Ely Aaron papers
MSEAar78

 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
Aaron, Ely, 1896-1975
Title
Ely Aaron papers
ID
MSEAar78
Date
1896-1975
Extent
13.0 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
Ely Aaron was a Chicago lawyer who served with various organizations and civic committees related to civil rights, Jewish issues, and racial integration. The collection contains his personal papers related to these issues and reflect his work as a civic leader during the mid-twentieth century.

Preferred Citation

Ely Aaron papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Biographical Sketch

Born April 29, 1896 in Chicago, Ely Mayer Aaron studied law at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University, graduating in 1918. He practiced law in Chicago, most notably as a partner in the firm of Aaron, Aaron, Schimberg, and Hess. In 1928, he married Helen E Strauss, with whom had had two children. His interests in integration and civil rights led him to serve with the Chicago Committee on Human Relations, the Chicago Committee on Human Opportunity, and the American Jewish Committee, amongst other organizations and civic commissions. He died in 1975.

The Chicago Commission on Human Relations formed in 1947 as the successor to the Mayor's Committee on Human Relations to address issues related to racial unrest in the city. The commission consisted of fifteen volunteer civic leaders appointed by the mayor, and Aaron served on the commission from its inception and as then chairman from 1960-1967. During this period he also served on the affiliated Mayor's Committee on New Residents and the Chicago Committee on Urban Opportunity.

Aaron directed his volunteer energy towards Jewish issues as well. His involvement with the American Jewish Committee began in 1946 and sustained throughout the rest of his life. Although the national organization dates from 1906, the Chicago chapter began in 1945, with Aaron involved early on. He served as Chairman of the Chicago chapter from 1946-1952, later moving into leadership roles within the national organization. With his work for the AJC, he combined his interests in domestic civil rights issues with international Jewish concerns including matters pertaining to Israeli settlement and statehood.

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains papers collected by Aaron throughout his civic activities, covering many aspects of his volunteer life. Materials primarily include correspondence, reports, meeting agendas and minutes, clippings, literature, and memos. The collection includes two accessions from 1969 and 1978, with materials from both organized by topical series, including: Biographical, American Jewish Committee Part I, Chicago Commission on Human Relations, Chicago Committee on Urban Opportunity, Miscellaneous Organizations and Events, and American Jewish Committee Part II.

Related Collections: Researchers should be aware that Special Collections also holds the personal papers of Helen Aaron, spouse of Ely Aaron.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives 2006-07-26

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)

  • American Jewish Committee.
  • Chicago Committee on Urban Opportunity.
  • United States. Office of Economic Opportunity.

Personal Name(s)

  • Aaron, Ely, 1896-1975 -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Chicago African American History.
  • Chicago Ethnic Groups.
  • Chicago Political and Civic Life.
  • Civil rights -- Illinois -- Chicago.
  • Discrimination in housing -- Illinois -- Chicago.
  • Poverty -- Illinois -- Chicago.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Biographical 

Box Folder

Personal, 1964-1965 

1 1

Speeches, 1965 

1 2

Immigrant Services League Award, 1965 

1 3

Speeches, 1947-1963 

1 4

Congratulations Letters, 1960-1961 

1 5

Law Practice Partnership Agreement, 1970 

1 6

Speeches, undated 

1 7

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Series II: American Jewish Committee--Part I 

Box Folder

Chicago Chapter - Agendas and Minutes, 1964-1965 

1 8

Chicago Chapter - Annual Reports, 1964-1965 

1 9

Chicago Chapter - By-laws, 1963 

1 10

Chicago Chapter - Correspondence, 1964-1965 

1 11

Chicago Chapter - Miscellaneous, 1951-1966 

1 12

National Organization - Agendas and Minutes, 1964-1965 

2 13

National Organization - Annual Report, 1965 

2 14

National Organization - Correspondence, 1939-1965 

2 15

National Organization - Miscellaneous, 1963-1965 

2 16

National Organization - Published Material, 1952-1965 

2 17

National Organization - Reports, 1961-1965 

2 18

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Series III: Chicago Commission on Human Relations 

Box Folder

Agendas and Minutes, 1964-1965 

2 19

Annual Report, 1963 

2 20

Chicago Plan, undated 

2 21

Chicago Volunteer Tutoring Program, undated 

2 22

Civil Rights in Chicago, 1964-1965 

2 23

Complaints, 1964-1965 

2 24

Correspondence, 1964-1966 

3 25

Chicago Commission on Human Relations, 1961-1966 

3 26

Chicago Commission on Human Relations, 1967 

3 27

Police Reports, 1965 

3 28

Published Material, 1961-1965 

4 29

Report on Puerto Rican Residents, 1966 

4 30

Director Reports, 1964-1965 

4 31

Volunteer Tutoring Program, 1965 

4 32

Volunteer Tutoring Program. 1964 

4 33

Chicago Commission on Human Relations, 1959 

4 34

Chicago Commission on Human Relations, 1962 

4 35

Chicago Commission on Human Relations - Survey, 1962 

4 36

Chicago Commission on Human Relations - Personnel Selection Committee, 1960 

5 37

Chicago Commission on Human Relations - Personnel Selection Committee, 1957-1962 

5 38

Chicago Commission on Human Relations, 1962-1975 

5 39

Chicago Commission on Human Relations, 1970 

5 40

Chicago Commission on Human Relations - Steering Committee, 1964 

5 41

Chicago Commission on Human Relations, 1961-1963 

6 42

Chicago Commission on Human Relations, 1962 

6 43

Chicago Commission on Human Relations, 1962-1974 

6 44

Chicago Commission on Human Relations - Mayor's Commission on Community Welfare, 1954-1962 

6 45

Chicago Commission on Human Relations, 1954-1960 

6 46

Chicago Commission on Human Relations - Committee on New Residents, 1957-1958 

6 47

Chicago Commission on Human Relations, 1962-1964 

7 48

Chicago Commission on Human Relations, 1964-1972 

7 49

Chicago Commission on Human Relations, 1957-1968 

7 50

Chicago Commission on Human Relations - Mayor's Committee on New Residents, 1957-1959 

7 51

Chicago Commission on Human Relations, 1963 

7 52

Chicago Commission on Human Relations, 1961-1963 

7 53

Chicago Commission on Human Relations, 1953-1965 

8 54

Chicago Commission on Human Relations - Literature, 1944-1958 

8 55

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Series IV: Chicago Committee on Urban Opportunity 

Box Folder

Advisory Councils - Minutes, 1965 

8 56

Annual Report, 1966 

8 57

Applications for Assistance, 1965 

8 58

Base Reports for Status Files, 1965 

8 59

Chicago Plan, 1966 

9 60

Chicago Plan, 1966 

9 61

Volunteer Tutoring Program, undated 

9 62

Committee of the Whole Meeting, 1964 

9 63

Community Action Programs, 1967 

9 64

Community Development Service Committee, 1965 

9 65

Current and Future Programs, 1965 

9 66

Subcommittees, 1967 

9 67

Subcommittees, 1967 

9 68

Subcommittees, 1968 

9 69

Subcommittees, 1968 

9 70

Education Subcommittee, 1967 

9 71

Education Subcommittee, 1968 

9 72

Education Subcommittee, 1965 

9 73

Executive Committee, 1965-1967 

9 74

Executive Committee Meeting Kit, 1966 

9 75

Executive Committee Meeting Kit, 1968 

10 76

Executive Committee Meeting Kit, 1967 

10 77

Executive Committee Meeting Kit, 1966 

10 78

Executive Committee Meeting Kit, 1968 

10 79

Executive Committee Meeting Kit, 1968 

10 80

Executive Committee Meeting Kit, 1967 

10 81

Executive Committee Meeting Kit, 1966 

10 82

Executive Committee Meeting Kit, 1967 

10 83

Executive Committee Meeting Kit, 1966 

10 84

Executive Committee Meeting Kit, 1967 

11 85

Executive Committee Meeting Kit, 1967 

11 86

Executive Committee Meeting Kit, 1967 

11 87

Executive Committee Meeting Kit, 1966 

11 88

Executive Committee Meeting Kit, 1966 

11 89

Executive Committee Meeting Kit, 1966 

11 90

Executive Committee Meeting Kit, 1967 

11 91

Executive Committee Meeting Kit, 1966 

11 92

Firman House Report, 1965 

11 93

Full Committee - Agendas and Minutes, 1965-1967 

11 94

Full Committee Meeting Kit, 1967-1968 

11 95

Full Committee Meeting Kit, 1967 

12 96

Full Committee Meeting Kit, 1966 

12 97

Full Committee Meeting Kit, 1968 

12 98

Full Committee Meeting Kit, 1969 

12 99

Full Committee Meeting Kit, 1968 

12 100

Full Committee Meeting Kit, 1965 

12 101

Full Committee Meeting Kit, 1965 

12 102

Full Committee Meeting Kit, 1966 

12 103

Full Committee Meeting Kit, 1966 

12 104

Full Committee Meeting Kit, 1968 

12 105

Full Committee Meeting Kit, 1966 

12 106

Full Committee Meeting Kit, 1966 

13 107

Full Committee Review of Ongoing Programs, 1966 

13 108

Chicago Committee on Urban Opportunity, 1964-1967 

13 109

Narrative Progress Reports, 1966 

13 110

Narrative Progress Reports, 1966 

13 111

Narrative Progress Reports, 1965 

13 112

Plano Child Development Center, 1967 

13 113

Program Evaluation Subcommittee, 1965 

13 114

Program for 1966, 1966 

13 115

Project CALM, 1966 

13 116

Project Share, 1966 

14 117

Proposals from Other Agencies, undated, 

14 118

Proposals for Participation in Community Action, 1965 

14 119

Pushup Journal, 1966 

14 120

Narrative Progress Reports, 1966 

14 121

Recommendations for Appointment to CCUO, 1966-1967 

14 122

Reports, 1965-1968 

14 123

Round Table, undated 

14 124

Rules and Policies, 1966 

14 125

Science Action Program, 1965 

14 126

Steering Committee Meeting Kit, 1965 

14 127

Steering Committee Meeting Kit, 1964 

14 128

Steering Committee Meeting Kit, 1965-1966 

15 129

Steering Committee Meeting Kit, 1964-1965 

15 130

Steering Committee Meeting Kit, 1965 

15 131

Steering Committee Meeting Kit, 1965 

15 132

Steering Committee Meeting Kit, 1965 

15 133

Steering Committee Meeting Kit,, 1965 

15 134

Steering Committee Meeting Kit, 1965 

15 135

Steering Committee Meeting Kit, 1965 

15 136

Steering Committee Meeting Kit, 1965 

15 137

Steering Committee Meeting Kit, 1965-1966 

15 138

Steering Committee Meeting Kit, 1964 

15 139

Steering Committee Meeting Kit, 1964 

15 140

Steering Committee Meeting Kit, 1965 

15 141

Steering Committee Meeting Kit, 1964 

15 142

Steering Committee Meeting Kit, 1965 

15 143

Student Woodlawn Area Project, 1966 

15 144

Summary of Applications, 1966 

16 145

Summary of 1968 Summer Programs, 1968 

16 146

Summer Cap - Operation Push-up, 1966 

16 147

Summer Cap - Operation Push-up, 1966 

16 148

Summer Cap - Urban Career Corps, 1966 

16 149

Summer in Chicago, 1967 

16 150

Summer Community Action Program, 1966 

16 151

Summer Programs, 1966-1967 

16 152

Summer Programs, 1967 

16 153

Upcast, undated 

16 154

Urban Progress Centers, 1964 

16 155

Urban Progress Systems, 1965 

16 156

Chicago Committee on Urban Opportunity, 1966-1967 

17 157

Chicago Committee on Urban Opportunity, 1965-1967 

17 158

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Series V: Miscellaneous Organizations and Events 

Box Folder

Chicago Conference on Race and Religion, undated 

17 159

Chicago Department of Urban Renewal, 1963 

17 160

Chicago Plan Commission, 1964 

17 161

Citizens' Committee to Study Police-Community Relations, 1967 

17 162

City of Chicago - Summer Opportunities, 1967-1968 

17 163

Council on Consumer Education, 1964 

17 164

Hospital Planning Council for Metropolitan Chicago, 1965 

17 165

Housing and Urban Development Act, 1965 

17 166

State of Illinois Annual Report, 1965 

18 167

Jewish civil Rights, 1964-1965 

18 168

John Birch Society, 1965 

18 169

Joint Human Relations Project, 1963-1964 

18 170

League of Women Voters of Chicago, 1965 

18 171

Miscellaneous Memos, undated 

18 172

National Civil Liberties Clearing House Conference, 1965 

18 173

Miscellaneous Speeches, 1964-1965 

18 174

School Superintendent Petition, undated 

18 175

Office of Economic Opportunity, 1965 

18 176

Office of Economic Opportunity, 1965 

18 177

Office of Economic Opportunity, 1968 

18 178

University of Chicago, 1964 

18 179

Welfare Council of Metropolitan Chicago, 1964 

18 180

Clippings, 1972 

19 181

National Council on Civil Rights - Leaflets, 1949 

19 182

Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities, 1974-1975 

19 183

Conference - Preserving the Democratic Process, 1965 

19 184

Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities, 1974 

19 185

Illinois Constitutional Convention, 1967 

19 186

Clippings, 1962 

19 187

Chicago Bar Association Nominating Committee, 1960 

19 188

Clippings, Racial Disorders, 1966 

19 189

Harold Garswell, undated 

19 190

Chicago Loop Synagogue, 1973-1974 

19 191

Consultative Conference of Jewish Organizations, 1955 

20 192

Illinois Tutoring Conference, 1965 

20 193

Chicago Joint Defense Appeal, 1955-1957 

20 194

Chicago Conference on Race and Religion, 1963 

20 195

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Series VI: American Jewish Committee-Part II 

Box Folder

American Jewish Committee - Leaflets, 1950 

20 196

American Jewish Committee, 1951 

20 197

American Jewish Committee - 58th Annual Meeting, 1961-1965 

21 198

American Jewish Committee, 1963 

21 199

American Jewish Committee, 1973-1975 

21 200

American Jewish Committee, 1964-1975 

21 201

American Jewish Committee, 1947-1948 

21 202

American Jewish Committee, 1951-1952 

21 203

American Jewish Committee, 1959-1969 

21 204

American Jewish Committee - Annual Meeting, 1973 

21 205

American Jewish Committee - Chicago Chapter, 1947-1960 

22 206

American Jewish Committee - Chicago Chapter, 1959-1960 

22 207

American Jewish Committee - Chicago Chapter, 1965-1967 

22 208

American Jewish Committee, 1951-1974 

22 209

American Jewish Committee - Joint Defense Appeal, 1954-1962 

22 210

American Jewish Committee - National Conference on Race and Religion, 1962 

22 211

American Jewish Committee - Community Relations Council, 1951-1954 

23 212

American Jewish Committee - Philadelphia Chapter Meeting, 1958 

23 213

American Jewish Committee, 1956-1957 

23 214

American Jewish Committee, 1958 

23 215

American Jewish Committee - Other Chapter Visits, 1953-1956 

23 216

American Jewish Committee, 1944-1947 

23 217

American Jewish Committee - Community Affairs Committee, 1956-1957 

23 218

American Jewish Committee - Community Affairs Committee, 1955-1956 

23 219

American Jewish Committee, 1958 

24 220

American Jewish Committee - Community Affairs Committee, 1956-1958 

24 221

American Jewish Committee - Community Affairs Committee, 1957-1958 

24 222

American Jewish Committee - Subcommittee on Field Services, 1954-1955 

24 223

American Jewish Committee - Speech Drafts, undated 

24 224

American Jewish Committee - Executive Board Meeting, 1956 

24 225

American Jewish Committee - Community Affairs Committee, 1954-1955 

24 226

American Jewish Committee -50th Anniversary, 1957 

25 227

American Jewish Committee, 1959-1964 

25 228

American Jewish Committee - MacIver Report, 1951-1952 

25 229

American Jewish Committee - Community Affairs Committee, 1954-1955 

25 230

American Jewish Committee - Middle East, 1954-1957 

25 231

American Jewish Committee - Segregation, 1957 

25 232

American Jewish Committee, 1970 

26 233

American Jewish Committee - Various Committees, 1950-1956 

26 234

American Jewish Committee - Administrative Board, 1964 

26 235

American Jewish Committee - Chicago, Chapter, 1957-1958 

26 236

American Jewish Committee, 1957 

26 237

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