Charles F. Armstrong papers
MSArms68

 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
Armstrong, Charles F., 1919-1965
Title
Charles F. Armstrong papers
ID
MSArms68
Date [inclusive]
1959-1968
Extent
2.25 linear ft.
Language
English
Abstract:
Charles F. Armstrong (1919-1965) served the 22nd District in the Illinois House of Representatives for five consecutive terms, from 1957 until his death in 1965. A Democrat with a strong interest in public education, Armstrong sponsored H.B. 113 (1963) amending the Illinois School Code to require revision of school districts to eliminate racial segregation of children. The collection consists of correspondence, legal and financial records, speeches, minutes, reports, clippings, and photographs.

Preferred Citation

Charles F. Armstrong papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Biographical Sketch

Charles F. Armstrong (1919-1965) served the 22nd District in the Illinois House of Representatives for five consecutive terms, from 1957 until his death in 1965. A Democrat with a strong interest in public education, Armstrong sponsored H.B. 113 (1963) amending the Illinois School Code to require revision of school districts to eliminate racial segregation of children. The "Armstrong law" was the first enacted by any state to combat de facto school segregation through redistricting. It was tested in court and held to be unconstitutional by the Illinois Supreme Court in 1967. This ruling was reversed after a rehearing in 1968. Armstrong was also a member of the Illinois School Problems Commission, 1962-1965, which produced legislation to provide special programs for culturally disadvantaged children.

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, legal and financial records, speeches, minutes, reports, clippings, and photographs. The materials relate to the career of Charles F. Armstrong, the passage of the Armstrong law, the activities of the School Problems Commission and the Chicago Board of Education.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives November 2005

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

None.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Chicago (Ill.). Board of Education.
  • Illinois. School Problems Commission.

Personal Name(s)

  • Armstrong, Charles F., 1919-1965 -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Chicago African American History.
  • Chicago Political and Civic Life.
  • Educational law and legislation -- Illinois.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Charles F. Armstrong Papers 

Box Folder

Advisory Panel on Integration in the Public Schools - report, 1964 

1 1

Armstrong Law - J. B. 113 (1963), 1963-1967 

1 2

Armstrong Law - H. B. 113 (1963) - Illinois School District Survey, 1964 

1 3

Chicago Board of Education - budget hearing, 1961-1962 

1 4

Chicago Board of Education - candidates, undated 

1 5

Chicago Public Schools - Bulletins, 1964 

1 6

Chicago Urban League, 1961-1964 

1 7

Civil Rights materials, 1963-1964 

1 8

Clippings, undated 

1 9

Clippings, undated 

1 10

Clippings, undated 

1 11

Illinois - constitution, election laws, apportionment materials, undated 

2 12

Illinois Budgetary Commission, 1965 

2 13

Illinois General Assembly - House and Senate bills, 1959-1965 

2 14

Illinois School Problems Commission - report, 1964 

2 15

Illinois School Problems Commission - H.B. 687 and 688, undated 

2 16

Illinois School Problems Commission - minutes of meetings, 1962-1964 

2 17

Illinois School Problems Commission - Program Development for Gifted Children, 1964 

2 18

Illinois School Problems Commission - Superintendents Round Table reports, 1962-1964 

2 19

Illinois School Problems Commission - reports, 1955-1959 

2 20

Illinois School Problems Commission - report, 1961 

3 21

Illinois School Problems Commission, 1962-1963 

3 22

Illinois School Problems Commission - report, 1962 

3 23

Illinois School Problems Commission, 1963 

3 24

Illinois School Problems Commission - Compensatory Education Subcommittee, 1964 

3 25

Illinois School Problems Commission - Compensatory Education Subcommittee, 1965 

3 26

Illinois School Problems Commission - Compensatory Education Subcommittee, 1965 

4 27

Illinois School Problems Commission - report, 1965 

4 28

Lawyers Post-Graduate Clinic -Jury Selection, undated 

4 29

Leadership Conference on School Superintendency, 1965 

4 30

Miscellaneous, undated 

4 31

Miscellaneous published materials, 1962-1964 

4 32

Personal files, 1958-1968 

4 33

Photographs, undated 

4 34

Political Party Material, 1963 

4 35

Public School Finance in Illinois, 1962-1963 

4 36

Public Schools of Illinois - William McClure, 1964 

4 37

School records, forms and notes, undated 

5 38

School redistricting controversies, 1963-1964 

5 39

School redistricting controversies - Waukegan, Illinois, 1962 

5 40

Special Education Information, 1962-1963 

5 41

Speeches and Notes, 1961-1964 

5 42

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