This image is from the first page of a Chicago Park District report on administering the capital improvements program. The district, under the direction of people appointed by Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, helped six of the city’s major museums to invest in improvements, offering to match funds. Reports like this, which Daley likely reviewed on a regular basis, represent the hard work of local government as it worked to provide cultural amenities to citizens and visitors to the City.

First page of a report on administering Chicago-area museums' capital improvements program, 1971. RJD_01_01_0095_0004_001

First page of a report on administering Chicago-area museums’ capital improvements program, 1971. RJD_01_01_0095_0004_001

The full report–as well of thousands of historical documents that provide the “nuts and bolts” of city management, can be accessed at Special Collections and University Archives Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago Library. See the archival finding aid (inventory listing) for the Richard J. Daley Collection. For more information, Ask a Librarian.