Metropolitan Planning Council records
MSMPC_74

 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
Metropolitan Housing and Planning Council (Chicago, Ill.).
Creator
Metropolitan Planning Council (Chicago, Ill.).
Title
Metropolitan Planning Council records
ID
MSMPC_74
Date [inclusive]
1934-2000
Extent
317.0 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
The Metropolitan Planning Council is an independent nonprofit Chicago area planning organization. According to its website, it is committed to developing a sustainable and prosperous Chicago region, and since its founding in 1934 it has played a critical role in city infrastructure planning, providing housing for low income individuals, sponsoring urban renewal, protecting the environment, and advocating health care for the poor. The Metropolitan Planning Council Records (ca. 1890-2000) is arranged into ten series: “Administrative,” “Housing,” “Planning and Urban Renewal,” “Transportation,” “Health Issues and Advocacy,” “Environment,” “Government,” “Audio/Visual,” “Publications,” and “Oversized.” It contains administrative records, planning documents, research studies, legal documents, legislative papers, promotional material, photographs, films, and scrapbooks that the Metropolitan Planning Council generated or collected.

Preferred Citation

Metropolitan Planning Council records, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Administrative History

The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), formerly the Metropolitan Housing Council and the Metropolitan Housing and Planning Council, is an independent nonprofit organization that promotes strategic planning for the metropolitan Chicago region. According to its website, the Council since its inception in 1934 has played a pivotal role in housing advocacy, city development, slum clearance, transportation planning, economic and neighborhood redevelopment, environmental conservation, and health advocacy for metropolitan Chicago and the surrounding region.

The organization’s main efforts throughout the 1930s were focused on housing issues in Chicago. Its objective was to improve housing in Chicago. It targeted tenement slums by enforcing standards, collecting statistics, and promoting neighborhood planning. In 1937, the city tapped the organization’s founder and director, Elizabeth Wood, to head the newly created Chicago Housing Authority, which had been created to enforce new state and federal housing laws. During the late 1930s, the MPC broadened its focus into other areas of concern. For example, in 1939 the its advocacy for strategic urban planning brought about a revival of the City Plan Commission.

As a result of its increasing interest in strategic urban planning, the Council focused even more directly on slum clearance and planning after World War II, which ended in 1945. Housing remained an important element of its work throughout the 1940s, but Council changed its name to the Metropolitan Housing and Planning Council in 1948 to reflect its newfound interest in city planning and urban renewal.

In the 1950s, the Council continued its focus on housing, city planning, and urban renewal, and expanded into new areas of interest. It developed Chicago’s first housing code, which went into effect in 1957. Council members also played significant roles in several urban renewal, neighborhood redevelopment, and slum clearance projects. With the creation of the Metropolitan Center for Neighborhood Renewal in 1958, the Council assisted neighborhood groups in developing plans to revitalize their communities. As the Chicago metropolitan area continued to grow, the Council successfully advocated for better planning for transportation and land use. As a result, the Chicago Area Transport Study and the Northern Illinois Planning Commission were established to improve transportation throughout the Chicago land region.

After 30 years of committed strategic planning advocacy in Chicago, the Metropolitan Planning and Housing Council was one of the most active non-profits dedicated to improving metropolitan Chicago. By the 1960s, the Council had helped generate enough support for planning to take on the role of liaison among regional stakeholders. It served as a hub for collaborative projects such as the Committee on Urban Progress, which engaged the Chicago-area business community in an effort to tackle regional transportation challenges. In addition, in 1960 the Council led a pilot project to provide rent subsidies for low-income families to move into private housing.

The Council increased its emphasis on transportation planning and environmental conservation for Chicago during the 1970s. To address the demand for quality transportation, it organized the Task Force for the Future of Illinois, which looked into transportation and infrastructure throughout the state. Meanwhile, the organization championed lakefront preservation and joined a coalition of civic groups proposing an addition to Grant Park, a long term project that led to the creation of Millennium Park.

In the 1980s, the Council continued to promote revitalization while working collaboratively throughout the region to encourage what it saw as sound planning. The Second Committee on Urban Progress (SCOUP), later renamed MAP 2000, developed strategies to plan for the approaching new millennium and debated future plans for Navy Pier, McCormick Place, and a new Chicago Bears Stadium. At the same time the Council’s involvement in public housing intensified with the creation of the Chicago Housing Authority Task Force, a Council-led initiative that promoted resident involvement in public housing management and focused on improving living conditions. In 1985, the Council changed its name to the Metropolitan Planning Council. In 1988, the Metropolitan Planning Council launched the Central Area Distributor Project to develop a transit system to serve downtown Chicago.

From the 1990s to the present, MPC has continued its efforts at improving metropolitan Chicago across areas of housing, city planning, regional development, transportation, and urban development. The 1990s witnessed a focus on continued intergovernmental cooperation as well as an added emphasis on public health. MPC staff worked to improve access to immediate and quality health care for metropolitan Chicago and Cook County, especially for the poor and elderly. Since 2000, Metropolitan Planning Council has developed new priorities and reemphasized old ones. Some of these priorities included job creation, preservation of open and natural landscapes, provision of affordable housing, and improvements to public transportation.


 Sources Cited and Consulted
“Metropolitan Planning Council.” History. January 18, 2013. http://www.metroplanning.org/about/History.html

Orum, Anthony. “Governing the Metropolis.” Encyclopedia of Chicago. January 18, 2013. http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/531.html.

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Scope and Contents

The Metropolitan Planning Council Records (1909-2000) document the inception and growth of a nonprofit Chicago-area planning organization. The collection is arranged into ten series: “Administrative,” “Housing,” “Planning and Urban Renewal,” “Transportation,” “Health Issues and Advocacy,” “Environment,” “Government,” “Audio/Visual,” “Publications,” and “Oversized.” As the organization and its programs and affiliates evolved, names occasionally changed and the order of the materials reflects the evolution of these changes. The Metropolitan Planning Council Records provide an in-depth view of Chicago-area planning on issues including affordable housing, urban renewal, transportation, infrastructure, the environment, public health, and the day-to-day work of nonprofit organizations shaping public policy in Chicago and Illinois. Researchers interested in these topics and the work of the Council will find this collection to be a rich resource.

 Detailed Series and Subseries List

Series I: Administrative, 1922-1996
Series I, subseries A: Board of Governors, 1934-1992
Series I, subseries B: Committees, 1922-1992
Series I, subseries C: Correspondence, 1948-1990
Series I, subseries D: Annual Meetings, 1943-1991
Series I, subseries E: Annual Reports, 1934-1991
Series I, subseries F: Fundraising, 1943-1993
Series I, subseries G: Members Forum, 1977-1986
Series I, subseries H: Communications, 1934-1996
Series I, subseries I: Conferences, 1945-1995
Series I, subseries J: State/Regional Projects, 1974-1988
Series I, subseries K: Related Organizations and Affiliations, 1959-1995
Series I, subseries L: General Reference, 1934-1989
Series I, subseries M: News Clippings, 1928-1985


Series II: Housing, 1919-1998
Series II, subseries A: Committees, 1939-1997
Series II, subseries B: Chicago Housing Authority Task Force, 1935-1998
Series II, subseries C: General Housing, 1919-1997


Series III: Planning and Urban Renewal, 1909-1992
Series III, subseries A: Planning, 1909-1990
Series III, subseries B: Urban Renewal, 1932-1992
Series III, subseries C: Zoning, 1939-1974


Series IV: Environment, 1935-1988


Series V: Government, 1919-1995


Series VI: Transportation, 1950-1997


Series VII: Health Issues and Advocacy, 1974-2000


Series VIII: Audio/Visual, 1920-1991


Series IX: Publications, 1919-1995


Series X: Oversized, ca. 1890-1972

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives November 2006

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

Revision Description

 Finding aid prepared by Lisa Calahan, Olle Larson, Kristin Moo, and Ben Peterson 01/18/2013

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

Patrons are expected and required by third-party privacy laws to refrain from making any public or private disclosure of identifying personal information for the subjects contained within the collection.

Some items in this collection, especially those in Series VIII, "Audio-Visual," 1920-1991, are in formats for which Special Collections may not have the equipment necessary to read them. Interested patrons are advised to call ahead to see whether or how they might be able to view these items.

Some items in this collection are very fragile, and photocopying them is not permitted. If you are uncertain whether something can be photocopied, please ask a special collections staff person for more information.

Processing and Sponsorship

Processed by the Black Metropolis Research Consortium's "Color Curtain Processing Project," January 18, 2013. The project was funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The processors were Lisa Calahan, Olle Larson, Kristin Moo, and Ben Peterson.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Chicago (Ill.). Department of Urban Renewal..
  • Chicago Housing Authority.
  • Chicago Transit Authority.
  • illinois. Regional Transportation Authority.
  • Metropolitan Housing and Planning Council (Chicago, Ill.).
  • Metropolitan Planning Council (Chicago, Ill.). -- Archives

Geographic Name(s)

  • Chicago (Ill.) -- Race relations.
  • Chicago (Ill.).

Subject(s)

  • Chicago African American History.
  • Chicago Political and Civic Life.
  • City planning -- Illinois -- Chicago.
  • Housing -- Illinois -- Chicago.
  • Low-income housing -- Illinois -- Chicago.
  • Slums.
  • Urban renewal -- Illinois -- Chicago.

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PLEASE CALL BEFORE COMING

As of January 2014,most of this collection is housed at the Library of Health Sciences Special Collections, and a small number of files is housed at the Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections. It is possible that the locations might change. Patrons should call beforehand to verify at which location they can view the collection.

Library Health Sciences [LHS] Special Collections and University Archives:

1750 W. Polk St., Room 320

Chicago, Illinois 60612

312-996-8977


Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives:

801 S. Morgan St., Room 3-330

Chicago, IL 60607

312-996-2742

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Collection Inventory

Series I. Administrative 1922- 1996 

Scope and Contents note

The “Administrative” series includes materials related to the general administration of the Metropolitan Planning Council. It is divided into thirteen subseries: “Board of Governors,” “Committees,” “Correspondence,” “Annual Meetings,” “Annual Reports,” “Fundraising,” “Members Forum,” “Communications,” “Conferences,” “State/Regional Projects,” “Related Organizations and Affiliations,” “General Reference,” and “News Clippings.” Materials include correspondence, meeting agendas and minutes, committee reports, staff and member directories, published annual reports, funding solicitations, conference programs, press releases, news clippings, and files for state and regional projects done in partnership with other organizations.

Subseries A. Board of Governors 1934-1992 

Scope and Contents note

This subseries includes meeting agendas and minutes, member lists, correspondence, and briefings from the Metropolitan Planning Council’s board of governors and its executive and nominating committees. Material is arranged chronologically within each subject.

Box Folder

Board Member Biographies and photographs 1940-1985 

1 1-7

Meeting Minutes, Agendas, Briefings, Correspondence, and Notices 1937-1992 

2-18 8-147

Executive Committee Minutes, Agendas, Briefings, and Correspondence 1934-1992 

19-22 148-180

Nominating Committee 1947-1964 

22 181-186

Nominating Committee 1965-1992 

23-25 187-213

Subseries B. Committees 1922-1992 

Scope and Contents note

This subseries includes materials pertaining to general administrative committees of the Metropolitan Planning Council, including meeting agendas and minutes, correspondence, member lists, biographies, and reports. This subseries is arranged chronologically, with specific committees arranged alphabetically by committee title.

Box Folder

Member Lists, Biographies, Reports of Committee Chairmen, and Minutes from Meetings of Various Committees 1948-1977 

25 214-225

Administration Organization Committee 1956-1965 

25-26 226-227

Administration Committee and Committee Policy 1989 

26 228

Bright New City Committee, Capital Program and Budget Committee, Citizens Committee 1954-1977 

26 229-232

Communications Committee 1959-1968 

26 233-238

Communications Committee 1969-1991 

27 239-250

Finance Committee 1958-1991 

27 251

Human Values Committee 1958-1966 

27 252-253

Human Values Committee 1961-1962 

28 254-255

Membership Committee 1965-1970 

28 256

Model Cities Committee 1966-1976 

28 257-262

Program Committee 1944, circa 1965-1967 

28 263-264

Program Evaluation Committee 1974-1975 

28 265-267

Race Relations Committee 1922 

29 268

Search Committee, 1980 

29 269

Women’s Committee 1967-1977 

29 270

Women’s Forum Committee 1965-1971 

29 271-278

Women’s Forum Committee 1966-1969 

30 279-288

Committee Luncheon Receipts 1979 

30 289-290

Committees, General 1987-1992 

30 291-292

Subseries C. Correspondence 1948- 1990 

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains correspondence of Metropolitan Planning Council executives and staff with community members, businesspeople, other nonprofit organizations, and government officials. This subseries is arranged chronologically.

Box Folder

Mayor Richard J. Daley, City Council and Other Officials 1955-1976 

31 293-298

Correspondence 1948-1968 

31 299-303

Correspondence 1962-1975 

32-40 304-367

Illinois Governors 1976-1981 

40 368

Correspondence 1975-1976 

40 369-373

Correspondence 1976-1988 

41-60 374-494

Chicago Housing Authority 1986-1990 

61 495

Communications 1986, 1989, 1990 

61 499-500

Subseries D. Annual Meetings 1943-1991 

Scope and Contents note

This subseries includes meeting agendas and minutes and correspondence pertaining to annual meetings of the Metropolitan Planning Council. This subseries is arranged in chronological order.

Box Folder

Annual Meetings 1943-1991 

62-69 501-567

Subseries E. Annual Reports 1934-1991 

Scope and Contents note

This subseries consists of published annual reports of the Metropolitan Planning Council. This subseries is arranged chronologically.

Box Folder

Annual Reports 1934-1991 

70-71 568-578

Subseries F. Fundraising 1943-1993 

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains materials related to the Metropolitan Planning Council’s fundraising efforts and its finance and development committees. It includes membership solicitations, grant applications, award letters, and plans and invitations for fundraising events. This subseries is arranged chronologically by subjects.

Box Folder

Finance Drives and Prospect Lists 1958-1963 

71 579-583

Finance Drives, Prospect Lists, and Donor Records 1965-1993 

72-76 584-616

Corporate Correspondence 1980-1985 

77 617-621

Corporate and Individual Solicitations 1985 

77 622-623

Non-Corporate Correspondence 1983-1985 

78 624

Foundations 1943-1984 

78-80 625-652

Foundations 1974-1988 

81-82 653-680

Funders’ Luncheons 1982-1993 

82-83 681-685

Fundraising Plans 1975-1993 

83-84 686-697

Finance Committee 1965-1990 

85-88 698-718

Development Committee 1988-1991 

88 719-723

Subseries G. Members Forum 1977-1986 

Scope and Contents note

This subseries includes planning materials, meeting agendas and minutes, correspondence, and reports of the Members Forum, which was a general committee for all paying dues members of the Metropolitan Planning Council. This subseries is arranged in chronological order.

Box Folder

Steering Committee, Rehab, Housing 1977-1983 

89 724-731

Regional Transit Authority, Enterprise Zones, Rehab Code, Financing Chicago Area Government, Industrial Revenue Bonds, Regional Infrastructure, Tenants’ Rights 1981-1983 

90 732-739

Regional Transit Authority, Private Alternatives to Public Transportation, Downtown Zoning, Public Housing, Chicago Central Library, Theater Row 1983-1985 

91 740-746

Theater Row, Resident Empowerment in High-rise Public Housing, Density in Chicago, Health Care for the Poor in Cook County, Chicago’s Lakefront 1985-1986 

92 747-751

Subseries H. Communications 1934-1996 

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains records of the Metropolitan Planning Council’s outreach efforts, including press releases, policy statements, speeches, newsletters, and tours. Materials are arranged chronologically by type of material.

Box Folder

Press Releases and Statements 1939-1991 

92-106 752-966

Speeches, Fred Kramer 1944-1954 

106 967-968

Speeches; Fred Kramer, Joseph Pois, Dorothy Rubel, A. Andrew Boemi, Robert Drevs, Robert Weaver, William Slayton, Federal Officials, et. al 1952-1964 

107 969-978

Speeches; Philip Hauser, et. al 1964-1974 

108 979-980

Newsletters, Council’s Newsletter 1934 

108 981

Newsletters, Tomorrow’s Chicago 1946-1968 

108 982-988

Newsletters, Issues and Positions 1975-1977 

108 989-990

Newsletters, Planning Reporter 1978-1987 

109 991-1000

Newsletters, Issue Brief 1987-1996 

109-110 1001-1025

Public Relations Events 1947-1991 

110-112 1026-1058

Public Relations Materials 1950-1991 

113-115 1059-1093

Awards 1952-1989 

115 1094-1102

Subseries I. Conferences 1945-1995 

Scope and Contents note

This subseries features planning materials, announcements, programs, and notes from conferences organized by the Metropolitan Planning Council and other affiliated organizations. This subseries is arranged chronologically.

Box Folder

Chicago Conference on Home Unity 1945 

115 1103-1104

Chicago Conference on Metropolitan Area Planning 1956 

115 1105

Housing the Economically and Socially Disadvantaged Groups in the Population 1960-1963 

115-117 1106-1119

Princeton Conference 1962-1963 

117 1120

Wingspread Conference 1965-1967 

117-119 1121-1144

Other Organizations 1967-1974 

119 1145

Regional Conference Planning 1984 

120 1146

Illinois Infrastructure Issues 1984-1985 

120 1147-1148

Urban Design Conference 1985 

120 1149

Tax Increment Financing Conference 1986 

120 1150

National Conference of Democratic Mayors Forum 1987 

120 1151

Chicago Urban League Housing Forum 1988 

120 1152

Cantigny Conference Series 1994-1995 

120-121 1153-1163

Subseries J. State/Regional projects 1974-1988 

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains materials pertaining to Illinois and Chicago-area cooperative planning initiatives in which the Metropolitan Planning Council participated. It includes correspondence, research materials, meeting agendas and minutes, and reports. Materials are arranged chronologically.

Box Folder

Task Force for the Future of Illinois 1974-1988 

121-133 1164-1271

State Infrastructure Planning circa 1980-1985 

134-143 1272-1332

Regional Agenda Project 1985-1987 

143-151 1333-1386

Subseries K. Related Organizations and Affiliations 1959-1995 

Scope and Contents note

This subseries includes materials about civic and non-profit organizations that shared common goals for Chicago in areas of city planning, urban renewal, and housing. It includes correspondence, reports, testimonies, clippings, articles, studies, surveys, and pamphlets. This subseries is arranged in chronological order.

Box Folder

Related Organizations and Affiliations 1959-1995 

152-154 1387-1423

Subseries L. General Reference 1934-1989 

Scope and Contents note

This subseries features writings on the history of the Metropolitan Planning Council, general office files, bibliographies, contact lists, and expense files. Materials are arranged chronologically by types of materials.

Box Folder

MPC History 1934-1986 

155-157 1424-1454

Office Files 1961-1989 

157-160 1455-1496

Bibliographies 1945-1985 

160 1497-1506

Subseries M. News Clippings 1928-1985 

Scope and Contents note

This subseries is comprised of newspaper clippings and periodicals that refer to the Metropolitan Planning Council and topics of interest to the organization. Clipping are arranged in chronological order.

Box Folder

News Clippings 1928-1985 

161-184 1507-1714

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Series II. Housing 1919-1998 

Scope and Contents note

The “Housing” series includes materials related to slum clearance, housing code reform, fair and affordable housing, and the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA). It is divided into three subseries: “Committees,” “Chicago Housing Authority Task Force,” and “General Housing.” This series holds some of the most historic material in the collection, some materials predates the foundation of the Metropolitan Housing Council. The bulk of the material documents decades-long projects, most notably the Wells Community Initiative, initiated by the Chicago Housing Authority Task Force to improve conditions for Chicago Housing Authority residents, and represents tenant advocacy during the fluctuating rise and fall of public housing in Chicago.

Subseries A. Committees 1939-1997 

Scope and Contents note

This subseries includes materials related to the various housing committees of the Metropolitan Planning Council. Documents include meeting agendas and minutes, member lists, and committee reports. Each committee is arranged in chronological order.

Box Folder

Committee on the Housing Crisis 1945 

185 1715-1717

Housing Code Committee 1945-1956 

185 1718-1721

Committee on Code Enforcement 1951-1965 

185-186 1722-1730

Housing Code Modernization Committee 1966-1970 

186-187 1731-1735

Existing Housing Committee 1970-1974 

187 1736

Public Housing Committee 1939-1959 

187-188 1737-1741

Committee on Housing for the Aged 1948-1952 

188 1743

Committee on Housing the Disadvantaged 1948-1969 

188-190 1743-1764

Middle Income Housing Committee 1956-1963 

190 1765

Low Rent Housing Committee 1960-1963 

190 1766-1767

Housing Emergency Committee 1968-1969 

190 1768

Policy Committee on Low Income Housing 1969 

190 1769

Subsidized Housing Committee 1969-1972 

191 1770-1777

Committee on Low and Moderate Income Housing 1973 

191 1778

Housing Committee 1975-1997 

191 1779

Suburban Workers Subcommittee 1969 

192 1780

Subcommittee, Home Rule Commission Study 1971 

192 1781

Family Housing Allowance Subcommittee Circa 1972 

192 1782

Subcommittee on Redlining and Disinvestment 1975-1997 

192 1783-1789

Housing Committee and Subcommittees 1975-1997 

193-198 1779-1839

Additional Committees 1953-1992 

199 1840-1850

Subseries B. Chicago Housing Authority Task Force 1935-1998 

Scope and Contents note

As an advocate for affordable housing, the Metropolitan Planning Council sought to improve living conditions for low-income residents. The primary focus for the Metropolitan Planning Council was the Chicago Housing Authority Task Force, which began in 1980. Included are materials that encompass the entirety of the Metropolitan Planning Council’s work with the Chicago Housing Authority. It includes the Wells Community Initiative, a program intended to demonstrate the potential of resident management in the Ida B. Wells Homes on Chicago’s South Side; and documentation of prominent housing issues including Chicago Housing Authority management, resident leadership, property rehabilitation and maintenance, and neighborhood economic development. Documents include meeting agendas and minutes, correspondence, work proposals and programs, survey data, community profiles, assessments, resident training records, and reference material. Materials are arranged by subject in chronological order.

Box Folder

Historical Files 1935-1971 

198a-202 1851-1879

Administrative, Task Force Meetings 1985-1989 

203 1880-1889

Administrative, Steering Committee 1985-1989 

203-205 1890-1902

Administrative, Management Subcommittee 1985-1988 

205 1903-1906

Administrative, Other Meetings and Committees 1985-1989 

205-208 1907-1949

Administrative, Correspondence 1984-1989 

209-210 1950-1962

Administrative, Planning and Work Programs 1984-1990 

210-213 1963-2003

Administrative, Financials 1985-1989 

213 2004-2016

Administrative, Chicago Housing Authority Administration 1981-1989 

214-219 2017-2097

Administrative, Project Background and Research 1983-1990 

219-223 2098-2158

Residents, Survey Reports, Case Studies and Data 1985-1990 

223-228 2159-2205

Residents, Committee Meetings and Residential Management Corporation 1986-1990 

229-234 2206-2299

Residents, Tenant Selection 1980-1989 

234-235 2300-2305

Residents, Security 1984-1989 

235-236 2306-2319

Residents, Social Services 1985-1991 

236-237 2320-2338

Residents, Chicago Housing Authority Rules and Grievances 1983-1989 

237-238 2339-2353

Residents, General Training 1985-1989 

238-242 2354-2423

Residents, Background 1981-1988 

243-244 2424-2448

Rehab and Maintenance 1972-1988 

244-248 2449-2505

Economic Development 1984-1990 

248-251 2506-2552

General Reference Material 1971-1990 

251-265 2553-2785

Wells Community Initiative (WCI), Background Research 1988-1991 

265-267 2786-2806

Wells Community Initiative (WCI), Planning 1989-1991 

267-268 2807-2823

Wells Community Initiative (WCI), Staff and Partners 1989-1996 

268-271 2824-2863

Wells Community Initiative (WCI), Financials 1988-1994 

271-272 2864-2874

Wells Community Initiative (WCI), Site Planning 1990-1993 

272-274 2875-2899

Wells Community Initiative (WCI), Annual Meetings and Progress Reports 1991-1993 

274 2900-2907

Wells Community Initiative (WCI), Evaluations 1988-1992 

274 2908-2912

Wells Community Initiative (WCI), Residents 1989-1992 

275 2913-2928

Wells Community Initiative (WCI), Economic Development 1989-1998 

275 2929-2931

Wells Community Initiative (WCI), Job Path 1987-1995 

276-277 2932-2945

Wells Community Initiative (WCI), Social Services 1990-1991 

277 2946-2953

Wells Community Initiative (WCI), Additional Material 1989-1996 

278-280 2954-2974

Kenwood-Oakland Redevelopment 1985-1990 

280-281 2975-2997

Chicago Housing Authority Redevelopment 1968-1998 

281-286 2998-3072

Subseries C. General Housing 1919-1997 

Scope and Contents note

This subseries contains materials concerning building and rehabilitation codes, housing courts, fair housing, and tenants’ rights. Also represented is the Metropolitan Planning Council’s effort to increase and improve regulations of the private housing market. It includes code violation records, which is represented in the “housing code” and “rehab code project;” tenant complaints, Chicago housing court records, drafts of city ordinances, and tenant education materials. Materials are arranged by subject in chronological order.

Box Folder

Housing Code 1941-1970 

287-296 3073-3174

Housing Code Violations (alpha order by Landlord) 1950-1970 

296-300 3175-3230

Court Observers Note cards 1942-1968 

301-411 N/A

Rehab Code Project, Background Research 1970-1981 

412-413 3231-3248

Rehab Code Project, National Guidelines 1978-1980 

414 3249-3251

Rehab Code Project, Administration 1978-1983 

414-418 3252-3291

Rehab Code Project, Public Input 1980-1982 

419 3292-3298

Rehab Code Project, Studies and Draft Reports 1979-1980 

419-420 3299-3307

Rehab Code Project, Final Report 1980-1982 

421 3308-3315

Fair Housing 1919-1982 

422-425 3316-3353

T-Power 1969-1977 

425-439 3354-3551

General Policy 1933-1994 

439-448 3552-3646

Programs 1931-1965 

448-449 3647-3668

Finance 1940-1980 

450-452 3669-3704

Related Organizations 1940-1973 

453-455 3705-3740

Research 1933-1997 

456-460 3741-3797

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Series III. Planning and Urban Renewal 1909-1992 

Scope and Contents note

The series “Planning and Urban Renewal” features materials concerning urban renewal and the planned use of city and state resources. Key topics include public infrastructure, government organization, economic development, slum clearance, racial integration, and city zoning codes. It also includes materials that document the Metropolitan Planning Council’s role in large-scale urban renewal and planning projects like the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission, Committee on Urban Progress, and Second Committee on Urban Progress (SCOUP)/Map 2000. Series III is divided into three subseries: “Planning,” “Urban Renewal,” and “Zoning.” Materials include meeting agendas and minutes, correspondence, proposals, project overviews, planning drafts, working papers, research documents, published articles, statistics, informational pamphlets, leaflets, legislative materials, legal documents, press releases, statements, and clippings.

Subseries A. Planning 1909-1990 

Scope and Contents note

This subseries features materials highlighting the Metropolitan Planning Council’s efforts in regional and city planning for Chicago. It contains materials about both statewide projects and projects specifically for improvement within the city of Chicago. Statewide projects include documentation on large scale planning projects aimed at improving the Northeastern Illinois region in areas of mass transportation, waste management, housing, community renewal, and neighborhood redevelopment. Chicago specific projects include initiatives that investigated ways to improve city infrastructure and economic development like the Committee on Urban Progress and Second Committee on Urban Progress (SCOUP)/Map 2000, as well as smaller projects aimed at protecting Chicago’s landmarks. Documents include committee agendas and minutes, meeting notes, correspondence, proposals, working papers, planning drafts, project overviews, reports, planning applications, reports, project data, research materials, published articles, pamphlets, studies, legislation, legal documents, press releases, statements, clippings, published articles, clippings. Materials are arranged by subject.

Box Folder

Planning Committees 1935-1982 

461-471 3798-3899

Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission 1938-1982 

472-475 3900-3936

Committee on Urban Progress 1935-1968 

476-478 3937-3956

Second Committee On Urban Progress (SCOUP)/MAP 2000 1977-1985 

479-492 3957-4082

Planning in Chicago 1909-1989 

492-505 4083-4233

Regional Planning 1958-1979 

506-510 4234-4271

Planning in Other Cities 1934-1967 

510-511 4272-4280

Landmarks 1955-1980 

511-514 4281-4306

General issues 1944-1990 

514-518 4307-4357

Subseries B. Urban Renewal 1932-1992 

Scope and Contents note

This subseries highlights the Metropolitan Planning Council’s role in urban renewal projects, as well as the organization’s position on other initiatives throughout Chicago. Topics include redevelopment projects undertaken by the City of Chicago and the Chicago Land Clearance Commission, community redevelopment, slum clearance, and land acquisition. This subseries highlights the internal workings of the Chicago Department of Urban Renewal, as well as other redevelopment projects conducted by civic organizations, cities, and states. Documents include committee agendas and minutes, meeting notes, correspondence, proposals, working papers, planning drafts, project overviews, reports, planning applications, project data, research materials, published articles, pamphlets, studies, legislation, legal documents, press releases, statements, and clippings. Materials are organized by subject and chronologically within each subject.

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Urban Renewal Committees 1954-1990 

518-522 4358-4403

Redevelopment Projects 1932-1980 

523-531 4404-4487

Chicago Department of Urban Renewal 1948-1965 

531-533 4488-4510

Urban Renewal Related Organizations Circa 1955-1968 

533-538 4511-4556

Urban Renewal in Other Cities 1940-1965 

538-539 4557-4561

Urban Renewal in Other States 1968-1972 

539-540 4562-4568

Urban Renewal Research 1944-1971 

540-544 4569-4604

Urban Renewal General Issues 1934-1992 

545-549 4605-4651

Subseries C. Zoning 1939-1974 

Scope and Contents note

This subseries provides an overview of zoning regulations for different redevelopment and urban renewal projects in Chicago. It includes correspondence, overviews of zoning codes, and research studies. Materials are organized chronologically.

Box Folder

Zoning 1939-1974 

550-552 4652-4673

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Series IV. Environment 1935- 1988 

Scope and Contents note

“Environment” is comprised of materials that document the Metropolitan Planning Council’s efforts toward environmental conservation and consideration in city planning. It includes documents revealing Metropolitan Planning Council’s role in planning initiatives for city parks and positions on development projects along Chicago’s Lake Michigan shoreline. Also included are documents on the City of Chicago and State of Illinois’s efforts to regulate air and water quality and land use. Documents include committee minutes and agendas, correspondence, research resources, studies, water and air quality data, planning papers, project overviews, reports, press statements, newspaper clippings, conference materials, financial notes, court documents, and environment laws. The series is arranged by subject matter.

Box Folder

MPC Environmental Committee 1935-1985 

552-555 4674-4695

Lakefront Issues 1935-1988 

555-561 4696-4771

Parks 1941-1979 

561-562 4772-4784

Land Use 1959-1980 

562-563 4785-4795

Air Quality 1967-1979 

563-564 4796-4800

Water Quality 1966-1983 

564-569 4801-4851

General Environment 1972-1974 

569 4852-4853

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Series V. Government 1919-1995 

Scope and Contents note

This series primarily consists of documents related to Metropolitan Planning Council’s legislative and general counsel committees, and, state, city, and federal legislation and litigation proceedings. All materials are associated with one of the following topical areas: city planning, urban renewal, housing, or health care. It includes copies of state and federal congressional bills, failed senate and house legislation, court case proceedings, published federal and state congressional records, proposed and enacted city ordinances, committee minutes and agendas, and correspondence. Materials are arranged in chronological order within groups of like materials.

Box Folder

Government Committees 1945-1968 

570-577 4854-4923

Legislation 1919-1995 

577-598 4924-5193

Litigation 1939-1976 

598-601 5194-5224

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Series VI. Transportation 1950-1997 

Scope and Contents note

“Transportation” documents the Metropolitan Planning Council’s role in transportation planning for the City of Chicago and the Northeastern Illinois region. The bulk of the material relates to public transit, including infrastructure service planning, fiscal solvency of transit agencies, and the creation of a cooperative Regional Transit Authority. Additional material documents the construction and maintenance of roads and bridges, as well as comprehensive assessments of the region’s transportation infrastructure. It also provides an in depth window into the Metropolitan Planning Council’s efforts to develop a stable and more efficient transit system through its Central Area Distributor Project. This series includes meeting agendas, minutes and notes; correspondence, budget materials, reports, planning papers, transportation studies, mass transit data, infrastructure assessments, statistics, mass transit legislation, position statements, and press clippings. This series is arranged by subject.

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Transportation Committees 1967-1994 

602-608 5225-5269

Mass Transit 1969-1993 

609-614 5270-5336

Regional Transportation Authority 1971-1994 

614-624 5337-5438

Circulator Project 1972-1992 

624-644 5439-5680

Roads 1950-1978 

645-649 5681-5724

General Transportation 1950-1997 

649-655 5725-5773

Studies 1970-1978 

655-656 5774-5785

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Series VII. Health Issues and Advocacy 1974-2000 

Scope and Contents note

“Health Issues and Advocacy” details the work of the Metropolitan Planning Council in conjunction with the Chicago Department of Public Heath and Cook County Department of Health to find suitable health care for the economically disadvantaged and to address other city related health issues. Included are public health studies and data on various metropolitan Chicago health issues, Medicaid reform, primary care for the poor and elderly, and general health care reform on both state and federal levels. It also documents efforts to improve hospital infrastructure by local, state, and federal health departments. Included are committee agendas and minutes, correspondence, health data, health related laws, health codes, budget files, working papers, promotional and informative publications, statements, and press clippings. Materials are arranged according to subjects matter.

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Metropolitan Planning Council and Affiliated Work Groups and Committees 1979-1993 

657-663 5786-5840

Health Departments 1983-1995 

663-676 5841-5962

Public Health Studies and Data 1985-1994 

676-684 5963-6023

Chicago Metropolitan Area Issues 1974-2000 

684-689 6024-6069

Health Organizations 1984-1994 

690-693 6070-6104

Medicaid Resources and Research 1988-1995 

693-695 6105-6130

Primary Care Research 1986-1995 

696-697 6131-6144

Health Care Reform 1992-1995 

697-699 6145-6167

Health Care Programs Outside of Illinois 1981-1993 

699-702 6168-6195

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Series VIII. Audio/Visual 1920-1991 

Scope and Contents note

“Audio/Visual” is comprised of photographs, slides, film, VHS tapes, and audiocassettes. The bulk of the materials are photographs and slides that document areas in Chicago in that were in need of redevelopment or improvement. This subseries is arranged according to original order.

The items in this series are in formats for which Special Collections may not have the equipment necessary to read them. Interested patrons are advised to call ahead to see whether or how they might be able to view these items.

Box Folder

Photographs 1920-1990 

703-718 6196-6330
Box

16mm Film Reel: “Around the Town” undated 

719

Audio Reel: Traffic Sounds and Copy 1969 

719

VHS Cassettes (2): “Around the Town” undated 

719

Slide Bank, Annual Meeting 1968 

719

Slide Bank, School and Meetings undated 

719

Slide Bank, “A City of Contrasts” undated 

719

Slide Bank, “Around the Town” undated 

719

Slide Bank, Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) Housing undated 

719

Slide Bank, School Programs and Meetings undated 

719

VHS Cassettes: (6) “Trustee Forum Series” undated 

720

VHS Cassette: “Take a Stand on Health Care Reform” undated 

720

Film Reel: “From Chicago Close UP” undated 

720

Audio Cassettes: (3) “Dr. Ron Anderson” 1990 

720

Audio Cassettes: (2) “Chicago Department of Health Budget Interviews” 1991 

720

Audio Cassette: (1) “Culture 1 and 2” undated 

720
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Floppy Disks: CHA Project circa 1988 

721 6331

Reel of Magnetic Recording Tape 1976 

721 6332

Graphics: Wells Community Initiative (WCI) Site Planning Manual undated 

721 6333

Slides: Rehab Code undated 

721 6334

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Series IX. Publications 1919-1995 

Scope and Contents note

This series consists of published material by the Metropolitan Planning Council and other organizations about city planning, housing, transportation, and health advocacy. It includes newsletters, published books, brochures, reports, and papers. This series is organized by topic with each individual topic organized chronologically.

Box Folder

MPC Planning 1947-1996 

725-730 6335-6379

City of Chicago Planning 1942-1982 

730-738 6380-6445

About Chicago Area Planning 1934-1993 

738-742 6446-6489

Outside Chicago Area Planning 1919-1993 

742-749 6490-6550

Transportation Publications 1930-1989 

749-756 6551-6620

Health Publications 1981-1995 

756-768 6621-6717

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Series X. Oversized circa 1890-1972 

Scope and Contents note

This series includes oversized scrapbooks, blueprints, political cartoon prints, photographs, publications, survey data, maps, and film. The bulk of materials are about city planning and housing with a few blue prints and maps related to transportation planning in Chicago.

Box

Housing and Redevelopment Program Scrapbooks Volumes 1-12 1946-1949 

769-773

4 Original Political Cartoon Prints 1946, 1953 

773

Chicago Building Code Scrapbooks Volumes 1-2 1946-1949 

774
Box Folder

Chicago Housing Authority Task Force Resident Survey Data 1987 

774 6718
Box

City Planning, etc. Scrapbook circa 1940 

775

Grant Park Band Shell Blueprints circa 1974 

775

Rivermouth Complex Proposal circa 1975 

775

Brochure for Two Illinois Center undated 

775
Box Folder

Scrapbooks, General 1952-1961 

776 6719-6720
Box

Scrapbooks, General 1951-1953 

777
Box Folder

Scrapbook, Clippings 1961-1963 

778 6721

Scrapbook, Women’s City Council for City Renewal 1954-1958 

779 6722

Scrapbook, Clippings 1963-1966 

779 6723
Box

Photographs circa 1950 

779
Box Folder

Photographs, Improved Housing Association circa 1890 

780 6724-6751
Box

Films: “Man of Action,” “The New Chicago” undated 

781

VHS: “The New Chicago” undated 

781

Publications and Prints circa 1945-1972 

782
Box Folder

MAP 2000 Tables and Illustrations undated 

783 6752-6756

Transparencies for the Task Force for the Future of Illinois undated 

783 6757

Maps regarding Gautreaux Transportation Needs Survey undated 

783 6758

News Clippings, ca. 1960 - ca. 1973 

ov. 784 6760

"Chicago 21," City of Chicago, September 1973 

ov. 784 6759

"Chicago's Lake Front," Johnson, Johnson and Roy, Inc., February 1968 

ov. 784 6759

"Illinois Central Air Rights Dvelopment," City of Chicago, May 1968 

ov. 784 6759

"South Loop New Town," City of Chicago, August 1975 

ov. 784 6759
Folder

Oversized Photos, undated 

ov. 6766

Oversized Photos, undated 

ov. 6765

Oversized Photos, undated 

ov. 6764

Oversized Photos--Mildred Mead, undated 

ov. 6763

Oversized Photos--Mildred Mead, undated 

ov. 6762

Oversized Photos--Mildred Mead, undated 

ov. 6761

[Oversized] South Shore Country Club--Drawings and Photographs--Arthur Steigely, 1968-1969, 1978 

ov. 6767

[Maps of Chicago with Demographic Information and newspaper clippings], undated 

ov. 6768

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