UIC Special Collections and University Archives has just processed a small collection of holdings from a key figure in Chicago and Cook County political history, the David Orr Papers.

Orr was a alderman in the Chicago City Council and since 1991, has served as Clerk of Cook County. After the sudden and unexpected death of Mayor Harold Washington in 1987, Orr served as acting mayor until the City Council named Eugene Sawyer.

The David Orr Papers is a small collection, only 14 folders. But those folders give glimpses of Orr’s long career of public service, especially in the 2010s. Feel free to check out the finding aid (inventory list) for the David Orr Papers and visit UIC Special Collections and University Archives to see the collection for yourself.