• Creator Names Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights.
  • Title Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights and related organizational records [manuscript], 1940-1986.
  • Physical description
    • 95.5 linear ft. (118 HB, 36 PB, 1 flat box, 2 pkgs.)
    • 11 sound recordings.
  • Access and usage restrictions FBI files are closed to researchers.
  • Collection summary Correspondence, minutes, and other files of the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights (CCDBR), organized in 1960 to protect rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, and of forerunner organizations that shared office files, including the Civil Rights Congress of Illinois, the Lightfoot Defense Committee, and the Smith Act Families Committee. The CCDBR staff also functioned as the Midwest regional office of the National Committee Against Repressive Legislation (NCARL), and correspondents include leftist and civil liberties groups throughout the country, particularly Frank Wilkinson of NCARL. Topics include CCDBR's cooperation with the Chicago and the Midwest Committees for Protection of the Foreign Born (1940s-1950s), the Alliance to End Repression (1970s-1980s), lobbying and other activities opposing: the House Un-American Activities Committee, Federal Bureau of Investigation surveillance, the Anti-riot Act, and the Vietnam War; work for passage of the Freedom of Information Act of 1975; and a variety of other civil liberties issues. Includes files of the executive directors of CCDBR, Richard Criley and Rachel Rosen DeGolia; materials on Criley's civic activities for the Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago; and copies of Criley's F.B.I. file obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.
  • Acquisition information Gift of the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights (M1973.0073; M1974.0069; M1978.0039; M1984.0023; 1996.0234).
  • Finding Aids Note Finding aid available.
  • Location of Other Archival Materials Note
    • Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the Alliance to End Repression records, the Midwest Committee for Protection of Foreign Born records, the Claude M. Lightfoot papers, the "Red Squad Chicago court case collection of open files"; and publications cataloged separately.
    • As a result of the Red Squad lawsuit, a collection known as the "Chicago Police Department Red Squad and related records" was deposited at Chicago History Museum according to a court order issued by Judge Susan Getzendanner in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The court order imposes restrictions on access and use of the Red Squad files. Ask staff for details.
  • Names
    • Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights Archives.
    • Criley, Richard L.
    • Rosen, Rachel.
    • Lightfoot, Claude M., 1910-1991
    • Alliance to End Repression.
    • Chicago Committee for Protection of Foreign Born.
    • Civil Rights Congress of Illinois.
    • Lightfoot Defense Committee.
    • Midwest Committee for Protection of Foreign Born (Chicago, Ill.)
    • National Committee against Repressive Legislation (U.S.)
    • Smith Act Families Committee (Chicago, Ill.)
    • United States. Constitution. 1st-10th Amendments.
    • United States. Freedom of Information Act.
    • United States. Congress. House. Committee on Un-American Activities.
    • United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation.
    • United States. Subversive Activities Control Board.
    • Criley, Richard L.
    • Rosen, Rachel.
    • Alliance to End Repression.
    • Chicago Committee for Protection of Foreign Born.
    • Civil Rights Congress of Illinois.
    • Lightfoot Defense Committee.
    • Midwest Committee for Protection of Foreign Born (Chicago, Ill.)
    • National Committee against Repressive Legislation (U.S.)
    • Smith Act Families Committee (Chicago, Ill.)
    • United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • Subjects
    • Civil rights Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Communism United States 20th century.
    • Liberty.
    • Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Protest movements.
  • Geographic coverage
    • Chicago (Ill.) Politics and government 20th century.
    • United States Politics and government 20th century.
    • North Lawndale (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Genre
    • Audiotapes. aat
    • Correspondence. aat
    • Minutes. aat
    • Reports. aat
  • Geographic name United States Illinois Cook County Chicago.