Soc. Social Action
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This topic covers individuals and groups involved in social activist causes, protests, movements, and causes.
Found in 67 Collections and/or Records:
Franklin Rosemont-Haymarket research papers
Abstract Research notes, photocopies, drafts, proofs, photographs, and correspondence comprising the papers used to research and produce the Haymarket Scrapbook, edited by Franklin Rosemont and Dave Roediger (Charles H. Kerr Pub. Co., 1986). Also materials related to the activities commemorating the centennial of the 1886-1887 Haymarket Affair.
Dates: 1975-2009; Majority of material found within 1980-1993
Franklin Rosemont - T-Bone Slim research collection
Abstract Original manuscript writings by noted IWW member T-Bone Slim with research notes, book drafts, and correspondence from Franklin Rosemont used to produce his book, “Juice is Stranger than Friction: Selected Writings of T-Bone Slim” (Charles H. Kerr Publishing Company, 1992).
Dates: approximately 1923-1993; Majority of material found within 1934 - 1993
Franklin W. Rosemont papers
Abstract Book reviews, flyers, articles, photographs, letters, and periodicals stemming from Franklin Rosemont's surrealist, leftist, and labor activities, including the Charles H. Kerr Co.
Dates: approximately 1985-2008
Fred Thompson Papers
Abstract Correspondence, writings, publications, photographs, etc. of Fred W. Thompson, I.W.W. official and historian, and president of the Charles H. Kerr Company. A radical in his native Canada, Thompson came to the United States in 1922 and joined the I.W.W. He remained an active member for over 65 years. In the 1970s, he joined a Kerr Publishing Company rescue effort. There is considerable correspondence with Wobblies, some addressed to Franklin H. Rosemont, and also photographs of union members.
Dates: 1915-1997; Majority of material found within 1960 - 1985
George Overton papers
Abstract Chicago lawyer, and political and social activist who helped start the American Foundation for Political Education in the late 1940s, WTTW in the late 1950s, and the Openlands Project in 1963. During the 1960s Overton also represented residents threatened by the proposed development of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Papers include correspondence (some with Adlai Stevenson), photographs, awards, and materials relating to Openlands, the American Foundation for Political Education, and his...
Dates: approximately 1950-2004
Graham Taylor papers
Abstract Works, correspondence, and family papers of minister, social worker, professor, and founder of Chicago Commons settlement house, Graham Taylor.
Dates: 1820-1975; Majority of material found within 1866-1940
Gus Hall Communist Party meeting recordings
Abstract Recordings of longtime American Communist Party national chairman and U.S. presidential candidate Gus Hall. Each tape contains Hall's updates at regular party executive board meetings, 1988-1993, a time of considerable dissent over Hall's rigid support of Soviet-style Communism and the absence of internal party democracy.
Harold L. Lucas papers
Abstract Papers documenting the activities of organizer, preservationist, and entrepreneur Harold L. Lucas. Material is related to African American communities, both in Chicago and nationwide. Also includes other activities including historic building preservation, Bronzeville history, heritage tourism, and political work for the city of Chicago.
Dates: approximately 1970s-2010s
Harold R. Heaton Political Cartoons
Abstract Sixty original political and editorial cartoons by Harold R. Heaton for the Chicago newspaper Inter-Ocean, drawn between 1909 and approximately 1913.
Dates: 1909-approximately 1913
Henry Rosemont Typographical Union collection
Abstract A variety of files concerning the Chicago Typographical Union (Local 16), and its parent organization the International Typographical Union, compiled by the Union's unofficial historian, Henry Rosemont. Includes ephemera, manuscript and printed materials relating to the union activities, Rosemont's research notebooks about unions and union history, and information about other labor and trade groups. There is extensive information about the Chicago newspaper strike of 1947-1949.
Dates: approximately 1920s-1979
Hoke Norris Papers
Abstract Collection of correspondence, works, research materials, and personal information by and about Hoke Norris, reporter, book reviewer, novelist, and public affairs director. Norris worked for several papers including the Raleigh News and Observer, the Winston-Salem Journal-Sentinel, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Daily News.
Dates: 1934-1977; Majority of material found within 1956 - 1977
Jack Conroy papers
Abstract Works, correspondence, and papers of American novelist, folklorist, and editor Jack Conroy. Conroy's novel The Disinherited, published in 1933, is considered a classic in proletarian literature and depicted in gritty detail the realities of the Great Depression. Conroy also edited radical journals The Rebel Poet, The Anvil, and The New Anvil.
James Shores Griffith papers
Abstract Materials from four binders about Griffith and his family. Two binders containing records of the Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators and Paperhangers of America, Local No. 147, 1882-1971, including records of wages of Mr. Griffith's grandfather, Griffith's own 1909 apprentice contract, records of union dues payments, notices of periodic wage and by-law changes, union assessments, elections, and other union activities. Also contains fiftieth and seventy-fifth anniversary souvenir booklets, and a...
Dates: 1882-1971; Majority of material found within 1912 - 1969
John E. Hart-Floyd Dell Papers
Abstract Correspondence, works, photographs and miscellaneous material relating to the writing of John E. Hart's biography, Floyd Dell, for the Twayne's United States Authors Series, published in 1971.
John T. Jacobs - Clarence Darrow Papers
Abstract Letters from Chicago lawyer Clarence Darrow to attorney and judge John T. Jacobs of Greeley, Colorado. Letters provide documentation of friendship, professional collaboration, and a shared interest in reading, as well as news of Darrow's son Paul who was living in Greeley. Also includes other miscellaneous letters and an essay by F.O. Stanley in which, though a teetotaler, he argues against prohibition.
Jona Goldschmidt collection of underground newspapers and Marynook neighborhood materials
Abstract Underground and counter-culture newspaper collection of Jona Goldschmidt, a Chicago activist, lawyer, and professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Loyola University. Includes late 1960s-mid 1970s materials about the Vietnam War, prisoners' rights, civil rights, women’s rights, yippies, socialism, and the Black Panther Party. Also included is Goldschmidt's collection of neighborhood newsletters, fliers, and clippings about Marynook, a neighborhood on Chicago's South Side that strove to...
Dates: 1959-1983; Majority of material found within 1960 - 1979
Joseph Giganti papers
Abstract Papers and photographs pertaining to Chicagoan Joe Giganti, a labor defense activist who served as the Chairman of the Board of the Charles H. Kerr Publishing Company. The collection includes 1930s periodicals, documents, and ephemera of Communist and Socialist groups in Chicago, New York, Italy, and elsewhere. Also included are Giganti's University papers, a file on Giorgio del Vecchio, an audio recording of Giganti, and a photograph album, which features Joe's wife, Rose.
Dates: 1917-1986; Majority of material found within 1930 - 1950
Lanche Wolf - Iowa League of Women Voters Papers
Abstract Collection of papers pertaining to the Iowa League of Women Voters and one of its members, Mrs. Lanche Wolf, of Charles City, Iowa. Included are the constitution and by-laws of the Iowa League of Women Voters; correspondence, membership cards, programs, and financial plans.
Mary Field Parton-Clarence Darrow Papers
Abstract Material relating to the friendship between Clarence Darrow and journalist Mary Field Parton, which includes sixty-one of his letters to her, several other letters, short articles by Darrow, clippings, and photographs. Included are numerous transcripts of Darrow's letters, a biographical sketch of Parton, and excerpts from her journal that refer to Darrow, all done by Parton's daughter Margaret Parton (Hussey).
May Walden Papers
Abstract Collection of May Walden, wife of Socialist publisher Charles H. Kerr from 1892 to 1904, consisting of letters, diaries, literary manuscripts, account books, clippings, photographs, memorabilia, as well as publications relating to the Socialist movement. Included in the papers are items relating to May Walden's daughter, Katharine Kerr Moore.
Dates: 1869-1972; Majority of material found within 1892 - 1959
Memorial Ministry for Indigent Persons records
Identifier: Midwest-MS-Memorial Ministry
Abstract Clippings, correspondence, documents, photographs, and programs of an organization started in 1984 by W. Earl Lewis, a Roman Catholic layperson, to establish an annual interfaith memorial service for those who died poor and alone. Records document Lewis' struggle for support prior to the first service in 1986, and contain information about 1995 heat-related deaths, pauper burials at Homewood Memorial Gardens, and mass burials at the former site of the Dunning State Mental Hospital and poor farm.
Mexican Hometown Associations Oral History Project records
Identifier: Midwest-MS-Mexican Hometown-Associations OH
Abstract Oral histories of 23 leaders of various Mexican Hometown Associations located in Chicago and its suburbs. Interviews were conducted in Spanish in 2016 and transcribed in Spanish under the direction of Professor Xóchitl Bada, then Associate Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Brief biographies of the leaders are included. A total of 22 separate Hometown Associations are represented in the collection. To listen to the audio files, use the links...
Michael Reid Anti-Fascism Collection
Abstract Appeals, calls to action, declarations, newspapers, notes, notices, poems, and resolutions by a variety of anti-fascist organizations in Chicago and United States that formed after Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany. Groups such as the Chicago Committee to Aid Victims of German Fascism, the Provisional United Front Anti-Fascist Committee (Chicago), the National Committee to Aid Victims of German Fascism (New York City, New York), the International Relief Committee for Victims of Hitler...
Mike Ervin Papers
Abstract Papers of and materials collected by Mike Ervin, a Chicago playwright, writer on topics relating to the physically disabled, occasional poet, and activist on disability issues. The collection includes many clippings and articles by Ervin, and some articles about him, his plays and short stories, plus some poems and photographs, publicity materials for his plays, and correspondence. The collection also includes theater materials such as play scripts, programs, and reviews.
Dates: 1970-2009; Majority of material found within 1980 - 2000
Miriam Gurko-Floyd Dell Papers
Abstract Correspondence between Floyd Dell and Miriam Gurko, concerning Edna St. Vincent Millay. Also, several short works by Dell, a few notes by Gurko and a draft of a book by Gurko entitled The Letters of Floyd Dell About Edna St. Vincent Millay, with a subject index file.