• Identification00143883
  • TitleDescriptive inventory for the Asian Human Services of Chicago records, 1978-1996
  • PublisherChicago Historical Society
  • RepositoryChicago History Museum Research Center 1601 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60614-6038
  • OriginationAsian Human Services of Chicago
  • Date1978-1996
  • Physical Description11 linear ft. (26 boxes)
  • LocationMSS Lot A
  • Language
    • English
    • Urdu
    • Gujarati
    • Khmer
    • Vietnamese
    • Korean

Boxes 18-26 are closed to researchers until 2066.

Copyright may be retained by the creators of items, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law, unless otherwise noted.

Gift of Asian Human Services, 2010 (accession number #: 2010.0020).

Asian Human Services of Chicago records (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and series/box/folder/call number of a specific item.

Reports, press releases, correspondence, newsletters, meeting minutes, topical files, other printed materials, court documents, and other records of Asian Human Services of Chicago, an organization established in 1978 to analyze needs and provide social services for Asians in Chicago near its office in the Uptown community area and eventually for people in the Chicago metropolitan area and beyond. Also included are monthly and cumulative service reports and registration forms. Topics include social events and fundraising, immigrants and housing needs, adult education and literacy, domestic violence, and race relations and hate crimes. Some files are closed to researchers until 2066.

Asian Human Services (AHS) is a Pan Asian, non-profit organization founded in 1978 to address needs of Asian Americans and Asian immigrants and refugees. Headquartered in Chicago's Uptown community area, AHS extended its reach throughout the Chicago area, and in about the year 2000 changed its name to Asian Human Services, Inc. AHS has provided housing and legal assistance services, literacy training, job training, and healthcare services. In the 1990s, AHS co-founded Apna Ghar, "Our Home," a shelter for domestic violence victims, and began the Asian Legal Services Clinic.

Related collections at the Chicago History Museum, Research Center include the Asian Human Services of Chicago visual materials (2010.0020.02).

  • Names
    • Asian Human Services of Chicago--Archives
    • Apna Ghar (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Chicago (Ill.). Police Department--Race relations--20th century.
    • Maglaya, Leona
  • Subject
    • Adult education--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Asian Americans--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Asian Americans--Illinois--Chicago Metropolitan Area--20th century
    • Community centers--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Hate crimes--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Housing--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Family violence--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Filipino Americans--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Fund raising--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Immigrants--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Social service--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • South Asian Americans--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
  • Geographic Coverage
    • Chicago Metropolitan Area (Ill.)--Social conditions--20th century
    • Chicago (Ill.)--Race relations--20th century
    • Chicago (Ill.)--Social conditions--20th century
    • United States--Illinois--Cook County--Chicago

The collection is arranged into four series. Series 1 is arranged in ten subseries and Series 3 is arranged in three subseries.

Series 1. Research and Advocacy Division (RAD), 1970-1996 (box 1-14)

Housed in 10 subseries, series 1 contains the materials generated by the Asian Human Services' Research and Advocacy Division (RAD). RAD worked to eliminate institutional racism against Asians in Chicago and to promote integration and equality. This series also contains the work and correspondence files of Leona Maglaya, also known as Lee, who became RAD coordinator in 1986.

Subseries 1. Administration, 1970-1996 (box 1-4)

This subseries consists of RAD's day-to-day organizational, operational, and communications materials as well as information on fundraising programs and research on Chicago's Asian Americans.

Subseries 2. Correspondence, 1983-1996 (box 4-5)

This subseries includes primarily incoming correspondence and is filed alphabetically by sender.

Subseries 3. Healthcare advocacy, 1980-1996 (box 5-6)

This subseries contains materials related to AHS' efforts to deal with diseases, drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, and efforts on behalf of foreign medical personnel.

Subseries 4. Immigration and race relations, 1980-1996 (box 6)

This subseries contains information on AHS diversity training and rules and regulations for immigrants and refugees.

Subseries 5. Legal advocacy, 1976-1996 (box 7-8)

This subseries covers the founding of the AHS Legal Services Clinic and its work in the areas of affirmative action, hate crimes, domestic violence, crime prevention, human rights, and other issues.

Subseries 6. Media, 1983-1996 (box 8-9)

This subseries contains news clippings, press releases, and correspondence with media members by Lee Maglaya and others.

Subseries 7. Miscellaneous, 1985-1995 (box 9)

This subseries includes research papers and personal profiles of Asian Americans and materials regarding performances featuring Asian roles or themes.

Subseries 8. Politics, 1986-1995 (box 9-11)

This subseries presents data regarding Asian Americans employed in government, City of Chicago budgets, and ward level political information. Also present are materials on Asian Americans' relations with the Chicago Police Department.

Subseries 9. Publications, 1985-1995 (box 11-12)

This subseries includes publications sent to and collected by AHS, such as those produced by the U.S. Census Bureau and other government agencies, other Asian American groups, and publications dealing with work and education.

Subseries 10. Group relations, 1982-1996 (box 12-14)

This subseries consists of materials about intra-Asian group relations, filed alphabetically by topic.

Series 2. Inter-generational programs, 1993-1996 (box 14-15)

This series contains materials related to the intergenerational programs that AHS conducted. This included Mael Milaap, "Get Together," a project focused on Chicago-area South Asians.

Series 3. Jobs program, 1980-1996 (box 16-17)

Housed in three subseries, this series contains materials related to employment services.

Subseries 1. Employers, 1995-1996 (box 16)

This subseries includes information on the companies that provided jobs for the program.

Subseries 2. Employment applications, 1980-1996 (box 16)

This subseries includes applications of job seekers and some job postings.

Subseries 3. Job training, 1985-1996 (box 16-17)

This subseries contains materials related to government, community, and service agency job training providers.

Series 4. Case files and records, 1978-1996 (box 18-26) Closed to researchers until 2066.