• Identification00066678
  • TitleDescriptive inventory for the Citizens Action Program (Chicago, Ill.) records collected by Paul Booth, ca. 1966-1975
  • PublisherChicago Historical Society
  • Language
    • English.
    • English
  • RepositoryChicago History Museum Research Center 1601 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60614-6038
  • OriginationBooth, Paul Campaign Against Pollution (Chicago, Ill.) Citizens Action Program (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Date1966-1975
  • Physical Description3 linear ft. (7 boxes)
  • LocationMSS Lot C

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

This collection is open for research use.

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

Gift of Paul Booth (accession #: M1977.0010).

Citizens Action Program (Chicago, Ill.) records collected by Paul Booth (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Correspondence, minutes, newsletters, press releases, newspaper clippings, position papers, and other records of the Citizens Action Program, a Chicago advocacy group, created and/or received by Paul Booth who served as co-chairman of the organization. Some materials relate to membership and administration of the organization. Topics include opposition to corporate polluters and to the proposed Chicago Crosstown Expressway.

Paul Booth was a Chicago activist and an officer in the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in the early 1960s. He served as co-chairman of Citizens Action Program, a Chicago advocacy group.

The Citizens Action Program (CAP) was formed in 1970 as the Campaign Against Pollution. The organization changed its name in 1971 to reflect its involvement in a variety of local advocacy issues. In 1974, CAP merged with National Consumers United.

  • Names
    • Booth, Paul--Archives
    • Citizens Action Program (Chicago, Ill.)--Archives
    • Campaign Against Pollution (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Subject
    • Banks and banking--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Community organization--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Crosstown Expressway (Chicago, Ill. : Proposed)
    • Discrimination in mortgage loans--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Environmentalists--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Express highways--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Housing--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Lawyers--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Political activists--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Pollution--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Public utilities--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Real property and taxation--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Steel industry--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
  • Geographic Coverage
    • Chicago (Ill.)--Politics and government--20th century
    • Chicago (Ill.)--Social conditions--20th century
    • South Chicago (Chicago, Ill.)

The collection is arranged in three series:

Series 1. CAP general files, 1970-1975 (box 1-3)

Series 1 consists of correspondence, mailings, member records, calendars, event programs, and other general files of CAP. Topics include pollution, property taxes, and the elderly. Also present are materials related to the utility rates of AT&T and Commonwealth Edison, the Crosstown Expressway, and property taxes paid by U.S. Steel at its South Works mill in the South Chicago community area.

Series 2. CAP administrative records, 1970-1975 (box 4-6)

Series 2 contains agendas, meeting minutes, financial records, organizational history, press releases, position papers, and other administrative records of CAP. Topics include mortgage banking and redlining, crime prevention, utility rates, property taxes, fund raising, neighborhood development, and the Sanitary District of Greater Chicago. Also present are photographs and protest song lyrics.

Series 3. CAP newspaper clippings and other printed materials, ca. 1966-1975 (box 6-7)

Series 3 consists of newspaper clippings, leaflets, fliers, and other printed materials pertaining to environmental issues, as well as other research materials. Also included are some issues of the CAP newsletter "Action".