Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council records
MSBYNC78

 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
Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (Chicago, Ill.).
Title
Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council records
ID
MSBYNC78
Date [inclusive]
1954-1964
Extent
0.25 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
The Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC) was located on Chicago's Southwest side near the former Union Stockyards that housed Chicago's meatpacking plants. Saul Alinsky and Joseph Meegan founded the BYNC in 1939 making it the oldest community organization in the United States. Its 185 delegate organizations including residents, social clubs, churches, schools, as well as business owners sought to improve the difficult living conditions endured by workers in Chicago's meatpacking industry. This Collection consists of annual reports for the BYNC, pamphlets, brochures, and clippings.

Preferred Citation

Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council records, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Administrative History of the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council

The Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC) was located on Chicago's Southwest side near the former Union Stockyards that housed Chicago's meatpacking plants. Saul Alinsky and Joseph Meegan founded the BYNC in 1939 making it the oldest community organization in the United States. Its 185 delegate organizations including residents, social clubs, churches, schools, as well as business owners sought to improve the difficult living conditions endured by workers in Chicago's meatpacking industry.

The closure of the Union Stockyards led the BYNC to work with the City of Chicago to develop the Stockyards Industrial Park that opened in 1971. According to the BYNC's website this park and its resident companies provide 15,000 jobs. The BYNC provides after-school tutoring, arts and crafts, free shuttle buses and home repair for senior citizens, employment placement services, ESL and GED classes for area residents. A recent project is an effort to provide 25 new affordable homes for first-time buyers.

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of annual reports for the BYNC, pamphlets, brochures, and clippings.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives 2004-05-17

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (Chicago, Ill.). -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Chicago Community Organizations.
  • Chicago Neighborhoods.
  • Chicago Political and Civic Life.

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Bibliography

See the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council's website for historical information at http://www.bync.org/history_background/index.cfm.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Organizational Records, 1954-1964   

Box Folder

Clippings, annual reports, brochures, and pamphlets, Jacobs, Jane. The Right Way to Save our Cities. Reprinted from the April 1964 issue of Reader's Digest. Pleasantville, N.Y.: Reader's Digest Association, 1964, 1954-1964 

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