence are from Friends of Lincoln Park and the...
Dates: 1971-1998

Collection on Lincoln Park Advisory Council

Identifier: MSS0085
Scope and Contents

This collection documents the activities of the Lincoln Park Advisory Council. LPAC materials include correspondence, meeting minutes, by-laws, financial reports, newspaper clippings, newsletters, flyers, guidelines, member and committee lists, and papers from various organization committees.

Dates: 1944-2008; Majority of material found within 1985-1998

Collection on Lincoln Park Steering Committee

Identifier: MSS0021
Scope and Contents

The Lincoln Park Steering Committee records consist of correspondence, meeting minutes, membership lists, by-laws, financial documents, reports, and other administrative records generated by the LPSC as a whole or one of its many task forces. This collection also includes publicity related to the work of LPSC and a copy of the group's Lincoln Park Management and Restoration Plan.

Dates: 1979-1993

Collection on McCormick Theological Seminary

Identifier: MSS0023
Scope and Contents

The Collection on McCormick Theological Seminary is an assembled collection. In the 1990s, Special Collections and Archives staff identified materials in the DePaul University Archives and Lincoln Park Conservation Association records about the seminary. These documents were gathered together with the goal to assist researchers in easily locating these sources. Additional materials purchased in the 2000s by Rev. Edward Udovic, C.M. were integrated into the collection.

Dates: 1893-1995

Collection on St. Vincent de Paul Center

Identifier: MSS0070
Scope and Contents

The Collection on St. Vincent de Paul Center contains correspondence, annual reports, newsletters, newspaper clippings, and photographs.

Dates: 1897-2007; Majority of material found within 1940s-1990s

Collection on the 2004 Parliament of the World's Religions in Barcelona

Identifier: MSS0079
Scope and Contents

The Collection on the 2004 Parliament of the World’s Religion documents the planning process as well as the event’s programs, sessions, and participants. Records include correspondence, programs, publications, and memorabilia. The collection also contains written summaries of sessions attended by DePaul University School for New Learning students.

Dates: 1991-2004; Majority of material found within 2003-2004

Collection on the Young Lords

Identifier: MSS0065
Scope and Contents The Collection on Young Lords was created by members of the Young Lords in collaboration with DePaul’s Center for Latino Research. The materials span the dates 1968 to 1996. Documents from the late 1960s through the mid-1970s include press releases and flyers, newspaper clippings, buttons, posters, photographs, and newspapers either created or collected by the Young Lords. The newspapers, with the exception of those created by the New York Young Lords, were digitized for researcher access...
Dates: 1968-2022

Companions Journeying Together records

Identifier: MSS0104
Scope and Contents

This collection documents the activities of the non-profit organization Companions Journeying Together, Inc. to fulfill its mission of preserving familial relations once a parent is imprisoned. The records span the dates 1979-2013 and include governance documents, administrative reports, program records, media coverage, grant applications, and Jana Minor’s operational files.

Dates: 1979-2013; Majority of material found within 1992-2005

Daniel Berrigan papers

Identifier: MSS0098
Scope and Contents The Daniel Berrigan papers document the work of Daniel Berrigan, Jesuit priest, social activist, poet, author, and playwright, from the 1980s through 2016. Dan’s writings and materials highlight his activities, commitment to peace and social justice issues, and show how his Catholic faith guided his response to these issues. Materials in this collection have been created and collected by Dan. Biographical materials include newspaper and magazine articles, interviews, and awards. The majority...
Dates: 1941-2016; Majority of material found within 1997-2016

Daniel Makagon zine collection

Identifier: MSS0068
Scope and Contents In 2005, Dr. Daniel Makagon, Associate Professor in the Communications Department, began bringing his Underground Culture classes to the Special Collections and Archives for introduction and exploratory sessions with the zine collections. In 2009 he donated his personal collection of zines to the archives. While this collection includes zines in the categories of Art, Comic, Literary, Music, Personal, Special Interest, and Social/Political, the largest and most diverse portion of the...
Dates: 1989-2021; Majority of material found within 1995-2016

Deborah Bright photographs

Identifier: MSS0111
Scope and Contents Deborah Bright’s photographs from the “Lincoln Park Project” capture various elements of the Lincoln Park neighborhood, such as houses, alleys, dilapidated residences, and new construction. Juxtaposing images of building renovations, Latin Kings gang graffiti, gates and fences, and a large neighborhood garden provide evidence of a diverse urban neighborhood in transition. The photos present material culture and landscapes as a reflection of the ongoing gentrification and class distinction in...
Dates: 1985 July-August

Debra Evenson papers

Identifier: MSS0081
Scope and Contents

The Debra Evenson papers reflect the research interests of Debra Evenson. During the course of her work, Eveson gathered notes, publications, and other documentation about aspects of law, society, culture, and government in Cuba.

Dates: 1959-2009; Majority of material found within 1985-1992