Off-the-Street Club.


Off-the-Street Club records




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


9.0 Linear feet



Historical note

The Off-The-Street Club (OTSC), Chicago's oldest boys and girls club, is a club for children and young adults located on Chicago's west side. The Club, originally named "Juniors," was founded by John McMurray in 1898 as a safe place for unsupervised children to play. The Club was funded in its early years by the Chicago Advertising Club. Gradually, the Club began expanding its services from simply providing facilities to sponsoring programs including health care programs, and a summer camp in Wheaton, Illinois. In 1955, the Club moved from its Jackson Boulevard premises to the West Garfield Park community.

Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of annual reports, correspondence, organizational charts, newspaper clippings, newsletters, radio and television scripts, surveys, manuals, programs, published material, and photographs. The materials pertain to the OTSC programs and activities, fundraising appeals, conventions, August Mathieu, and Work Projects Administration activities.

Processing Information note

This collection was surveyed as part of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium's Survey Initiative on 2009 November 24 by Lisa Calahan and Bergis Jules.