Milton O. Davis Papers

Dates: 1953-2015 (Bulk dates, 1963-2005)
Size: 7.5 linear feet
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature, 9525 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, Illinois 60628
Collection Number: 2016/03
Provenance: Donated by Gertrude Davis in 2016
Access: No restrictions
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: Milton Davis Papers, [Box #, Folder #], Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature
Processed by: Elizabeth Loch, October 2017

Biographical Note

Milton Oliver Davis

Milton Oliver Davis was born in Jasper, Alabama on January 10, 1932. His parents were educators. His father, Layton Hugo Davis was a principal; his mother, Ethel, a teacher. Davis was one of seven children including Layton “Buddy” Davis, Gwendolyn Davis Banks, Rufus Carl Davis, Harold Davis, Sherman Davis, and Frances Davis Thompson.

A graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, he received a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Davis enlisted in the United States Army before attending graduate school at Washington University in St. Louis where he obtained credits towards a masters in economics.

Davis moved to Chicago in 1958. On December 28, 1960 he married Gertrude Millner and the couple later had a daughter named Shelley. Davis continued to pursue his interest in finance at the University of Chicago where he studied at the school’s Center for Research in Security Prices. He also became the center’s Assistant Director at the university’s Graduate School of Business from 1962-1967.

In the early 1960s, Davis joined the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). CORE, a national civil rights organization that used protests and boycotts to force desegregation in housing, schools, and businesses. In 1965, he became president of the Chicago chapter of CORE. During his tenure with CORE, Davis was arrested several times as he led sit-ins for fair housing and picketed outside Chicago school board meetings to end segregation.

Davis left the University of Chicago to work as a banker. He served as Vice President of Hyde Park Bank and Trust Company from 1967-1973. He also directed its Urban Development Division, a model program in minority lending and neighborhood development. Six years later he left Hyde Park Bank and along with James Fletcher, Mary Houghton, and Ron Gryzwiski founded the community-focused South Shore Bank. It was the first bank holding company to combine commercial banking, real estate development, nonprofit loan funds and international advisory services aimed at community development. Davis served as President of South Shore Bank from 1973-1982. He then served as chairman from 1983-1996. Davis assumed the title of Chairman Emeritus when he officially retired on April 30, 2000.

Milton Davis was active in several civic organizations before and after his retirement. He served as Chairman of the South Side YMCA’s Board of Directors and as a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Chicago Housing Authority (nominated by Mayor Eugene Sawyer in 1988). Davis became a member of Chicago’s Columbia College board of trustees in 1978 and was a driving force behind the Center for Black Music Research in its early days. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Dwelling Association, Chicago United, Christ Hospital, E.T.A. Creative Arts Foundation, Illinois Institute of Technology, the Field Foundation, Muntu Dance Theater, and Jazz Unites, among others.

Milton Davis died of cancer on February 11, 2005 in his Chicago South Shore home at the age of 73.

Scope and Content

The collection is organized into six series; “Biographical Materials,” “Chicago Congress of Racial Equality Chapters,” “ShoreBank Corporation,” “Photographs,” “Audiovisual Materials,” and “Memorabilia.”

Series 1: Milton Davis Biographical Materials, 1953-2013, undated

This series contains documents about Davis’ education, his family, not for profit organizations he worked with; materials include newspaper clippings, literature he collected, correspondence, event programs, and certificates/resolutions celebrating his life’s work. The series is organized chronologically.

Series 2: Chicago Congress of Racial Equality Chapters, 1957-1966, undated

The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) was founded in Chicago in 1942 as the Committee on Racial Equality (the organization underwent a name change in 1944) by African American and white student activists who were staunch believers in pacifism and committed to the abolition of racial discrimination.

This series documents Davis’ work as chairman of CORE’s Chicago Chapter, where he worked to fight segregation and discrimination through direct action; boycotts and sit-ins. Series 2 includes articles, serials, correspondence, financial reports/statements, event planning materials, information on Chicago CORE chapters, and protest project materials. This series is organized chronologically.

Series 3: ShoreBank Corporation, 1973-2015, undated

ShoreBank Corporation was founded in 1972 when Davis, James Fletcher, Mary Houghton and Ron Gryzwiski created the Illinois Neighborhood Development Corporation. The company entered the banking business in 1973, following the purchase of Chicago's South Shore Bank, renamed ShoreBank in 2000. It was the nation’s first community development bank. During its 37 years of operation, ShoreBank played a critical role in stabilizing and rebuilding many of Chicago’s low-income neighborhoods and eventually expanded globally, setting the standard for the development finance industry. Federal regulators forced ShoreBank to close on August 20, 2010; Urban Partnership Bank acquired most of its assets at that time.

This series documents Davis’ work at ShoreBank and the history of the corporation. It includes articles about ShoreBank; correspondence; company reports; bank anniversary materials; invitations, pamphlets, and programs of events sponsored by ShoreBank; company newsletters; information on community development; and a citation from Northern Michigan University to confer the honorary degree of Doctor of Business upon the ShoreBank founders. This series is organized chronologically.

Series 4: Photographs, 1988-2001, undated

This series consists of forty three photographs and a CD containing thirty two images. The hardcopy photographs document Davis’ community development work in the South Shore neighborhood through ShoreBank and his charity work (especially with American Jewish Congress). The CD contains images of plaques and awards given to Milton and Gertrude Davis for their work with ShoreBank and their numerous charitable work. There are two copies of the photo CD and a list of the plaques/awards is included in the container list. The photographs are organized chronologically with the photo CD at the end.

Series 5: Audiovisual Materials, 1973, 2000, 2002, 2005

This series includes one audiocassette tape and seven VHS tapes. The audiocassette is a WBBM news radio interview of Milton Davis regarding South Shore Bank. The seven VHS tapes consist of Shared Interest: From the Group Up (about South African bank loans to low-income families), a Milton Davis’ 2002 interview by Julieanna Richardson for the The HistoryMakers, and a recording of Milton Davis’ funeral in 2005. The audiovisual materials are organized chronologically.

Series 6: Memorabilia, circa 1994, 2000, undated

Memorabilia consists of three items: a Wayne County Community Development Bank Award, Milton Davis Boulevard honorary Chicago street sign, and a plaque displaying 2,305 shares of ShoreBank Corporation Non-Voting Common Stock by Goldman, Sachs and Company.

Related Materials

Related materials at the Chicago Public Library include:

Related materials at other institutions include:

Container List

Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1953-2013, undated

Box 1 Folder 1 State of Georgia teacher’s professional certificate for Milton Oliver Davis, 1953 July 1
Box 1 Folder 2 Milton Davis’ Morehouse College transcripts, 1957 June 5
Box 1 Folder 3 “The City and the Negro” by Charles E. Silberman in Fortune, 1962 March
Box 1 Folder 4 Liberation magazines, 1963 April-1964 March
Box 1 Folder 5 Northwestern University Law Review, 1963 May-June
Box 1 Folder 6 Color Me Brown: Story-Coloring Book by L.H. Giles and L.F. Holmes, 1963
Box 1 Folder 7 “General Not for Profit Corporation Act” compiled by Illinois Secretary of State Charles F. Carpentier, 1963
Box 1 Folder 8 Scrapbook documenting Milton Davis career and achievements, 1963-1998, undated [photocopies and archival materials in original order]
Box 1 Folder 9 “Manpower Research and Training,” report by the United States Secretary of Labor W. Willard Wirtz, 1964 March
Box 1 Folder 10 The Realist, 1964 May
Box 1 Folder 11 “U.S. Policy and the Congo Crisis” reprinted from Africa Today, published by The American Committee on Africa, 1964 December
Box 1 Folder 12 Event program for Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey’s address at Temple University, 1966 June 16
Box 1 Folder 13 Newspaper articles about Milton Davis, 1975-2005, undated
Box 1 Folder 14 South Shore YMCA certificate of honor to Milton Davis, 1978, June 24
Box 1 Folder 15 Metropolitan Housing Development Linden Place project materials, 1981 October-December
Box 1 Folder 16 Invitation to attend the Official Inaugural Ceremony of Mayor Harold Washington, City Treasurer Cecil A. Partee, City Clerk Walter L. Kozwbowski, and Chicago City Council members, 1983 April 29
Box 1 Folder 17 Community Renewal Society certificate of appreciation to Milton O. Davis [board member], 1985 November 3
Box 1 Folder 18 Summary information on Southern Development Bancorporation, 1986 August 27
Box 1 Folder 19 Program and invite to Muntu Dance Theatre’s premiere of “Evolutions” followed by a VIP reception honoring Milton Davis, 1986 November 22
Box 1 Folder 20 Event flyer for the Talisman S.C.’s New Year’s Eve Celebration ’86 Fashion Show and Dance Party, 1986 December 31
Box 1 Folder 21 Blackbook’s 17th Annual Business and Professional Awards Banquet event program, 1987 February 28
Box 1 Folder 22 Creative Arts Foundation Inc.’s “Enter Frederick Douglass” theater program signed by William Marshall to Trudy [Milton], 1988 February 11
Box 1 Folder 23 Columbia College Chicago commencement programs, 1988 June 3
Box 1 Folder 24 Morehouse College Alumni Association and National Alumnae Association of Spelman Colleges’ “Salute the Graduates” Honors Luncheon program, 1988 June 4
Box 1 Folder 25 Spelman College and Morehouse College event program, circa 1988
Box 1 Folder 26 Community Renewal Society Annual Dinner benefit program, 1989 May 8 [Milton Davis, Benefit Chair]
Box 1 Folder 27 “A Poverty Program That Works” by David Osborne in The New Republic, 1989 May 8
Box 1 Folder 28 Morehouse College Founder’s Day Commemoration Dinner banquet program, 1990 February 24 [Milton Davis honoree]
Box 1 Folder 29 Nordstrom’s A Salute To Cultural Diversity program, 1991 October 6 [Milton Davis honoree]
Box 1 Folder 30 Creative Arts Foundation Inc. ETA Magic calendar, 1991 [Milton Davis is pictured in July photograph]
Box 1 Folder 31 Who’s Who Among Black Americans edited by Iris Cloyd, 1991 [lists Milton Davis]
Box 1 Folder 32 Correspondence, Lewis Manilow and John R. Schmidt to Milton Davis, 1992 April 9 [invitation to Bill Clinton fundraising reception]
Box 1 Folder 33 Correspondence, Mayor Richard M. Daley to Milton Davis, 1992 April 21 and 1993 March 10
Box 1 Folder 34 Correspondence, John H. Stout [Fredrikson and Byron] to Milton Davis, 1992 May 11
Box 1 Folder 35 Correspondence, Sara Jean Lindholm [City Land Corporation Chairman] to Commissioner Marina Carrott, 1992 May 11
Box 1 Folder 36 Correspondence, Dr. Leo M. Heinikoff to Milton Davis, 1992 July 15
Box 1 Folder 37 Correspondence, R. Jan LeCroy [Dallas Citizens Council] to Milton Davis, 1992 July 28
Box 1 Folder 38 Correspondence, Elson B. Nash [The Carter Center] to Milton Davis, 1992 August 5
Box 1 Folder 39 Correspondence, John J. DeGioia [Georgetown University] to Milton Davis, 1992 August 12
Box 1 Folder 40 Correspondence, Christy Remey [Harvard University] to Milton Davis, 1992 August 17
Box 1 Folder 41 Correspondence, F.R. Mingay [British Consulate-General] to Milton Davis, 1992 August 25
Box 1 Folder 42 Correspondence, Jay Talbot to Milton Davis, 1992 September 4
Box 1 Folder 43 Correspondence, Patricia A. Massey [Baltimore Housing Development] to Milton Davis, 1992 September 17
Box 1 Folder 44 Correspondence, Ira Peppercorn [Indiana Housing Finance Authority] to Milton Davis, 1992 October 12
Box 1 Folder 45 Correspondence, Mahlon A. Martin [Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation] to Milton Davis, 1992 October 19
Box 1 Folder 46 Correspondence, Wayne Robinson [Morehouse College alumni] to Milton Davis, 1992 October 26
Box 1 Folder 47 Monarch Awards Foundation of XINU Omega Chapter Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.’s Tenth Annual Monarch Awards Gala program, 1992 November 21
Box 1 Folder 48 Correspondence, Milton Davis to George Loera [Chicago United Industries, Ltd.], 1992 November 30
Box 1 Folder 49 President William Jefferson Clinton Inauguration festivities “America’s Reunion on the Mall” event program, 1993, January 17-18
Box 1 Folder 50 Invitation to Presidential Inauguration and Inaugural Ball of William Jefferson Clinton, 1993 January 20
Box 1 Folder 51 Correspondence, Maudie Frazer [announcing Distinguished Community Service Award] to Milton Davis, 1993 November 2
Box 1 Folder 52 An Evening with Women United for South Shore event program, 1993 November 6 [Milton Davis honoree]
Box 1 Folder 53 List of community organizations in Chicago, 1993 [page five is missing]
Box 2 Folder 1 Program and invitation to a musical benefit for Columbia College and Morehouse College scholarship funds, 1994 April 4
Box 2 Folder 2 “Social Enterprise: Private Incentives for the Common Good,” Harvard Business School, 1994 November 30
Box 2 Folder 3 University of Southern Louisiana’s Renewable Energy Resource Development Project proposal in Collaboration with Haitian Resource Development Foundation, 1994 December 20
Box 2 Folder 4 Correspondence, Henry G. Cisneros to Chicago Housing Authority commissioners [Milton Davis], 1995 June 2
Box 2 Folder 5 “Bringing Growth and Opportunity to America’s Inner Cities,” Robert E. Rubin’s Los Angeles town hall address, 1996 July 29
Box 2 Folder 6 ETA Creative Arts Foundation, Inc. “Salute to Contributors” event program, 1996 December 2
Box 2 Folder 7 Lake Forest Graduate School of Management commencement program, 1996 [commencement address by Milton Davis]
Box 2 Folder 8 American Jewish Congress 1997 Distinguished Leadership Award Dinner invitation, program, and newspaper clippings, 1997 January 29 [Milton Davis honoree]
Box 2 Folder 9 American Jewish Congress letter to Milton Davis and spring 1997 AJ Congress Midwest Report newsletter, 1997 June 19
Box 2 Folder 10 “Individualism” by Jim Taylor and Watts Wacker in Across the Board, 1997 June
Box 2 Folder 11 Correspondence, Milton Davis to Earl J. Barnes regarding the Runners Club, 1998 February 13
Box 8 Folder 1 Renaissance at South Shore’s ‘Faces of Wisdom’ award to Milton Davis, 1998 October 1. Photography by Eric Warner. [oversized material]
Box 2 Folder 12 ETA Creative Arts Foundation, Inc. certificate of appreciation to Milton Davis, 1998
Box 2 Folder 13 Articles about ETA Creative Arts Foundation, Inc. and its plays, 1998-1999, undated
Box 2 Folder 14 ETA Creative Arts Foundation, Inc. 1998 Annual Report, 1999 March 10
Box 2 Folder 15 “Arts and Culture: A Social and Business Vehicle for Self, Group and Community Realization” presented to the Royal Coterie of Snakes by Abena Joan P. Brown, 1999 November 17
Box 2 Folder 16 Correspondence, Fay Clayton to Milton Davis, 2000 September 27
Box 2 Folder 17 Certificate of appreciation to Milton Davis from the Southeast Kiwanis, 2000 October 19
Box 2 Folder 18 Illinois House of Representatives certificate of recognition to Milton Davis, 2000 October 19
Box 2 Folder 19 “Tribute to Milton O. Davis” on his retirement from the Chicago Chapter of Morehouse College Alumni Association, 2000 October 19
Box 2 Folder 20 Correspondence, Leon M. Despres [Despres, Schwartz and Geoghegan] to Milton Davis, 2000 October 20
Box 2 Folder 21 Correspondence, Donna Katzin [Shared Interest] to Milton Davis, 2004 November 23
Box 2 Folder 22 ETA Creative Arts Foundation, Inc. Capital Campaign Committee update, 2004 December 17
Box 2 Folder 23 Chicago Community Trust President Donald Stewart’s letters to Milton Davis announcing Stewart’s retirement, 2004 December 21
Box 2 Folder 24 ETA Creative Arts Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors memorandums, 2004 December
Box 2 Folder 25 Illinois Treasurer’s sympathy for the family of Milton Davis, signed by Judy Baar Topinka, 2005 February 11
Box 2 Folder 26 Chicago Business obituary of Milton Davis, 2005 February 15
Box 2 Folder 27 Dr. Warrick L. Carter’s [President of Columbia College Chicago] announcements of Milton Davis’ death, 2005 February 16 and 19
Box 2 Folder 28 Chicago Tribune obituary of Milton Davis, 2005 February 17
Box 2 Folder 29 Resolution on the life of Milton Davis by Congressman Danny K. Davis, 2005 February 17
Box 2 Folder 30 Senate Resolution Number 71 on the life of Milton Davis, State of Illinois Ninety-fourth General Assembly Senate, 2005 February 17
Box 2 Folder 31 Tribute to Mr. Milton Davis by Congressman Bobby L. Rush, 2005 February 17
Box 2 Folder 32 Correspondence, Bishop Arthur M. Brazier [Apostolic Church of God] to the “family and friends of Mr. Milton Davis,” 2005 February 18
Box 2 Folder 33 Correspondence, Illinois Senator Barack Obama on the death of Milton Davis, 2005 February 18
Box 2 Folder 34 Trinity United Church of Christ’s resolution on Milton Davis, 2005 February 18
Box 2 Folder 35 Candlelight tribute to Milton Oliver Davis event program, 2005 February 19
Box 2 Folder 36 Illinois State Senator Donne E. Trotter’s proclamation in honor of Milton Davis, 2005 February 19
Box 2 Folder 37 Mayor Richard M. Daley’s condolence letter on the death of Milton Davis, 2005 February 19
Box 2 Folder 38 Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s resolution in memoriam of Mr. Milton Davis, 2005 February 19
Box 2 Folder 39 Resolution adopted by the City Council of the City of Chicago on the life of Milton Davis, 2005 February
Box 2 Folder 40 State of Illinois House Resolution Number 157 resolution on Milton Davis, 2005 March 1
Box 2 Folder 41 Correspondence, Julieanna Richardson to Gertrude Davis [enclosure of Milton Davis’ HistoryMakers interview, see AV series], 2005 March 10
Box 2 Folder 42 Correspondence, ShoreBank marketing department to Gertrude Davis [enclosure of Milton Davis memorial service recording, see AV series], 2005 April 1
Box 2 Folder 43 Resolution [on the life of Milton Davis] adopted by the City Council of the City of Chicago, 2005 April 6
Box 2 Folder 44 University Church worship program, 2005 June 5
Box 2 Folder 45 “In Honor of Milton Davis” by Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, 2005
Box 2 Folder 46 Memorial resolution honoring Milton Davis by Alderman [third ward] Dorothy Tillman, 2005
Box 2 Folder 47 Shared Interest: In Focus newsletter [article on Milton Davis], 2005
Box 2 Folder 48 Sign-in book for Milton Davis’ funeral, 2005
Box 2 Folder 49 University Church All the News . . . newsletter [mentions Milton Davis], 2005
Box 2 Folder 50 Milton Davis biographical statement, circa 2005 [in memoriam]
Box 2 Folder 51 Invitation to the Vivian G. Harsh Society’s Clementine M. Skinner/Charles E. Walton Award Celebration, 2006
Box 2 Folder 52 ETA Creative Arts Foundation, Inc. gala program, 2013 [in memoriam of Milton Davis]
Box 2 Folder 53 A. Philip Randolph Institute prospectus, undated
Box 2 Folder 54 “A Sharper Focus on the Black Experience in America,” Special “Persistence” publication, undated
Box 2 Folder 55 “Chicago’s Legends: Milton Oliver Davis,” Who’s Who In Black Chicago the Inaugural Edition, undated
Box 2 Folder 56 Columbia College Chicago Committees of the Board, undated [Milton Davis listed]
Box 2 Folder 57 “Milton Davis, The Wizard of South Shore” in Columbia College Chicago Tomorrow is Today newsletter, undated
Box 2 Folder 58 ETA Creative Arts Foundation, Inc. endowment campaign brochure, undated
Box 2 Folder 59 ETA Creative Arts Foundation, Inc. fact sheet, undated
Box 2 Folder 60 Friends of Columbia College Chicago brochure [includes photograph of Milton Davis], undated
Box 2 Folder 61 Haitian Resource Development Foundation documents on fuel and energy, undated
Box 2 Folder 62 “The Inner City” by Urban Development Division Hyde Park Bank and Trust Company [Milton Davis on page 22], undated
Box 2 Folder 63 Milton Davis biographical statement, undated
Box 2 Folder 64 Milton Davis’ lifetime trustee Columbia College Chicago business card, undated
Box 2 Folder 65 Milton Davis’ resume, undated
Box 2 Folder 66 Opening night gala for “Black Creativity” invitation, undated
Box 2 Folder 67 South Austin community study paper, untitled and author not noted, undated
Box 2 Folder 68 “Teaching the Culturally Disadvantaged Pupil” by Allisson Davis [Professor of Education, University of Chicago], undated
Box 2 Folder 69 The Bottom Line, “Morehouse Men in the World of Business . . . ,“ undated [Milton Davis on page four]
Box 2 Folder 70 “The Public Buys a Ghetto, As Chicago Redevelops” by Debbie Meier, undated
Box 2 Folder 71 Walker County Training School library information, undated

Series 2: Chicago Congress of Racial Equality Chapters, 1957-1966, undated

Box 3 Folder 1 “Boycotts of Segregated Street Cars, 1894-1906” by August Meier, 1957
Box 3 Folder 2 “Some Observations on the Negro Middle Class” by August Meier, 1957 October
Box 3 Folder 3 “From ‘Conservative’ to ‘Radical’: The Ideological Development of W.E.B. Du Bois, 1885-1905” by August Meier, 1959 December
Box 3 Folder 4 “History of the Negro Upper Class in Atlanta, Georgia, 1890-1958” by August Meier, 1959
Box 3 Folder 5 White House Regional Conferences fact sheet on discrimination and youth, 1961
Box 3 Folder 6 “The Successful Sit-Ins in a Border City: A Study in Social Causation” by August Meier, 1961
Box 3 Folder 7 Commission on Human Relations City of Chicago report, “Mortgage Availability for Non-Whites in the Chicago Area,” 1963 April
Box 3 Folder 8 Proposed plans for 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, 1963 July 2 [“To: James Farmer, Martin Luther King, John Lewis, A. Philip Randolph, Roy Wilkins, Whitney Young”]
Box 3 Folder 9 Chicago Congress of Racial Equality [CORE] chapter letters of finance from Milton Davis, 1963 December 18 and 1964 January 20
Box 3 Folder 10 “A Face for the Invisible Man” by A.J. Vogl, 1963 December 20
Box 3 Folder 11 Metropolitan Chapter of CORE Chicago treasurer’s report and expense records, 1963 December 20 and 1964
Box 3 Folder 12 North Shore Fellowship of Rabbis letter of support for housing integration, 1963 December
Box 3 Folder 13 Chicago CORE Civil Rights Program Book, 1963
Box 3 Folder 14 “Civil Rights in the 88th Congress” annual report by Herman Edelsberg and David A. Brody, 1963
Box 3 Folder 15 “The Revolution Against the NAACP: A Critical Appraisal of Louis E. Lomax’s The Negro Revolt” by August Meier, 1963
Box 3 Folder 16 “Civil Rights: The True Frontier” by Tom Kahn with a forward by Bayard Rustin, 1963
Box 3 Folder 17 List of possible CORE supporters [mailing list], 1963, 1964, undated
Box 3 Folder 18 “Statement by New York CORE chapters on School Integration,” 1964 January 16
Box 3 Folder 19 “The Civil Rights Movement and the Employment Front: Attempts to Expand Job Opportunities for Negroes” by Robert B. McKersie, University of Chicago Research Group, 1964 January 20
Box 3 Folder 20 Chicago Quadricentennial Shakespeare ProMusica [fundraiser] committee planning materials, 1964 January-June, undated
Box 3 Folder 21 Metropolitan CORE Chicago Chapter business receipts, 1964 January-October
Box 3 Folder 22 CORE’s University National Bank statements, 1964 February-December
Box 3 Folder 23 CORE Mississippi Summer project materials from CORE’s southern office in New Orleans, Louisiana, 1964 April
Box 3 Folder 24 “Integration: The Key to Quality Education for All” by Frank Riessman, Urban Studies Center, Rutgers, 1964 May 8-9
Box 3 Folder 25 Socialist Party of Illinois materials, 1964 May, 1964, undated
Box 3 Folder 26 Illinois Rally for Civil Rights compiled organization pledges and supplies order form, 1964 June 1
Box 3 Folder 27 “Some Questions and Answers on the Civil Rights Bill,” pamphlet by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, 1964
Box 3 Folder 28 United States Commission on Civil Rights Catalog of Publications, 1964
Box 3 Folder 29 LID [League for Industrial Democracy Inc.] News Bulletin, 1964
Box 3 Folder 30 Chicago CORE chapter information materials, 1964, undated
Box 3 Folder 31 “The Economics of Equality” by Tom Kahn, 1964, undated
Box 3 Folder 32 CORE non-violence and weekend workshops registration, circa 1964
Box 3 Folder 33 CORE correspondence between Milton Davis and Robert Brookings Gore, 1965 February
Box 3 Folder 34 “The Case for the Domestic Farm Worker” by the National Advisory Committee on Farm Labor, 1965 April
Box 8 Folder 2 Chicago Sunday Sun-Times Book Week, “Making His Mark: A Strong Diagnosis of America’s Racial Sickness in One Negro’s Odyssey” by Bayard Rustin, 1965 November 14 [oversized material]
Box 8 Folder 3 New America, “Support $100 Billion Freedom Budget” by Michael Harrington, 1965 December 18 [oversized material]
Box 3 Folder 35 WDL [Workers Defense League] News, 1965
Box 3 Folder 36 CORE’s Robert R. Taylor Homes protest project materials, 1964 February 2-1966 February 23, undated
Box 3 Folder 37 Chicago Daily Defender Freedom Day II School Boycott flyer, undated
Box 3 Folder 38 List of Metropolitan Chapter of Chicago CORE officers and committees, undated
Box 3 Folder 39 “Negro Class Structure and Ideology in the Age of Booker T. Washington” by August Meier, undated

Series 3: ShoreBank Corporation, 1973-2015, undated

Box 3 Folder 40 Ten-Year Report of South Shore Bank and Affiliates: 1973-1983, 1984
Box 3 Folder 41 “The Neighborhood Bank in a Changing Neighborhood: The South Shore National Bank Experience,” by Grazina Abramovicius Keeley [University of Chicago], 1975 February
Box 3 Folder 42 The Bread Rapper, South Shore Bank newsletter, 1975, 1979-1989, 1995
Box 3 Folder 43 Newspaper articles about South Shore Bank, 1975-2010, undated
Box 3 Folder 44 South Shore Bank annual reports, 1979, 1984, 1986
Box 3 Folder 45 Twelfth Annual Gold Oilcan Award Dinner pamphlet, 1980 May 2 [printed by South Shore Bank]
Box 3 Folder 46 Evaluation of the Illinois Neighborhood Development Corporation prepared by Woodstock Institute, 1982 June 1 [includes South Shore Bank]
Box 4 Folder 1 Correspondence, Hartley, McKenna, Flood and Company [public accountants] to the shareholders and Board of Directors of South Shore Bank of Chicago, 1985 April 15
Box 4 Folder 2 Correspondence, “Wood” [development deposits] to Joan Shapiro [South Shore Bank], 1985 October 14
Box 4 Folder 3 Invitation to “Masters of Color” exhibition from Milton Davis, 1986 [sponsored by South Shore Bank]
Box 8 Folder 4 Council on Economic Priorities’ 1994 Silver Anniversary Award certificate to ShoreBank Corporation, 1994 April 21 [oversized material]
Box 4 Folder 4 “Social Capitalism in American Cities: Financial Institutions and Community Development” PhD dissertation of John Thomas Metzger [Columbia University], 1997 June 30 [Milton Davis interviewed for dissertation and asked for comments/edits]
Box 4 Folder 5 Articles from Bank Director, 1997
Box 4 Folder 6 The ShoreBanker newsletter, 1998 September, 1999 May
Box 4 Folder 7 Correspondence, Milton Davis to “Dear Friend” announcing his retirement, circa 2000
Box 4 Folder 8 “Retail Financial Services: The Next Community Development Frontier?” remarks by Ellen Seidman, ShoreBank Advisory Services, 2003 November 13
Box 4 Folder 9 ShoreBank memorandum on the Eagle Bar with newspaper articles about the Eagle bar, 2004 October 8, 2015
Box 4 Folder 10 ShoreBank news release “ShoreBank Co-Founder Milton Davis Dies,” 2005 February
Box 4 Folder 11 “Community Capitalism: A Call for Reinvestment in Urban Affairs,” The American Assembly news release, undated
Box 4 Folder 12 “On ShoreBank and Bumblebees” by Lynn Pikholz and Ronald Grzywinski, undated
Box 4 Folder 13 Rainkist [ShoreBank Enterprise Pacific program] promotional materials, undated
Box 4 Folder 14 ShoreBank’s “An Evening For Milton Davis” event program, undated
Box 4 Folder 15 ShoreBank annual reports, 1987-1991, 1993, 1998
Box 4 Folder 16 Southern Development Bancorporation Annual Review, 1989
Box 4 Folder 17 “The New Old-Fashioned Banking” by Ronald Grzywinski in Harvard Business Review, 1991 June
Box 4 Folder 18 Jewish Council on Urban Affairs honors the South Shore Bank of Chicago program, 1991 November 16
Box 4 Folder 19 Jewish Council on Urban Affairs honors the South Shore Bank of Chicago event program, 1991 November 16
Box 4 Folder 20 Correspondence, Janet Malone Morrow to Ronald Grzywinski, 1991 December 3
Box 4 Folder 21 Correspondence, Warren McLean [Metropolitan Economic Development Association] to Milton Davis, 1992 March 19 and May 12
Box 4 Folder 22 “Lending a Hand to the Invisible Hand” by Ronald Grzywinski, 1992 March
Box 4 Folder 23 Correspondence, Susan M. Whitehead [Midwest Hapco Inc.] to Milton Davis, 1992 May 6
Box 4 Folder 24 Correspondence, Ronald Grzywinski to Melvin Leon Hall [Lindell Bank and Trust Company], 1992 June 9
Box 4 Folder 25 Correspondence, Ronald Grzywinski to Mike Mantle [Bank of America State Bank], 1992 June 9
Box 4 Folder 26 Correspondence, Ronald Grzywinski to Robert Helman [Mayer, Brown and Platt], 1992 July 1
Box 4 Folder 27 Correspondence, Martha Blue [McKinsey and Company, Inc.] to Milton Davis, 1992 July 22
Box 4 Folder 28 Correspondence, Haki R. Madhubuti [Institute of Positive Education and Third World Press] to Milton Davis, 1992 July 28
Box 4 Folder 29 Correspondence, George D. Howes [Bank Holding Company Association of Minnesota] to Milton Davis, 1992 August 26
Box 4 Folder 30 Correspondence, Rutherford Maynard and Cecil C. Butler [Pyramidwest Development Corporation] to Milton Davis, 1992 August 28
Box 4 Folder 31 Correspondence, Chris Horsch to Ronald Grzywinski, Bob Weissbourd, and David Shryock, draft of ShoreBank “phantom stock” plan, 1992 September 15
Box 4 Folder 32 “Community Development Banking: A Proposal to Establish a Nationwide System of Community Development Banks” by Hyman P. Minsky, Dimitri B. Papadimitriou, Ronnie J. Phillips, and L. Randall Wray, 1993
Box 8 Folder 5 N’DIGO [cover story on South Shore Bank], 1996 November 28-December 11 [oversized material]
Box 4 Folder 34 “What is Strategy” by Michael E. Porter in Harvard Business Review, 1996 November-December
Box 4 Folder 35 William Wimsatt’s interview of Stan Hallett, 1997 January 26
Box 4 Folder 36 ShoreBank 25 Core Group memorandum regarding “The Knowledge-Creating Company” by Ikujiro Nonaka, 1997 March 9
Box 8 Folder 6 Citation from Northern Michigan University to confer the honorary degree of Doctor of Business upon Milton Davis, James Fletcher, Ron Grzywinski and Mary Houghton, 2001 December 15 [oversized material]
Box 8 Folder 7 ShoreBank 35 Years and Growing 2009 calendar, 2009 [oversized material]

Series 4: Photographs, 1975-2005, undated

Box 5 Photo 001 Shirley’s Hallmark Shop on 71st Street in Chicago, circa 1975. Photography by Michael Fain [JM Associates].
Box 5 Photo 002 Construction of a senior-citizen housing project [sponsored by Church of the Good Shepard] in the South Shore neighborhood, circa 1977
Box 5 Photo 003 Construction worker on the second floor of a senior-citizen housing project building [sponsored by Church of the Good Shephard] in the South Shore neighborhood, circa 1977
Box 5 Photo 004 Members of the jury for the design/build competition for Chicago’s New Central Library, pictured in the front left to right are Ping Tom, Oscar Martinez, Marian Pritzker, Norman Ross, David T. Van Zanten, Milton Davis, and Vincent J. Scully Jr.; rear row pictured left to right are Lerone Bennett Jr., Hardy R. Franklin, Hipolito [Paul] Roldan, and Henry N. Cobb, 1988. Photography by Gary Degnan.
Box 5 Photo 005 Jeffery Plaza groundbreaking ceremony, Milton Davis pictured second from left, 1989 September 5
Box 5 Photo 006 Mary Houghton, Ron Grzywinski, Milton Davis, and James Fletcher at ShoreBank Corporation 20th anniversary party, 1993
Box 5 Photo 007 Milton Davis [left] and James Fletcher at ShoreBank Corporation’s 20th anniversary party, 1993
Box 5 Photo 008 Edward Howard McNamara [Wayne County, Wayne County Executive] pictured center with Milton Davis pictured to his left with six unidentified men, 1994 August 2. Photography by Dwight Cendrowsk, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Box 5 Photo 009 Milton Davis with unidentified man, circa 1994
Box 5 Photo 010 Milton Davis in graduation cap and gown receiving an honorary Doctorate from Northern Michigan University, 2001 December
Box 5 Photo 011 Milton Davis receiving an award from Northern Michigan University, 2001 December
Box 5 Photo 012 Clarence Page, Trudy Davis, Dr. Lya Rosenblum, Joel Rubin, Milton Davis, and Linda Yu [pictured left to right] at the American Jewish Congress 1997 Distinguished Leadership Award Dinner, 1997 January 29
Box 5 Photo 013 Dr. Lya Rosenblum, unidentified man, and Milton Davis [pictured left to right] at the American Jewish Congress 1997 Distinguished Leadership Award Dinner, 1997 January 29
Box 5 Photo 014 Lowell Sachnoff [second from left], Milton Davis [sitting], and Fay Clayton at the American Jewish Congress 1997 Distinguished Leadership Award Dinner, 1997 January 29
Box 5 Photo 015 Milton and Trudy Davis at the American Jewish Congress 1997 Distinguished Leadership Award Dinner, 1997 January 29
Box 5 Photo 016 Milton Davis and Fay Clayton at the American Jewish Congress 1997 Distinguished Leadership Award Dinner, 1997 January 29
Box 5 Photo 017 Milton Davis, Linda Yu, and Clarence Page at the American Jewish Congress 1997 Distinguished Leadership Award Dinner, 1997 January 29
Box 5 Photo 018 Milton Davis speaking at the American Jewish Congress 1997 Distinguished Leadership Award Dinner, 1997 January 29
Box 5 Photo 019 Unidentified man, Milton Davis, Linda Yu, and Clarence Page [pictured left to right] at the American Jewish Congress 1997 Distinguished Leadership Award Dinner, 1997 January 29
Box 5 Photo 020 Unidentified man, Milton Davis, Clarence Page, and Dr. Lya Rosenblum [pictured left to right] at the American Jewish Congress 1997 Distinguished Leadership Award Dinner, 1997 January 29
Box 5 Photo 021 Fay Clayton, Mayor Richard M. Daley, Joel Rubin, Dr. Lya Rosenblum, Milton Davis, and Linda Yu [pictured left to right] at an American Jewish Congress 1997 Distinguished Leadership Award event, 1997
Box 5 Photo 022 Milton Davis, Trudy Davis, Fay Clayton, and Lowell Sachnoff at the American Jewish Congress 1997 Distinguished Leadership Award event, 1997
Box 5 Photo 023 Milton Davis, Trudy Davis, Dr. Lya Rosenblum, Joel Rubin, and an unidentified man [pictured left to right] at an American Jewish Congress 1997 Distinguished Leadership Award event, 1997
Box 5 Photo 024 Milton Davis, Trudy Davis, unidentified man, Dr. Lyra Rosenblum, Fay Clayton, and Lowell Sachnoff at an American Jewish Congress 1997 Distinguished Leadership Award event, 1997
Box 5 Photo 025 Milton Davis, unidentified man [center], and Trudy Davis at an American Jewish Congress 1997 Distinguished Leadership Award event, 1997
Box 5 Photo 026 Mayor Richard M. Daley and Milton Davis holding a proclamation, 1997
Box 5 Photo 027 Vice President Al Gore visiting South Shore neighborhood of Chicago, 1997
Box 5 Photo 028 Milton Davis receives his honorary Milton Davis Boulevard Chicago street sign, pictured left to right are unidentified woman, Illinois Senator Barack Obama, Milton Davis, Gertrude Davis, Shelley Davis, and an unidentified man, 2000
Box 5 Photo 029 Photo negatives: Milton Davis receives honorary degree at Northern Michigan University with fellow South Shore Bank founders Ron Grzywinski, Mary Houghton, and Norma Fletcher [widow of James Fletcher], 2001
December
Box 5 Photo 030 South Shore Bank founders receiving awards at Northern Michigan University, pictured left to right are Mary Houghton, Ron Grzywinski, unidentified university spokeswoman, Norma Fletcher [widow of James Fletcher] and Milton Davis, 2001 December
Box 5 Photo 031 South Shore Bank founders receiving awards at Northern Michigan University, pictured left to right are Mary Houghton, unidentified man, Ron Grzywinski, unidentified university spokeswoman, Norma Fletcher [widow of James Fletcher] and Milton Davis, 2001 December
Box 5 Photo 032 Architectural drawing by Verklan, undated
Box 5 Photo 033 Architectural sketch of Linden Place, undated
Box 5 Photo 034 Dedication ceremony of the “We Care Enough” mural in front of Shirley’s Hallmark Shop on 71st Street in Chicago [includes Harold Washington and Milton Davis], undated
Box 5 Photo 035 Fay Clayton and Milton Davis, undated
Box 5 Photo 036 Historic South Shore home, 7318 [street name unknown], undated
Box 5 Photo 037 Milton Davis and two women at the podium for a Fashion Institute of Technology event, undated
Box 5 Photo 038 Milton Davis and two unidentified men, undated
Box 5 Photo 039 Milton Davis [left] and Ed Wimp, undated
Box 5 Photo 040 Milton Davis [South Shore Bank President], Rosalyn Averette [South Shore Bank officer], and Ralph Rochon [owner of Rochon’s Store for Men] admire inventory at the store at 2100 E. 71st Street in Chicago, undated
Box 5 Photo 041 Portrait of Milton Davis, undated
Box 5 Photo 042 “Social compact” bus by “Visionary Sightseeing” [composed image with multiple people’s headshots digitally placed on a bus], Milton Davis pictured second from left, undated
Box 5 Photo 043 South Shore Bank during construction, undated [Jeffery Theater also in photograph]
Box 6   CD [two copies] containing 32 images of plaques and awards, 1975-2005, undated

List of 32 images of awards on the CD [two copies]

Box 6 Award 1 Plaque presented to Milton O. Davis for outstanding service in the field of business by The Business and Professional Club, Liberty Baptist Church, 1975 November 16
Box 6 Award 2 Southeast Area Kiwanis Club Citizen of the Month Award presented to Milton Davis for outstanding and distinguished community service, 1979 March 29
Box 6 Award 3 Potential School for Exceptional Children, Inc. honors and congratulates Milton Davis [President, South Shore National Bank] as its Man of the Year, 1980 April 11
Box 6 Award 4 South Shore Chamber of Commerce 72nd Anniversary award presented to Milton Davis for outstanding leadership and continued support rendered to the South Shore community, 1981 November 18
Box 6 Award 5 AAMESBIC Capital Access Achievement Award presented to South Shore Bank for exemplary financing and support of minority business enterprise, 1981
Box 6 Award 6 Plaque establishing the Milton Davis Magic Award to recognize outstanding support of the arts by the Board of Directors of E.T.A. Creative Arts Foundation, 1983 April 24
Box 6 Award 7 The Alyo Award presented to Milton Davis for distinguished service to the arts from the Board of Directors of Muntu Dance Theatre, 1986 November 22
Box 6 Award 8 Blackbook’s Community Conscience Award presented to Milton Davis [Chairman of South Shore Bank], 1987 February 28
Box 6 Award 9 TRIO award presented to Milton Davis presented by The Parent Advisory Board of Project Upward Bound, The University of Illinois at Chicago, 1989 April 8
Box 6 Award 10 Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities gratefully recognizes Milton Davis for outstanding support as a Charter Member of the Business and Industry Council, 1989
Box 6 Award 11 The New Republic award to Milton Davis, Benefit Chair, Community Renewal Society, 1989 [includes “A Poverty Program That Works, Success comes to South Shore, Chicago” article by David Osbourne]
Box 6 Award 12 Morehouse College Alumni Association, Chicago Chapter’s Tribute to Milton Davis, 1990 February 24
Box 6 Award 13 Inner City Liquor Association award presented to Milton Davis in recognition of his commitment to the revitalization of the South Shore area, 1991 March 15
Box 6 Award 14 TRIO award to Milton Davis for services rendered to the advancement of educational opportunities for the TRIO Program at UIC presented by the Parent Advisory Board of Project Upward Bound at the University of Illinois at Chicago, 1991 June 22
Box 6 Award 15 Plaque awarded to South Shore Bank in appreciation as a Golf 8 Years ’92 Sponsor from the ETA Creative Arts Foundation Board of Directors, 1992 August
Box 6 Award 16 South Shore Bank Silver Sponsor award of the ETA Creative Arts Foundation Celebrity Golf and Tennis Outing, 1993
Box 6 Award 17 The African American Resource Development Committee of the United Way of Chicago salutes South Shore Bank for its support of the First Annual Benefit and Auction, 1995 October 7
Box 6 Award 18 Award presented to Milton Davis of ShoreBank Corporation for commitment to community development in Parkside Terraces [Chicago, Illinois] by the City Lands Corporation, 1996 November 13
Box 6 Award 19 Appreciation award present to Milton Davis, South Shore Bank for his dedication and generous support by the South Side YMCA, 1997
Box 6 Award 20 Plaque awarded to ShoreBank Corporation for 25 years of path-breaking work in community development from the Woodstock Institute, 1998 April 29
Box 6 Award 21 CYC Rebecca K. Crown Center award presented to Milton Davis, 2000
Box 6 Award 22 The Business and Professional People for the Public Interest award to Milton Davis, Chairman Emeritus of ShoreBank for distinguished leadership in the struggle for affordable housing, 2001 May 1
Box 6 Award 23 Northern Michigan University diploma conferring the honorary degree of a Doctor of Business upon Milton Davis, 2001 December 15
Box 6 Award 24 HistoryMakers award presented to Milton Davis as a BusinessMaker, 2002 May 15
Box 6 Award 25 CIESS presents the Chairman’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Milton Davis for outstanding accomplishments and service to the community, 2005 June
Box 6 Award 26 Announcement by The HistoryMakers that the video oral history interview of Milton Davis has now been made a permanent part of the HistoryMakers Collection at the Library of Congress, undated
Box 6 Award 27 Plaque honoring Milton Davis by South Shore, undated
Box 6 Award 28 South Shore YMCA honors Gertrude M. Davis for support of services to young people, and enrollment as a member of the YMCA Century Club, undated
Box 6 Award 29 South Shore YMCA honors Mr. and Mrs. Milton Davis with deep appreciation for generous support of services to young people, and enrolls them as members of the YMCA Century Club, undated
Box 6 Award 30 The First Generation Banking the South Side photograph collage, undated
Box 6 Award 31 The Lake Forest Graduate School of Management Distinguished Executive Award to Milton Davis, undated
Box 6 Award 32 The Midas Touch Award presented in recognition of outstanding personal achievement and exceptional humanitarian Commitment to Milton Davis, undated

Series 5: Audiovisual Materials, 1973, 2000, 2002, 2005

Box 6 AV 001 Audiocassette of a WBBM news radio interview of Milton Davis regarding South Shore Bank, 1973 [four minute interview, audio cuts out for about 30 seconds towards the beginning of the interview]
Box 6 AV 002 VHS tape of Shared Interest: From the Group Up [about South African bank loans to low-income families] produced by Kerry Williams of Doxa Productions, videography by Craig Matthew, 2000
Box 6 AV 003 VHS tape of Milton Davis’ interview by Julieanna Richardson for the The HistoryMakers, part one [roll 1-4], 2002 May 15
Box 6 AV 004 VHS tape of Milton Davis’ interview by Julieanna Richardson for the The HistoryMakers, part one [roll 1-4], 2002 May 15 [copy]
Box 6 AV 005 VHS tape of Milton Davis’ interview by Julieanna Richardson for the The HistoryMakers, part two [roll 5-6], 2002 May 15
Box 6 AV 006 VHS tape of Milton Davis’ funeral, 2005 February 19
Box 6 AV 007 VHS tape of Milton Davis’ funeral, 2005 February 19 [copy]
Box 6 AV 008 VHS tape of Milton Davis’ funeral, 2005 February 19 [copy]

Series 6: Memorabilia, circa 1994, 2000, undated

Box 7   Wayne County Community Development Bank Award, circa 1994
Box 8   Milton Davis Boulevard honorary Chicago street sign, 2000
Box 7   Plaque displaying 2,305 shares of ShoreBank Corporation Non-Voting Common Stock by Goldman, Sachs and Company, undated

Oversized Material, 1965-2009

Box 9 Folder 1 Renaissance at South Shore’s ‘Faces of Wisdom’ award to Milton Davis, 1998 October 1. Photography by Eric Warner.
Box 9 Folder 2 Chicago Sunday Sun-Times Book Week, “Making His Mark: A Strong Diagnosis of America’s Racial Sickness in One Negro’s Odyssey” by Bayard Rustin, 1965 November 14
Box 9 Folder 3 New America, “Support $100 Billion Freedom Budget” by Michael Harrington, 1965 December 18
Box 9 Folder 4 Council on Economic Priorities’ 1994 Silver Anniversary Award certificate to ShoreBank Corporation, 1994 April 21
Box 9 Folder 5 N’DIGO [cover story on South Shore Bank], 1996 November 28-December 11
Box 9 Folder 6 Citation from Northern Michigan University to confer the honorary degree of Doctor of Business upon Milton Davis, James Fletcher, Ron Grzywinski and Mary Houghton, 2001 December 15
Box 9 Folder 7 ShoreBank 35 Years and Growing 2009 calendar, 2009
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