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Richard J. Daley in the Oval Office

After John F. Kennedy was sworn in, one of his first actions as president was to invite his friend, Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, and Daley’s family for a visit.

William Daley, Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, President John F. Kennedy, Eleanor Daley, Patricia Daley, John Daley, Mary Carol Daley, Eleanor R. Daley, and Michael Daley in the White House, 1961.

William Daley, Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, President John F. Kennedy, Eleanor Daley, Patricia Daley, John Daley, Mary Carol Daley, Eleanor R. Daley, and Michael Daley in the White House, 1961. RJD_04_01_0047_0016_004

Daley’s eldest son, Richard M. Daley, who later also served as Chicago’s mayor (1989-2011) could not attend. He had to stay at college to take a biology exam. His father had told him “You have an exam and that’s your responsibility.” Richard M. reflects further:

He always thought education should be the highest priority. Nothing else should be more important. In government, it was always education….If you solved the education crisis, you solved all of the social ills.

This excerpt comes from Richard M. Daley’s oral history interview (PDF) for this online exhibit.

The Richard L. Curry Papers

UIC Library holds a small collection donated by the late Richard L. Curry (b. 1929 – d. 2015), who worked in the office of Chicago’s corporation counsel from 1956 to 1974 and who was elected in 1974 to the position of Cook County Circuit Court Judge.

These papers contain materials that Curry collected about Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley. They consist of some of Daley’s work schedules, budget messages, campaign pamphlets, speech transcripts, and newspaper clippings about the mayor. This collection is open to the general public at the Special Collections and University Archives reading room in the Richard J. Daley Library. See the Richard L. Curry finding aid (inventory list).

Curry contributed to UIC Library’s Remembering Richard J. Daley online exhibit, writing a letter in which he reflected on the Daley’s leadership style and his legacy for the city. Read the letter in full (PDF).

Responding to constituents

Chicagoans often informed Mayor Richard J. Daley of needs in their neighborhoods. Sometimes they wrote him, and sometimes they met with him directly. This letter from 1967 represents Daley following up on what he had learned from one of those meetings.

Mayor Richard J. Daley to William L McFetridge of the Chicago Park District, 1967. RJD_01_01_0058_0004_020

Mayor Richard J. Daley to William L McFetridge of the Chicago Park District, 1967. RJD_01_01_0058_0004_020

 

49 years for a Chicago landmark

Visitors to Chicago’s Daley Plaza in the Loop will find one of the city’s iconic pieces of public art in the city, a large untitled sculpture by famed artist Pablo Picasso.

Scene from the dedication of the Picasso sculpture

Scene from the dedication of the Picasso sculpture, August 1967. RJD_04_01_0026_0007_006

Ever since Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley unveiled this sculpture, it has elicited not a little confusion about what it was meant to represent. Listen to the mayor’s comments at the unveiling:

Video: Excerpt from “Richard J. Daley: The Trees He Planted,” written and produced by Joe Howard, Executive Producer Ed Planer. RJD_04_02_0000_0000_016

Convention time!

Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley regularly attended and served as an Illinois delegate at the quadrennial Democratic National Conventions, where he often played a key role in deciding whom the Democratic Party nominated for the presidency.

Certification of Richard J. Daley as an elected delegate to the Democratic National Convention, 1972. RJD_02_02_0013_0003_006

Certification of Richard J. Daley as an elected delegate to the Democratic National Convention, 1972. RJD_02_02_0013_0003_006

On this date: honoring a labor leader and a public servant

William D. McFetridge was a union leader and later, president of the Chicago Parks District. The union he represented was the Building Service Employees International Union, of which he became president in 1940. He later served as a vice president for the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).

Richard J. Daley unveiling McFetridge Dr. sign

Richard J. Daley unveiling McFetridge Dr. sign surrounded by watching crowd, July 14, 1970. McFetridge drive was a causeway into Chicago’s “Museum Campus” where the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, and Adler Planetarium are located. RJD_04_01_0032_0009_005

McFetridge supported building construction in Chicago. Of the Marina City residential towers near Chicago’s loop, he welcomed employment opportunities for those he represented, saying, “our jobs are at stake” (New York Times, March 17, 1969).

McFetridge also served the Chicago Park District. He joined the district’s board in 1944 and became the board’s president in 1967. When McFetridge died in 1969, Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley stated that his passing “was a great loss to the people of Chicago and a deep personal loss to me. He served with distinction and provided active leadership” (Chicago Tribune, March 18, 1969).

Spring cleaning and Democratic service

One reason the Democratic Party retained Chicagoans’ support was its role in providing neighborhood services. This letter to Mayor Richard J. Daley highlights the party’s use of volunteers to clean the 11th ward, home of mayor’s Bridgeport neighborhood.

Daley served as committeeman (local Democratic Party leader) for the 11th ward (1947-1976) in addition to being mayor of Chicago and chair of the Cook County Democratic Party.

This letter is also addressed to Michael A. Bilandic, who represented the ward in the city council (1969-1976) and succeeded Daley as mayor (1976-1979).

Letter to Mayor Daley about the 11th Ward Spring Cleanup Program

Letter to Mayor Daley about the 11th Ward Spring Cleanup Program, 1971. RJD_01_01_0102_0005_023

The road to Chicago

Monday, May 29, 2016 marks the birthday of Bob Hope. Hope was a vaudeville-style entertainer who performed live, did television shows and starred in movies. On numerous occasions he teamed up with his friend, Bing Crosby, in a series of popular, comedic films in which the hapless pair traveled to exotic locations and got into unlikely adventures.

Beginning with World War II (1939-1945), Hope dedicated much of his professional career to entertaining U.S. troops, particularly those stationed abroad in wartime. Working with the United Service Organizations (USO), an organization dedicated to serving soldiers, he continued these performances through the 1990s.

In honor of Hope’s talents and contributions, Mayor Richard J. Daley proclaimed October 29, 1976–the twenty-seventh anniversary of the actor’s first appearance on television–as “Bob Hope Day” in Chicago.

Bob Hope and Richard J. Daley,

Bob Hope and Richard J. Daley, undated. RJD_04_01_0052_0011_002

Congratulations! Second annual Leadership in the Public Sphere award!

On May 15, 2016, the Daley Leadership in the Public Sphere Award, sponsored by University Library, was presented to Alex Azar, Else Erling, Bailey Garb, Allie Kreitman, and Hope Thomas as part of the Chicago History Fair. The students from the University of Chicago Lab School created a documentary, “Made for Children Everywhere: the Founding of Chicago’s Juvenile Justice System.” With a final score of 97, this project elicited the following comment from one of the judges:

I have judged History Fair projects for many years now, and rarely have I seen one as intelligent, well-researched, and powerfully argued as this one. The documentary starts with a very lurid exploration of the political world of Hull House women and moves extremely effectively into a wonderful depiction of the creation of Chicago’s juvenile court system. The thesis is significant and carries very well through this well-crafted documentary. Bravo!

According to Carol J. Callahan, Chicago Metro History Fair, “The best news is that this project was chosen to progress to the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C.! Alex, Else, Bailey, Allie and Hope will be joining 60 other competitors from Chicago History Fair in D.C. June 14-19, 2016.”

This award goes to a student or students who best who best use resources at Special Collections and University Archives at UIC, as determined by History Fair judges. Longtime readers of this blog may recall that the first Daley Leadership in the Public Sphere Award was granted a year ago.

Please join University Library in congratulating the winners and wishing them luck at the national competition in D.C.

Mayor Richard J. Daley and our 33rd president

Today, May 8, marks the birthday of Harry Truman (b. 1884 – d. 1972), the thirty-third president of the United States. Truman served as vice president to Franklin Delano Roosevelt for only a few weeks when Roosevelt passed away unexpectedly.

Upon becoming president, Truman faced numerous challenges. He prosecuted the end of World War II and shepherded the United States during the difficult years that immediately followed the war. Under his watch, the United States continued its engagement with international affairs, subsidizing western European economic recovery under the “Marshall Plan” and leading United Nations forces during the Korean War (1950 – 1953). Domestically, he oversaw the U.S.’s conversion from a wartime to a peacetime economy and took steps to advance the cause of civil rights, such as creating a presidential committee to study the issue and ordering the desegregation of the armed forces.

Former President Harry Truman shaking hands with Richard J. Daley

Former President Harry Truman shaking hands with Richard J. Daley. Truman inscribed this photo, “A most pleasant meeting with a great mayor.” RJD_04_01_0044_0007_001

Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley met frequently with the former president.

Former President Harry S. Truman, John H. Sengstacke of the Chicago Defender, and Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley in an open car during the Bud Billiken Parade,

Former President Harry S. Truman, John H. Sengstacke of the Chicago Defender, and Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley riding in an open car during the Bud Billiken Parade, 1956. RJD_04_01_0044_0007_003

Truman had a reputation for a feisty personality. Kay Quinlan, personal secretary for Mayor Daley, recalls that one Saturday morning, Truman showed up.

And he came in by himself. And he was staying over at the Sherman, I guess. Vince Leddy was the policeman’s name at the desk, and he came back and he said to me, “You won’t believe who’s here.” And I said, “Who?” He said, “Truman.” I said, “Well, bring him in.” Vince Leddy was sitting at the desk reading something, and Truman came in, had a cane, hit him on the head and said, “Young man, is your mayor in?” So of course the mayor was. “Bring him in, you know, right away.”

Kay Quinlan, Richard J. Daley’s Personal Secretary, interview excerpt, August 7, 2014

A Chicago landmark

In 1973, Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley commemorated the construction of what was then the tallest building in the world, the Sears Tower, now known as Willis Tower.

Richard J. Daley speech in front of the Sears Tower

Richard J. Daley giving a speech at an outdoor podium in front of the Sears Tower (now known as the Willis Tower), ca. 1970s. RJD_04_01_0029_0008_010

As this medallion below indicates, the skyscraper has 110 floor and reaches more than 1,400 feet.

Medallion--Sears Tower, 1973 [back]. RJD_06_01_0041_0008_001b

Medallion–Sears Tower, 1973 [back]. RJD_06_01_0041_0008_001b


The medallion and the above photograph are only two of the hundreds of artifacts and thousands photographs to be found in the Richard J. Daley Collection.The collection is open to the public in the reading room at the Special Collections and University Archives in the Richard J. Daley Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Please ask a librarian for more information about seeing the collection.

Medallion--Sears Tower, 1973 [front]. RJD_06_01_0041_0008_001a

Medallion–Sears Tower, 1973 [front]. RJD_06_01_0041_0008_001a

Richard J. Daley’s first mayoral victory

Today, April 5, 2016, marks the 61st anniversary of Richard J. Daley’s election as mayor for the first time in 1955.

Richard Daley accepts a neighbor's congratulations after the 1955 election

Richard J. Daley accepts a neighbor’s congratulations the day after the 1955 mayor election, 1955. RJD_04_01_0012_0002_001

The László Kondor Photograph Collection and oral history interview

László Kondor served as Mayor Richard J. Daley’s official photographer from 1972 to 1976.

Richard J. Daley, photographer László Kondor (on left), and others during a Fishing Derby,

Richard J. Daley, photographer László Kondor (on left), and others during a Fishing Derby, ca. 1970s. MSLASZ13_0003_0010_001

In 2013, Kondor donated about 600 photographs, 600 slides, and 3,000 negatives from those years to the University Library. A sample of the images has already been digitized. You can see them here at the Remembering Richard J. Daley online exhibit.

Official portrait of Mayor Richard J. Daley.

Official portrait of Mayor Richard J. Daley. Photo: László Kondor. MSLASZ13_0002_0010_034

The other photographs are available in the Special Collections and University Archives reading room at the Richard J. Daley Library in Chicago. You can read the  online archival finding aid (inventory listing) for the László Kondor Photograph Collection and Ask a Librarian to make an appointment to see them in person.

Also in 2013, Kondor generously gave his time to do an oral history interview. He discussed his career in photography, his experiences growing up in Hungary and leaving in the wake of the 1956 uprising and what it was like working with Mayor Daley. Read a transcript of Kondor’s interview [PDF]. Audio excerpts from that interview are found in the online exhibit as well.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Richard J. Daley leading a Saint Patrick's Day parade with a shillelagh

Richard J. Daley carrying a shillelagh and leading a Saint Patrick’s Day parade. Father Byrnes and Admiral Galloway are walking beside him. RJD_04_01_0064_0001_009

At the polls

Richard J. and Eleanor Daley at their Bridgeport polling place, 1975.

Richard J. and Eleanor Daley at their Bridgeport polling place, 1975. RJD_04_01_0035_0007_008

University of Illinois at Chicago Short-term Travel Fellowships (Summer 2016) for external researchers – DEADLINE EXTENDED

University of Illinois at Chicago Short-term Travel Fellowships (Summer 2016) for external researchers – DEADLINE EXTENDED

The University Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is now offering Short-term Travel Fellowships to further research using the holdings of Special Collections and University Archives at the Richard J. Daley Library and the Library of the Health Sciences.

Special Collections at the Daley Library houses collections of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and artifacts with a focus on the social, political, and cultural history of Chicago. The strengths of the manuscript collection include the history of the Hull-House settlement; A Century of Progress World’s Fair; Chicago design history; Midwest women’s history; and the history of African Americans in Chicago. Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago Special Collections documents Chicago’s rich history as a center for the education and practice of the medical arts. The University Archives at both locations is the depository for historical records of UIC and contains selected papers of prominent faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

For more information:

FIELD OF STUDY: All academic disciplines are eligible.

ELIGIBILITY: The award is open to individual researchers, teachers, and writers of any nationality to do research in Special Collections and University Archives. Preference given to those applicants who might make best use of UIC political manuscript collections. Applicants must live outside of the Chicago metropolitan area and more than 100 miles from the UIC campus.

AWARD: $3,000 – $6,000. Stipends will be $3,000 per month for a maximum of two months between June 1 and August 31, 2016. The stipend will be paid in two installments – one before travel and one after the fellow submits the midterm report. Up to three Fellowships will be awarded.

DEADLINE: April 1, 2016 

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS: Fellows are required to submit a midterm report and final report.

APPLICATIONS: A completed application consists of the following components:

  1. A cover letter describing your research topic and preferred dates of the fellowship (during June and August 2016)
  2. Statement of purpose (300-500 words):  Explain the nature of your project and the sources you expect to use at UIC
  3. Proposed outcome of research (100 to 200 words): Briefly explain how this fellowship will aid in the completion of your project
  4. Budget – list planned expenditures including transportation, housing, meals.
  5. Curriculum vitae
  6. Letter of recommendation evaluating your proposed project. (The letter may be sent separately, but please include the name, email address, and affiliation of the person writing the recommendation.)

 

Electronic submissions only:

Library Human Resources

The University of Illinois at Chicago

uic.libraryjobs@gmail.com

 

Incomplete applications will not be processed. Applications will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary committee and will be announced in May.

 

For questions regarding the fellowship, contact Sonia Yaco, head of UIC Special Collections and University Archives syaco@uic.edu.

UIC’s political collections

Richard J. Daley speaking before the Chicago Association of Commerce and Industry

Richard J. Daley speaking before the Chicago Association of Commerce and Industry, ca. 1959. Photo: Pics Photographers. RJD_04_01_0013_0003_020.

UIC Special Collections and University Archives has more than 50 manuscript collections that pertain to Chicago’s political history, for which the Richard J. Daley Collection forms the cornerstone. Some of these collections deal with the years Richard J. Daley was mayor of Chicago while some deal with later or earlier years.

Check out our list of archival finding aids to see what we have or Ask a Librarian to set up an appointment.

Mayor Richard J. Daley’s personal library available at Special Collections and University Archives

The Richard J. Daley Collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago houses about 700 linear feet of material. Part of that collection is the Mayor’s personal library.

You can find a list of the books in his library in the archival finding aid for Series III, subseries 2 of the collection.

Oral History transcript and cassette. 20150330_113035

Oral History transcript and cassette. 20150330_113035

This library offers a unique insight into the ideas that may have influenced Mayor Daley as he managed the second largest city in the United States.

Because the books from the Mayor’s library are part of a rare collection, they cannot be checked out. But you may read them in the Special Collections and University Archives reading room in the Richard J. Daley Library.

Jimmy Durante visits Chicago!

The singer and comedian Jimmy Durante once entertained the Mayor Richard J. Daley and his wife, Eleanor “Sis” Daley. Here’s a letter expressing his gratefulness for their friendship.

Jimmy Durante thanks Richard J. Daley and Eleanor Daley for their friendship

Jimmy Durante thanks Richard J. Daley and Eleanor Daley for their friendship, 1976. RJD_01_02_0001_0004_008

Honoring a colleague: Adlai E. Stevenson II

This past week saw the birthday of Adlai E. Stevenson II (1900-1965), a political colleague of Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley. Stevenson hailed from from a distinguished family (his grandfather had been Vice President of the United States), served as Illinois Governor from 1949 to 1953, received the Democratic Party’s nomination for president in 1952 and 1956, and served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson from 1961 to 1965.

Governor Adlai Stevenson's cabinet-Richard Daley was director of revenue

Governor Adlai Stevenson II and his cabinet. Richard J. Daley, Director of Revenue, is seated on far right. RJD_04_01_0044_0001_001

Daley served as Illinois’s Director of Revenue under Governor Stevenson, and the two forged a friendship marked by mutual admiration and respect.

Richard J. Daley shaking hands with Adlai Stevenson II. Joseph Gill, Jacob Arvey, and Chicago Mayor Martin Kennelly are looking on,

Richard J. Daley about two months after he was elected chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party. He is shaking hands with Adlai Stevenson II. Joseph Gill, Jacob Arvey, and Chicago Mayor Martin Kennelly are looking on, September 1953. RJD_04_01_0045_0001_002

In 1955, Stevenson endorsed Daley in the latter’s first campaign to be Mayor of Chicago. For an excerpt of television ads from that campaign, see the following video. (Stevenson’s television endorsement can be seen at the 5 minute, 50 second mark.)

Video: 1955 Democratic Party Campaign Ads for Television. RJD_04_02_0000_0000_201

Daley won the election. Here is Stevenson looking on as Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz swears the new mayor in.

Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz swears Richard J. Daley in as mayor for the first time

Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz swears Richard J. Daley in as mayor for the first time, April 20, 1955. Adlai Stevenson, Martin Kennelly, and others observe. Photo: Photo Ideas. RJD_04_01_0013_0001_029

Stevenson’s son, Adlai E. Stevenson III, was also a close associate of Daley, serving as a state legislator, state treasurer and from 1970 to 1981, representing Illinois in the United States Senate. Stevenson III contributed to the Richard J. Daley Oral History Collection, offering an interview in which he reflects on his father’s and his own relationship with the mayor. Read a transcript of his interview [PDF document] and transcripts of interviews conducted with the other contributors to the project.

Paying for it all

This pamphlet urgies voters to pass a bond issue, undated. RJD_05_00_0001_0006_003A

This pamphlet urgies voters to pass a bond issue, undated. RJD_05_00_0001_0006_003A

As part of his efforts to improve services to Chicago, Mayor Richard J. Daley advocated for several bond issues in order to pay for such services. For more on Daley’s efforts to budget city services, see the Budget, Banking, and Business section of the Remembering Richard J. Daley online exhibit.

Pamphlet urging voters to pass a bond issue

Pamphlet urging voters to pass a bond issue. RJD_05_00_0001_0006_003

A man from Bridgeport, a mayor for the city

Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley enjoyed political support from much of the city, and most notably from Bridgeport, where he was born and resided all his life. This image comes from his first campaign for mayor.

Richard J. Daley speaking on a stage in Bridgeport during his first mayoral campaign, 1955. RJD_04_01_0011_0001_022

Richard J. Daley speaking on a stage in Bridgeport during his first mayoral campaign, 1955. RJD_04_01_0011_0001_022

From a union family

Mayor Richard J. Daley hailed from a family that valued unions. His father, Michael Daley, was a 50-year member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union. Below is an image of Michael’s union card and a ledger of his dues paid. See this image and other images from the Richard J. Daley Collection at the Remembering Richard J. Daley online exhibit.

Richard J. Daley's father, Michael Daley, was a 50-year member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union. The Mayor cultivated strong ties with that union and with other unions. RJD_ 03_01_0003_0001_001 and RJD_03_0003_0001_002

Richard J. Daley’s father, Michael Daley, was a 50-year member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union. The Mayor cultivated strong ties with that union and with other unions. RJD_ 03_01_0003_0001_001 and RJD_03_0003_0001_002

Andrew Young on Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1966 visit to Chicago

Andrew Young worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He later served as a Congressperson, as United States Ambassador to the United Nations under President Jimmy Carter, and as mayor of the Atlanta, Georgia.

Young accompanied King on the SCLC’s campaign in 1966 to address housing problems in Chicago. In this clip, Young relates an anecdote about Mayor Richard J. Daley’s efforts to accommodate King.

Video: Andrew Young, Mayor of Atlanta, interview excerpt, October 16, 2014

This clip and other clips and excerpts from oral history interviews about the interactions between Mayor Daley and Martin Luther King Jr. can be found in the Remembering Richard J. Daley online exhibit and in the Richard J. Daley Oral History Collection.

Job announcement [updated: note new due date]

Visiting Lecturer, Curriculum Development

The University of Illinois at Chicago

Richard J. Daley Library

Special Collections and University Archives Department

 

The University Library is now accepting applications for the position of Visiting Lecturer, Curriculum Development. The Visiting Lecturer will use the holdings of Special Collections and University Archives to develop course proposals and detailed syllabi for Honors Seminars and other courses. Special Collections at the Daley Library houses collections of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and artifacts with particular strength in the social, political, and cultural history of Chicago. Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago Special Collections documents Chicago’s rich history as a center for the education and practice of the medical arts. The University Archives at both locations is the depository for historical records of the University of Illinois at Chicago and contains selected papers of prominent faculty, staff, students, and alumni. More information is available at: http://library.uic.edu/home/collections/special-collections-university-archives.

 

Responsibilities: The Visiting Lecturer will develop course proposals and detailed syllabi for Honors Seminars and other courses utilizing the holdings of Special Collections and University Archives. Job duties may include teaching one or more of the courses.

Honors seminars are elective, one-credit hour courses open to all Honors College students. Information about course proposals: http://uic.edu/honors/fellows/seminarproposal.shtml

 

Minimum qualifications:

  • PHD, completed or near completion, in library and information studies, history, education, public administration, political science, or related fields.
  • experience in developing course proposals
  • knowledge of Chicago political history
  • ability to work independently and communicate effectively with faculty.

 

Contract Term: One-year appointment, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.

 

Salary:

Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience. Benefits for a twelve month appointment include 24 days of vacation, 12 annual sick leave with additional disability benefits, 11 paid holidays; paid medical insurance (contribution based on annual salary, coverage for dependents may be purchased); two dental plans available; life insurance paid for by the State; participation in one of the retirement options of the State Universities Retirement System compulsory; no Social Security coverage but Medicare payment required.

For fullest consideration, apply by January 31, 2016 with cover letter, supporting resume and name, and contact information of three references to uic.libraryjobs@gmail.com.

 

Library Human Resources

University of Illinois at Chicago

801 S. Morgan St.

Chicago, IL 60607

312-996-7353

 

The University of Illinois at Chicago Is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and Does Not Discriminate On the Basis of Race, Gender or Sex, Sexual Orientation, or Religion

Back to school!

Richard J. Daley speaks at the groundbreaking for the University of Illinois at Chicago, then called “Congress Circle” because the campus is located near the point where Congress Parkway meets the circle interchange of highways I-90, I-94, and I-290. Click on image to play video.

Video: Excerpt from “Richard J. Daley and UIC,” RJD_04_02_0000_0000_415

This clip is from one of more than 500 audio and video media items found in the Richard J. Daley Collection. These items are currently being digitized for preservation purposes, but clips from some of them can be found here at the Remembering Richard J. Daley online exhibit. “Use copies” for a small number of these items are currently available for viewing or listening at UIC Special Collections & University Archives. For more information, please ask a librarian or call 312-996-2742.

2016 Fellowships for UIC Graduate Students [revised]

Special Collections and University Archives Department

UIC Graduate Student Fellowships 2016

 

The University Library is now offering Graduate Student Fellowships to further research using the holdings of Special Collections and University Archives at the Richard J. Daley Library and the Library of the Health Sciences. Special Collections at the Daley Library houses collections of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and artifacts with particular strength in the social, political, and cultural history of Chicago. Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago Special Collections documents Chicago’s rich history as a center for the education and practice of the medical arts. The University Archives at both locations is the depository for historical records of the University of Illinois at Chicago and contains selected papers of prominent faculty, staff, students, and alumni. More information is available at: http://library.uic.edu/home/collections/special-collections-university-archives.

Up to three Fellowships will be awarded per semester.

 

FIELD OF STUDY: All academic disciplines are eligible.

 

ELIGIBILITY: The award is open to graduate students enrolled in graduate degree programs at UIC.

 

AWARD: $2,000

The Fellowship does not include a tuition waiver.

 

DEADLINE: February 15, 2016 

 

APPLICATIONS: A completed application consists of the following five components:

  1. A cover letter describing your research topic and preferred semester of the fellowship
  2. Statement of purpose (300-500 words): Explain the nature of your project and the sources you expect to use in Special Collections and University Archives.
  3. Proposed outcome of research (100 to 200 words): Briefly explain how this fellowship will aid in the completion of your project
  4. Curriculum vitae
  5. Letter of recommendation from your advisor evaluating your proposed project. (The letter may be sent separately, but please include the name, email address, and affiliation of the person writing the recommendation.)

 

Electronic submissions only:

Library Human Resources

The University of Illinois at Chicago

uic.libraryjobs@gmail.com

 

Incomplete applications will not be processed. Applications are reviewed by an interdisciplinary committee and will be announced in April.

 

For questions regarding the fellowship, contact Sonia Yaco, head of UIC Special Collections and University Archives syaco@uic.edu.

Announcing: Travel fellowships–DEADLINE EXTENDED

University of Illinois at Chicago Short-term Travel Fellowships (Summer 2016) for external researchers – DEADLINE EXTENDED

The University Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is now offering Short-term Travel Fellowships to further research using the holdings of Special Collections and University Archives at the Richard J. Daley Library and the Library of the Health Sciences.

Special Collections at the Daley Library houses collections of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and artifacts with a focus on the social, political, and cultural history of Chicago. The strengths of the manuscript collection include the history of the Hull-House settlement; A Century of Progress World’s Fair; Chicago design history; Midwest women’s history; and the history of African Americans in Chicago. Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago Special Collections documents Chicago’s rich history as a center for the education and practice of the medical arts. The University Archives at both locations is the depository for historical records of UIC and contains selected papers of prominent faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

For more information:

FIELD OF STUDY: All academic disciplines are eligible.

ELIGIBILITY: The award is open to individual researchers, teachers, and writers of any nationality to do research in Special Collections and University Archives. Preference given to those applicants who might make best use of UIC political manuscript collections. Applicants must live outside of the Chicago metropolitan area and more than 100 miles from the UIC campus.

AWARD: $3,000 – $6,000. Stipends will be $3,000 per month for a maximum of two months between June 1 and August 31, 2016. The stipend will be paid in two installments – one before travel and one after the fellow submits the midterm report. Up to three Fellowships will be awarded.

DEADLINE: April 1, 2016

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS: Fellows are required to submit a midterm report and final report.

APPLICATIONS: A completed application consists of the following components:

  1. A cover letter describing your research topic and preferred dates of the fellowship (during June and August 2016)
  2. Statement of purpose (300-500 words): Explain the nature of your project and the sources you expect to use at UIC
  3. Proposed outcome of research (100 to 200 words): Briefly explain how this fellowship will aid in the completion of your project
  4. Budget – list planned expenditures including transportation, housing, meals.
  5. Curriculum vitae
  6. Letter of recommendation evaluating your proposed project. (The letter may be sent separately, but please include the name, email address, and affiliation of the person writing the recommendation.)

 

Electronic submissions only:

Library Human Resources

The University of Illinois at Chicago

uic.libraryjobs@gmail.com

 

Incomplete applications will not be processed. Applications will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary committee and will be announced in May.

 

For questions regarding the fellowship, contact Sonia Yaco, head of UIC Special Collections and University Archives syaco@uic.edu.

Item-level descriptions for the Richard J. Daley Collection

Did you know we have an item-level list for the Richard J. Daley Collection? This word-searchable excel document provides basic information about more than 90% of the approximately 40,000 items in the collection and supplements our file-level finding aid. You can download the list from that finding aid. This list helps researchers pinpoint what they are looking for. We also have an item-level description for the Richard J. Daley Ephemera Collection.

Ribbon. Mayor's Citizens Committee for a Cleaner Chicago, Annual Cleaner Chicago Parade, Honorary Parade Marshal, undated.

Ribbon. Mayor’s Citizens Committee for a Cleaner Chicago, Annual Cleaner Chicago Parade, Honorary Parade Marshal, undated. RJD_01_04_0007_0007_001

Announcing the Richard J. Daley Ephemera Collection

Chicago Politics in Print. DG13_07_23_022.jpg

Chicago Politics in Print. DG13_07_23_022.jpg

 

Check out the finding aid for the Richard J. Daley Ephemera Collection! This collection contains more than 700 items donated from various people who had flyers, correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, posters, and other items having to do with Mayor Daley. The collection also contains a number of the Mayor’s speeches, or copies of Mayor Richard J. Daley’s speeches from 1955 to 1965. This collection is distinct from, but supplements the larger Richard J. Daley Collection, but like the larger collection, it’s open to researchers.

Find Richard J. Daley in UIC’s University Archives!

Mayor Richard J. Daley believed that the University of Illinois at Chicago was one of his greatest achievements.

The "301st day" of construction of the new University of Illinois at Chicago campus

The “301st day” of construction of the new University of Illinois at Chicago campus, July 30, 1964. 086 UA90_999_0359

The University Archives houses documents and photographs from UIC’s early years, including this photo of the Mayor at a ribbon-cutting event…

Mayor Richard J. Daley cuts a ribbon to celebrate the opening of the UIC campus, February 22, 1965. Photo: Public Information Office UICC. 086 UA90_999_0308

Mayor Richard J. Daley cuts a ribbon to celebrate the opening of the UIC campus, February 22, 1965. Photo: Public Information Office UICC. 086 UA90_999_0308

…or this photo of Daley speaking at an event celebrating the tenth anniversary of the opening of UIC’s Chicago campus.

Mayor Richard J. Daley, speech at UIC’s tenth anniversary celebration, February 28, 1976

Mayor Richard J. Daley, speech at UIC’s tenth anniversary celebration, February 28, 1976

In honor of the UIC’s 50th anniversary in 2015, the Library’s Special Collections and University Archives has created two online exhibits, where you can revisit the planning and early design of the campus and see photographs of student life from the campus’s early years.

You can also explore the University Archives yourself in our reading room. For more information, see the University Archives home page or ask a librarian.

Richard J. Daley, political history, and much more at Explore Chicago Collections

Check out the new Explore Chicago Collections portal from Chicago Collections, a consortium of 21 (and counting!) archival repositories. The portal offers “one-stop shopping” for Chicago-related holdings. These include more than 4,000 finding aids and collection descriptions and more than 100,000 digital images you can view right at that site.

Crawford Parker and Richard J. Daley lift the barricades to through traffic on the Calumet Skyway

Crawford Parker (Indiana’s lieutenant governor), and Richard J. Daley lift the barricades to through traffic on the Calumet Skyway, April 16, 1958. RJD_04_01_0014_0004_003

The UIC Library is one of the founding members of Chicago Collections and is well-represented, with 518 finding aids and 28,224 digital images.

There’s lots about Mayor Richard J. Daley, Chicago politics and government, and numerous other topics. Find out about your favorite historical personality, neighborhood or suburb, or type in your own search terms.

All of the photographs from the Remembering Richard J. Daley online exhibit (and more!) can also be found there. Take a look!

Daley online exhibit in the news!

The Chicago Sun-Times‘ Mark Brown has been using the Remembering Richard J. Daley online exhibit! See his list of ten things you might not know about the Daleys. And learn what he’s learned about Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, who served briefly as a ward committeeman in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and was elected to the state legislature in 1971.

You can read the same oral history interviews Brown used to write his articles at this site’s Oral History Contributors page.

Congratulations to the first recipients of the Richard J. Daley Leadership in the Public Sphere Award

Cynthia Ramos and Mayra Rios, two students from East Aurora High School, received the first Richard J. Daley Leadership in the Public Sphere Award. Carolyn Daley Scott presented the award on May 31, 2015, on behalf of UIC Library and Special Collections & University Archives. The students created a documentary, “Virginia Ohlson: The Revolutionary Nurse” using sources at the UIC Special Collections & University Archives at the Library of Health Sciences. Their project won the city and state contests for documentaries and will now advance to the National History Day contest this summer.

Carolyn Daley Scott presenting the Richard J. Daley Leadership in the Public Sphere Award to Cynthia Ramos. May 31, 2015 Photograph: Chicago Metro History Fair.

Carolyn Daley Scott presents the Richard J. Daley Leadership in the Public Sphere Award to Cynthia Ramos. May 31, 2015 Photograph: Chicago Metro History Fair.

 

The RJD Leadership in the Public Sphere Award

The University Library at University of Illinois at Chicago is pleased to offer an annual RJD Leadership in the Public Sphere Award, as part of the Chicago Metro History Fair. The $300 award will be given to the high school student who best uses resources at Special Collections and University Archives at UIC, as determined by History Fair judges. A student may use any of our Special Collections at Richard J. Daley Library or Library of Health Sciences for a project related to “leadership in the public sphere.”  “Public sphere” encompasses public policy, public art, public health, public education, public opinion, or public ownership. The first winner of the Leadership in the Public Sphere Award will be announced at the Finalists Awards Ceremony & Reception May 31, 2015, 2pm – 4pm, hosted at Chicago History Museum.As part of the Leadership in the Public Sphere programming, UIC Library will host annual workshops for teachers and students, through the Chicago Metro History Fair, on using the political collections at UIC Special Collections. Workshops dates and application procedures will be posted in summer 2015.