Business and Professional People for the Public Interest.


Business and Professional People for the Public Interest records




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


605.3 Linear feet


Bulk, 1970-1979



Historical note

Businessmen in the Public Interest (later Business and Professional People for the Public Interest) is a public interest law and policy center focusing on public housing, environmental issues, and cases of governmental abuse. Notable among its projects was Gautreaux v. CHA, a 1966 class-action lawsuit named for public housing resident Dorothy Gautreaux and a landmark civil rights case.

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains program reports, correspondence, news clippings, studies, legal papers, brochures, tax reports, conference proceedings, meeting minutes, and articles about the issues BPI addressed. Records in this collection were both generated by BPI and used to support their causes.

Processing Information note

This collection was surveyed as part of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium's Survey Initiative on 2009 December 1 by Lisa Calahan and Bergis Jules.

Related Archival Materials note

Within this repository: Marshall Patner Papers, Chicago Metro Ethics Coalition records.

Outside of this repository: Business and Professional People for the Public Interest records - Chicago History Museum.

Conditions Governing Access note

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Initial accession donated by BPI. Subsequent accessions donated by Mary Ann Bamberger.