Onward Neighborhood House.


Onward Neighborhood House records




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


1.75 Linear feet



Historical note

Onward Neighborhood House was established in 1926 as a community center serving the near northwest neighborhoods of Chicago, by a group of volunteers from the Glencoe Union Church and the Winnetka Congregational Church. It was named after the Onward Presbyterian Church, which served as its first home. The programs offered by Onward House were modified as the needs of the residents and the neighborhood it served changed. During the Depression of the 1930s, Onward House focused on food distribution and counseling. In the 1950s, the neighborhood continued to deteriorate and was designated a conservation area by the City of Chicago. The residents, having no other social agencies to which they could turn, brought serious problems to Onward House. The agency hired a professional staff of social workers and a consulting clinical psychologist. Programs were developed around four main areas: family, group activities, community, and informal education. Group activities continued and consisted of clubs, classes, sports and arts programs. Onward Neighborhood House continues to serve the West Town area offering services for children, teens, seniors, families and the community at large.

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains records of Onward Neighborhood house from 1937-1966.

Processing Information note

This collection was surveyed as part of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium's Survey Initiative on 2009 November 23 by Andrew Steadham and Lisa Calahan.

Conditions Governing Access note

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Acquired from Onward Neighborhood House.