Henry P. Chandler papers

 An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Chandler, Henry Porter, 1880-1975
Henry P. Chandler papers
Date [inclusive]
1.5 Linear feet
Part of the Jane Addams Memorial Collection. Henry P. Chandler (1880-1975) was a Chicago lawyer and the first director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. Chandler received his law degree from the University of Chicago in 1906 and practiced law in Chicago until 1939, when he was appointed to the Administrative Offices. Chandler served as president of the City Club of Chicago from 1923 to 1925. He also served as chairman of the Committee on Child Welfare Legislation, which made studies of children's laws in Illinois. Chandler was also a trustee of Hull-House. The collection contains newspaper clippings, reports, speeches and published material. The material pertains to the City Club of Chicago, child welfare, the Union League Club of Chicago and civil service reform. Acquired from Henry P. Chandler.

Preferred Citation

Henry P. Chandler papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Biography of Henry Chandler

Henry Porter Chandler, son of John Henry and Abbie White (Smith), was born on March 19, 1880 at Indian Orchard, Massachusetts. Educated at Harvard University (A.B., 1901) and the University of Chicago (J.D., 1906) Chandler was a practicing attorney from 1906 to 1939, serving as President of the Chicago Bar Association, 1938-1939. Active in Chicago civic affairs, he was President of the City Club, 1923-1925, and the Union League, 1932-1933. Chandler pursued civil service reform, supported child welfare legislation, defended free speech, was part of the Citizens Committee of Two Hundred, and sat on the Board of Trustees of the Hull House Association. During the latter part of his career on the national level of government, Chandler was the first Director of the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts, 1939-1956, and authored Some Major Advances in the Federal Judicial System, 1922-1947, 1963. Henry Porter Chandler married Helen Firman Mack in 1906 and they had one daughter, Margaret Mack (Mrs. Myles F. Gibbons). After Helen's death in 1930, Henry later married Olive Hull in 1931. Henry Porter Chandler died on Dec. 12, 1975 and is buried at Oak Woods Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois.

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Scope and Contents

This collection comprises many of the personal papers of Henry P. Chandler with an emphasis on his activities in Chicago based civic organizations such as the City Club, Union League, and the Citizens Committee of Two Hundred. Chicago Bar Association materials, some Hull House Association items, as well as major publications and excerpts from important speeches given by Chandler are also held in the collection. The donors of this collection provided extensive biographical information for Henry P. Chandler as well as introductory notes for various materials. Contents are organized according to the original order as received whenever possible, but some large folders have been subdivided and copies have been made of fragile newsprint for the sake of preservation.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives 2003-09-26

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607

Restrictions on Access


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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • City Club of Chicago.
  • Union League Club of Chicago.

Personal Name(s)

  • Chandler, Henry Porter, 1880-1975 -- Archives


  • Chicago Political and Civic Life.
  • Child welfare -- Illinois -- Chicago.
  • Civil service reform -- Illinois -- Chicago.
  • Hull-House and Settlement House History.
  • Lawyers -- Illinois -- Chicago.

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Who Was Who in America with World Notables. VI, 1974-1976. (Chicago: Marquis Who's Who Inc., 1976)

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Henry P. Chandler Papers 

Box Folder

Civil Service Reform, 1934-1938 

1 1

Civil Service Reform - Clippings, 1934-1937 

1 2

The Citizens Committee of Two Hundred - Clippings, 1925-1926 

1 3

The Citizens Committee of Two Hundred - Clippings, 1925-1926 

1 4

The City Club of Chicago, 1923-1925 

1 5

Defense of free speech, 1938-1939 

1 6

Jane Addams and Hull House - Miscellaneous printed material, 1934-1960 

1 7

The death of Jane Addams - Clippings, 1935 

1 8

Dinner in honor of Jane Addams, 1927 

1 9

Reflections on child welfare in Illinois - Excerpt from paper, 1969 

1 10

Presidency of the Union League Club of Chicago - Correspondence and clippings, 1932-1933 

1 11

Union League Club of Chicago - Reports and Bulletin, 1932-1933 

1 12

Report of the second annual Conference on Major Problems, Chicago; and The Merit System in Illinois with Special Reference to Chicago and Cook County : A Report concerning its Present Status and Future Development. Joint Committee on the Merit System, 1935 

1 13

City Club of Chicago, draft of comprehensive booklet for the general membership, ca. 1924 

1 14

St. Charles Committee files, 1928-1933 

2 15

Promotion of child welfare bills, 1930-1932 

2 16

St. Charles Committee - Miscellaneous, 1930-1932 

2 17

St. Charles Legislation - clippings, 1930-1935 

2 18

Education and public schools, 1930-1937 

2 19

Chicago Bar Association, 1937-1939 

3 20

Election of Judges, 1929-1937 

3 21

The social function of law, 1933-1937 

3 22

Chicago Bar Association - Clippings, 1938-1939 

3 23

Chandler, Henry P. Some Major Advances in the Federal Judicial System, 1922-1947, 1963 

3 24

Federal Probation. 6, no. 2., May 1940 

3 25

Henry P. Chandler, 1880-1975: His Ancestry, Life and Work, and His Descendants. Compiled 1977-1978 by Olive Hull Chandler and Margaret C. Gibbons, 1977-1978 

3 26

Henry P. Chandler - Additional Biographical Information, undated 

3 27

"Working on the Side of the Angels in Chicago", speech by Henry P. Chandler before the Chicago Literary Club (March 31, 1969) and related materials, 1969-1970 

3 28

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