Clarence Darrow Community Center. (Chicago, Ill.)


Clarence Darrow Community Center records




University of Illinois at Chicago, Special Collections and University Archives Department at the Richard J. Daley Library


8.0 Linear feet



Historical note

The Clarence Darrow Community Center was founded in the early 1950’s to serve the residents of the LeClaire Courts housing project and the surrounding community. Its buildings at 4410 S. LaPorte and 4340 S. Lamon were leased from the Chicago Housing Authority. Programs included recreational programs for teenagers and children, childcare and counseling and a Planned Parenthood Clinic. In the 1950s, the population of Leclaire Courts became primarily African American while white residents bought new single-family homes surrounding the housing development. Among the efforts to involve residents from the surrounding community was the creation of home groups that met in basements, garages, and kitchens. The LeClaire Courts project is currently served by the LeClaire Hearst Community Center of Hull-House Association.

Scope and Contents note

This collection documents the administration of the Clarence Darrow Community Center from its establishment in 1953 until approximately 1969, with a concentration on the mid-1960s. The collection includes correspondence, meeting minutes, annual reports, newspapers and clippings, photographs, programs, tickets, scrapbooks, and receipts.

Arrangement note

Materials are in reverse chronological order. The materials were arranged in series by the catalogers.

Processing Information note

This collection was surveyed as part of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium's Survey Initiative on 2009 November 17 by Andrew Steadham and Lauren Kalal.

Related Archival Materials note

Within this repository: Chicago Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers Collection, Henry Booth House records, Marcy-Newberry Association records, Hull House Association records.

Conditions Governing Access note

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