• Identification00066363
  • TitleDescriptive inventory for the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, 1962-1971
  • PublisherChicago Historical Society
  • Language
    • English.
    • English
  • RepositoryChicago History Museum Research Center 1601 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60614-6038
  • OriginationLogan Square Neighborhood Association (Chicago, Ill.) Lake View Citizens' Council (Chicago, Ill.) Lincoln Park Conservation Association (Chicago, Ill.) Milwaukee-Diversey Chamber of Commerce (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Date1962-1971
  • Physical Description10 linear feet (25 boxes)
  • Location
    • MSS Lot L
    • 0MM.315

Processed with funding provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

This collection is open for research use.

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).

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

Materials were a gift of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association (accession #: M1973.0008).

Logan Square Neighborhood Association records (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Committee reports, correspondence, financial records, fundraising and publicity materials, meeting agendas and minutes, news clippings, newsletters, petitions, press releases, surveys, and other records related to daily operations, program planning, and projects of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA), a nonprofit community organization serving the Logan Square community in Chicago (Ill.). Topics include race relations, education, school desegregation, public health, transportation, crime, Chicago Public Library access, and construction of the Logan Square Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) train station. Also present are records of the Milwaukee-Diversey Chamber of Commerce (MDCC), which served merchants in the area of Milwaukee Avenue and Diversey Avenue, as well as newsletters, brochures, and correspondence from other Chicago neighborhood associations, including the Lake View Citizens' Council, Lincoln Park Conservation Association, and other cooperating North Side community organizations.

The Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA), a nonprofit community organization, was founded in 1962 to serve the Logan Square neighborhood in Chicago (Ill.). Its office was located for some years at 2641 North Milwaukee Avenue. The organization has been composed of community members, including individuals, businesses, other neighborhood organizations, churches, and social service agencies. LSNA has dealt with a variety of community issues such as public libraries, school reform, local land use, health care, and neighborhood safety. Logan Square is one of Chicago's official community areas on which statistics have been gathered for many decades. However, the scope of LSNA's activities and membership was not limited to the boundaries of the official community area.

Box 24 was treated for mold in February 2012. Box 23 was treated for mold and water damage in 2015.

  • Names
    • Logan Square Neighborhood Association (Chicago, Ill.)--Archives
    • Milwaukee-Diversey Chamber of Commerce (Chicago, Ill.)--Archives
  • Subject
    • Citizens' associations--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Commercial associations--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Community and school--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Community organization--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Crime--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Public health--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Public libraries--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • School integration--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Transportation--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
  • Geographic Coverage
    • Chicago (Ill.)--Race relations--20th century
    • Chicago (Ill.)--Social conditions--20th century
    • Logan Square (Chicago, Ill.)

The collection is arranged in thirteen series by record type.

Series 1. Administrative records, 1962-1971 (box 1-3)

Series 1 consists of correspondence, memos, notes, and other office files of LSNA executive directors and presidents. Includes files related to: Monsignor Donald J. Masterson (1967), Hal Mead (1967), James Feeley (1969), Donald Shrake (1970), Ron Thompson (1970), and Don Hansen (1971). The series also contains constitutions, by-laws, membership materials, press releases, publicity files, and newsletters.

Series 2. Correspondence, 1967-1971 (box 4-6)

Series 2 contains correspondence between employees and members of the LSNA, the general public, and representatives of various city units and organizations. Topics include schools, crime, transit, and daily life in the Logan Square neighborhood.

Series 3. Financial records, 1965-1970 (box 7)

Series 3 contains budgets, correspondence, treasurer's reports, and information on fundraising.

Series 4. Project files, 1967-1970 (box 8-9)

Series 4 contains correspondence, lists, notices, plans, pamphlets, and other publicity materials related to ongoing projects of the LSNA. Topics include blockbusting, a court attendance project, park development, Crimestop, and other neighborhood anti-crime efforts in cooperation with the Chicago Police Department.

Series 5. Subject files, 1967-1971 (box 9-12)

Series 5 consists of pamphlets, clippings, maps, lists, transcripts, flyers, correspondence, and reports related to subjects of importance to the LSNA. Topics include transit, public health, zoning, race relations, and housing. Also present are materials on the construction of the Logan Square Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) train station.

Series 6. Program files, 1964-1970 (box 13)

Series 6 contains information related to specific programs organized and hosted by the LSNA. Events include Street Fair (1968, 1970), Fun Fair (1970), Logan Square Art Fair (1964, 1968), Health Fair (1964-1966), Business Man's Dinner (1967), and Monsignor Masterson's farewell dinner (1970).

Series 7. Meeting records, 1962-1970 (box 14-15)

Series 7 consists of meeting agendas and minutes, correspondence, and clippings. Includes board of directors, annual, and delegate meetings, as well as ad-hoc meetings on neighborhood issues.

Series 8. Committee files, 1963-1971 (box 16-17)

Series 8 contains correspondence, notes, minutes, agendas, reports, pamphlets, and clippings related to the activities of LSNA committees, including the library, nominating, executive, budget, and school committees. Materials discuss projects and programs organized and hosted by specific committees.

Series 9. Other organizations files, 1965-1969 (box 18)

Series 9 contains newsletters, reports, brochures, correspondence, and meeting agendas and minutes of various Chicago neighborhood associations, including the Lake View Citizens' Council, the Lincoln Park Conservation Association, and the Rogers Park Community Council. The series also contains information on some North Side community organizations, which came together to work on issues of development for the region.

Series 10. Clippings, 1964-1970 (box 19)

Series 10 contains newspaper and magazine clippings related to the LSNA or topics of interest to the community, such as crime, local events, and CTA construction.

Series 11. Milwaukee-Diversey Chamber of Commerce records, 1963-1966 (box 20-22)

Series 11 consists of correspondence, meeting minutes, publicity materials, and other working files of the Milwaukee-Diversey Chamber of Commerce (MDCC), an organization formed of businesses in the Milwaukee Avenue and Diversey Avenue commercial corridor in Logan Square.

Series 12. Miscellaneous files, 1962-1971 (box 23-24)

Series 12 contains miscellaneous materials that were closed to researchers until they received conservation treatment in 2012 and 2015 (see Processing Note).

Series 13. Sound Materials (box 25)

Series 13 contains five cassette tapes labeled 'Logan Square Storytelling.'