Southwest Community Congress. (Chicago, Ill.)


Southwest Community Congress records




Chicago History Museum


31.0 Linear feet



Historical note

Coalition of over one hundred civic, religious, and business organizations dedicated to improving conditions for residents on the Southwest Side. Founded in 1969, the SCC serves residents and businesses in the West Elsdon, Gage Park, West Lawn, Chicago Lawn, and West Englewood community areas. The SCC is governed through its annual Community Congress and its monthly "issue forum" Senate meetings.

Scope and Contents note

Office files of the Southwest Community Congress (SCC) in Chicago (Ill.) including topical files, newspaper clippings, committee minutes, correspondence, SCC publications, press releases, annual SCC delegate information sheets, SCC constitution, financial and accounting records, personnel records, fundraising records, photographs, and other organizations' publications. Primarily records of SCC's activities regarding Daley College, Midway Airport, pre-purchase counseling for FHA mortgage buyers, the Chicago Housing Authority, anti-solicitation (real estate), access to fair housing, local transit, a possible Monorail, elementary and secondary education, youth programs, drug abuse, pollution, utilities, health concerns, and the SCC art fair. Also included in the collection are materials documenting the Council of Lawn Neighbors.

Processing Information note

This collection was surveyed as part of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium's Survey Initiative on 2010 June 16 by Lisa Calahan and Andrew Steadham.

Conditions Governing Access note

Access to this collection is restricted; please contact the holding institution for details.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of John and Mary McManus