Cook County Democratic Party collection
MSCCDP71

 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
O'Brien, Martin
Title
Cook County Democratic Party collection
ID
MSCCDP71
Date [inclusive]
1937-1939
Extent
0.5 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
The Cook County Democratic Party underwent a factional split in the 1930's. The materials in this collection highlight the issues that divided the party.

Preferred Citation

Cook County Democratic Party collection, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Administrative History

The Cook County Democratic Party underwent a radical shift following the assassination of Mayor Antonio J Cermak in 1933. Patrick A Nash rose to power and led Edward Kelly as Cermak's successor. The Nash-Kelly machine ruled Chicago for the next fourteen years, but not without resistance. A Party split took root in 1938 around Governor Henry Horner and County Judge Edmund Jarecki. Part of the tension between these factions rested on the debate over attracting more African-American voters to the party. Ultimately, the Nash-Kelly faction remained in power until reform energy surged in 1947.

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Scope and Contents

The materials in this collection highlight a rift in the party organization in 1938, and were found in a trunk in 1971. Materials include correspondence, audit reports, and clippings.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

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

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Democratic Party (Cook County, Ill.). -- History-Sources

Subject(s)

  • Chicago Political and Civic Life.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Cook County Democratic Party Collection 

Box Folder

Martin O'Brien - Public Administrator of Cook County, 1937-1939 

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