Charlotte E. Senechalle papers




Chicago History Museum


3.75 Linear feet


Bulk, 1950-1990




Senechalle, Charlotte E., 1904-2001

Biographical note

Charlotte E. Senechalle was active in several Chicago social service and social justice organizations, including Church Women United, the League of Women Voters, and the Citizens Information Service of Illinois. She served on the board (1955) and as president (1960-1962) of the League of Women Voters of Chicago and as president of the Cook County Council of the League of Women Voters (1962-1964). Senechalle also served on the board of Citizens Schools Committees (1965-1990).

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, board meeting minutes, research files, newspaper clippings, reports, observation notes, and other papers of Charlotte E. Senechalle, primarily relating to her work with school improvement and the conditions of the Cook County Department of Corrections. Included are materials regarding Senechalle's work with the Citizens Schools Committee, such as meeting minutes (1988-1991), financial records, and observer reports regarding the Chicago Board of Education (1971-1976). Topics include school integration and desegregation. Also present are Senechalle's teaching materials, correspondence, and other records for her course on "Practical Politics" taught at the YMCA Community College for the Citizens Information Service of Illinois (1960s). Materials regarding Senechalle's work with Church Women United (1990s) and League of Women Voters (1960s) are also included as well as research and notes on criminal justice, penal systems, and prison conditions in Chicago, Cook County, and Illinois.

Processing Information note

This collection was surveyed as part of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium's Survey Initiative on 2010 May 5 by Lisa Calahan and Andrew Steadham.

Related Archival Materials note

Outside of this repository: League of Women Voters of Cook County Records - University of Illinois at Chicago - Special Collections and University Archives, League of Women Voters of Illinois Records - University of Illinois Chicago - Special Collections and University Archives.

Conditions Governing Access note

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Mrs. Charlotte E. Senechalle in 2000.