• IdentificationMSBuba71
  • TitleStephen Bubacz papers MSBuba71
  • PublisherSpecial Collections
  • LanguageEnglish
  • RepositorySpecial Collections
  • Physical Description9.75 Linear feet
  • Date1931-1968
  • AbstractStephen Bubacz (1909-1968) helped organize the first experimental neighborhood project within the city of Chicago, the Russell Square Community Committee. He was also a staff member of the Chicago Area Project and a supervisor of social agencies on the southeast side of Chicago. The collection consists of correspondence, proceedings, minutes, memoranda, maps, clippings, newsletters, pamphlets, photographs, reports, and case records.
  • OriginationBubacz, Stephen S.

Old Resource ID was SBubacz

Stephen Stanley Bubacz (1909-1968) was born on August 17, 1909, in the predominately Polish neighborhood of South Chicago, Illinois. He was educated at Englewood High School. After completing Automobile Service Trade School, Bubacz became the Manager of the radiator department of the Balletine Service Corporation from 1928-1934. He was then employed as a mechanic at the Auto Radiator Corporation. He retained this position until 1937.

Meanwhile, Stephen Bubacz was active in community social work. In 1932 sociologist James McDonald Dr. Adam Miduski, Casimir Gwizdalski, Father John Lange, Alex Brezezinski, Stephen Bubacz and other residents of South Chicago organized an experimental neighborhood project. The Russell Square Community Committee was set up to provide recreational youth programs and to promote the welfare and social betterment of the "Bush" community. The Community Committee received financial aid and guidance from the Institute for Juvenile Research. Its boundaries were 87th Street on the south, 79th Street on the north, Commercial Avenue on the west and Lake Michigan on the east.

The recreational program for youth was directed by Stephen Bubacz. Both individuals and gangs from the neighborhood were invited to participate in the sport activities held at the St. Michaels Boys' Club, Russell Square Park and other social centers. Bubacz and other staff members counseled these youths and they began to secure employment for them in 1933. Leaders of this program claimed to have reduced the high rate of juvenile crime and delinquency on Chicago's southeast side. Bubacz also directed a program for adult parolees from 1936-1951.

In 1937, Bubacz joined the staff of the Institute for Juvenile Research after taking university social work classes. There, he was assigned to the Russell Square Community Committee. He continued to develop and maintain the youth recreational program and he directed the St. Michaels Boys Club. He also conducted a fundraising drive to purchase land for a neighborhood summer camp. Camp Lange in Michigan City Indiana was opened in July of 1939. Bubacz served as its director in 1941. He also supervised the Works Progress Administration workers and the National Youth Administration machine shop located within the Russell Square community.

From 1940 to 1942, Stephen Bubacz was a member of the Chicago Area Project staff. As a community worker, he assisted and coordinated the youth programs of the Russell Square Community Committee and other social agencies in South Chicago. After two years, Bubacz transferred to the Illinois Department of Public Welfare - Institute for Juvenile Research Division. Bubacz advised both public and private social agencies in South Chicago on matters relating to delinquency.

From 1951 to 1968, Stephen Bubacz was employed by the Cook County Unit of the Illinois Youth Commission - Division of Youth and Community Services. As supervisor of District One, he coordinated the youth welfare programs of community committees located on the southeast side of Chicago. He secured sponsors for delinquent children and interceded for them in Family Court and at the police station. He organized the Mexican Community Committee in 1961. He reorganized the Russell Square Community Committee and the St. Michael's Boys' Club and taught classes at DePaul University.

The collection consists of correspondence, proceedings, minutes, memoranda, maps, clippings, newsletters, pamphlets, photographs, reports, and case records. The material pertains to Bubacz's career as a social worker, Chicago area social service agencies, and the South Chicago area.

Stephen Bubacz papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

  • NamesBubacz, Stephen S. -- Archives
  • Subject
    • Chicago Community Organizations.
    • Chicago Political and Civic Life.
    • Social service.
  • Geographic Coverage
    • Illinois--Chicago--South Chicago.
    • Illinois--Chicago.