• Creator Names Chicago Commons Association.
  • Title Chicago Commons Association records [manuscript], 1894-1999.
  • Physical description
    • ca. 82 linear ft. (ca. 131 boxes)
    • 8 oversize folders.
  • Access and usage restrictions
    • In order to consult case files and certain marked boxes, researchers must sign the Chicago History Museum's "Request for Research Access to Confidential Materials" form.
    • Additions to the collection are closed to researchers until processed.
  • Collection summary
    • Correspondence, minutes (1894-1960), annual and other reports, personnel records, records of clubs based at the settlement house, neighborhood census data and surveys compiled by the Chicago Commons, the second settlement house founded in Chicago, and by the Chicago Commons Association, which operated several additional settlement houses. Topics include employment, housing, education, and social conditions in the neighborhoods that the settlement houses served, primarily on the Near North Side; ethnic and racial neighborhood change and its problems, particularly among Polish, Italian, and African Americans; and various children's and adults' activities at the Commons, including education for naturalization and, during the 1940s and 50s, interracial camping. Correspondents include head residents Dr. Graham Taylor, his daughter Lea D. Taylor, William H. Brueckner, and others.
    • Includes oversize map with pins marking neighborhood sites.
  • Acquisition information Gift of the Chicago Commons Association beginning in 1968 (M1968.0714; M1968.0765; M1969.0003; 1991.0402; 1999.0097; 2010.0042.1). Also includes materials received from Lea D. Taylor (M1974.0045) and a joint gift of Mrs. William Brueckner and the Chicago School of Social Work Administration (1983.0280).
  • Location of Other Archival Materials Note Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the Lea Taylor papers; the Leroy Snyder papers on the Chicago Commons Association; the Chicago Commons Association photograph collection; the Chicago Commons Association collection of additional photographs; publications of the Chicago Commons settlement house and the Chicago Commons Association; and records of settlement houses that merged into the Chicago Commons Association and continued to operate under their original names.
  • Biographical or Historical Note The Chicago Commons was founded in 1894 by Graham Taylor at 140 N. Union Street; incorporated in 1895; moved to Grand Avenue and Morgan Street in 1901; established Farm Camp near New Buffalo, Michigan in 1923. In later years, it became the Chicago Commons Association through merger with Emerson House, 645 N. Wood Street, in 1948; headquarters moved to Taylor House, 915 N. Wolcott Avenue, in 1958; opened Jackie Robinson House in the Henry Horner Homes (Chicago Housing Authority), 124 N. Hoyne Avenue in 1965; Olivet Community Center, 1441 N. Cleveland Avenue (founded 1888) merged in 1966; Mary McDowell Settlement, 4630 S. McDowell Avenue, merged in 1967; Benton House, 3052 S. Gratten Avenue, merged in 1967.
  • Finding Aids Note Descriptive inventory available. Does not include later additions to the collection.
  • Names
    • Chicago Commons (Chicago, Ill.) Archives.
    • Chicago Commons (Social settlement : Chicago, Ill.) Archives.
    • Chicago Commons Association Archives.
    • Brueckner, William H.
    • Taylor, Graham, 1851-1938.
    • Taylor, Lea Demarest, 1883-1975.
    • Brueckner, William H.
    • Taylor, Graham, 1851-1938.
    • Taylor, Lea Demarest, 1883-1975.
    • Chicago Commons (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Subjects
    • Italian Americans Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Mexican Americans Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Polish Americans Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Puerto Ricans Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Social settlements Illinois Chicago 19th century.
    • Social settlements Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Social workers Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Women Illinois Chicago 20th century.
  • Geographic coverage
    • Chicago (Ill.) Social conditions 19th century.
    • Chicago (Ill.) Social conditions 20th century.
    • Near North Side (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Genre
    • Correspondence. aat
    • Minutes. aat
    • Personnel records. aat
    • Reports. aat
    • Surveys. aat
  • Geographic name United States Illinois Cook County Chicago.