• IdentificationMSBYNC78
  • TitleBack of the Yards Neighborhood Council records MSBYNC78
  • PublisherSpecial Collections
  • LanguageEnglish
  • RepositorySpecial Collections
  • Physical Description0.25 Linear feet
  • Date1954-1964
  • AbstractThe Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC) was located on Chicago's Southwest side near the former Union Stockyards that housed Chicago's meatpacking plants. Saul Alinsky and Joseph Meegan founded the BYNC in 1939 making it the oldest community organization in the United States. Its 185 delegate organizations including residents, social clubs, churches, schools, as well as business owners sought to improve the difficult living conditions endured by workers in Chicago's meatpacking industry. This Collection consists of annual reports for the BYNC, pamphlets, brochures, and clippings.
  • OriginationBack of the Yards Neighborhood Council (Chicago, Ill.).

Old Resource ID was BYNC

The Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC) was located on Chicago's Southwest side near the former Union Stockyards that housed Chicago's meatpacking plants. Saul Alinsky and Joseph Meegan founded the BYNC in 1939 making it the oldest community organization in the United States. Its 185 delegate organizations including residents, social clubs, churches, schools, as well as business owners sought to improve the difficult living conditions endured by workers in Chicago's meatpacking industry.

The closure of the Union Stockyards led the BYNC to work with the City of Chicago to develop the Stockyards Industrial Park that opened in 1971. According to the BYNC's website this park and its resident companies provide 15,000 jobs. The BYNC provides after-school tutoring, arts and crafts, free shuttle buses and home repair for senior citizens, employment placement services, ESL and GED classes for area residents. A recent project is an effort to provide 25 new affordable homes for first-time buyers.

This collection consists of annual reports for the BYNC, pamphlets, brochures, and clippings.

See the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council's website for historical information at http://www.bync.org/history_background/index.cfm.

Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council records, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

  • NamesBack of the Yards Neighborhood Council (Chicago, Ill.). -- Archives
  • Subject
    • Chicago Community Organizations.
    • Chicago Neighborhoods.
    • Chicago Political and Civic Life.