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  • Creator Names Welfare Council of Metropolitan Chicago.
  • Title Welfare Council of Metropolitan Chicago records [manuscript], 1914-1978.
  • Physical description 341 linear ft. (802 boxes, 11 v., 29 card file boxes)
  • Collection arrangement Organized in five series: 1. Administrative, operating and topical files (part I), 1914-1971; 2. Member agency files (part I), 1922-1970; 3. Research Dept. statistical records, 1928-1966; 4. Administrative, operating and topical files (part II), 1921-1978; 5, Member agency files (part II), 1916-1976. A finding aid is in Box 1.
  • Access and usage restrictions A portion of the collection is in remote storage. Advanced notice is required to retrieve it. Please contact research@chicagohistory.org.
  • Collection summary Correspondence, minutes, financial records, committee and division files, member agency files, annual and other reports, historical summaries, statistical information and printed materials of the Welfare Council relating to the evaluation and coordination of private charities and public health and welfare services in Chicago and suburbs. Contains information on agencies, funding, social workers, and social conditions, such as housing, disease, delinquency, employment, recreation, and rehabilitation, dealt with by the Council's member organizations, which included hospitals, child care agencies, neighborhood and ethnic groups, nursing homes, and counseling services.
  • Biographical or Historical Note Founded in 1914 as the Chicago Central Council of Social Agencies; incorporated in 1919 as the Chicago Council of Social Agencies; in the 1940s, became the Welfare Council of Metropolitan Chicago; in 1971 renamed the Council of Community Services; in 1977 merged with the Community Fund of Chicago to become the United Way of Chicago.
  • Acquisition information Gift of the Welfare Council of Metropolitan Chicago and United Way of Chicago between 1967 and 1983.
  • Finding Aids Note Descriptive inventory available online.
  • Location of Other Archival Materials Note
    • Related materials at Chicago History Museum include the Welfare Council of Metropolitan Chicago photograph collection (1983.0547) and records from several organizations that received funds through the Welfare Council.
    • Records of the Community Chest and United Way of Chicago are at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Library Special Collections Dept.
  • Names
    • Welfare Council of Metropolitan Chicago Archives.
    • Council of Community Services (Chicago, Ill.) Archives.
    • Chicago Nursery and Half-Orphan Asylum.
    • Abraham Lincoln Centre.
    • Afro-American Family and Community Services (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Benton House (Social settlement : Chicago, Ill.)
    • Chicago Area Project.
    • Chicago (Ill.). Board of Education.
    • Chicago Boys Clubs.
    • Chicago Commons Association.
    • Chicago Commons (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Chicago Hearing Society (Ill.)
    • Chicago Lung Association.
    • Church Federation of Greater Chicago.
    • Fellowship House (Social Settlement : Chicago, Ill.)
    • Friendship House (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Gads Hill Center (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Infant Welfare Society of Chicago.
    • Jewish Community Centers of Chicago.
    • Mary McDowell Settlement (Social settlement : Chicago, Ill.)
    • Open Lands Project (Chicago, Ill.)
    • St. Leonard's House (Chicago, Ill.)
    • United Charities of Chicago.
    • Visiting Nurse Association of Chicago.
    • YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago.
  • Subjects
    • Adult education Illinois Chicago Metropolitan Area 20th century.
    • Older people Illinois Chicago Metropolitan Area 20th century.
    • Birth control Illinois Chicago Metropolitan Area 20th century.
    • Catholics Illinois Chicago Metropolitan Area 20th century.
    • Charities Illinois Chicago Metropolitan Area 20th century.
    • Church charities Illinois Chicago Metropolitan Area 20th century.
    • Child welfare Illinois Chicago Metropolitan Area 20th century.
    • Community organization Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Day care centers Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Depressions 1929 Illinois Chicago.
    • Discrimination in housing Illinois Chicago Metropolitan Area 20th century.
    • People with disabilities Illinois Chicago Metropolitan Area 20th century.
    • Hospitals Illinois Chicago Metropolitan Area 20th century.
    • Indians of North America Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Juvenile delinquency Illinois Chicago Metropolitan Area 20th century.
    • Land use Illinois Chicago Metropolitan Area
    • Medical care Illinois Chicago Metropolitan Area
    • Public health Illinois Chicago Metropolitan Area
    • Public welfare Illinois Chicago Metropolitan Area
    • Recreation Illinois Chicago Metropolitan Area
    • Social service Illinois Chicago Metropolitan Area
    • Taxation Illinois Chicago Metropolitan Area
    • Women volunteers in social service Illinois Chicago Metropolitan Area
    • Working class Illinois Chicago Metropolitan Area 20th century.
    • Youth Illinois Chicago Metropolitan Area
  • Geographic coverage
    • Chicago (Ill.) Social conditions 20th century.
    • Illinois Politics and government 20th century.
  • Genre
    • Correspondence. aat
    • Minutes. aat
    • Reports. aat
    • Statistics. aat
  • Geographic name United States Illinois Cook County Chicago.
  • Finding aid URL Finding aid available online http://chsmedia.org/media/fa/fa/M-W/WelfareCouncil.htm