Title:

Deton Jackson Brooks, Jr. papers

Identifier:

BMRC.CHM.BROOKS.SURVEY

Repository:

Chicago History Museum

Extent:

1.5 Linear feet

Dates:

1945-1969

Biographical note

Deton Jackson Brooks, Jr., was an educator, journalist, administrator, and Chicago public servant. Brooks received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Chicago in 1935 and worked as an elementary and high school teacher in Chicago for 14 years (1930-1944). In 1944, Brooks joined the staff of the Chicago Defender newspaper, serving as a war correspondent in China, Burma, and India, and later as an administrator. Brooks spent time in New York City, where he worked in the areas of education, health, housing, and welfare, and earned his Master of Arts degree and Doctor of Education degree (1958) from Columbia University. Upon returning to Chicago, Brooks served as director of research and statistics at the Cook County Department of Public Aid (1958-1964), research associate at Loyola University's Chicago School of Social Work (1961-1964), and executive director of the Chicago Committee on Urban Opportunity (1964-1969). In 1969, Mayor Richard J. Daley appointed Brooks commissioner of the City of Chicago Department of Human Resources.

Scope and Contents note

Articles, biographical materials, correspondence, minutes, newsletters, newspaper clippings, photographs, reports, a scrapbook, speeches, studies, and other papers of Deton Jackson Brooks, Jr., an educator, journalist, administrator, and Chicago public servant. The collection contains reports and studies written by Brooks, related to the topics of welfare and literacy; administrative records from Brooks' tenure as executive director of the Chicago Committee on Urban Opportunity (CCUO) 1964-1969; and other papers, including articles written by Brooks for the Chicago Defender and other publications and the text of speeches. Also included are records complied by the City of Chicago Department of Human Services about the death of Brooks, including biographical records, final editorials, and the homily delivered at his funeral.

Processing Information note

This collection was surveyed as part of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium's Survey Initiative on 2010 October 21 by Lisa Calahan.

Subjects

INVENTORY