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Pilsen Neighbors Community Council records

Identifier: MSS0131

Scope and Contents

The records consist of photographs, slides, and subject files documenting neighborhood conditions in Pilsen and the meetings, events, and social gatherings of the Pilsen Neighbors Community Council. However, the bulk of the collection is composed of photographs of PNCC events, particularly the annual Fiesta del Sol summer festival.


  • 1974-2008
  • Majority of material found within 1988-2005

Biographical / Historical

The Pilsen Neighbors Community Council (PNCC) is a non-profit organization, with a mission “to work to establish policies and practices in the Pilsen and Southwest areas of Chicago to bring about justice and equity by investing in the development of community leaders and pastors through leadership training and action” (Pilsen Neighbors Community Council website 2018). By collaborating with businesses, educators, the government, and the community, the PNCC works to provide better health and welfare for residents. The major issues that the PNCC focuses on are fair education, adequate health care, residential housing, voter registration, and immigration policies. Benito Juarez Community Academy represents a major accomplishment and recognizable testament to PNCC’s community organizing efforts. According to a 1977 brochure, “parents at the eight local grammar schools banded together - through a massive boycott of all the schools, demonstrations, and meetings - to get the city and state to build a high school in Pilsen” (box 21, folder 15). The PNCC also joins forces with other local organizations to host events, such as the annual Pilsen Education Summit. Fiesta del Sol, an annual summer festival that attracts over one million visitors that celebrates the food, music, and culture of Mexico and also serves as a funding resource for PNCC.


6 Linear Feet (22 boxes)

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian


The records are organized into three series: 1. Photographs; 2. Slides; 3. Subject Files

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession 2011.036

Processing Information

M. Calvo 2018

Guide to the Pilsen Neighbors Community Council records
M. Calvo 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the DePaul Special Collections and Archives Repository

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