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  • Collection ID WLA2009.01
  • Creator Names Smith, Mary Ann.
  • Title Mary Ann Smith Papers 1978-2011.
  • Physical description 59.5 linear feet.
  • Collection arrangement Series 1: Administrative, 1978-2008, n.d. Subseries 1A: 48th Ward Office, 1978-2007, Subseries 1B: Correspondence, 1991-2007, n.d. Subseries 1C: Newspaper Clippings, 1989-2006, n.d. Subseries 1D: Office Finances, 1994-2007, Subseries 1E: Phone Messages, 1994-2008, Series 2: 48th Ward Activities, 1976-2009, n.d. Subseries 2A: Neighborhood Organizations, 1987-2009, Series 3: 48th Ward Development, 1983-2007, n.d. Subseries 3A: General, 1988-2007, n.d. Subseries 3B: Broadway, 1983-2006, n.d. Subseries 3C: Bryn Mawr, 1984-2006, n.d. Subseries 3D: Uptown, 1990-2007, n.d. Subseries 3E: Zoning and Planning Committee, 1993-2006, Series 4: City of Chicago, 1987-2006, n.d. Subseries 4A: Development, 1988-2007, n.d. Series 5: Animal Issues, 1994-2008, n.d. Series 6: Education, 1992-2000, n.d. Series 7: Environment, 1988-2007, n.d. Series 8: Legislation, 1990-2007, Subseries 8A: Ordinances and Resolutions, 1991-2007, Subseries 8B: Liquor License, 1990-2004, Series 9: Police, 1990-2006, Series 10: A/V Materials, 1990-2008, Series 11: 3D Objects and Oversize, 1989-2007. Addendum 1: 1978-2011, n.d. Series 1: Administrative, 1989-2011, n.d. Series 2: Ward Activities, 1989-2011, n.d. Subseries 2A: Local Businesses, 1999-2011, n.d. Series 3: Ward Development, 1978-2010, n.d. Subseries 3A: Broadway, 1982-2011, n.d. Subseries 3B: Bryn Mawr, 1985-2002, n.d. Subseries 3C: Uptown, 1991-2007, n.d. Subseries 3D: Zoning and Planning, 1988-2008, n.d. Subseries 3E: Housing, 1978-2011, n.d. Series 4: Traffic, 1991-2009, n.d. Series 5: Animals, 1995-2011, n.d. Series 6: Environment, 1993-2011, n.d. Series 7: Police, 1986-2011, n.d. Series 8: Audiovisual/ Oversized/ 3D Objects/ Monographs, 1987-2011, n.d. Series 9: Digital Content, 1997-2011 ; organized alphabetically within each series and subseries unless otherwise noted.
  • Biographical or Historical Note Mary Ann Smith, a Mundelein College graduate, has lived in the Edgewater and Uptown communities for thirty years with her husband, Ronald C. Smith, a professor at John Marshall Law School, and her two sons. Long before her appointment as Alderman to the 48th Ward, Smith dedicated her time and efforts to the improvements of the ward. She was first involved with ward politics as part of the Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO), working with Edgewater activists Marion Volini and Kathy Osterman, who both served as 48th Alderwomen. In 1989, Mayor Richard M. Daley appointed Smith to replace Kathy Osterman who took a position with the Daley administration, and she was elected in her own right two years later. Smith enjoyed several successful reelections, the last in 2007 to her fifth full term as alderwoman. In serving the 48th Ward, Smith was dedicated to matters concerning the economic and residential development, environmental issues, community outreach through education, traffic and transportation improvements, and expanding services to youth and the elderly. The 48th Ward, one of the most diverse in the city, is home to the Edgewater and Uptown communities, with Clark Street as its border to the west, Lake Michigan to the east, and reaching as far north as Sheridan Road and as far south as Leland. Smith retired in February 2011 as alderman.
  • Collection summary Mary Ann Smiths papers pertain primarily to her tenure as Alderman of the 48th Ward, and are divided into eleven series with multiple subseries, and an addendum including nine series with multiple subseries. The collection is a reflection primarily of Smiths public works and not her personal life. Thus the business of the 48th Ward dominates the content.
  • Access and usage restrictions Some restrictions may apply.
  • Finding Aids Note Finding aid available in repository; folder level.
  • Location of Other Archival Materials Note See Also: the Marion Volini Papers also held at the Women and Leadership Archives.
  • Names
    • Mary Ann Smith Archives.
    • Chicago (Ill.). City Council.
    • Smith, Mary Ann.
    • Loyola University Chicago. Women and Leadership Archives.
  • Geographic coverage
    • Chicago (Ill.)
    • Edgewater (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Uptown (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Finding aid URL Finding aid to the Mary Ann Smith Papers http://www.luc.edu/media/lucedu/wla/pdfs/Smith,%20Mary%20Ann.pdf