OTHER CHICAGO-AREA REPOSITORIES
KEVIN B. LEONARD
ALTHOUGH A FULL review of archival and manuscript collections in metropolitan Chicago is beyond the scope of this book, this chapter surveys to some extent the variety of repositories of interest to Illinois historians. In the following pages, it is possible to highlight a few of these repositories separately, but most of the archival scene can only be charted in general terms: their collections are largely tailored to the host institution, denomination, ethnic group, cultural institution, health care agency, or business corporation.
College and university archives in the Chicago area not infrequently contain important material for state and local history. For example, the Lake Forest College Library holds two collections of papers of Joseph Medill Patterson (66 ln.ft., 1874-1963), who was active in reform and socialist politics in Illinois, co-editor of the Chicago Tribune with his cousin Robert R. McCormick, and a playwright and novelist before 1919, when he founded the New York Daily News. Among the Chicago-related collections preserved at the DePaul University Archives are the papers of the Lincoln Park Conservation Association (82 ln.ft., 1954-89), documenting its commitment to community redevelopment, and the records of the Latino Institute (45 ln.ft., 1974-82), a research organization for the study of Hispanic life in metropolitan Chicago.
Theological seminary libraries also contribute to the reservoir of research materials in the Chicago area. Two of the University of Chicago's neighbors illustrate this point. Hammond Library of the Chicago Theological Seminary (United Church of Christ) contains the records of the Community Renewal