• Creator Names Business and Professional People for the Public Interest.
  • Title Business and Professional People for the Public Interest records [manuscript], 1938-2003.
  • Physical description
    • 204 linear ft.
    • 30 soft computer discs.
  • Access and usage restrictions
    • Portions of this collection are unprocessed. This collection has been assessed for access and can be requested except for noted restrictions. Researchers using this collection will need to sign the Access to Unprocessed Collections form.
    • For listening purposes, it is necessary to use a copy, not the original (and to have a listening copy made if one is not available).
  • Collection summary Working files, including correspondence, memoranda, legal documents, and topical files of the Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPPPI), a public interest law firm engaged in litigation against police spying, segregation in public housing, industrial pollution, and other issues. Materials include files of attorney Alexander Polikoff on the Gautreaux case against the Chicago Housing Authority for allegedly building subsidized apartments solely in low-income African American neighborhoods and other Chicago housing discrimination cases; files on the case of Jurellene Jordan against the Veterans Administration for allegedly failing to monitor and regulate its Home Guaranty Mortgage program resulting in rapid racial resegregation in the Marquette Park neighborhood of Chicago; and files on efforts to regulate safety at nuclear reactors in Illinois, particularly the Braidwood reactor operated by Commonwealth Edison in Zion (Ill.).
  • Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Donor retains copyright and literary rights to materials deeded in 1977.
  • Finding Aids Note Partial finding aid describing processed material is available uopn request. Please email research@chicagohistory.org for access.
  • Acquisition information Gift of Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (M1976.0038; M1984.0171; 2010.0015).
  • Names
    • Business and Professional People for the Public Interest Archives.
    • Gautreaux, Dorothy Trials, litigation, etc.
    • Jordan, Jorellene Trials, litigation, etc.
    • Polikoff, Alexander Archives.
    • Chicago Housing Authority.
    • Commonwealth Edison Company.
    • United States. Veterans Administration.
    • Gautreaux, Dorothy.
    • Jordan, Jorellene.
    • Polikoff, Alexander.
  • Subjects
    • Discrimination in housing Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Lawyers Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Nuclear energy Illinois 20th century.
    • Practice of law Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Public interest law Illinois Chicago 20th century.
  • Geographic coverage
    • Chicago (Ill.) Politics and government 20th century.
    • Chicago (Ill.) Race relations 20th century.
    • Chicago Lawn (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Genre
    • Computer files. chs
    • Correspondence. aat
    • Legal documents. aat
  • Geographic name United States Illinois Cook County Chicago.