Politics, Public Policy and Political Reform
ACT UP Chicago was a grassroots, direct action, activist group formed to bring attention to the AIDS crisis. The group also agitated for increased AIDS funding and research, as well as protection of the rights of people with HIV/AIDS. Correspondence, notes, clippings, and newsletters in the collection track the work of ACT UP Chicago between the late 1980s and the mid-1990s. The records describe major protests undertaken by ACT UP Chicago, as well as issues of HIV/AIDS specific to Chicago and Illinois. The large number of clippings and periodicals, from both popular and alternative media, provide information on media coverage of HIV/AIDS, gay and lesbian issues, and leftist politics. The collection also includes examples of the ACT UP’s distinctive graphic style displayed on posters, flyers, stickers, and buttons.
Documents the activities of the Illinois Division of the American Civil Liberties Union from its founding through the early 1980s. Includes case files, finances and fundraising information, individual and institutional correspondence, minutes, newsletters and publications, film, audio cassettes, and photographs.
The collection contains documents from the American Veterans Council, founded in 1944 and disbanded in 2003. The American Veterans Council was a liberal Veterans’ organization that sought to protect and extend Democracy. The collection spans from 1946-1973, with the bulk of the collection from 1946-1958. Researches interested in union and or Veterans history, especially with regards to Chicago, will find this collection useful.
Contains correspondence, press releases, speeches, and reports. Material documents Anderson's work with the Anti-Saloon League and the League's relations with John D. Rockefeller and the Black Belt Farms Company. Correspondents include Charles S. Whitman, two-time governor of New York.
Cyrus Leroy Baldridge, artist. The Cyrus Leroy Baldridge Papers include notes, correspondence, telegrams, articles and about Baldridge, a copy of the Congressional Record from 1936, and a copy of the pamphlet “Americanism—What Is It?” All the material concerns the publication of this work and the impact that it had.
Laird Bell, attorney and member of the University of Chicago Board of Trustees. Bell practiced law in Chicago and was involved in a number of civic and corporate organizations. The collection contains documents from his service on the University of Chicago Board of Trustees as well as on several postwar economic projects of the U.S. government
William Benton (1900-1973) Advertising executive, publisher, university administrator, U.S. senator and diplomat. Contains personal and professional correspondence, reports, legal documents, account books, diaries, manuscripts, speeches, research notes, transcripts of radio and television broadcasts, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, photographs, awards, and mementos. Papers highlight Benton's business and investment successes as well as his contributions to education and public affairs. Includes material relating to Encyclopaedia Britannica (1941-1973); Encyclopaedia Britannica Films (1939-1973); America First Committee; the Committee for Economic Development (1942-1973); Muzak (1941-1973); Benton & Bowles (1925-1973); the U.S. State Department (1941-1973); UNESCO (1946-1973); the McCarthy era; the establishment of Voice of America; the University of Chicago Board of Trustees; the Benton Foundation (1958-1973) commitments to Brandeis University, the University of Bridgeport, the University of Connecticut, the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, and the American Shakespeare Festival; and Connecticut and national politics (1948-1973).
Sophonisba P. Breckinridge (1866-1948) social scientist, social work educator. The papers include manuscripts of her unfinished autobiography which describes members of the resident at Hull House; correspondence; newspaper clippings; data from a study on Americanization (1918-1919); and sales and royalty records of her books. Correspondents include Jane Addams and Julia Lathrop.
Louis Brownlow, Director of the Public Administration Clearing House. Louis Brownlow's diaries consist of seven typewritten volumes totaling 1428 pages, which cover the period from November 12, 1933 to December 14, 1936
Sir Percy W. Bunting (1836-1911), social reformer, editor. The Percy W. Bunting Papers consist of letter received by Bunting when he was editor of the Contemporary Review. Many of the letters are from prominent writers of the later Victorian literary and political scene, such as Lord Acton, Matthew Arnold, J. M. Barrie, Rupert Brooke, Robert Browning, Andrew Carnegie, G. K. Chesterton, Winston Churchill, Clemenceau, Wilkie Collins, Austin Dobsch, James A. Froude, Gladstone, Benjamin Harrison, Bret Harte, Henry James, James Russell Lowell, Sir John Lubbock, Maeterlinck, Cardinal Manning, George Meredith, Cardinal Newman, Florence Nightingale, Walter Pater, Theodore Roosevelt, George Bernard Shaw, Herbert Spencer, Robert Louis Stevenson, John A. Symonds. The letters cover the entire span of Sir Percy's editorial years on the Review, from 1882 to 1911.
William B. Cannon (1920-2006) was a professor at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration and a University administrator, from 1954 until 1989. He was concurrently involved in the United States Bureau of the Budget during Lyndon B. Johnson's administration. Cannon was a key figure in the development of Johnson's "War on Poverty" policy, including the controversial Community Action Program implemented in 1964. The William B. Cannon Papers contain material related to both his academic and political careers, including correspondence, policy proposals, government task force reports, press releases, teaching materials, and writings.
The Charles R. Walgreen Foundation for the Study of American Institutions was established in June 1937 to foster greater appreciation of American life and values among University of Chicago students. Funding awarded to the University of Chicago by the foundation was meant to support scholarships, teaching, research, and public lectures. Contains correspondence, lecture notices, notes on the history of the Foundation, biographical information on Charles Walgreen, and research reports by students who held Walgreen scholarships. Also contains typescripts and transcripts of lectures given under the auspices of the Foundation. Includes material that relates to the Walgreen Scholarship Fund, Walgreen Scholars, grants awarded to the Committee on Human Development, and suggested speakers and series. Correspondents include Dean Acheson, Vannevar Bush, Edward S. Corwin, Herbert Hoover, Walter Lippman, Leverett Saltonstall, Adlai Stevenson, Allen Tate, Henry A. Wallace, and others.
A citizens' commission, chaired by Edward J. Sparling, was formed to investigate the 1968 Chicago peace march that ended in police confrontation. The group reconvened to examine the violence associated with the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The second committee, named the Chicago Commission to Study the Disorders of Convention Week, was informally known as the Sparling Commission. The collection contains several drafts of Commission's unpublished report, "Dissent in a Free Society," newspaper clippings, reports, and minutes. Also includes correspondence and memoranda relating to Joseph Evans who was a member of the Commission.
The Chicago Citizens' Police Committee, 1929-1931, was formed to investigate the Chicago Police Department. The results of the study were published in The Chicago Police Problems. The records include correspondence of Leonard D. White, second chairman and treasurer of the Committee; financial statements; and minutes of the committee.
Contains correspondence, minutes, reports, and clippings of a league formed in 1901 to secure observance of civil service laws in Chicago. The Records contain minutes, reports, correspondence and other documents regarding the foundation and activities of the League.
Also known as Manuscript Codex 1028, these twenty-six volumes were gathered for an investigation of Chicago crime, focusing on prostitution and the illegal sale of alcohol. Notes are from on-scene investigations, summaries of court records and newspaper clippings.
The collection consists of 120,000 typewritten pages translated from newspapers of 22 different foreign language communities in Chicago, ranging from Lithuanian, Slovene, and Filipino to Chinese, Albanian, German, Greek, and Ukrainian communities. The dates of the original articles span the period of 1861-1938. The collection is arranged alphabetically by language group, beginning with Albanian newspapers and ending with those of the Ukrainian language press.
The Civic Disarmament Committee for Handgun Control was founded in 1971 by Hyde Park activist and writer Laura Fermi. The group sought was to reduce handgun violence through promotion of government legislation, public education campaigns, and enforcement of existing handgun laws. This collection includes the group's correspondence; administrative records; position statements and publicity material; and research on crime, handgun legislation and public attitudes towards handguns.
The Cleaner Air Committee of Hyde Park-Kenwood, organized in April 1959 by a group of women led by Laura Fermi, sought to educate the community to the dangers posed by air pollution as well as to monitor local smoke emission violations. Contains membership lists, minutes, correspondence, clippings, statements made at public hearings, and publications.
Three scrapbooks containing clippings, printed tracts, correspondence, and carbon copies of articles related to the social use and abuse of alcohol.
Six scrapbooks of clippings, correspondence, and miscellanea, related to criminal and immoral activity in Chicago. Compiled by Alex W. Davison. Vol. 1: Clippings, 1907-1908 -- Vol. 2: Clippings, Dec. 1907-Dec. 1908 -- Vol. 3: Clippings, Dec. 1908-Jan. 1911 -- Vol. 4: Jan.-Sept. 26, 1909, Miss Gingles Case, Wayman-McCann, White Slaves articles, Parade Sept. 25-Aug. 30, , "Law & Order" Scandal -- Vol. 5: Sept. 25-Oct. 23, 1909, Wayman-McCann Case, White Slaves, Gen. Grant, Law & Order, Parade, Oct. 1, Methodist Conference, Rockford-Harzell Case -- Vol. 6: Clippings, Oct. 24-Nov. 1909.
The Commission on Freedom of the Press was appointed in 1944 to investigate the freedom, function, and responsibilities of the major agencies of mass communication operative at the time. The Records include copies of all Committee memoranda, reports, and minutes. These materials were distributed to its members during the tenure of the Commission as individually numbered "documents." After publication of the Commission's final report, Robert Redfield and Charles Merriam presented their copies of these unpublished papers to the University of Chicago Library.
The Commission on Race and Housing Papers contain the reports of the Commission, which was an independent, citizens' group formed in 1955 for the purpose of inquiring into problems of residence and housing involving racial and ethnic minority groups in the United States.
William E. Dodd, historian, professor, author, and diplomat. The William E. Dodd Papers consist of one letter to Albert Burton Moore (1922), student's notes from Dodd's classes on American history, a speech, a typescript, and a reprint.
Paul H. Douglas, economist, author, professor, senator. The Paul H. Douglas Papers consist of letters from Douglas to Gregg and Julia Lewis (1938-1946), reprints of his articles, and a miscellaneous collection of photographs, notes, and other materials relating to Douglas.
Stephen A. Douglas, lawyer, judge, politician. The Stephen A. Douglas papers document his professional and personal life from 1764-1908. The collection includes correspondence, speeches, reports, memoranda, notes, financial and legal documents, portraits, maps, ephemera, newspaper clippings, and artifacts. The largest portion of the collection consists of Senate and Constituent correspondence from 1844-1861.
The records of the Emil Schwarzhaupt Foundation comprise 26 linear feet of material, including minutes, correspondence, and financial records of the Foundation, as well as applications, recommendations, correspondence, reports, newsletters, news clippings, and pamphlets of 65 organizations that applied to the Foundation for support. The Schwarzhaupt records are important documents for studying an important shift in the understanding of democratic participation in the mid-twentieth century. In the Foundation's certificate of incorporation in 1936 Emil Schwarzhaupt wrote of: the up building and betterment of American citizenship and increasing among all American citizens, and especially among the foreign born, the knowledge of the history of the United States Government and the meaning of the obligations and privileges of citizenship in the United States of America.
William H. English (1822-1896) combined active careers in politics and business with an avid interest in the history of his native state of Indiana. An influential member of the Democratic Party, he was a member of the House of Representatives from 1852 to 1860 and was his party's candidate for the vice-presidency in 1880. English aspired to write a history of his state and to this end amassed a variety of original sources and transcripts. Before his death in 1896, he had written The Conquest of the Northwest & the Life of George R. Clark (Indianapolis: Bowen-Merrill Co., 1896, 2 vols.) and his unpublished manuscript, now in this collection, which traces the history of Indiana down to approximately the year 1800. Contains English's unpublished manuscript on the history of Indiana, original and transcribed manuscripts, secondary material relating to English's research on the people and history of Indiana, and newspaper clippings. Includes personal and political correspondence, legal and judicial records, and photographs that document the early settlement and establishment of government in the territory and state of Indiana. Includes correspondence of Jonathan Jennings, the first governor of Indiana, and various official records of Indiana governors. Also includes letters of William Henry Harrison and Thomas Jefferson. Some material relates to slavery, Native Americans, the capture of Kaskaskia during the Revolution, and military activities in the War of 1812.
Laura Fermi, writer, wife of Nobel laureate, Enrico Fermi. The Laura Fermi Papers consist in large part of drafts and research data for her various writings. In addition, there is a small series of correspondence, most of it falling into the period following the death of her husband in 1954. The correspondence in the collection is primarily concerned with Mrs. Fermi's commitment to various civic activities such as conservation and gun control. With the exception of one letter from him, there is scant information relating to Enrico Fermi in these papers.
The Fight for Freedom Committee Records include correspondence with local supporters and with national headquarters, as well as material dealing with the various activities of the committee, such as motorcades, rallies, speakers, the distribution of literature, press releases, radio scripts, lists of supporters and contributors, correspondence and literature of cooperating organizations, and numerous clippings.
The French Currency Collection contains monetary notes and short manuscripts on the history of French Revolutionary paper moneys. This collection includes assignats, promesses de mandats, and billets de confiance. The French Currency Collection dates from 1791 to 1796.
The Garfield collection in the University of Chicago Library consists of newspaper clippings, photographs and other miscellaneous memorabilia, together with three letters and some autographs. The material relates mainly to the political campaigns of 1880, to Garfield's inauguration, and to his assassination.
Rachel Marshall Goetz was a writer, researcher, and activist who spent much of her career focused on national and local Hyde Park politics. These papers include much of Goetz’s early writing advocating the use of new media in state and local governments. She worked as a speechwriter on Illinois governor Adlai Stevenson’s 1956 presidential campaign, and many of her drafts, memos, position papers, and letters are included here. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Goetz was an important figure in Hyde Park-Kenwood’s urban renewal, and her papers hold many drafts, clippings, and notes relating to that project. Late in her life, Goetz and her sister, Barbara Frye, dedicated themselves to making elaborately decorated ornamental eggs. Many photographs, articles, and letters about her egg artwork are included here. The collection also holds clippings, correspondence, and photographs relating to Goetz’s father, Leon Carroll Marshall.
Harold Foote Gosnell (1896-1997) was a political scientist at the University of Chicago during the 1920s and 1930s. He also worked for the federal government and spent the latter part of his academic career at American and Howard Universities. He was renowned for his work on voter behavior, particularly with reference to African-American politics and Chicago politics. The Harold F. Gosnell Papers contain correspondence, teaching materials, writings, and research files spanning 1886-1997.
Morris Janowitz, sociologist. Papers include professional correspondence, biographical materials, research and subject files, manuscripts of Janowitz's books and articles, course materials, and papers concerning the Inter-University Seminar on the Armed Forces and Society, founded by Janowitz in 1960. Most dates from the late 1960s through the mid-1980s. Earlier material includes Janowitz's research using World War II military, and psychological warfare documents.
Walter Johnson, politician, historian. The Walter Johnson papers contain correspondence, speeches, campaign literature, newspaper clippings, and press releases. Most of the materials in the collection reflect Johnson's involvement in politics, including his bid to become alderman of the Fifth Ward of Chicago (1943), Paul Douglas's campaign (1939) for alderman of the Fifth Ward, Paul Simon's campaign (1961) for the U.S. Senate, and the Raymond S. McKeough-Benjamin S. Adamowski campaigns (1942) for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
The Harry Pratt Judson Papers contain speeches given by Judson on topics including, religion, politics, law, teaching, and war. The collection also includes an album of photographs of China.
Mike Keen (PhD Notre Dame, 1985) is a Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Indiana, South Bend. This collection contains copies of FBI files kept on prominent intellectuals, primarily sociologists, suspected of communism. These include W.E.B. DuBois, Margaret Mead, Talcott Parsons, and members of the Frankfurt School. Keen used the files when researching his 1999 book Stalking the Sociological Imagination. The collection also contains some of Keen's research notes and his correspondence with the FBI. The files themselves cover the 1930s through 1960s; Keen's notes and correspondence date from the 1990s.
Kluit, Adriaan, Dictata ad Statisticam, zeu Amnem administrationem publicam & Oeconomicam, totius Belgii nostri
Manuscript study on the public and economic administration of the Netherlands. Delivered as lectures at the University of Leiden, 1806-1807.
Philip M. Klutznick, businessman, philanthropist, diplomat, government official and Jewish leader. The Philip M. Klutznick Papers comprise 175.5 linear feet and include correspondence, manuscripts, notes, published materials, photographs, scrapbooks, architectural plans, awards and mementos and audio and video recordings. The papers document Klutznick's career as a real estate developer, philanthropist, United Nations representative in the 1950s and 1960s, President of B'nai B'rith, 1953-59 and the World Jewish Congress, 1977-1979, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, 1979-1981 and leader of the American and international Jewish community.
Philip B. Kurland (JD’44 Harvard Law) spent the bulk of his teaching career at the University of Chicago Law School. A well respected and widely published expert in the field of constitutional law, Kurland often lent his expertise to the United States government. He acted as a consultant to the Senate Judiciary Committee during both the Watergate scandal and the controversial nomination of Robert H. Bork to the Supreme Court. The Philip B. Kurland Papers cover many different aspects of Kurland’s professional career: scholarly writings and research, teaching materials, extensive correspondence, and materials related to his recurring role as a constitutional consultant to the United States government. Additionally, Kurland kept extensive collections of press clippings - either pieces penned by himself or commentaries on cases and issues with which he was involved.
Contains 37 documents, primarily correspondence written by or to Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Montier, Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834). Also included are letters related to Lafayette's son, George Washington du Motier de Lafayette (1779-1849) and grandson, Edmond du Motier de Lafayette (1818-1888). Codex Ms 303.
The principal part of the Bonaventure Lafayette Collection is a set of 217 letters and documents to and from the Marquis de Lafayette, the French nobleman and revolutionary. This collection is also described as Codex Manuscript 304.
The League of Nations Association Records contain materials concerning the educational activities of the association, contests and model League of Nations Council and Assemblies for high school students. The collection also includes materials about coordinated programs with the Chicago Peace Council and the National Peace Conference, as well as the dissemination of literature concerning neutrality legislation. After the outbreak of war in 1941, the association worked chiefly through the World Citizens Association and the Commission to study the Organization of Peace.
Edward H. Levi, educator, administrator, lawyer and U.S. Attorney General. The Edward H. Levi Papers comprise 258 linear feet and include biographical material, correspondence, subject files, notes, manuscripts, publications, certificates and plaques, academic regalia, newspaper clippings, photographs and one audio reel. The papers document Levi's career as a professor and administrator at the University of Chicago, his service in the U.S. Department of Justice in the 1940s and as U.S. Attorney General, 1974-1977 and his involvement with many organizations, including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Bar Association, the American Law Institute and the MacArthur Foundation.
The American Political Cartoons forms part of the William E. Barton Collection of Lincolniana and contains an array of cartoons and drawings from the period prior to and during the political career of Abraham Lincoln.
Frank Orren Lowden (1861-1943) was a lawyer, Republican politician, scientific farmer and Governor of Illinois. The collection contains personal correspondence, as well as correspondence related to Lowden’s business, political and agricultural activities. It also includes many early twentieth-century Republican brochures, pamphlets, and other political materials, drafts and texts of Lowden’s speeches and public statements, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks. There are also several family photographs and several portraits of Lowden in the collection, as well as other memorabilia.
Kirtley F. Mather, geologist, political organizer. The Kirtley F. Mather Papers contain correspondence, minutes, proceedings, speeches, newsletters, announcements, agenda, and bulletins. Materials in the collection relate to the National Wartime Conference and the American Association of Scientific Workers.
Charles E. Merriam, professor of Political Science and politician. Candidate for mayor of Chicago, 1911 and 1919. Founder, Social Science Research Council, 1924. Contains personal and professional correspondence; manuscripts; class notes Merriam took as a student; memoranda; election campaign material; minutes; reports; scholarly and political speeches; articles; diaries; book reviews; degrees; and scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, photographs, and memorabilia. Materials record Merriam's influence as academic and politician and his vision of national policy-making and social reform, the first fifty years of the University of Chicago, and early twentieth-century Chicago politics.
Robert E. Merriam (1918-1988), historian and politician. Papers include personal and professional correspondence, notes, manuscripts, and offprints of published and unpublished historical and political writings, and speech transcripts. The papers span Merriam's career and document his World War II combat experience, his Chicago political career and federal government service, as well as his connections with the national political and Illinois business community. Because of his reform-minded approach to Chicago city government and his nine-year chairmanship of the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, Merriam's papers constitute an important source of information on both Chicago politics leading up to the Daley regime and the changes in federalism during the 1970s.
The Detroit riot of June 21 and 22, 1943 was one of the most violent racial upheavals to occur in the United States. The clash between white and African American residents, the worst since the Chicago riots of 1919, was finally quelled with the help of federal troops, but left 34 dead and 670 injured. Consists of a report prepared by a committee directed by Michigan governor, Harry F. Kelly, to investigate the riot that took place in Detroit on June 21, 1943. Committee members included Herbert J. Rushton, William E. Dowling, Oscar Olander, and John H. Witherspoon.
This collection contains papers created by and for the American Indian Chicago Conference in 1961. Most of the 460 conference participants were indigenous and they used the congress to address their common concerns. The collection forms part of the archives of Native American Educational Services,
Michael Chapman is a fundraiser, political advisor, and Menominee tribe official. An alumnus of Native American Educational Services College, Chapman went on to serve in an administrative capacity at the school, including work as assistant to the President, Trustee, and Chairman. The collection forms part of the archives of Native American Educational Services, and contains government documents and publications dealing with the relationship between Native American communities and the United States government.
Investment banker, community leader, University of Chicago trustee, and diplomat. Material relates primarily to organizations and issues with which Nuveen was affiliated: the University of Chicago, the Baptist Theological Union, the City of Chicago, the Chicago Crime Commission, the Illinois Veterans and Civilians Committee, the Illinois Board of Public Welfare Commissioners, the United States War Production Board, the American Friends of the Middle East, the Marshall Plan, Dwight Eisenhower's presidential campaign, the Bricker Amendment, Adlai Stevenson's presidential campaign, opposition to Joseph McCarthy, local and federal politics, and international affairs.
James Patrick Mahon, also known as "The O'Gorman Mahon" was an Irish politician and adventurer. The collection contains correspondence, materials from court cases, documents pertaining to business ventures, a letter book, a diary, a passport, election posters, and two scrapbooks of newspaper clippings. Papers document Mahon's various political, military and business activities. Correspondents include Ann Choquet, John Adams-Acton, Arthur Richard Wellesley, William O'Shea, and Charles Parnell.
The Walter P. Paepcke Papers consist of 66.5 linear feet and include biographical material, correspondence, subject files, financial documents, publications, scrapbooks, ledgers, newspaper clippings, and photographs. The collection also includes information pertaining to the Container Corporation of America, a business founded by Walter Paepcke in 1926. In addition to materials that refer to Paepcke’s paperboard container business, the papers also document some of his philanthropic, cultural, and educational interests. Included among them is the Goethe Bicentennial Foundation, which organized a festival in 1949 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Included among Paepcke’s other cultural and educational activities are materials relating to the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies. The AIHS, founded in 1950, became an intellectual and cultural center of continuing education that provided seminars, lectures, and forums conducted by leaders in commerce, industry, science, education, religion, and government.
W. Alvin Pitcher (1913-1966), professor, minister, community and social justice activist. The Pitcher Papers include manuscripts, correspondence, press clippings, and extensive records from numerous political and civic organizations. The papers document Pitcher’s scholarly career at Denison University and the University of Chicago, his ministerial work, and his participation in the civil rights movement and in various community organizations.
These pamphlets have been assembled from a number of different collections. Where possible, the source has been indicated as follows; Richard Beidel (RB), Harold Gosnell (HG), Frank Knight (FK), George Stigler (GS), Ludwig Rosenberger (LR), and Edward Shils (ES).
Republican campaign miscellanea, including correspondence, posters, bumper stickers, clippings, badges, and pamphlets.
George A. Schilling, labor movement leader and Secretary of the Illinois State Board of Labor Commissioners. The papers include five bound letterbooks, which span the period 1887 to 1907, correspondence, notes for and drafts of speeches, articles and letters, pamphlets, and miscellaneous items including clippings. The twenty unbound letters cover the period from 1913 to 1936.
Thomas Vernor Smith (1890-1964) Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago, Illinois State Senator (1936-1938), Congressional Representative, (1938-1940). Lieutenant Colonel (1943-45). Member, United States Educational Commission in Japan and Germany (1946). Professor, Syracuse University (1948-1959). The letters are from the years of Smith's political activity, 1934-1941. Among the other papers are reprints of some of his publications and speeches, and many mimeographed items relating to military government and problems of post-war education in the occupied countries. Arranged alphabetically in three time series, the letters contain a great deal of material on the history of the Democratic Party in the Chicago area during the period covered. Among Smith's correspondents are: Baker Brownell, Paul and Ruby Darrow, Thurman Arnold, James T. Farrell, Robert M. Hutchins, Harold Ickes, Ed. Kelly, Frank Knox, Robert A. Taft, Paul Douglas.
Ernest W. Stirn received an MA in history from the University of Chicago in 1922 and later worked as a statistical consultant for businesses and the government. From 1931 to 1943 he was involved with the Radio-Keith-Orpheum Bankruptcy Reorganization. The University of Chicago Press published a bibliography he had prepared on Robert LaFollette (1937). Among the papers are letters written to and by his father, Henry J. Stirn, printer and expert on the collecting of old violins and stamps.
This collection contains manuscripts, photographs and memorabilia of Theodore Roosevelt. Also contained within this collection are autographed John T. McCutcheon cartoons. The collection dates from 1884 to 1919, with the bulk of the material dating between 1895 and 1919.
Leo Strauss (1899-1973), scholar of political philosophy. The Papers include correspondence, manuscripts, research notes, notebooks, publications and audio recordings. The papers document Strauss' career as a writer and professor of political philosophy at the Academy of Jewish Research, Berlin (1925-1932), the New School for Social Research (1941-1948), the University of Chicago (1949-1968) and other institutions in the United States and Europe.
James Hayden Tufts (1862-1942) was on the faculty of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago from 1892-1930. He was Dean of the Senior Colleges (1898-1904), Dean of Faculties and Vice-President of the University (1924-26), Acting President of the University (1925-26), and editor of the International Journal of Ethics (1914-1930). The Tufts Papers include professional correspondence (1909-1942); philosophy outlines, notes and lectures; drafts of Tufts' memoirs; papers concerning the City Club of Chicago Committee on Housing Conditions (1908-13); and documents related to the Illinois Committee on Social Legislation (1912-17).
Invitations and other memorabilia related U.S. Presidential Inauguration dinners and balls, as well as several other events related to the presidency. Collection also contains materials related to rationing from the U.S. Office of Price administration.
The Department of Political Science originated with the opening of the University of Chicago in 1892. In the early twentieth century, the department set out to "blaze a new trail in the field of the technical study of political relations," stressing interdisciplinary approaches and closer integration with other science fields. This collection documents administrative and teaching activities in the Department of Political Science from the late 1920s through the early 1960s, with a concentration of material in the 1940s-1950s. Material in this collection includes meeting minutes, administrative correspondence, announcements, annual reports, and appointments and budgets with related preparatory material.
Political activist. Contains correspondence, reports, pamphlets, clippings, publicity, news releases, and other papers relating to Americans United for World Organization, Chicago Chapter; Build for Peace; Civilian Control of Atomic Energy, Chicago Committee; the International Relations Center of Chicago; the Stop Arming Japan Committee; and the Women's League for Lucas. Correspondents include Cordell Hull and Carl Sandburg.
Ida B. Wells, (1862-1931) teacher, journalist and anti-lynching activist. Paper contain correspondence, manuscript of Crusade for Justice: the Autobiography of Ida B. Wells, diaries, copies of articles and speeches by Wells, articles and accounts about Wells, newspapers clippings, and photographs. Also contains Alfreda M. Duster’s (Wells’ daughter) working copies of the autobiography which Duster edited. Correspondents include Frederick Douglass and Albion Tourgee. Includes photocopies of correspondence of Wells’ husband Ferdinand Barnett and a scrapbook of newspapers articles written by him.
Leonard D. White, Department of Political Science, Ernest DeWitt Burton Distinguished Service Professor of Public Administration, University of Chicago, 1920-1958. The Leonard D. White papers include correspondence, reports, minutes, publications, reprints, and notes relating to White’s time at the University of Chicago as well as to his service on local and national government committees, such as the Chicago Civil Service Commission, the United States Civil Service Commission, and the President’s Committee on Civil Service Improvement.
Timothy Lester Woodruff (1858-1913), Republican politician. Lieutenant Governor of New York, 1896-1902. Contains correspondence and a speech. Material deals primarily with campaigns, patronage, and other political issues, some with references to Theodore Roosevelt and Lemuel Quigg. Correspondents include Thomas Platt, Frank S. Black, John D. Rockefeller, James Sherman, and James Wadsworth.