Chicago Crime Commission collection
MSCCC_NO

 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
Chicago Crime Commission.
Title
Chicago Crime Commission collection
ID
MSCCC_NO
Date [inclusive]
1947-1954
Extent
1.5 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
The Chicago Crime Commission was founded in 1919 by Chicago businessmen to monitor police corruption and inefficiency. If focused its efforts on combating organized crime, a task it continues to pursue today.The Chicago Crime Commission Collection consists primarily of correspondences between members and the Mayor Martin H. Kennelly, newspaper clippings, and reports on organized crime in Chicago from 1947 to 1954.

Preferred Citation

Chicago Crime Commission collection, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Administrative History

The Chicago Crime Commission is an anticrime organization founded by businessmen in 1919, during a period of deep concern about organized crime and ineffective law enforcement. The Commission acted as a public watchdog, monitoring police, courts, and institutions of correction for laxity and corruption. In order to stir public interest, the Commission released a "public enemies" list in 1930, headed by Al Capone. Continuing its efforts to combat organized crime, the Commission, headed by Virgil Peterson, participated in Senate hearings on Organized Crime. The Chicago Crime Commission continues to campaign against legalized gambling, street gangs, and illegal drugs.

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Scope and Contents

The Chicago Crime Commission collection consists primarily of correspondences between members and the Mayor Martin H. Kennelly, newspaper clippings, and reports on organized crime in Chicago from 1947 to 1954.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives 2006-12-03

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Chicago Crime Commission. -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Chicago Political and Civic Life.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Chicago Crime Commission Collection 

Box Folder

Correspondence-Mayor Kennelly, V.W. Peterson, Guy E. Reed, 1946-1947 

1 1

Emergency Committee on Confidential Matters: Presidents Truman and Eisenhower, 1952-1953 

1 2

General Materials on the Police Department, 1950-1954 

1 3

Tavern Violations, 1950 

1 4

There is No Syndicate in Chicago, 1950-1954 

1 5

Material on Nightlife in the 35th Police District, 1949 

1 6

Correspondence-Mayor Kennelly, 1947-1948 

1 7

Emergency Crime Committee, 1952-1954 

1 8

Criminal Justice: Journal of the Chicago Crime Commission, nos. 73, 74, and 76, 1946-1948 

1 9

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