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Collection on the Young Lords

Identifier: MSS0065

Scope and Contents

Materials donated by Omar López on behalf of the Young Lords, including press releases, memorabilia, publicity, correspondence, and documentation of Cha-Cha Jiménez's 1974 Aldermanic campaign, are available in Box 1 of this collection. Additional material collected by Special Collections and Archives about the Young Lords or Cha-Cha Jiménez is housed at the end of Box 1. Box 2 contains photographs of the Young Lords taken by Carlos Flores. These photographs are available for reference purposes only and may not be reproduced or photographed without written permission from the photographer. This collection also contains transcripts and audio recordings of oral histories conducted with the Young Lords, and DePaul faculty and student research on the organization. These materials are housed in Boxes 3-4A. Box 5 contains a CD-ROM of digitized publications and posters created by or referring to the Young Lords. The original publications and posters are housed in Box 5A, but due to their fragile nature are not available to researchers. These posters and publications can also be viewed via DePaul University Library's Digital Collections (


  • 1968-2008


Conditions Governing Access

Restrictions: Photographs by Carlos Flores in Box 2 are available for reference purposes only and may not be reproduced or photographed without written permission from the photographer. Due to the fragile condition of the Young Lords' original newspapers and posters in Box5, these materials are not available to researchers without permission from departmental staff. Researchers Researchers can access digital copies of the materials in Box 5 on the library’s website: Permission to photocopy the written transcripts of the oral histories or to copy the oral history audio cassettes/CD-ROMs must be provided by the Center for Latino Research. Contact information is as follows: Center for Latino Research, DePaul University, 2320 North Kenmore Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60614-3250. Phone: 773.325.7316 Fax: 773.325.7166

Biographical / Historical

A variety of ethnic groups resided in the Lincoln Park area in the 1950s, and by the early 1960s a substantial Puerto Rican community was established around the southwestern borders of the neighborhood. At this time, Orlando Davila formed the Young Lords to counter the mounting antagonism against Puerto Ricans by other youth gangs. In 1964, José (Cha-Cha) Jiménez assumed leadership of the Young Lords. In the late 1960s, the Young Lords directed their activities to the social and economic concerns that were prevalent in the Puerto Rican community of Lincoln Park.


5.25 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian


The majority of the files in this collection are arranged by topic or media type, then chronologically. Order was imposed during processing.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

In 2001, Omar López, former Minister of Information of the Young Lords, donated archival material to the DePaul University Special Collections and Archives that formed the nucleus of the Collection on the Young Lords. The collection grew as the department gathered additional material related to the Young Lords and Cha-Cha Jimenez. In the 1990s, DePaul University's Center for Latino Research and the Lincoln Park Project conducted a series of oral histories with the Puerto Rican community in Chicago, including members of the Young Lords; audio cassettes and transcripts of these oral histories were later transferred to the Archives. Accession 2001.09.

Related Materials

Young Lords in Lincoln Park (RHC-65). Special Collections & University Archives, Grand Valley State University Libraries:

Guide to Collection on the Young Lords
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 DePaul Special Collections and Archives Repository

John T. Richardson Library
2350 N. Kenmore Ave.
Room 314
Chicago Illinois 60614