Chicago Theological Seminary collection of Community Renewal Society records, 1881-1978.

Collection Information
Title:

Chicago Theological Seminary collection of Community Renewal Society records, 1881-1978.

Creator(s):

Chicago Theological Seminary

Community Renewal Society
Chicago Congregational Union
Chicago Congregational Missionary and Extension
Chicago City Missionary Society

Dates:

1881-1978

Extent:

24 boxes (16 cubic feet)

Collection ID #:

RG5061

Conditions Governing Access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted and open to the public. Patrons must wear cotton gloves when using photographs and negatives. Note Boxes 22 and 23 are heavy, containing engraving print blocks and slides, some of which are glass.

Technical Access:

Slides require a light table. CD requires an optical disk drive to view files.

Copyright: Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], in the Chicago Theological Seminary Collection of Community Renewal Society records, RG5061. The Congregational Library & Archives, Boston, MA.

Language:

English

Processing information:

Accessioned and partially processed by Jessica Steytler in June 2011 and May 2012.

Revision History:

Processed by Cristina Prochilo, September 2013, using DACS Second Edition; accrual added in October 2013; updated 2014.

Abstract:

The Chicago City Missionary Society (CCMS) was created to promote religion and morality through Congregational Churches in Chicago by attending the needs of the city's underserved populations. The mission evolved over the years from providing services to predominately European immigrants at the end of the 19th century to being deeply involved in issues surrounding racial, economic, and social justice in Chicago during the 1960s. In 1919 the Chicago City Mission Society was renamed the Chicago Congregational Missionary and Extension Society (CCMES), in 1930 it was renamed the Chicago Congregational Union (CCU), and in 1967 it became the Community Renewal Society (CRS). The Community Renewal Society records document the history of the organization including management, finances, mission work, outreach programs, minutes, reports, and surveys from 1881 to 1978. Included in the records are correspondence, ledgers, reports, minutes, directories, newsletters, bulletins, photographs, engraved print blocks, slides, and a compact disc.

Acquisition Information:

Items gifted to the Congregational Library & Archives in 2011 from the Chicago Theological Seminary. Items sent to the Chicago Theological Seminary from the Community Renewal Society sometime in the late 1970s.

Accruals:

Additional records, annual reports, added to this collection in October 2013.

Description

Historical Note

Incorporated on December 31, 1882, the Chicago City Missionary Society (CCMS) was created to promote religion and morality through Congregational Churches in Chicago and its vicinity. The Society was established to tackle questions surrounding the influx of European immigrants to Chicago in the late 19th century. The original Executive Committee comprised three ministers, three laymen, and a professor from the Chicago Theological Seminary. Caleb Foote Gates was elected first President and Dr. Julius C. Armstrong first Superintendent of CCMS. Caleb Gates wrote of the Society's creation, "It will be seen... that the Society was brought into existence to meet a felt want, and for the discharge of a sacred duty that burdened the hearts of the churches." [1]

At the CCMS's founding, there were thirteen Congregational Churches in Chicago. (Congregational Churches came belatedly to Chicago due to the Plan of Union between the Presbyterian and Congregational Churches.) The CCMS held strong early ties with the Chicago Congregational Club and the Illinois Home Missionary Society. The Society was interdenominational in the sense that it partnered with other Protestant denominations at times when there was a need and opportunity to provide service together. As Chicago's population grew and diversified, The Chicago City Missionary Society too grew to meet the need of the city's underserved and neglected.

The Society's core mission, serving the city's underserved populations, never changed though the way in which the Society accomplished it changed with the times and the needs of different groups served. The Society's various name changes throughout its history highlight this evolution as well as its own sense of self-identity. In 1919 the Chicago City Mission Society was renamed the Chicago Congregational Missionary and Extension Society (CCMES), in 1930 it was renamed the Chicago Congregational Union (CCU), and in 1967 it became the Community Renewal Society (CRS).

CCMS's early success led to an era of expansion during which it founded additional churches, Sunday schools, neighborhood centers and missions, kindergartens and industrial schools. Some early missions included: Bohemian Mission, Clinton Street Mission, Harrison Street Mission, Twelfth Street Mission, Ewing Street Mission and Church, Bethesda Mission and Church, and the Doremus Mission (organized by members of the Plymouth Congregational Church).

The Chicago Congregational Missionary and Extension Society's focus was more denominational though it was still ecumenically involved in the 1920s. During this time additional missions were established as well as the Onward Neighborhood House. CCMES opened the Tower Hill Summer Camp for Chicago city youth in Sawyer, Michigan and also began providing services to Chicago's growing Mexican population. In 1925 Victor F. Lawson, proprietor and publisher of the Chicago Daily News, died bequeathing the Society $4 million dollars. The Society created The Lawson Trust which allowed the Society to extend its services to all Congregational Churches in Chicago and the vicinity. In the early 1930s, the Chicago Congregational Association proposed a merger with the CCMES, but it was initially rejected. Instead, the CCMES constitution was revised to define the Society as a service based agency available also for churches within the Association, ushering in the name change to the Chicago Congregational Union (CCU) in 1930.

The CCU carried on its mission during the Great Depression and World War II when it assisted approximately 2,000 Japanese Americans relocated from the West Coast to Chicago after the attack on Pearl Harbor and hired a part-time Japanese minister to attend them. This ministry grew into the Issei-Nisei Congregational Church in 1948 which later changed its name to Christ Congregational Church located on the North Side of Chicago. [2]

During the 1950s, Chicago's suburban population grew by 72% creating a massive turnover in the city and marking the age of white flight in Chicago. While the Society provided limited assistance to Chicago's historically black Congregational Churches and neighborhoods in the past, it became the Society's focal point during this era. The Society identified five areas it felt needed city-wide attention: juvenile delinquency, racial tension and conflict, housing and living conditions, schools, and crime and politics. [3] In 1953 the Society developed a new facility for Outdoor Programs at Pleasant Valley Farm, in Woodstock, Illinois. In 1956 the Society began the Casa Central program to serve the growing Spanish speaking population of Chicago. Both of these programs would become major initiatives marking an increasing focus on social programs developed during this era.

During the 1960s, as the Society continued its commitment to the poor and neglected of Chicago it became deeply involved in issues of racial equality, poverty, and civil rights in Chicago. Reverend Donald L. Benedict directed the Society during turbulent years between 1960-1982 and oversaw the Society's name change to the Community Renewal Society (CRS) in 1967. This final name change represented a new philosophy of providing capital, technical, and consulting assistance to local neighborhoods and programs where the assistance would be applied to problems and issues locally. The Model Cities Project was a major initiative during this time and the CRS became deeply involved in issues of fair housing for all. The Community Renewal Society continues its mission today. For more information about its work, see: http://www.communityrenewalsociety.org/.

 

Scope of Collection

The Community Renewal Society records document the history of the organization, originally known as the Chicago City Missionary Society, including management, finances, mission work, outreach programs, minutes, reports, and surveys from 1881 to 1978. Included in the records are correspondence, ledgers, reports, minutes, directories, newsletters bulletins, photographs, negatives, engraved print blocks, slides, and a compact disc. These records highlight the organization's missionary work in Chicago, Illinois in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries as it served the city's underserved populations. This mission evolved from providing services to predominately European immigrants in the 19th century to being deeply involved in issues surrounding racial, economic, and social justice in Chicago during the 1960s. Gaps of information exist in this collection as well as missing records.

 

Further Searches

Subject Headings

Chicago Theological Seminary (Chicago, Ill.).

Community Renewal Society (Chicago, Ill.).

Chicago Congregational Union (Chicago, Ill.).

Chicago Congregational Missionary and Extension (Chicago, Ill.).

Chicago City Missionary Society (Chicago, Ill.).

Armstrong, Julius C., 1840-1932.

Bascom, Flavel, 1804-1890.

Benedict, Donald L., 1917-2008.

Coleman, George W. (George William), 1867-.

Curtiss, Samuel Ives, 1844-1904.

Gates, Caleb Frank, 1857-1946.

Lawson, Victor Freemont, 1850-1925

Congregational churches - Illinois - Chicago.

First Congregational Church of Chicago.

Chicago (Ill.) - Church history.

Chicago (Ill.) - History.

Chicago (Ill.) - Politics and government.

Chicago (Ill.) - Race relations.

Chicago (Ill.) - Social conditions.

Church and social problems - Illinois - Chicago.

Church of the Good Shepherd Congregational United Church of Christ (Chicago, Ill.).

City churches - Illinois - Chicago.

Doremus Congregational Church (Chicago, Ill.).

Discrimination in housing - Illinois - Chicago.

Ewing Street Congregational Church (Chicago, Ill.).

First Congregational Church of Ravenswood (Chicago, Ill.).

Poor - Illinois - Chicago.

Tabernacle Congregational Church (Chicago, Ill.).

Warren Avenue Congregational Church (Chicago, Ill.).

West Side Christian Parish (Chicago, Ill.).

Settlement houses.

Chicago Congregational Club.

Illinois Home Missionary Society.

Illinois Conference.

Social justice--United States--History--20th century.

African Americans - Civil rights - History - 20th century.

African Americans - Housing.

African Americans - Illinois - Chicago.

African Americans--Illinois--Chicago--Economic conditions.

African Americans--Illinois--Chicago--Religion.

African Americans--Illinois--Chicago--Social conditions.

Black power - Religious aspects - Christianity.

Chicago Illinois - church history.

Civil rights movements--Illinois--Chicago.

Democratic National Convention (1968 : Chicago, Ill.)

Chicago (Ill.) - Race relations.

Riots - Illinois - Chicago.

Police brutality--United States.

City missions.

City missions - United States - History - 20th century.

Congregational churches - Missions - History.

Missions - United States - Societies, etc.

 

Related Materials at the Congregational Library

Chicago Congregational Association records, 1852-1964.

Chicago Congregational Club records, 1908-1930.

Illinois Home Missionary Society records, 1882-1927.

Community Renewal Society : 1882-1982, 100 years of service

Oniki, S. Garry, 1920-1994. Portrait.

Renewal. (magazine of the society)

 

Arrangement

The Community Renewal Society records are arranged in five series. These series highlight organizational records, committees, subject files, vertical files, and other media. The records are arranged chronologically and alphabetically, where possible. Where not possible, due to custodial history, records retain their original numbering and order received at transfer to the Congregational Library. The slides and engraving print blocks were received in no order and have been arranged to best fit archival boxes.

 

Series I: Organizational Records

Series II: Committees

Series III: Subject Files

Series IV: Vertical Files

Series V: Other Media

 

 

Contents

Series I: Organizational Records

Date: 1882-1964
Extent: 8 boxes
Scope of Series: This series contains Secretary's Records, Board of Directors Minutes, and a scrapbook illustrating Chicago City Mission Society's founding and early history. Additional records from the late 19th century may be found in Series IV: Vertical Files. Box 24 contains Annual Reports, added as an accrual.
    Date Box/Folder
Secretary Records 1882-1892 B1
Secretary Records 1892-1900 B1
Annual Reports 1884-1900 B24
Secretary Records 1900-1906 B2
Secretary Records 1906-1913 B2
Secretary Records 1913-1916 B3
Secretary Records 1916-1919 B3
Scrapbook Sample of Publicity 1888-1937 B4
  Date Box/Folder
Annual Reports 1920-1921,
1925-1929
B24
Board of Directors Minutes 1919-1925 B5/F1
Board of Directors Minutes 1926-1928 B5/F2
Annual Reports 1930-1940,
1942-1949
B24
Board of Directors Minutes 1928-1929 B6/F1
Board of Directors Minutes 1929-1930 B6/F2
Board of Directors Minutes 1930-1931 B6/F3
Board of Directors Minutes 1932-1934 B6/F4
Board of Directors Minutes 1934-1936 B6/F5
Board of Directors Minutes 1936-1938 B6/F6
Board of Directors Minutes 1941-1943 B6/F7
Board of Directors Minutes 1943-1945 B6/F8
Board of Directors Minutes 1945-1947 B6/F9
Board of Directors Minutes 1948-1950 B6/F10
Board of Directors Minutes 1950-1952 B6/F11
Board of Directors Minutes 1952-1955 B6/F12
Board of Directors Minutes 1955-1959 B6/F13
Board of Directors Minutes 1959-1964 B6/F14
  Date Box/Folder
Board of Directors Minutes 1952 B7/F1
Board of Directors Minutes 1952 B7/F2
Board of Directors Minutes 1953 B7/F3
Board of Directors Minutes 1953 B7/F4
Board of Directors Minutes 1953 B7/F5
Board of Directors Minutes 1953 B7/F6
Board of Directors Minutes 1954 B7/F7
Board of Directors Minutes 1954 B7/F8
Board of Directors Minutes 1954 B7/F9
Board of Directors Minutes 1955 B7/F10
Board of Directors Minutes 1955 B7/F11
Board of Directors Minutes 1956 B7/F12
Board of Directors Minutes 1956 B7/F13
Board of Directors Minutes 1956 B7/F14
Board of Directors Minutes 1957 B7/F15
Board of Directors Minutes 1957 B7/F16
Board of Directors Minutes 1957-1958 B7/F17
Board of Directors Minutes 1957-1958 B7/F18
Board of Directors Minutes 1959 B7/F19
Board of Directors Minutes 1959 B7/F20
Annual Reports 1969, 1974-1978 B24
 

Series II: Committees

Date: 1921-1976, undated surveys
Extent: 5 boxes
Scope of Series: This series contains committee memos, reports, programmatic information, and records. Note there are gaps of materials in this section due to custodial history.
  Date Box/Folder
Administrative Committee 1921-1934 B8/F1
Administrative Committee 1921-1934 B8/F2
Administrative Committee 1935-1938 B8/F3
Administrative Committee 1939-1941 B8/F4
Administrative Committee 1942-1944 B8/F5
Board Program Memos 1969-1970 B8/F6
Board Program Memos 1971-1972 B8/F7
Board Program Memos 1973-1974 B8/F8
Board Program Memos 1975-1976 B8/F9
CCMS Day Camp 1961-1966 B8/F10
Churches in Transition Field Committee 1941-1942 B8/F11
Churches in Transition Field Committee 1948-1949 B8/F12
Christian Social Institutions Field Committee 1939-1942 B8/F13
Christian Social Institutions Field Committee 1939-1942 B8/F14
Christian Social Institutions Field Committee 1943-1947 B8/F15
Christian Social Institutions Field Committee 1943-1947 B8/F16
Christian Social Institutions Field Committee 1948-1953 B8/F17
Christian Social Institutions Field Committee 1948-1953 B8/F18
  Date Box/Folder
Christian Social Institutions Field Committee 1954-1955 B9/F1
Christian Social Institutions Field Committee 1955-1958 B9/F2
Christian Service Committee 1958-1960 B9/F3
Christian Service Committee 1958-1960 B9/F4
Development Program 1955-1956 B9/F5
Development Program 1956-1958 B9/F6
Development Program 1958-1959 B9/F7
Development Program 1960 B9/F8
Development Program 1962-1969 B9/F9
Ecumenical Feasibility Steering Committee 1969-1970 B9/F10
Ecumenical Feasibility Steering Committee – Findings 1970 B9/F11
Foreign Speaking Churches Field Committee 1928-1947 B9/F12
Foreign Speaking Churches Field Committee 1928-1947 B9/F13
General Director to Board Reports 1943-1945 B9/F14
General Director to Board Reports 1945-1947 B9/F15
General Director to Board Reports 1948-1949 B9/F16
General Director to Board Reports 1950-1953 B9/F17
General Director to Board Reports 1953-1959 B9/F18
Inner City Committee, West Side Parish 1951-1955 B9/F19
Inner City Committee, West Side Parish 1951-1955 B9/F20
Inner City Field Committee 1952-1955 B9/F21
Inner City Field Committee 1952-1955 B9/F22
  Date Box/Folder
Lawndale / Ford Foundation Proposal 1969 B10/F1
Lawndale / Ford Foundation Proposal 1969 B10/F2
Missions Committee 1955-1960 B10/F3
Missions Committee 1955-1960 B10/F4
Model Cities Project – Year End Report 1969 B10/F5
Model Cities Project – Year End Report Appendices 1969 B10/F6
Model Cities Project – Year End Report Appendices 1969 B10/F7
Model Cities Project 1970-1971 B10/F8
Model Cities Report 1971-1972 B10/F9
Negro Churches Field Committee 1927-1947 B10/F10
Onward Neighborhood House 1925-1930 B10/F11
Onward Neighborhood House 1930-1937 B10/F12
Outdoor Education Committee 1952-1954 B10/F13
Outdoor Education Committee 1954-1957 B10/F14
Outdoor Education Committee 1954-1957 B10/F15
Outdoor Education Committee 1958-1960 B10/F16
Outdoor Education Committee 1958-1960 B10/F17
Outdoor Education Committee 1963-1964 B10/F18
Program Committee 1955-1961 B10/F19
Program Committee 1955-1961 B10/F20
Program Committee 1961-1963 B10/F21
Program Committee 1961-1963 B10/F22
  Date Box/Folder
Program Committee 1964 B11/F1
Program Committee 1965-1966 B11/F2
Publicity / PR Committee 1935-1955 B11/F3
Publicity / PR Committee 1935-1955 B11/F4
Racial and Nationality Groups Field Committee 1948-1952 B11/F5
Research and Planning 1960-1967 B11/F6
  Date Box/Folder
Support Committee 1927-1931,
1938-1947
B12/F1
Support Committee 1927-1931,
1938-1947
B12/F2
Support Committee 1948-1956 B12/F3
War Service Committee 1942-1946 B12/F4
 

Series III: Subject Files

Date: 1919-1962
Extent: 2 boxes
Scope of Series: This series contains organizational subject files. No information is known regarding the original decision making process to associate items in this series versus the vertical file series.
Arrangement: Records retained in original order with original naming conventions intact upon receipt. Binder covers were removed due to red rot.
  Date Box/Folder
A binder 1920-1945 B13/F1
A binder 1933-1948 B13/F2
B binder 1926-1947 B13/F3
B binder 1937-1960 B13/F4
Bi-Bu binder 1923-1940 B13/F5
Bi-Bu binder 1927-1945 B13/F6
Ca-Ch binder 1929-1948 B13/F7
Ca-Ch binder 1928-1954 B13/F8
Ci-Cu binder 1920-1937 B13/F9
Ci-Cu binder 1928-1949 B13/F10
D binder 1927-1950 B13/F11
E binder 1927-1956 B13/F12
Fa-Fi binder 1922-1950 B13/F13
Fir-Fu binder 1919-1944 B13/F14
G binder 1921-1940 B13/F15
G binder 1928-1952 B13/F16
H-J binder 1919-1950 B13/F17
H-J binder 1928-1943 B13/F18
K-L binder 1923-1941 B13/F19
K-L binder 1930-1949 B13/F20
  Date Box/Folder
M binder 1931-1952 B14/F1
M binder 1931-1948 B14/F2
N binder 1926-1962 B14/F3
N binder 1929-1955 B14/F4
O binder 1920-1949 B14/F5
O binder 1927-1956 B14/F6
P-R binder 1923-1957 B14/F7
P-R binder 1928-1962 B14/F8
Sa-Se binder 1921-1955 B14/F9
Sou-Su binder 1940-1960 B14/F10
Sou-Su binder 1932-1957 B14/F11
T-U binder 1920-1962 B14/F12
V-W binder 1920-1948 B14/F13
W binder 1929-1952 B14/F14
W-Z binder 1929-1950 B14/F15
 

Series IV: Vertical Files

Date: 1881-1978
Extent: 7 boxes
Scope of Series: This series contains organizational vertical files. Some files appear to be personal files. Topics cover a broad array of the Society's early history, programs such as Friendly Town, mission unit evaluations, and outreach. Records relating to the Seminarians Organization for Racial Justice, the 1968 Democratic Convention, riots, and resulting marches are also found in this series. No information is known regarding the original decision making process to associate items in this series versus the subject file series. There are missing folders from time of deposit.
Arrangement: Researchers will at times find records numbered within folders. As a result, original order and numbering was retained from time of deposit. Therefore, in this series researches will find the folder numbers on the left or middle of folders instead of the right as in the rest of the collection. Because original order was left intact, researchers will also discover late 19th century foundational CCMS records at the end of this series in boxes 20 and 21.
Physical Access: Patrons must wear cotton gloves when using photographs.
  Date Box/Folder
South Chicago Community Center Program Reports 1949-1955 B15/II.22
Trumbull Park Community Center 1959-1961 B15/II.23
Organizational Chart 1966 B15/II.24
Friendly Town 1962 B15/II.25
Friendly Town 1963 B15/II.26
Friendly Town 1964 B15/II.27
Friendly Town 1965 B15/II.28
Friendly Town 1966 B15/II.29
Friendly Town 1967 B15/II.30
Friendly Town 1968 B15/II.31
Friendly Town – Children 1965 B15/II.32
Friendly Town – Contributions 1966 B15/II.33
Friendly Town – Contributions 1967 B15/II.34
Friendly Town – Cooperating Agencies 1964-1965 B15/II.35
Friendly Town – Cooperating Agencies 1966 B15/II.36
Friendly Town – Correspondence 1962 B15/II.37
Friendly Town – Correspondence 1963 B15/II.38
Friendly Town – Correspondence 1964 B15/II.39
Friendly Town – Correspondence Director John D. Purdy 1964 B15/II.40
Friendly Town – Correspondence 1965 B15/II.41
Friendly Town – Correspondence Illinois, Chicago 1965 B15/II.42
Friendly Town – Correspondence Illinois, Non-metropolitan 1965 B15/II.43
Friendly Town – Correspondence Iowa 1965 B15/II.44
Friendly Town – Correspondence Out of State 1965 B15/II.45
Friendly Town – Correspondence 1966 B15/II.46
Friendly Town – Correspondence Illinois, Metropolitan 1966 B15/II.47
Friendly Town – Correspondence New Communities and Comparable Programs 1966 B15/II.48
Friendly Town – Correspondence Illinois, Non-metropolitan 1966 B15/II.49
Friendly Town – Correspondence Out of State 1966 B15/II.50
Friendly Town – Correspondence 1967 B15/II.51
Friendly Town – Correspondence 1968 B15/II.52
  Date Box/Folder
Friendly Town – Correspondence New Communities and Alternative Programs 1968 B16/III.1
Friendly Town – Correspondence Out of State 1968 B16/III.2
Friendly Town – Evaluating Committee 1967 B16/III.3
Friendly Town – Evaluating Committee Hosts 1963 B16/III.4
Friendly Town – Evaluations Visitors Parents 1963 B16/III.5
Friendly Town – Evaluations Cooperating Agencies 1967 B16/III.6
Friendly Town – Evaluations Hosts 1967 B16/III.7
Friendly Town – Friendly City Reverse Visits 1966 B16/III.8
Friendly Town – Evaluations Hosts 1968 B16/III.9
Friendly Town – Hosts 1965 B16/III.10
Friendly Town – Insurance 1965-1966 B16/III.11
Friendly Town – Medical Arrangements 1966 B16/III.12
Friendly Town – Medical Arrangements 1967 B16/III.13
Friendly Town – Medical Arrangements Inactive 1967 B16/III.14
Friendly Town – Medical Arrangements Inner City Coordinator, Frances Snider 1967 B16/III.15
Friendly Town – Medical Arrangements 1968 B16/III.16
Friendly Town – Photographs 1968 B16/III.17
Friendly Town – Publicity 1965 B16/III.18
Friendly Town – Publicity 1966 B16/III.19
Friendly Town – Publicity 1967 B16/III.20
Friendly Town – Publicity 1968 B16/III.21
Friendly Town – Research 1965 B16/III.22
Friendly Town – Research 1966 B16/III.23
Friendly Town – Research 1967 B16/III.24
Friendly Town – Transportation 1965-1967 B16/III.25
Friendly Town – Transportation Counselors 1965 B16/III.26
Toward Responsible Freedom – Publications 1967-1969 B16/III.27
Production 1966 B16/III.28
Report on Rehabilitation Feasibility 1957 B16/III.29
37th Cottage Grove No. Illinois R-9 Redevelopment Proposal 1967-1968 B16/III.30
Executive Director Ed Billingsley 1967 July – 1971 January B16/III.31
Legal Assistance to Low Income Families on Housing Problems 1967 B16/III.32
Southeast Englewood Urban Renewal Project – offer to purchase land for redevelopment 1967 February 20 B16/III.33
Hyde Park – Kenwood urban renewal area – redevelopment proposal for the HR-3 Site 1965 B16/III.34
West Garfield Park 1966 B16/III.35
6040-50 Dorchester (North Woodlawn) 1966 B16/III.36
Fundraising Working File – Jay Ridinger 1966-1967 B16/III.37
Fundraising, re. James P. Twomey – Jay Ridinger 1966 B16/III.38
Finance Sources 1966-1967 B16/III.39
Chicago Development Trust undated B16/III.40
Fundraising – St. Matthew Episcopal Church, Evanston 1966 B16/III.41
Jackson and Ashland Property Negotiations 1965-1966 B16/III.42
3523-3527 West 13th Place 1966 B16/III.43
Rehabilitation – housing for elderly 1965-1966 B16/III.44
Rehabilitation buildings – pending 1966 B16/III.45
Rehabilitation buildings – rejected 1966-1967 B16/III.46
Rehabilitation buildings – rejected. 2601 West Evergreen 1966-1967 July 6 B16/III.47
Rehabilitation buildings – rejected. 5400 South Maryland 1964-1965 B16/III.48
Rehabilitation buildings – rejected. West Douglas sites 1966 B16/III.49
Rehabilitation Committee Minutes 1964-1966 B16/III.50
  Date Box/Folder
Rehabilitation Committee Notes – Jay G. Ridinger 1966 B17/III.51
Board of Directors Minutes 1965-1966 B17/III.53
Rehabilitation Buildings to be Investigated 1965 B17/III.54
Rehabilitation Buildings to be Investigated – S.E. Lake view maps 1965 B17/III.55
Photographs (old file) A-C 1965 B17/III.56
Photographs (old file) D-F 1965 B17/III.57
Photographs (old file) G-J 1965 B17/III.58
Photographs (old file) K-M 1965 B17/III.59
Photographs (old file) N-S 1965 B17/III.60
Photographs (old file) T-Z 1965 B17/III.61
Onward Neighborhood House 1941-1955 B17/IV. 1
Onward Neighborhood House 1925-1940 B17/IV.2
Berwyn Cooperative Ministry 1969 B17/IV.3
Black Manifesto 1969 B17/IV.4
Black Panthers 1970 B17/IV.5
Black Power 1968 B17/IV.6
Chicago Business Industrial Project 1969 B17/IV.7
Chicago North Side Lay Academy 1969 B17/IV.8
Communications Network Incorporated 1968-1969 B17/IV.9
Con-Con Task Force 1970 B17/IV.10
Cragin Plus 1965-1966 B17/IV.11
Cragin Plus – Communique 1965-1967 B17/IV.12
Cragin Plus – Financial 1963-1966 B17/IV.13
Ecumenical Organization in Other Cities 1967 B17/IV.14
Ecumenical Feasibility Study – Information Committee 1969 B17/IV.15
Ecumenical Feasibility Study – Interviews 1969 B17/IV.16
Ecumenical Feasibility Study – Staff Meetings 1969 B17/IV.17
Ecumenical Feasibility Study – Steering Committee 1968-1970 B17/IV.18
  Date Box/Folder
Exploratory Consultation (M) 1969 B18/IV.19
Galewood Youth Project 1963-1968 B18/IV.20
Green Street Church 1963-1969 B18/IV.21
Interreligious Council on Urban Affairs 1965-1970 B18/IV.22
Jobs - Jobs Now Project 1967-1968 B18/IV.23
Lawndale Clergy for Christian Action 1963-1964 B18/IV.24
Lawndale Community Services – Proposal 1963 B18/IV.25
Lawndale Community Services – Report to the Community Fund of Chicago 1964 B18/IV.26
Lawndale Community Services 1962-1965 B18/IV.27
Lawndale Community Services – Advising Committee 1963-1965 B18/IV.28
Lawndale Community Services – Reports 1962-1965 B18/IV.29
Mission Development Commission 1967-1969 B18/IV.30
Mission Development Team 1966 B18/IV.31
Mission Development Team 1967 B18/IV.32
Mission Development Team 1968 B18/IV.33
Mission Development Team 1969 B18/IV.34
Onward House Minutes and Budgets 1964-1967 B18/IV.35
Onward House Correspondence and News Reports 1964-1969 B18/IV.36
Onward House Reports, Personnel Matters 1962-1969 B18/IV.37
Pilsen Neighbors 1963-1965 B18/IV.38
Project Equality 1968-1970 B18/IV.39
Reach 1966-1967 B18/IV.40
School of Human Dignity 1967-1969 B18/IV.41
Seminarians Organized for Racial Justice 1968-1970 B18/IV.42
Settlement House Consolidations 1966-1967 B18/IV.43
Rehabilitation Correspondence 1965-1966 B18/IV.52
  Date Box/Folder
Social Welfare Committee 1967-1968 B19/V.1
Social Welfare Committee Correspondence with Health and Welfare Services, U.C.B.H.M. 1967 B19/V.2
West Side Christian Parish – Budgets and Staff Meetings 1964-1966 B19/V.3
West Side Christian Parish – Correspondence 1965-1967 B19/V.4
West Side Christian Parish – Evaluation 1965-1970 B19/V.5
West Side Christian Parish – Programs 1964-1966 B19/V.6
West Side Christian Parish – Federation 1964-1966 B19/V.7
Youth Place – HUB 1965-1967 B19/V.8
Community Renewal Foundation, Incorporated Legal Assistance Program 1965, 1967 B19/V.9
Slum Housing 1965 B19/V.10
College Student Programs 1965-1967 B19/V.11
Metropolitan Lay Ministry 1966-1967 B19/V.12
Board for Ecumenical Mission of Chicago Presentation 1970 B19/V.13
North Side Cooperative Ministry 1971-1972 B19/V.14
Warren Avenue Congregational Church 1967 B19/V.15
Lincoln Memorial Church 1971-1972 B19/V.16
Thornridge Community Church 1972 B19/V.17
Kenwood UCC circa 1970 B19/V.18
Good Sheperd Baptist Church 1972 B19/V.19
First Congregational Baptist circa 1970 B19/V.20
Avalon Park Community Church 1971-1972 B19/V.21
Mozart Baptist church 1970 May 17 B19/V.22
Community Renewal Society – Letters to Churches 1972 B19/V.23
Casa Central 1967-1972 B19/V.24
Chicago Conference on Religion and Race 1972 B19/V.25
Coordinating Committee of Black Churchmen 1969-1972 B19/V.26
Chicago Welfare Rights Organization 1972 B19/V.27
Park Forest, IL (Rev. Frank Macall) 1972 B19/V.28
Korean American Services Committee 1972 B19/V.29
Church Federation of Greater Chicago 1972 B19/V.30
Project Evaluation Summary 1971 B19/V.31
Aided Project Tour (Walter E. Ziegenhals) 1972-1973 B19/V.32
Interfaith Covenant for New Towns – Final Draft 1972 B19/V.33
Correspondence, Memos 1966-1971 B19/V.34
Chicago Presbytery 1971-1972 B19/V.35
Community Renewal Society 1966-1972 B19/V.36
Emmanuel Presbytery UCC 1969-1972 B19/V.37
Community Renewal Society 1977 April – 1978 January B19/V.38
Latin America Social Action Forum 1971 B19/V.39
  Date Box/Folder
Expense Records – E. M. Betts 1885-1888 B20/V.40
Correspondence – E. W. Blatchford 1881-1886 B20/V.41
Items Concerning the Rev. Osmer W. Fay and his support for the Ministerial Relief Association. George W. Coleman 1894-1907 B20/V.42
Ministerial Relief Association of Illinois – Rev. George W. Coleman 1877-1901 B20/V.43
Ministerial Relief Association of Illinois – Rev. George W. Coleman. Flavel Bascom D.D. 1889-1890 B20/V.44
Ministerial Relief Association of Illinois – Elevett 1901-1904 B20/V.45
Ministerial Relief Association of Illinois – Rev. George W. Coleman 1900-1902 B20/V.46
Ministerial Relief Association of Illinois – Rev. Joseph P. 1900-1907 B20/V.47
Ministerial Relief Association of Illinois – S. 1889-1895 B20/V.48
Ministerial Relief Association of Illinois – B. T. 1895-1896 B20/V.49
Correspondence and Reports – Eli Corwin 1888-1893 B20/V.50
Financial Correspondence – Martin F. Hollister 1885 B20/V.51
Financial Correspondence – Martin F. Hollister 1886 B20/V.52
  Date Box/Folder
Financial Correspondence – Martin F. Hollister 1887 B21/V.53
Financial Correspondence – Martin F. Hollister 1888 January – June B21/V.54
Financial Correspondence – Martin F. Hollister 1888 July – December B21/V.55
Financial Correspondence – Martin F. Hollister 1889 B21/V.56
Pledges 1889-1893 June B21/V.57
Pledges 1893 July – December B21/V.58
Alcester Congregational Church. Alcester, South Dakota 1927 B21/V.59
The Ashland School. John E. Kirkpatrick 1928 B21/V.60
Knox College. Galesburg, Illinois 1928 B21/V.61
The School of Religion. Athens, Greece 1924 B21/V.62
First Congregational Church.  Idaho Falls, Idaho 1958 B21/V.63
John Oman 1893 B21/V.64
Laxey Church. Linden, Iowa 1935 B21/V.65
Sioux Rapids Congregational Church 1927 B21/V.66
 

Series V: Other Media

Date: largely undated, 1954
Extent: 2 boxes
Scope of Series: Materials are largely undated though a box containing engraved print blocks has a notation of 1953 and some slides have a notation of 1961. Topics included in these materials include people, buildings, and programs related to the Society's work. Box 23 contains a CD of a 1954 study burned in 2011 from the CRS.
Arrangement: Items were received in no order and have been arranged to best fit archival boxes.
Technical Access: The slides require a slide table to view and the CD requires an optical disk drive to view files.
  Date Box
Engraving print blocks undated B22
Slides and negatives undated B23
Community Renewal Society 1954 Study: Chicago City Mission Society of the Congregational Churches 1882-1954 on CD burned in 2011 1954 B23

 

 


[1] Community Renewal Society 1954 Study: Chicago City Mission Society of the Congregational Churches 1882-1954, page 25 in the Community Renewal Society records, 1881-2011. RG5061.  The Congregational Library & Archives, Boston, MA.

[2] Smith, David Lee.  Community Renewal Society: 1882-1982 One Hundred Years of Service. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 1982; page 67. 

[3] Ibid, 73.

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