Annetta M. Dieckmann papers
MSDiec74

 An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
Dieckmann, Annetta M., 1878-1974
Title
Annetta M. Dieckmann papers
ID
MSDiec74
Date [inclusive]
1888-1974
Extent
3.0 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
Annetta Maria Dieckmann (1882-1974) was a pioneer in progressive causes that included the betterment of working peoples' lives, feminism and civil rights. This collection includes correspondence, clippings, notes, reports, minutes of meetings, biographical vitae, legal briefs, financial records, publications newsletters, manuscripts, personal mementos, poetry, songs and photographs pertaining to the life and professional service of Annetta M. Dieckmann

Preferred Citation

Annetta M. Dieckmann papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Biographical Sketch

Annetta Maria Dieckmann (1882-1974) was a pioneer in progressive causes that included the betterment of working peoples' lives, feminism and civil rights. A native of Titusville, PA., Dieckmann received an AB (1909) and MA degree from Cornell and Columbia Universities.

She was an inspector for the NY State Board of Charities (1910-1915) and taught at the University of Hawaii (1915-1918). In 1918, Dieckmann became the first Industrial Secretary of the national YWCA, reflecting that organization's new emphasis on the "working girl". The YWCA Industrial centers grew out of World War I programs for women in war industries. In 1924, Annetta Dieckmann left the national YWCA headquarters to become the industrial secretary of the Chicago "YWCA. It was here that she was a key figure in developing programs for immigrant and unskilled women workers - "for which the Chicago YWCA became world famous". The programs provided for technical, clerical, and recreational needs, as well as stressing attitudes of racial harmony. Dieckmann remained with the Central YWCA until her 1951 retirement.

During her tenure as Industrial Secretary, she had lobbied for over 16 years towards the passage of a minimum wage law in Illinois. Her perseverance in this area secured for her a two-year appointment as an inspector for the Illinois Department of Labor.

From 1948 to 1950, she coordinated and authored the final report of the St. Louis Labor Education Project. The report (Box 54 #34) reveals the extensive research and creative effort her staff supplied to help local unions be more responsive to the needs of their rank and file.

Returning to Chicago in 1952, Dieckmann served for 2 years as Executive Secretary of the Metropolitan Chicago Council Against Discrimination.

From 1954 through 1960, she continued her work in civil rights and became editor of The Brief, a publication of the Illinois chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). She also served on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Chapter form 1953 until her death. After becoming full-time Board secretary in 1956, her efforts resulted in a state-wide civil liberties program and an ACLU award named in her honor.

All Dieckmann's projects reflected a deep commitment to basic humanitarian ideals. This attitude was visible in the active role taken in her neighborhood, Hyde Park. She was involved both in religious and civic affairs, especially with the Kenwood-Oakdale-Community-Organization (KOCO). Annetta Dieckmann was honored many times. Perhaps her most notable distinction was in 1963 when she received a special award from the US, Department of Labor, citing her work on behalf of all working women.

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Scope and Contents

The Annetta Dieckmann papers (74-52) were received in a general subject order. The folders are arranged alphabetically by title, within the collection as a whole. The main area of concentration are: ACLU; Chicago/Hyde Park; Cornell University; Labor education, personal labor histories; women's rights; union work songs and poetry; the YWCA. Seven folders of material on the Teamsters detail Miss Dieckmann's work with St. Louis Local #688. This Teamster union provided the data for the Labor Education Project. All materials in this collection are printed or published, with the exception of two manuscript by Miss Dieckmann ("Report of St. Louis Project", Box #34, and a study of race relations in northern US cities, Box 3 #25). There is one oversize folder containing an ACLU fund-raising poster. This collection includes correspondence, clippings, notes, reports, minutes of meetings, biographical vitae, legal briefs, financial records, publications newsletters, manuscripts, personal mementos, poetry, songs and photographs pertaining to the life and professional service of Annetta M. Dieckmann from 1920 through 1974.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives 2006-06-05

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • American Civil Liberties Union.
  • YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago.

Personal Name(s)

  • Dieckmann, Annetta M., 1878-1974 -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Labor unions and education -- United States.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Annetta M. Dieckmann Papers 

Box Folder

ACLU - Abortion Issues, 1961-1967 

1 1

ACLU - Administration, 1966-1974 

1 2

ACLU - Annual Reports 1963-1966 

1 3

ACLU - Awards, 1970-1972 

1 4

ACLU - Bail Issues, August, 1967 

1 5

ACLU - Royer Baldwin Foundation, 1967-1971 

1 6

ACLU - Birth Control Position, 1968-1970 

1 7

ACLU - The Brief (publication), 1957-1973 

1 8

ACLU - Civil Disorder, 1966-1968 

1 9

ACLU - Civil Liberties (publication), 1970-1973 

1 10

ACLU - Communist Party, 1954 - 1970 

1 11

ACLU - "Conspiracy 7", 1969-1971 

1 12

ACLU - Directories, 1970-1971 

2 13

ACLU - Downstate Illinois, 1967-1973 

2 14

ACLU - Freedom of Speech and Press, March-September, 1971 

2 15

ACLU - History and Literature, 1969-1973 

2 16

ACLU - Housing Litigation, 1965-1972 

2 17

ACLU - Legal Briefs, 1947-1970 

2 18

ACLU - Legal Committee, 1970 

2 19

ACLU - Legal Dockets, 1967-1971 

2 20

ACLU - Military Issues, 1965-1972 

2 21

ACLU - Minutes and Staff Reports, 1969-1973 

2 22

ACLU - Minutes and Staff Reports, 1971-1972 

2 23

ACLU - Patronage, 1970 

2 24

ACLU - Police, 1963-1969 

2 25

ACLU - Policy Statements, 1963-1972 

2 26

ACLU - Press Releases, 1969 

2 27

ACLU - School Issues, 1962-1972 

2 28

ACLU - Status of Women, undated 

2 29

ACLU - Subversive Activities, 1967 

2 30

ACLU - Wiretaps, 1967 

2 31

Anti-War Activities, 1967 

3 32

Chicago - bibliography, 1928-1971 

3 33

Chicago - Citizens School Committee, 1950-1969 

3 34

Chicago - Hyde Park, 1958-2972 

3 35

Chicago - Sights, 1952-1972 

3 36

Chicago - Sociological Perspectives, 1944-1969 

3 37

Cornell University - Alumni, 1952-1970 

3 38

Cornell University - Class of 1909 Reunion, 1940-1970 

3 39

Cornell University - Cornell Reports, 1969-1972 

4 40

Cornell University - Labor Relations - publications, 1940-1970 

4 41

Cornell University - Miscellaneous, 1970 

4 42

"The Effect of Common Interests on Race Relations in Certain Northern Cities: A Preliminary Study of Industry" - Ms., c. 1920s 

4 43

Kenwood - Oakland Community Organization (KOCO), 1966-1967 

4 44

KOCO - Community Conference, 1954-1960 

4 45

KOCO - Drexel Area Block Club, 1958-1970 

4 46

KOCO - Kenwood - Ellis Community Center, 1949-1967 

4 47

KOCO - Neighborhood Conservation Committee, 1955-1960 

4 48

Labor/Union Histories, 1940-1950 

4 49

Labor/Union Histories, 1950 

4 50

Miscellaneous Religious and Humanitarian, 1972-1974 

4 51

Poetry and Songs, 1930 - 1940 

5 52

St. Louis Labor Education Project - report, 1948- 1950 

5 53

Status of Women, 1953-1961 

5 54

Teamsters, International Brotherhood of Dave Beck, Harold Gibson-clippings, 1949-1971 

5 55

Teamsters International Brotherhood of Jimmy Hoffa, 1958-1966 

5 56

Teamsters, Joint Council of No. 13 - Rent Strikes, Harold Gibbons, 1969-1970 

5 57

Teamsters Local 688 - 19th City - Wide Shop Conference, 1964 

5 58

Teamsters Local 688 - reports, articles, photo, 1949-1955 

5 59

Teamsters Local 688 - report; articles, 1957-1965 

5 60

Teamsters Local 688 - reports and resolutions, 1948-1950 

5 61

United Nations, 1948-1964 

6 62

United States Department of Labor, Women's Bureau - brochures, 1947-1965 

6 63

Workers and Inspirational Songs, undated 

6 64

Workers' Education - bibliography brochures, 1933-1950 

6 65

Workers' Songs 1940-1966 

6 66

YWCA - Centennial magazine (1855-1955), 1953 

6 67

YWCA - reports, bulletins, 1930-1952 

6 68

YWCA - reports, bulletins, 1963-1971 

6 69

YWCA - songs, 1930-1940 

6 70
Oversize

Poster, undated 

Poster

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