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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 99 Collections and/or Records:

Lincoln Park Conservation Association records

Identifier: MSS0016
Scope and Contents The Lincoln Park Conservation Association records contain reports, minutes of community meetings, correspondence, maps, photographs, promotional materials, publicity, financial records, and publications of the LPCA and of its seven affiliated neighborhood associations, the Lincoln Central Association, the Mid-North Association, the Old Town Triangle Association, the Park West Neighborhood Association, the Ranch Triangle Association, the Sheffield Neighborhood Association and the Wrightwood...
Dates: 1893-2007; Majority of material found within 1950s-1990s

Little Brothers of the Poor records

Identifier: MSS0092
Scope and Contents

The Little Brothers of the Poor records include materials produced or collected by staff members of the Chicago Chapter. The bulk of the collection includes newspaper clippings, annual reports, and photographs that span the 1950s to the early 1980s.

Dates: 1950-2000; Majority of material found within 1956-1984

Liz Tammy zine collection

Identifier: MSS0109
Scope and Contents This collection consists of Liz Tammy's personal collection of zines. The zines in this collection are categorized as art, comic, literary, music, personal, resource, special interest, or social/political. The majority of the zines fit into the comic, literary, personal, and special interest categories and were created between the late 1990s and 2010. Some personal zines explore socio-political, literary, or cultural themes and issues, but are designated as personal because they were created...
Dates: 1990-2010; Majority of material found within 1996-2010

Lois Nettleton papers

Identifier: MSS0013
Scope and Contents

This collection serves as a record of the life and work of Lois Nettleton and as a resource for those researching acting as a profession. The collection includes correspondence, press clippings, scripts (frequently annotated by Nettleton), call sheets for film and television, and programs for plays, photographs, videocassettes of performances and TV appearances, and memorabilia.

Dates: 1940-2008

Lonnie Carter papers

Identifier: MSS0014
Scope and Contents

The Lonnie Carter papers contain biographical information including copies of his resume, correspondence related to his work as a playwright, both published and unpublished writings, short satirical pieces and full-length scripts of his plays, and personal notebooks Carter used to record ideas about his plays and reflections on life experiences.

Dates: 1969-2014; Majority of material found within 1974-2004

Louis Szathmary papers

Identifier: MSS0015
Scope and Contents

The Louis Szathmáry papers consist of photographs and publications demonstrating Chef Louis Szathmáry's fame as a restaurateur and a bibliophile. It also includes correspondence, promotional materials, and documentation of events and exhibits honoring Szathmáry at Johnson & Wales University's Culinary Arts Museum.

Dates: 1960-2001

M. Cherif Bassiouni papers

Identifier: DPUA0003
Scope and Contents

This collection documents the professional career of M. Cherif Bassiouni. The papers include publications written by Bassiouni, correspondence, as well as awards and honors he received. Files documenting Bassiouni’s work to establish the International Criminal Court (ICC) and DePaul University’s International Human Rights Law Institute (IHRLI) are also included. The files also include documentation about IHRLI and Bassiouni’s involvement with the United Nations Yugoslavia Commission.

Dates: 1944-2011; Majority of material found within 1968-2005

Michelle Luellen zine collection

Identifier: MSS0024
Scope and Contents

The zines in the Michelle Luellen zine collection are separated into various topical categories including comics, culture, literature, personal, queer, socio-political, special interest, and women's issues. The majority of the zines in this collection are Personal zines.

Dates: 1984-2005; Majority of material found within 1995-2003

Mid-North Association records

Identifier: MSS0025
Scope and Contents

The Mid-North Association records contain newsletters, pamphlets, brochures, flyers, by-laws, meeting minutes, photographs, correspondence, reports, articles, budget and income statements, summaries, planning documents, news clippings, newspaper articles, amendments to zoning ordinances, final agreements, surveys, blueprints parking and traffic studies, case studies, maps, proposals, constitutions, proposals, memorabilia, floor plans, drawings, maps, fact sheets, and permits.

Dates: 1950-2008; Majority of material found within 1960s-1990s

Mujeres Latinas en Accion records

Identifier: MSS0026
Scope and Contents

The records include narratives and papers written about MLEA, newsletters, flyers, press releases, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia. The collection consists primarily of operational files, including meeting minutes, memos, and reports. The collection also contains documents related to outside organizations.

Dates: 1975-2006; Majority of material found within 1986-1998

Murray Polner papers

Identifier: MSS0073
Scope and Contents

The Murray Polner papers reflect the research of Polner as he wrote Disarmed and Dangerous: The Radical Life and Times of Daniel and Philip Berrigan. Research materials for the book included in this collection were primarily gathered by Polner in 1993-1996 from publications, archives, the Berrigan family, those who knew them, and Polner's collection of materials on the peace and anti-nuclear movements. Reactions to the release of Disarmed and Dangerous are also included.

Dates: 1959-2013; Majority of material found within 1968-1995

Nicholas A. Patricca papers

Identifier: MSS0027
Scope and Contents

This collection contains general information relating to Patricca's career and his involvement in the arts, personal correspondence, correspondence specific to each play's production, published editions of Patricca's works, his poetry and videos of interviews and performances.

Dates: 1978-2012

Old Town Triangle Association records

Identifier: MSS0028
Scope and Contents

The Old Town Triangle Association records consist of governing and financial documentation, meeting minutes, correspondence, memoranda, reports, newsletters, pamphlets and newspaper clippings related to or issued by the Old Town Triangle Association. The collection also includes files documenting the process of becoming a nationally registered historic district.

Dates: 1927-2006; Majority of material found within 1960-2001

Orthodox Christian Laity records

Identifier: MSS0029
Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials donated by individuals involved with Orthodox Christian Laity, as well as materials transferred by the organization itself. The organization’s purpose, governance, membership and activities are evidenced in administrative and financial documents, as well as in meeting agendas and minutes, and programs, publicity and publications.

Dates: 1987-2003; Majority of material found within 1987-2001

Park West Neighborhood Association records

Identifier: MSS0030
Scope and Contents

The Park West Neighborhood Association records consist of governing and financial documentation, meeting minutes, correspondence, reports, newsletters, pamphlets, photographs, and newspaper clippings related to or issued by the Park West Neighborhood Association. Topics of concern to the Association include community safety, urban renewal, traffic, and neighborhood events.

Dates: 1955-2012

Peter Bauer papers

Identifier: MSS0105
Scope and Contents The Peter Bauer papers document one individual’s involvement and interest in Lincoln Park during the neighborhood's urban renewal efforts in the 1960s and 1970s. Researchers should note that there are no files documenting Peter Bauer's work and activities outside of his leadership positions and membership on Mid-North Association (MNA), Lincoln Park Conservation Association (LPCA), and Lincoln Park Conservation Community Council (LPCCC). The types of documents include meeting minutes,...
Dates: 1963-1979; Majority of material found within 1967-1972

Philip Berrigan and Elizabeth McAlister papers

Identifier: MSS0097
Scope and Contents The Philip Berrigan and Elizabeth McAlister papers document the work of social activists, peace protestors, and authors Phil Berrigan and Liz McAlister, spanning the 1960s to 2000s. Materials in this collection have been created or collected by Phil and Liz. Biographical materials include newspaper and magazine articles about Phil, Liz, and Daniel Berrigan, awards, Bibles, photographs, and files about their children Frida, Jerry, and Kate. Most of these materials are from the 1990s to 2000s....
Dates: 1930-2012; Majority of material found within 1970-2008

RANCH Triangle Association records

Identifier: MSS0031
Scope and Contents

The RANCH Triangle Association records contain governing and financial documentation, meeting minutes, correspondence, memos, reports, newsletters, pamphlets and newspaper clippings related to or issued by the RANCH Triangle Association. A significant portion of this collection is dedicated to the issue of urban renewal in the RANCH area.

Dates: 1960-2010

Rev. Edward J. McKenna papers

Identifier: MSS0099
Scope and Contents This collection documents the work of Reverend Edward Joseph McKenna as a diocesan priest, social activist, musician and composer, poet, and scholar of liturgical music. Fr. McKenna's papers illustrate three areas of focus in his life: 1. his devotion to community activism in the Chicago neighborhood of Austin from 1965 to 1974 with groups such as the Organization for a Better Austin and the Austin Clergy Council; 2. Fr. McKenna’s commitment to the modern Catholic church and post Vatican II...
Dates: 1905-2013; Majority of material found within 1953-1984

Rev. James Brockman, S.J. papers

Identifier: MSS0055
Scope and Contents

The Rev. James Brockman, S.J. papers document Fr. Brockman’s work in Central and South America. The bulk of his papers include research files about Archbishop Oscar Romero. The collection contains materials created or gathered by Fr. Brockman such as correspondence, personal notes, publications, newspaper clippings and articles, research materials, photographs, and posters.

Dates: 1961-1997; Majority of material found within 1970-1989

Rev. John P. McNamee papers

Identifier: MSS0072
Scope and Contents The Rev. John P. McNamee papers are arranged into eleven series that chronicle his community work, speaking engagements, correspondence, parish work, research and writing. Included are photographs and other biographical documents. The documents range in date from the 1940s to 2016. However, the bulk of the documents date from the 1970s to 2011 and most relate to his experiences as a Catholic parish priest at the inner city parish of St. Malachy Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Deeply...
Dates: circa 1940-2016; Majority of material found within 1970-2011

Rick Cluchey papers

Identifier: MSS0122
Scope and Contents

This collection documents the professional career of Rick Cluchey, with historical information, production materials, scripts, press releases, reviews, and videos of productions. The collection also documents the relationship between Cluchey and Samuel Beckett, through incoming and outgoing correspondence, and memorabilia including writings, uncashed checks written by Beckett, and a pair of slippers given to Cluchey by Beckett to be used during his performance in Krapp’s Last Tape.

Dates: 1955-2012; Majority of material found within 1955-2015

Robert S. Gruhn papers

Identifier: MSS0075
Scope and Contents The Robert S. Gruhn papers contain reports by the Chicago Land Clearance Commission (CLCC) to the government agencies named in the Blighted Areas Redevelopment Act of 1947 specifying that a land clearance commission must receive affirmation from the municipal body and the State Housing Board to acquire land in these designated areas and approval for redevelopment. The reports propose redevelopment projects and provide research that analyzes the conditions of blight in those areas. The...
Dates: 1931-1954

Seminary Townhouse Association records

Identifier: MSS0032
Scope and Contents

The Seminary Townhouse Association records contain a wide variety of materials, many of which are related to the conception of and first five years of its existence, but they also span into the 1980s and 1990s.

Dates: 1969-2016

Sheffield Neighborhood Association records

Identifier: MSS0033
Scope and Contents

The Sheffield Neighborhood Association (SNA) records document the activities of the organization. The most substantial series of the collection documents the Garden Walk. The Sheffield Garden Walk is an annual event which began in 1969 to raise money for the community. Materials in the collection also document various beatification projects in the neighborhood such as Trebes Park which was renovated in 1992 with funds from the Garden Walk and the Dorothy Melamerson Trust.

Dates: 1958-2014; Majority of material found within 1970s-1990s

Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies records

Identifier: MSS0034
Scope and Contents

The files are comprised of correspondence and articles by those who contributed to the Journal, and also of those who attended the conferences lead by David Chappell. The files also include related religious programs and journals affiliated with the Buddhist-Christians, as well as paperwork on programs and academics at University of Hawaii.

Dates: 1963-2000

Sr. Helen Prejean papers

Identifier: MSS0064
Scope and Contents This collection contains material detailing Sr. Helen’s work with death row inmates and her campaign against the death penalty. There is correspondence with three of the prisoners for whom she has been spiritual advisor: Pat Sonnier, Robert Lee Willie, and Dobie Gillis Williams. There is also information about two of the other men she has accompanied to execution: Joseph O’Dell and James Allridge. Willie Celestine is not represented in this collection. The death row inmates with whom Sr....
Dates: 1902-2014; Majority of material found within 1985-2014

St. Pauls Church records

Identifier: MSS0066
Scope and Contents

This collection contains records generated by or related to the activities of St. Pauls United Church of Christ in Chicago. Records include newletters, booklets, photographs, publicity, and ephemera.

Dates: 1893-1993

Teresa Fraga papers

Identifier: MSS0035
Scope and Contents This collection documents Fraga's participation in various community organizations in order to affect change in a neighborhood that faced urban decay, overcrowded schools, the stigmas of race and immigration, and few committed resources from the city. The papers also chronicle her personal journey from migrant farm worker to serving as a trustee and board member of numerous organizations. Materials include correspondence and memoranda, meeting minutes, newsletters, publicity, reports,...
Dates: 1973-2010

Underground Press Conference collection

Identifier: MSS0037
Scope and Contents

The Underground Press Conference collection contains organizational records and zines generated during the Chicago Conference from 1994-1996.

Dates: 1994-1996