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Politics, Public Policy and Political Reform

ACT UP Chicago. Records

ACT UP Chicago was a grassroots, direct action, activist group formed to bring attention to the AIDS crisis. The group also agitated for increased AIDS funding and research, as well as protection of the rights of people with HIV/AIDS. Correspondence, notes, clippings, and newsletters in the collection track the work of ACT UP Chicago between the late 1980s and the mid-1990s. The records describe major protests undertaken by ACT UP Chicago, as well as issues of HIV/AIDS specific to Chicago and Illinois. The large number of clippings and periodicals, from both popular and alternative media, provide information on media coverage of HIV/AIDS, gay and lesbian issues, and leftist politics. The collection also includes examples of the ACT UP’s distinctive graphic style displayed on posters, flyers, stickers, and buttons.

American Civil Liberties Union. Illinois Division. Records

Documents the activities of the Illinois Division of the American Civil Liberties Union from its founding through 2014. Includes case files, finances and fundraising information, individual and institutional correspondence, minutes, newsletters and publications, film, audio cassettes, and photographs.

American Reactionary Political Ephemera. Collection

This collection contains ephemera pertaining to American reactionary politics from 1939 to 1950. Included are newspaper clippings, flyers, pamphlets, postcards, newsletters, notes, and other similar pieces of ephemera covering topics such as anti-Semitism, communism, isolationism, nationalism, racism, fascism, and other issues related to ultraconservative social, religious, and economic movements.

American Veterans Committee, Chicago Area Council. Records

The collection contains documents from the American Veterans Council, founded in 1944 and disbanded in 2003. The American Veterans Council was a liberal Veterans’ organization that sought to protect and extend Democracy. The collection spans from 1946-1973, with the bulk of the collection from 1946-1958. Researches interested in union and or Veterans history, especially with regards to Chicago, will find this collection useful.

Anderson, William H. and the Anti-Saloon League. Papers

Contains correspondence, press releases, speeches, and reports. Material documents Anderson's work with the Anti-Saloon League and the League's relations with John D. Rockefeller and the Black Belt Farms Company. Correspondents include Charles S. Whitman, two-time governor of New York.

Bell, Laird. Papers

Laird Bell, attorney and member of the University of Chicago Board of Trustees. Bell practiced law in Chicago and was involved in a number of civic and corporate organizations. The collection contains documents from his service on the University of Chicago Board of Trustees as well as on several postwar economic projects of the U.S. government

Benton, William. Papers

William Benton (1900-1973) was an advertising executive, publisher, university administrator, U.S. senator and diplomat. Contains personal and professional correspondence, reports, legal documents, account books, diaries, manuscripts, speeches, research notes, transcripts of radio and television broadcasts, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, photographs, awards, and mementos. Papers highlight Benton's business and investment successes as well as his contributions to education and public affairs. Includes material relating to Encyclopaedia Britannica (1941-1973); Encyclopaedia Britannica Films (1939-1973); America First Committee; the Committee for Economic Development (1942-1973); Muzak (1941-1973); Benton & Bowles (1925-1973); the U.S. State Department (1941-1973); UNESCO (1946-1973); the McCarthy era; the establishment of Voice of America; the University of Chicago Board of Trustees; the Benton Foundation (1958-1973) commitments to Brandeis University, the University of Bridgeport, the University of Connecticut, the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, and the American Shakespeare Festival; and Connecticut and national politics (1948-1973).

Brownlow, Louis. Diaries

Louis Brownlow, Director of the Public Administration Clearing House. Louis Brownlow's diaries consist of seven typewritten volumes totaling 1428 pages, which cover the period from November 12, 1933 to December 14, 1936

Bunting, Sir Percy William. Papers

Sir Percy W. Bunting (1836-1911), social reformer, editor. The Percy W. Bunting Papers consist of letter received by Bunting when he was editor of the Contemporary Review. Many of the letters are from prominent writers of the later Victorian literary and political scene, such as Lord Acton, Matthew Arnold, J. M. Barrie, Rupert Brooke, Robert Browning, Andrew Carnegie, G. K. Chesterton, Winston Churchill, Clemenceau, Wilkie Collins, Austin Dobsch, James A. Froude, Gladstone, Benjamin Harrison, Bret Harte, Henry James, James Russell Lowell, Sir John Lubbock, Maeterlinck, Cardinal Manning, George Meredith, Cardinal Newman, Florence Nightingale, Walter Pater, Theodore Roosevelt, George Bernard Shaw, Herbert Spencer, Robert Louis Stevenson, John A. Symonds. The letters cover the entire span of Sir Percy's editorial years on the Review, from 1882 to 1911.

Butler-Gunsaulus. Collection

Chiefly letters and manuscripts by notable American men such as John Adams, William Cullen Bryant, DeWitt Clinton, Stephen A. Douglas, Frederick Douglass, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Horace Greeley, Washington Irving, Andrew Jackson, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, William Henry Seward, George Washington and many more. Also contains a small number of manuscripts by Europeans, including Erasmus and the Marquis de Lafayette.

Cahusac, Jean Marie, Lettres de Mr. Cahusac, Américain, Juge de Paix à Fleurance. Manuscript (Ms 798)

Copies of 94 pieces of correspondence and other documents concerning the travels of Cahusac to the United States, Guadalupe, St. Thomas, and Haiti. Text in French. Codex Ms 798.

Cannon, William B. Papers

William B. Cannon (1920-2006) was a professor at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration and a University administrator, from 1954 until 1989. He was concurrently involved in the United States Bureau of the Budget during Lyndon B. Johnson's administration. Cannon was a key figure in the development of Johnson's "War on Poverty" policy, including the controversial Community Action Program implemented in 1964. The William B. Cannon Papers contain material related to both his academic and political careers, including correspondence, policy proposals, government task force reports, press releases, teaching materials, and writings.

Charles R. Walgreen Foundation. Records

The Charles R. Walgreen Foundation for the Study of American Institutions was established in June 1937 to foster greater appreciation of American life and values among University of Chicago students. Funding awarded to the University of Chicago by the foundation was meant to support scholarships, teaching, research, and public lectures. Contains correspondence, lecture notices, notes on the history of the Foundation, biographical information on Charles Walgreen, and research reports by students who held Walgreen scholarships. Also contains typescripts and transcripts of lectures given under the auspices of the Foundation. Includes material that relates to the Walgreen Scholarship Fund, Walgreen Scholars, grants awarded to the Committee on Human Development, and suggested speakers and series. Correspondents include Dean Acheson, Vannevar Bush, Edward S. Corwin, Herbert Hoover, Walter Lippman, Leverett Saltonstall, Adlai Stevenson, Allen Tate, Henry A. Wallace, and others.

Chicago Citizens Commission to study the Disorders of Convention Week. Records

A citizens' commission, chaired by Edward J. Sparling, was formed to investigate the 1968 Chicago peace march that ended in police confrontation. The group reconvened to examine the violence associated with the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The second committee, named the Chicago Commission to Study the Disorders of Convention Week, was informally known as the Sparling Commission. The collection contains several drafts of Commission's unpublished report, "Dissent in a Free Society," newspaper clippings, reports, and minutes. Also includes correspondence and memoranda relating to Joseph Evans who was a member of the Commission.

Chicago Citizens Police Committee. Records

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.

Chicago Civil Service League. Records

Contains correspondence, minutes, reports, and clippings of a league formed in 1901 to secure observance of civil service laws in Chicago. The Records contain minutes, reports, correspondence and other documents regarding the foundation and activities of the League.

Chicago Committee of Fifteen. Records

Also known as Manuscript Codex 1028, these twenty-six volumes were gathered for an investigation of Chicago crime, focusing on prostitution and the illegal sale of alcohol. Notes are from on-scene investigations, summaries of court records and newspaper clippings.

Chicago Committee to Save Lives in Chile Records

The Chicago Committee to Save Lives in Chile (CCSLC) was a coalition of individuals and organizations that worked to restore human rights in Chile following the 1973 military coup. The CCSLC held rallies, conferences, and educational events to raise awareness of problems in Chile. In 1979, members of the Committee created the Pablo Neruda Cultural Center to promote Chilean and Latino cultural activities in Chicago and to develop and foster Latino and Latin American literature, visual and performing arts in the United States. For these purposes, the Center initiated and coordinated programs such as music concerts, conferences, and exhibits of artists and organizations in Chicago.

Chicago Communist Party. Records

The Chicago Communist Party Records contain correspondence, interparty announcements and meeting agendas, materials related to election campaigns, membership cards and lists of members, section reports, financial statements, book and journal publications, invitations, flyers, and brochures, and notes.

Chicago Foreign Language Press Survey. Records

The collection consists of 120,000 typewritten pages translated from newspapers of 22 different foreign language communities in Chicago, ranging from Lithuanian, Slovene, and Filipino to Chinese, Albanian, German, Greek, and Ukrainian communities. The dates of the original articles span the period of 1861-1938. The collection is arranged alphabetically by language group, beginning with Albanian newspapers and ending with those of the Ukrainian language press.

Civic Disarmament Committee for Handgun Control. Records

The Civic Disarmament Committee for Handgun Control was founded in 1971 by Hyde Park activist and writer Laura Fermi. The group sought was to reduce handgun violence through promotion of government legislation, public education campaigns, and enforcement of existing handgun laws. This collection includes the group's correspondence; administrative records; position statements and publicity material; and research on crime, handgun legislation and public attitudes towards handguns.

Cleaner Air Committee of Hyde Park-Kenwood. Records

The Cleaner Air Committee of Hyde Park-Kenwood, organized in April 1959 by a group of women led by Laura Fermi, sought to educate the community to the dangers posed by air pollution as well as to monitor local smoke emission violations. Contains membership lists, minutes, correspondence, clippings, statements made at public hearings, and publications.

Clippings on Social Evils in Chicago: Chiefly the Saloon

Three scrapbooks containing clippings, printed tracts, correspondence, and carbon copies of articles related to the social use and abuse of alcohol.

Clippings on Vice in Chicago

Six scrapbooks of clippings, correspondence, and miscellanea, related to criminal and immoral activity in Chicago. Compiled by Alex W. Davison. Vol. 1: Clippings, 1907-1908 -- Vol. 2: Clippings, Dec. 1907-Dec. 1908 -- Vol. 3: Clippings, Dec. 1908-Jan. 1911 -- Vol. 4: Jan.-Sept. 26, 1909, Miss Gingles Case, Wayman-McCann, White Slaves articles, Parade Sept. 25-Aug. 30, , "Law & Order" Scandal -- Vol. 5: Sept. 25-Oct. 23, 1909, Wayman-McCann Case, White Slaves, Gen. Grant, Law & Order, Parade, Oct. 1, Methodist Conference, Rockford-Harzell Case -- Vol. 6: Clippings, Oct. 24-Nov. 1909.

Commission on Freedom of the Press. Records

The Commission on Freedom of the Press was appointed in 1944 to investigate the freedom, function, and responsibilities of the major agencies of mass communication operative at the time. The Records include copies of all Committee memoranda, reports, and minutes. These materials were distributed to its members during the tenure of the Commission as individually numbered "documents." After publication of the Commission's final report, Robert Redfield and Charles Merriam presented their copies of these unpublished papers to the University of Chicago Library.

Commission on Race and Housing. Records

The Commission on Race and Housing Papers contains the reports of the Commission, which was an independent, citizens' group formed in 1955 for the purpose of inquiring into problems of residence and housing involving racial and ethnic minority groups in the United States.

Dodd, William E. Papers

William E. Dodd, historian, professor, author, and diplomat. The William E. Dodd Papers consist of one letter to Albert Burton Moore (1922), student notes from Dodd's classes on American history, a speech, a typescript, and a reprint.

Douglas, Paul H. Papers

Paul H. Douglas, economist, author, professor, senator. The Paul H. Douglas Papers consist of letters from Douglas to Gregg and Julia Lewis (1938-1946), reprints of his articles, and a miscellaneous collection of photographs, notes, and other materials relating to Douglas.

Douglas, Stephen A. Papers

Stephen A. Douglas, lawyer, judge, politician. The Stephen A. Douglas papers document his professional and personal life from 1764-1908. The collection includes correspondence, speeches, reports, memoranda, notes, financial and legal documents, portraits, maps, ephemera, newspaper clippings, and artifacts. The largest portion of the collection consists of Senate and Constituent correspondence.

Elshtain, Jean Bethke. Papers

Jean Bethke Elshtain (1941-2013) was a political theorist, ethicist, author, and public intellectual. She was the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics with joint appointments at the Divinity School, the Department of Political Science, and the Committee on International Relations at the University of Chicago. The collection includes personal ephemera; correspondence; subject files; materials related to her writings and speaking engagements; university administrative and teaching materials; records documenting Elshtain's activities in professional, nonprofit, and governmental organizations; awards; photographs; audio and video recordings; and posters. Materials date between 1935 and 2017, with the bulk of the material dating between 1950 and 2013. The papers primarily document Elshtain's career in academia as a political theorist, and her activities as a public intellectual called upon to address issues related to feminism, war, and political ethics.

Emil Schwarzhaupt Foundation. Papers

The records of the Emil Schwarzhaupt Foundation comprise 26 linear feet of material, including minutes, correspondence, and financial records of the Foundation, as well as applications, recommendations, correspondence, reports, newsletters, news clippings, and pamphlets of 65 organizations that applied to the Foundation for support. The Schwarzhaupt records are important documents for studying an important shift in the understanding of democratic participation in the mid-twentieth century. In the Foundation's certificate of incorporation in 1936 Emil Schwarzhaupt wrote of: the up building and betterment of American citizenship and increasing among all American citizens, and especially among the foreign born, the knowledge of the history of the United States Government and the meaning of the obligations and privileges of citizenship in the United States of America.

Fermi, Laura. Papers

Laura Fermi, writer, wife of Nobel laureate, Enrico Fermi. The Laura Fermi Papers consist in large part of drafts and research data for her various writings. In addition, there is a small series of correspondence, most of it falling into the period following the death of her husband in 1954. The correspondence in the collection is primarily concerned with Mrs. Fermi's commitment to various civic activities such as conservation and gun control. With the exception of one letter from him, there is scant information relating to Enrico Fermi in these papers.

Fight for Freedom Committee. Records

The Fight for Freedom Committee Records include correspondence with local supporters and with national headquarters, as well as material dealing with the various activities of the committee, such as motorcades, rallies, speakers, the distribution of literature, press releases, radio scripts, lists of supporters and contributors, correspondence and literature of cooperating organizations, and numerous clippings.

French Currency. Collection

The French Currency Collection contains monetary notes and short manuscripts on the history of French Revolutionary paper moneys. This collection includes assignats, promesses de mandats, and billets de confiance. The French Currency Collection dates from 1791 to 1796.

Garfield, James A., Memorabilia

The Garfield collection in the University of Chicago Library consists of newspaper clippings, photographs and other miscellaneous memorabilia, together with three letters and some autographs. The material relates mainly to the political campaigns of 1880, to Garfield's inauguration, and to his assassination.

Goetz, Rachel Marshall. Papers

Rachel Marshall Goetz was a writer, researcher, and activist who spent much of her career focused on national and local Hyde Park politics. These papers include much of Goetz’s early writing advocating the use of new media in state and local governments. She worked as a speechwriter on Illinois governor Adlai Stevenson’s 1956 presidential campaign, and many of her drafts, memos, position papers, and letters are included here. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Goetz was an important figure in Hyde Park-Kenwood’s urban renewal, and her papers hold many drafts, clippings, and notes relating to that project. Late in her life, Goetz and her sister, Barbara Frye, dedicated themselves to making elaborately decorated ornamental eggs. Many photographs, articles, and letters about her egg artwork are included here. The collection also holds clippings, correspondence, and photographs relating to Goetz’s father, Leon Carroll Marshall.

Gosnell, Harold F. Papers

Harold Foote Gosnell (1896-1997) was a political scientist at the University of Chicago during the 1920s and 1930s. He also worked for the federal government and spent the latter part of his academic career at American and Howard Universities. He was renowned for his work on voter behavior, particularly with reference to African-American politics and Chicago politics. The Harold F. Gosnell Papers contain correspondence, teaching materials, writings, and research files spanning 1886-1997.

Hancock, Winfield Scott. Collection

Winfield Scott Hancock (1824–1886) was a career military officer in the US Army and the Democratic Party’s 1880 nominee for President. The collection contains fifteen letters written by Hancock, mostly to Samuel S. Cox, the US Representative from New York.

Historical Manuscripts. Collection

The Historical Manuscripts Collections contains correspondence and other brief manuscripts documenting personal, scholarly, business, government, and religious affairs, written by an array of authors, primarily from North America and Western Europe. The manuscripts date from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries.

Hunt, Henry. Papers. MS 563

The collection, Codex MS 563, contains correspondence to, from, and about English political reformer and orator Henry Hunt. The collection also contains other papers, such as business agreements and financial settlements, petitions, and poems. The material dates from 1760 to 1838, with the bulk of it dating from 1819 to 1831.

Janowitz, Morris. Collection

Morris Janowitz, sociologist. Papers include professional correspondence, biographical materials, research and subject files, manuscripts of Janowitz's books and articles, course materials, and papers concerning the Inter-University Seminar on the Armed Forces and Society, founded by Janowitz in 1960. Most dates from the late 1960s through the mid-1980s. Earlier material includes Janowitz's research using World War II military, and psychological warfare documents.

Johnson, Walter. Papers

Walter Johnson(1915-1985) historian and politician. Papers contain personal material, correspondence, speeches and lectures, research and writing, campaign literature, newspaper clippings, and press releases documenting Johnson’s academic and political career. Most of the materials in the collection relate to Johnson's work as editor of the eight volumes of The Papers of Adlai Stevenson.

Judson, Harry Pratt. Papers

The Harry Pratt Judson Papers contain speeches given by Judson on topics including, religion, politics, law, teaching, and war. The collection also includes an album of photographs of China.

Keen, Mike. Papers

Mike Keen (PhD Notre Dame, 1985) Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Indiana University South Bend. This collection contains copies of FBI files kept on prominent intellectuals, primarily sociologists, suspected of communism. These include W.E.B. DuBois, Margaret Mead, Talcott Parsons, and members of the Frankfurt School. Keen used the files when researching his 1999 book Stalking the Sociological Imagination. The collection also contains some of Keen's research notes and his correspondence with the FBI. The files themselves cover the 1930s through 1960s; Keen's notes and correspondence date from the 1990s.

Kluit, Adriaan, Dictata ad Statisticam, zeu Amnem administrationem publicam & Oeconomicam, totius Belgii nostri

Manuscript study on the public and economic administration of the Netherlands. Delivered as lectures at the University of Leiden, 1806-1807.

Klutznick, Philip M. Papers

Philip M. Klutznick, businessman, philanthropist, diplomat, government official and Jewish leader. The Philip M. Klutznick Papers comprise 175.5 linear feet and include correspondence, manuscripts, notes, published materials, photographs, scrapbooks, architectural plans, awards and mementos and audio and video recordings. The papers document Klutznick's career as a real estate developer, philanthropist, United Nations representative in the 1950s and 1960s, President of B'nai B'rith, 1953-59 and the World Jewish Congress, 1977-1979, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, 1979-1981 and leader of the American and international Jewish community.

Kurland, Philip B. Papers

Philip B. Kurland (JD’44 Harvard Law) spent the bulk of his teaching career at the University of Chicago Law School. A well respected and widely published expert in the field of constitutional law, Kurland often lent his expertise to the United States government. He acted as a consultant to the Senate Judiciary Committee during both the Watergate scandal and the controversial nomination of Robert H. Bork to the Supreme Court. The Philip B. Kurland Papers cover many different aspects of Kurland’s professional career: scholarly writings and research, teaching materials, extensive correspondence, and materials related to his recurring role as a constitutional consultant to the United States government. Additionally, Kurland kept extensive collections of press clippings - either pieces penned by himself or commentaries on cases and issues with which he was involved.

Lafayette Manuscripts

Contains documents, primarily correspondence written by or to Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Montier, Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834). Also included are letters related to Lafayette's son, George Washington du Motier de Lafayette (1779-1849) and grandson, Edmond du Motier de Lafayette (1818-1888). Codex Ms 303.

Lafayette-Bonaventure. Collection

The principal part of the Bonaventure Lafayette Collection is a set of 217 letters and documents to and from the Marquis de Lafayette, the French nobleman and revolutionary. This collection is also described as Codex Manuscript 304.

League of Nations Association, Midwest Branch. Records

The League of Nations Association Records contain materials concerning the educational activities of the association, contests and model League of Nations Council and Assemblies for high school students. The collection also includes materials about coordinated programs with the Chicago Peace Council and the National Peace Conference, as well as the dissemination of literature concerning neutrality legislation. After the outbreak of war in 1941, the association worked chiefly through the World Citizens Association and the Commission to study the Organization of Peace.

Leites, Nathan. Papers

Nathan Leites (1912-1987) a political scientist who applied the tools of psychoanalysis to the study of culture and politics, with particular specialization in the Soviet politburo. The collection includes correspondence and memoranda, draft seminar and research papers, research notes and notecards, and syllabi and course materials, mainly related to the politics and cultures of the Soviet Union, Europe, Thailand, Burma, and Japan.

Levi, Edward H., Papers

Edward H. Levi, educator, administrator, lawyer and U.S. Attorney General. The Edward H. Levi Papers comprise 258 linear feet and include biographical material, correspondence, subject files, notes, manuscripts, publications, certificates and plaques, academic regalia, newspaper clippings, photographs and one audio reel. The papers document Levi's career as a professor and administrator at the University of Chicago, his service in the U.S. Department of Justice in the 1940s and as U.S. Attorney General, 1974-1977 and his involvement with many organizations, including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Bar Association, the American Law Institute and the MacArthur Foundation.

Levinson, Salmon. Papers

Salmon O. Levinson (1865-1941), attorney, philanthropist and key figure in the movement to outlaw war. The collection includes correspondence, political essays, materials related to the "Outlawry of War" efforts, awards and materials and papers on Poetry magazine.

Lincoln Collection. American Political Cartoons

The American Political Cartoons forms part of the William E. Barton Collection of Lincolniana and contains an array of cartoons and drawings from the period prior to and during the political career of Abraham Lincoln.

Mather, Kirtley Fletcher. Papers

Kirtley F. Mather, geologist, political organizer. The Kirtley F. Mather Papers contain correspondence, minutes, proceedings, speeches, newsletters, announcements, agenda, and bulletins. Materials in the collection relate to the National Wartime Conference and the American Association of Scientific Workers.

Merriam, Charles E. Papers

Charles E. Merriam, professor of Political Science and politician. Candidate for mayor of Chicago, 1911 and 1919. Founder, Social Science Research Council, 1924. Contains personal and professional correspondence; manuscripts; class notes Merriam took as a student; memoranda; election campaign material; minutes; reports; scholarly and political speeches; articles; diaries; book reviews; degrees; and scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, photographs, and memorabilia. Materials record Merriam's influence as academic and politician and his vision of national policy-making and social reform, the first fifty years of the University of Chicago, and early twentieth-century Chicago politics.

Merriam, Robert E. Papers

Robert E. Merriam (1918-1988), historian and politician. Papers include personal and professional correspondence, notes, manuscripts, and offprints of published and unpublished historical and political writings, and speech transcripts. The papers span Merriam's career and document his World War II combat experience, his Chicago political career and federal government service, as well as his connections with the national political and Illinois business community. Because of his reform-minded approach to Chicago city government and his nine-year chairmanship of the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, Merriam's papers constitute an important source of information on both Chicago politics leading up to the Daley regime and the changes in federalism during the 1970s.

Michigan Governor's Committee to Investigate the Detroit Race Riot. Records

The Detroit riot of June 21 and 22, 1943 was one of the most violent racial upheavals to occur in the United States. The clash between white and African American residents, the worst since the Chicago riots of 1919, was finally quelled with the help of federal troops, but left 34 dead and 670 injured. Consists of a report prepared by a committee directed by Michigan governor, Harry F. Kelly, to investigate the riot that took place in Detroit on June 21, 1943. Committee members included Herbert J. Rushton, William E. Dowling, Oscar Olander, and John H. Witherspoon.

Mill, John Stuart. Collection

Correspondence and two manuscript speeches titled "On the Universities" by English philosopher and political economist John Stuart Mill (1806-1873.)

National Opinion Research Center. Records

The National Opinion Research Center is a research institution affiliated with the University of Chicago. Since 1941 NORC has conducted nationwide surveys, data analysis, and social science research across a broad range of fields with the end of more informed policy decisions. The collection primarily includes bibliographic information regarding publications, published reports, survey proposals, and survey questionnaires; it also contains meeting material, internal reports, and promotional material. Materials date from 1941 to 1990.

Native American Educational Services. American Indian Chicago Conference. Records

This collection contains papers created by and for the American Indian Chicago Conference in 1961. Most of the 460 conference participants were indigenous and they used the congress to address their common concerns. The collection forms part of the archives of Native American Educational Services,

Native American Educational Services. Chapman, Michael. Papers

Michael Chapman is a fundraiser, political advisor, and Menominee tribe official. An alumnus of Native American Educational Services College, Chapman went on to serve in an administrative capacity at the school, including work as assistant to the President, Trustee, and Chairman. The collection forms part of the archives of Native American Educational Services, and contains government documents and publications dealing with the relationship between Native American communities and the United States government.

Nuveen, John, Jr.. Papers

Investment banker, community leader, University of Chicago trustee, and diplomat. Material relates primarily to organizations and issues with which Nuveen was affiliated: the University of Chicago, the Baptist Theological Union, the City of Chicago, the Chicago Crime Commission, the Illinois Veterans and Civilians Committee, the Illinois Board of Public Welfare Commissioners, the United States War Production Board, the American Friends of the Middle East, the Marshall Plan, Dwight Eisenhower's presidential campaign, the Bricker Amendment, Adlai Stevenson's presidential campaign, opposition to Joseph McCarthy, local and federal politics, and international affairs.

O'Gorman Mahon. Papers

James Patrick Mahon, also known as "The O'Gorman Mahon" was an Irish politician and adventurer. The collection contains correspondence, materials from court cases, documents pertaining to business ventures, a letter book, a diary, a passport, election posters, and two scrapbooks of newspaper clippings. Papers document Mahon's various political, military and business activities. Correspondents include Ann Choquet, John Adams-Acton, Arthur Richard Wellesley, William O'Shea, and Charles Parnell.

Paepcke, Walter P. Papers

The Walter P. Paepcke Papers consist of 72 linear feet and include biographical material, correspondence, subject files, financial documents, publications, scrapbooks, ledgers, newspaper clippings, and photographs. The collection also includes information pertaining to the Container Corporation of America, a business founded by Walter Paepcke in 1926. In addition to materials that refer to Paepcke's paperboard container business, the papers also document some of his philanthropic, cultural, and educational interests. Included among them is the Goethe Bicentennial Foundation, which organized a festival in 1949 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Included among Paepcke's other cultural and educational activities are materials relating to the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies. The AIHS, founded in 1950, became an intellectual and cultural center of continuing education that provided seminars, lectures, and forums conducted by leaders in commerce, industry, science, education, religion, and government.

Pickering, George. Papers

George W. Pickering (1938 – May 11, 2002) was a professor of Religious Studies at the University of Detroit Mercy, teaching social ethics, Christian social thought, American Religion and theories and issues of justice, religion, and science. His research and teaching focused on questions of ethics and civil rights in American society. Along with Alan B. Anderson, he co-authored Confronting the Color Line: The Broken Promise of the Civil Rights Movement in Chicago, which received the Myers Award from the University of Arkansas’ Gustavus Myers Center for Human Rights. At the time of his death, he was working on an intellectual biography of James Luther Adams, a Unitarian Universalist theologian. This collection contains essays and notes from Pickering’s undergraduate and graduate studies; journal entries; lecture notes and syllabi from his teaching career; materials and manuscripts from his major published and unpublished book projects; published articles and essay drafts; handwritten and typescript research notes; speeches and sermons; annotated essays and articles by other academics used in Pickering’s research; and photographs.

Pitcher, W. Alvin. Papers

W. Alvin Pitcher (1913-1996), professor, minister, community and social justice activist. The Pitcher Papers include manuscripts, correspondence, press clippings, and extensive records from numerous political and civic organizations. The papers document Pitcher's scholarly career at Denison University and the University of Chicago, his ministerial work, and his participation in the civil rights movement and in various community organizations.

Political Pamphlets. Collection

These pamphlets have been assembled from a number of different collections. Where possible, the source has been indicated as follows; Richard Beidel (RB), Harold Gosnell (HG), Frank Knight (FK), George Stigler (GS), Ludwig Rosenberger (LR), and Edward Shils (ES).

Presidential Campaign Mementos

This collection contains materials relating to American presidential campaigns dating from the 1930s to the late 1960s. Some of the materials in this collection are related to campaign and marketing, while others relate to questions about government policies and programs during the period. The collection includes newspaper clippings, political poems, comics, essays, open letters, as well as posters and banners of specific candidates.

Republican National Convention. Collection

The collection includes items from the 1888 Republican National Convention, held at the Auditorium Building in Chicago, Illinois, on June 19-25, 1888, and a ticket from the 1884 convention.

Rudolph, Lloyd and Susanne. Papers

Lloyd and Susanne Rudolph were professors of political science at the University of Chicago and close collaborators throughout their careers. The couple specialized in South Asian politics, history, and culture, and in 2014 were joint recipients of the Padma Bhushan Award, one of India’s highest civilian honors. The collection includes personal ephemera; correspondence; research materials, files related to the creation and publication of the Rudolphs’ writings; administrative and teaching materials from the University of Chicago; photographs, microfilm, and audio recordings; an award and plaque, and oversized materials. Materials in the collection date between 1900 and 2014, with the bulk of the materials dating between 1950 and 2004. The papers document the interconnectedness of Susanne and Lloyd Rudolph’s personal and professional lives.

Schilling, George A., Papers

George A. Schilling, labor movement leader and Secretary of the Illinois State Board of Labor Commissioners. The papers include five bound letterbooks, which span the period 1887 to 1907, correspondence, notes for and drafts of speeches, articles and letters, pamphlets, and miscellaneous items including clippings. The twenty unbound letters cover the period from 1913 to 1936.

Smith, Thomas Vernor. Papers

Thomas Vernor Smith (1890-1964) Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago, Illinois State Senator (1936-1938), Congressional Representative, (1938-1940). This collection includes letters from the years of Smith's political activity, 1934-1941. Among the other papers are reprints of some of his publications and speeches, and many mimeographed items relating to military government and problems of post-war education in the occupied countries.

Spike, Robert W. Papers

The Reverend Doctor Robert Warren Spike (1923-1966) was a minister, theologian, and activist who served as the first Executive Director of the Commission on Religion and Race of the National Council of Churches and Professor of Ministry and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program in the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. A leader in mobilizing church involvement in the civil rights movement, Spike was murdered less than a year after assuming his post in Chicago.

Stephens, Alexander H. Collection

Alexander Hamilton Stephens (1812-1883) was an American politician, best known for occupying the position of Vice President of the Confederate States of America throughout the American Civil War. The Collection contains correspondence written by Stephens between 1870 and 1876, and a Bryant, Stratton & Co.'s International College Bank note.

Stephenson, William A. F., Papers

William A. F. Stephenson (1904-1985) University of Chicago graduate who had a long and prominent career in the military, public service, education, politics, and business. The collection documents Stephenson’s work in FDR’s New Deal, in the Army during WWII where he served under Patton and Bradley, and in Florida’s Democratic Party.

Stirn, Ernest W. and Henry J. Papers

Ernest W. Stirn received an MA in history from the University of Chicago in 1922 and later worked as a statistical consultant for businesses and the government. From 1931 to 1943 he was involved with the Radio-Keith-Orpheum Bankruptcy Reorganization. The University of Chicago Press published a bibliography he had prepared on Robert LaFollette (1937). Among the papers are letters written to and by his father, Henry J. Stirn, printer and expert on the collecting of old violins and stamps.

Strauss, Herbert R. Collection of Theodore Roosevelt Papers

This collection contains manuscripts, photographs and memorabilia of Theodore Roosevelt. Also contained within this collection are autographed John T. McCutcheon cartoons. The collection dates from 1884 to 1919, with the bulk of the material dating between 1895 and 1919.

Strauss, Leo. Papers

Leo Strauss (1899-1973), scholar of political philosophy. The Papers include correspondence, manuscripts, research notes, notebooks, publications and audio recordings. The papers document Strauss' career as a writer and professor of political philosophy at the Academy of Jewish Research, Berlin (1925-1932), the New School for Social Research (1941-1948), the University of Chicago (1949-1968) and other institutions in the United States and Europe.

Tufts, James Hayden. Papers

James Hayden Tufts (1862-1942) was on the faculty of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago from 1892-1930. He was Dean of the Senior Colleges (1898-1904), Dean of Faculties and Vice-President of the University (1924-26), Acting President of the University (1925-26), and editor of the International Journal of Ethics (1914-1930). The Tufts Papers include professional correspondence (1909-1942); philosophy outlines, notes and lectures; drafts of Tufts' memoirs; papers concerning the City Club of Chicago Committee on Housing Conditions (1908-13); and documents related to the Illinois Committee on Social Legislation (1912-17).

U.S. Presidential Inauguration and Rationing Memorabilia.

Invitations and other memorabilia related U.S. Presidential Inauguration dinners and balls, as well as several other events related to the presidency. Collection also contains materials related to rationing from the U.S. Office of Price administration.

University of Chicago. Department of Political Science. Records

The Department of Political Science originated with the opening of the University of Chicago in 1892. In the early twentieth century, the department set out to "blaze a new trail in the field of the technical study of political relations," stressing interdisciplinary approaches and closer integration with other science fields. This collection documents administrative and teaching activities in the Department of Political Science from the late 1920s through the early 1960s, with a concentration of material in the 1940s-1950s. Material in this collection includes meeting minutes, administrative correspondence, announcements, annual reports, and appointments and budgets with related preparatory material.

University of Chicago. Politics and Protest. Collection

This collection documents political and protest movements at the University of Chicago throughout the in the mid and late-twentieth century. It contains articles, correspondence, event flyers, newspaper clippings, meeting agendas, reports, official statements, position papers, and unofficial student literature. Materials date from 1935 to 1991, with the bulk of the material dating between 1966 and 1970.

Welling, Harriet Walker. Papers

Political activist. Contains correspondence, reports, pamphlets, clippings, publicity, news releases, and other papers relating to Americans United for World Organization, Chicago Chapter; Build for Peace; Civilian Control of Atomic Energy, Chicago Committee; the International Relations Center of Chicago; the Stop Arming Japan Committee; and the Women's League for Lucas. Correspondents include Cordell Hull and Carl Sandburg.

Wells, Ida B. Papers

Ida B. Wells, (1862-1931) teacher, journalist and anti-lynching activist. Paper contain correspondence, manuscript of Crusade for Justice: the Autobiography of Ida B. Wells, diaries, copies of articles and speeches by Wells, articles and accounts about Wells, newspapers clippings, and photographs. Also contains Alfreda M. Duster's (Wells' daughter) working copies of the autobiography which Duster edited. Correspondents include Frederick Douglass and Albion Tourgee. Includes photocopies of correspondence of Wells' husband Ferdinand Barnett and a scrapbook of newspapers articles written by him.

White, Leonard D. Papers

Leonard D. White, Department of Political Science, Ernest DeWitt Burton Distinguished Service Professor of Public Administration, University of Chicago, 1920-1958. The Leonard D. White papers include correspondence, reports, minutes, publications, reprints, and notes relating to White’s time at the University of Chicago as well as to his service on local and national government committees, such as the Chicago Civil Service Commission, the United States Civil Service Commission, and the President’s Committee on Civil Service Improvement.

Woodruff, Timothy Lester. Papers

Timothy Lester Woodruff (1858-1913), Republican politician. Lieutenant Governor of New York, 1896-1902. Contains correspondence and a speech. Material deals primarily with campaigns, patronage, and other political issues, some with references to Theodore Roosevelt and Lemuel Quigg. Correspondents include Thomas Platt, Frank S. Black, John D. Rockefeller, James Sherman, and James Wadsworth.

Wright, Quincy. Papers

Quincy Wright (1890-1970), was a writer and scholar known for his work on war, international relations, and international law. He joined the political science faculty at the University of Chicago in 1923, and was a professor of international law at the University from 1931 to 1956. Wright guest lectured at universities all over the world, and consulted for the government of the United States, including the U.S. Navy Department and the Department of State. He was also a technical advisor to the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg in 1945, and a consultant to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization in 1949. The papers document Wright's interests in war, international law, world organization, and international cooperation, as well as the numerous organizations with which he was associated. Records date from 1907 to 1972, with the bulk dating between 1915 and 1971.

Zeisel, Eva. Papers

Eva Polanyi Zeisel (1906-2011) was a Jewish Hungarian designer active in Germany, the Soviet Union, and the United States. She created artisan pieces, primarily pottery, and taught design at art schools such as the Pratt Institute in New York. This collection consists of photocopies of typescript drafts and handwritten notes for Eva Zeisel’s memoir, Memories of Long Ago. Zeisel describes her arrest and imprisonment while working in the ceramics industry in Moscow in 1936. She had been accused of plotting to assassinate Joseph Stalin and was imprisoned for sixteen months before being deported to Austria in 1937. Also included in the collection is a brief (four page) undated paper or speech in which she described her design process and philosophy.