• IdentificationMSChand71
  • TitleHenry P. Chandler papers MSChand71
  • PublisherSpecial Collections
  • LanguageEnglish
  • RepositorySpecial Collections
  • Physical Description1.5 Linear feet
  • Date1922-1978
  • AbstractPart 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.
  • OriginationChandler, Henry Porter, 1880-1975

Old Resource ID was HChandler

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.

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.

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

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

  • Names
    • Chandler, Henry Porter, 1880-1975 -- Archives
    • City Club of Chicago.
    • Hull-House (Chicago, Ill.).
    • Union League Club of Chicago.
  • Subject
    • Chicago Political and Civic Life.
    • Child welfare.
    • Civil service reform.
    • Lawyers.
  • Geographic CoverageIllinois--Chicago.