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  • Creator Names African American Police League (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Title African American Police League (Chicago, Ill.) records [manuscript], 1961-1988, bulk 1968-1980.
  • Physical description
    • 213.75 linear ft. (243 boxes processed).
    • 2 oversize folders.
    • 1 sound cassette. (Original).
    • Film reels. (Original).
  • Access and usage restrictions
    • A small portion of originals from the collection are closed until 2050, including personnel files, resumes, and membership cards. Redacted copies of materials from boxes 29-36 and 178 have access copies in box 243. Additional closed files can be requested to be redacted, but we cannot guarantee immediate availability.
    • A small portion of the collection is stored off site. Advance appointment is required to view these materials.
    • 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
    • Annual reports, court files, fundraising items, historical information, minutes, reports, correspondence, clippings, topical files, newsletters, police brutality report files, and publications and flyers relative to the ongoing work of the Afro-American Police League (AAPL) and its education and action arm, the League to Improve the Community (LIC). The collection also contains items on numerous law enforcement and civil rights organizations across the country; materials on the suspension of AAPL executive director Renault Robinson from the Chicago Police Department and related lawsuits; and materials pertaining to the National Black Police Association (NBPA).
    • The collection also contains Renault Robinson's working files about his service as a commissioner and board chairman of the Chicago Housing Authority (1979-1987); and Robinson's working files about his involvement in political campaigns, including those of Ralph Metcalf, Mayor Jane Byrne, and Mayor Harold Washington.
  • Biographical or Historical Note In 1968, five Black Chicago police officers founded the Afro-American Patrolmen's League (AAPL; renamed the Afro-American Police League in 1979 and later, the African American Police League), with the stated purpose of establishing a greater degree of professionalism in law enforcement, to elevate the image of the African American police person in the African American community, and to eliminate police brutality in law enforcement. It was the first African American police organization of its kind. The original members were all fellow graduates of the Chicago Police Academy Class of 1965. Renault Robinson was its first president; Harold Saffold was its second president.
  • Acquisition information The main body of the AAPL records were donated by the AAPL through the offices of Renault Robinson beginning in 1970 (accession#: M1970.0061, M1971.0015, M1971.0032, M1982.0027, M1984.0128). Papers relating to the Chicago Housing Authority were the gift of Renault Robinson.
  • Finding Aids Note Descriptive inventory available online for a portion of the collection.
  • Names
    • African American Police League (Chicago, Ill.) Archives.
    • Afro-American Patrolmen's League (Chicago, Ill.) Archives.
    • Afro-American Police League (Chicago, Ill.) Archives.
    • Robinson, Renault Archives.
    • Byrne, Jane, 1933-2014-
    • Clements, George, 1930-
    • Coleman, Kermit B., 1925-1979.
    • Conlisk, James B.
    • Daley, Richard J., 1902-1976.
    • Lee, Frank, 1941-
    • Marshall, Prentice H., 1926-2004.
    • Metcalfe, Ralph, 1910-1978.
    • Saffold, Howard, 1941-
    • Washington, Harold, 1922-1987.
    • Chicago (Ill.). Police Department.
    • Chicago Housing Authority.
    • Committee to Elect Harold Washington Mayor of Chicago.
    • League to Improve the Community (Chicago, Ill.)
    • National Black Police Association.
    • Robinson, Renault.
    • Byrne, Jane, 1933-2014-
    • Clements, George, 1930-
    • Coleman, Kermit B., 1925-1979.
    • Conlisk, James B.
    • Marshall, Prentice H., 1926-2004.
    • Metcalfe, Ralph, 1910-1978.
    • Saffold, Howard, 1941-
    • Afro-American Patrolmen's League (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Afro-American Police League (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Chicago Housing Authority.
    • Chicago (Ill.). Police Department.
    • Committee to Elect Harold Washington Mayor of Chicago.
    • League to Improve the Community (Chicago, Ill.)
    • National Black Police Association.
  • Subjects
    • African American police Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • African Americans Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Actions and defenses Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Civil rights Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Community education Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Discrimination in employment Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Police Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Police corruption Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Police shootings Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Public housing Illinois Chicago 20th century.
  • Geographic coverage
    • Chicago (Ill.) Race relations 20th century.
    • Chicago (Ill.) Social conditions 20th century.
    • Chicago (Ill.) Politics and government 1951-
  • Genre
    • Audiocassettes. aat
    • Correspondence. aat
    • Legal documents. aat
    • Minutes. aat
    • Newspaper clippings. aat
    • Reports. aat
  • Geographic name United States Illinois Cook County Chicago.
  • Finding aid URL Finding aid available online http://chsmedia.org/media/fa/fa/M-A/AAPL-inv.htm