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Guide to the Chicago Citizens Police Committee Records 1929-1931

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Descriptive Summary


Chicago Citizens Police Committee. Records




0.5 linear feet (1 box)


Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.


The Chicago Citizens' Police Committee, 1929-1931, was formed to investigate the Chicago Police Department. The results of the study were published in The Chicago Police Problems. The records include correspondence of Leonard D. White, second chairman and treasurer of the Committee; financial statements; and minutes of the committee.

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When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Chicago Citizens Police Committee. Records, [Box #, Folder #], Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Historical Note

The Chicago Citizens Police Committee was active from 1929 to 1931. Its primary purpose was to investigate the Chicago Police Department. The results of the study were described in The Chicago Police Problems, which was published in 1931 by The University of Chicago. The Committee consisted of eight members who were selected from The University of Chicago, Northwestern University, The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, and The Chicago Crime Commission. The first Chairman of the Committee was John H. Wigmore. He was followed by Leonard D. White.

Scope Note

The collection consists of the minutes of the Committee, the correspondence of Leonard D. White, who was Chairman and Treasurer, and the financial statements of the Committee and lists of those who made financial contributions. There is also a miscellaneous folder containing two letter heads.

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Box 1   Folder 1

Minutes of the Committee

Box 1   Folder 2

Correspondence of Leonard D. White, Chairman and Treasurer

Box 1   Folder 3

Financial Statements and Donors

Box 1   Folder 4