University of Chicago Library

Guide to the Hyde Park and Kenwood Interfaith Council Records 1911-1993

© 2008 University of Chicago Library


Preservation of this collection was supported with a generous gift from the University of Chicago Service League.

Descriptive Summary


Hyde Park and Kenwood Interfaith Council. Records


6.5 linear feet (12 boxes)


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


This collection contains the records of the Hyde Park and Kenwood Interfaith Council, from 1911-1993. Included are administrative records such as minutes, correspondence, budgets and directories of membership. This collection also contains general subject files covering Council projects and affiliated institutions.

Information on Use


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When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Hyde Park and Kenwood Interfaith Council. Records, [Box #, Folder #], Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Historical Note

Founded in 1911, the Hyde Park and Kenwood Interfaith Council’s purpose has remained unchanged; they strive for “the increased efficiency of the spiritual forces of our community along cooperative lines.” The Council has evolved over the years to include a greater variety of religious traditions. It began in 1911 as “the Council of Hyde Park Churches.” In 1929, the name changed first to “The Council of Hyde Park and Kenwood Churches” and changed again in 1939 to “The Council of Hyde Park and Kenwood and Synagogues.” If finally became the Hyde Park and Kenwood Interfaith Council in 1984.

The Council has acted as a community organizing agent supporting each specific religious institution, while also working to fulfill its own objective to affect change. The Council explains that:

“its members agree to respect the integrity of their different faiths and the right to practice their beliefs. The Council is dedicated to projects for the betterment of life in the community and to the struggle for human equality. The purpose of the Association is to provide effective channels for cooperative expression of our shared mission for the care of the community. These channels include: community service, social justice, mutual spiritual enrichment and understanding... We seek ways to offer support in times of need, to witness to values that heal and repair division, and to create interfaith understanding.”

The Interfaith Council is known for its Annual Community Thanksgiving Service at Rockefeller Chapel. It is also famous in the Hyde Park and Kenwood community for its hunger projects, running the Open Kitchen and the Pantry.

Scope Note

This collection includes the records of the Hyde Park and Kenwood Interfaith Council. The first part of the collection contains administrative materials such as minutes covering 1911-1989, budgets, correspondence, directories of members and meeting records. Following these administrative records are general subject files of Council projects and affiliated institutions, arranged alphabetically. These subject files largely contain correspondence and plans for cooperative events associated with the Council. Box 12 also contains oversized posters announcing upcoming Council events, such as their annual Community Thanksgiving Service and their Brotherhood Dinner.

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Box 1   Folder 1-9

Executive Committee minutes, 1961-1976

Box 2   Folder 1-7

Executive Committee minutes, 1977-1984

Box 2   Folder 8-9

Minutes, 1911-1920

Box 3   Folder 1-9

Minutes, 1921-1957

Box 4   Folder 1-7

Minutes, 1958-1986

Box 5   Folder 1-5

Minutes, 1986-1989

Box 5   Folder 6-11

Meetings, annual meetings and dinner, 1984-1992

Box 5   Folder 12

Meetings, semi-annual meetings, 1993

Box 6   Folder 1

Budgets, 1960s to 1970s

Box 6   Folder 2

By-laws and constitution, 1983-1984

Box 6   Folder 3-4

General correspondence, 1977-1991

Box 6   Folder 5

Directories and related information, 1976-1991

Box 6   Folder 6

Nominating Committee, 1964-1981

Box 6   Folder 7

Publicity, newspaper clippings, Hyde Park Herald and Chicago Tribune, 1963-1992

Box 6   Folder 8

"53rd Street business men," letter, n.d.

Box 6   Folder 9

Augustana Lutheran Church, Catholic Theological Union, and Church of St. Thomas the Apostle, correspondence and documents, 1971-1990

Box 6   Folder 10

Benefit for Food Pantry, 1986

Box 7   Folder 1

Blue Gargoyle Youth Center, correspondence and documents, 1976-1991

Box 7   Folder 2

B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation, Brent House, and Chicago Sinai, correspondence, clippings, documents, 1973-1987

Box 7   Folder 3

Boy Scouts, 1979

Box 7   Folder 4

Brochures, 1982-1991

Box 7   Folder 5

Chicago Theological Seminary, Disciples Divinity House, 57th Street Meeting of Friends, and Hyde Park Christian Reformed Church, correspondence and documents, 1977-1988

Box 7   Folder 6

Christian-Jewish relations, 1980-1988

Box 7   Folder 7

Church Federation of Chicago, 1977

Box 7   Folder 8

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, correspondence, 1977-1987

Box 7   Folder 9

Church of St. Paul and the Redeemer, correspondence, 1967-1990

Box 7   Folder 10

City of Chicago, 1977-1981

Box 7   Folder 11

Common Cause, 1980-1981

Box 7   Folder 12

Community Food Pantry Project, correspondence and documents, 1982-1993

Box 8   Folder 1

Congregation Rodfei Zedek, correspondence, brochures, clippings, papers, 1974-1991

Box 8   Folder 2-4

Council of Hyde Park and Kenwood Churches and Synagogues, history, correspondence and documents, 1911-1976

Box 8   Folder 5

First Baptist Church, First Unitarian Church, Cornell Baptist Church, The Church of the Resurrection, Hyde Park Fellowship Assembly of God, and Hyde Park Seventh Day Adventist, correspondence and documents, 1965-1985

Box 8   Folder 6

Hokin Foundation, correspondence, 1977-1979

Box 8   Folder 7

Hyde Park Jewish Community Center, correspondence, 1977-1987

Box 8   Folder 8

Hyde Park-Kenwood Social Services Guide, 1978-1979

Box 8   Folder 9

Hyde Park-Kenwood Survey of Community Needs, 1981

Box 9   Folder 1

Hyde Park Lutheran Church, correspondence, 1972-1976

Box 9   Folder 2

Hyde Park Methodist Church, correspondence and documents, 1962-1971

Box 9   Folder 3

Hyde Park Union Church, correspondence, newsletters, annual reports, 1961-1991

Box 9   Folder 4

Illinois Central Community Hospital, 1975-1976

Box 9   Folder 5

Interreligious Task Force on Soviet Jewry, 1977-1986

Box 9   Folder 6

Jesuit School of Theology, correspondence, 1973-1981

Box 9   Folder 7-8

KAM Isaiah Israel, correspondence, pamphlets, newsletters, 1963- 1991

Box 10   Folder 1

Kenwood United Church of Christ, correspondence, annual reports, documents, 1960-1992

Box 10   Folder 2

Kiwanis Club, correspondence, 1974-1978

Box 10   Folder 3

Living Peace Baptist Church, correspondence and documents, 1981-1987

Box 10   Folder 4

Lutheran School of Theology, correspondence and documents, 1958-1987

Box 10   Folder 5

McCormick Theological Seminary, correspondence, 1982-1987

Box 10   Folder 6

Meadville/Lombard Theological School, correspondence, 1981- 1987

Box 10   Folder 7

National Council of the Churches of Christ, correspondence, reports, documents, 1977-1983

Box 10   Folder 8

Operation P.U.S.H., correspondence and documents, 1972-1979

Box 10   Folder 9

Program for Resource Sharing, 1977-1981

Box 10   Folder 10

Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, correspondence and documents, 1974-1986

Box 10   Folder 11

Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, correspondence and documents, 1967-1986

Box 10   Folder 12

St. Ambrose Catholic Church, correspondence, 1963-1987

Box 11   Folder 1

St. Gregory of Nyassa Lutheran Church. Correspondence, 1977- 1983

Box 11   Folder 2

St. James United Methodist Church, correspondence and documents, 1976-1986

Box 11   Folder 3

St. Stephan's Church of Christ and St. Stephan's House, correspondence and documents, 1977-1982

Box 11   Folder 4

Swedenborgian Church in Chicago, Chicago Society of the New Jerusalem, correspondence, 1984-1987

Box 11   Folder 5

Tenth Church of Christ, Scientist, correspondence, 1982-1984

Box 11   Folder 6

Thanksgiving Service at Rockefeller Chapel, programs and posters, 1977-1991

Box 11   Folder 7

The Church Home, correspondence and documents, 1981-1989

Box 11   Folder 8

Together newsletter, 1981

Box 11   Folder 9

Union of American Hebrew Congregations, 1976

Box 11   Folder 10

United Church of Hyde Park, correspondence and documents, 1966-1992

Box 11   Folder 11

United Methodist Foundation, correspondence, 1973-1987

Box 11   Folder 12

University Church of Disciples of Christ, correspondence and documents, 1974-1990

Box 11   Folder 13

Vivekananda Vedanta Society, correspondence, 1973-1992

Box 11   Folder 14

White House and U.S. Senate, correspondence, 1979-1981

Box 11   Folder 15

Young Men's Christian Association (Y.M.C.A.), correspondence, brochures, and documents, 1952-1980

Box 12

Hyde Park and Kenwood Interfaith Council sponsored event posters, 1942-1992