Woodlawn Block Club Council Records

Dates: 1958-1960
Size: 1 linear foot
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: Archives_WBCC
Provenance: The collection was housed in Chicago Public Library’s Woodlawn Branch Library and was originally part of the Historical Society of Woodlawn’s collection. In the 1980s Special Collections, working with a Dr. Scholl Foundation grant, transferred and processed the collection to make it fully available to the public. Selected photocopies and duplicate materials are available at the Woodlawn Branch of the Chicago Public Library.
Access: No restrictions
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: The Woodlawn Block Club Council, Inc. Records, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library.
Processed: Between July and October 1984

Historical Note

In 1958 the Woodlawn Block Club Council (WBCC) was formed "to discuss, organize and set up standards for the block clubs" of the Woodlawn neighborhood and "to represent the community of Woodlawn in the development and implementation of a program to improve the community, through conservation and other related activities." Its membership was comprised of the presidents and two delegates from each of Woodlawn’s numerous block clubs. One of the WBCC’s principal activities was its participation in Chicago’s conservation / urban blight program. Meeting the fourth Friday of each month, the WBCC concerned itself with current neighborhood issues and attempted to disseminate information throughout the Woodlawn community.

Scope and Content

The Woodlawn Block Club Council, Inc. Records are arranged into two series.

Series 1: Administrative Records, 1958 - 1960

This series contains the WBCC’s constitution and by-laws, an extensive correspondence file and a roster of the WBCC’s member organizations. The correspondence file is complete from 1958 to 1960. This series is arranged alphabetically by folder subject title and chronologically within each folder.

Series 2: Publicity Files, 1958 - 1959

The WBCC’s publicity files contain fliers, handouts, newspaper clippings, press releases and other related materials. The material in this series is arranged chronologically.

Container List

Series 1: Administrative Records

Box 1 Folder 1 Constitution and By-Laws: July 1958.
Box 1 Folder 2 Correspondence Files: July-Sept. 1958.
Box 1 Folder 3 Correspondence Files: October-December 1958.
Box 1 Folder 4 Correspondence Files: January-March 1959.
Box 1 Folder 5 Correspondence Files: May-Sept. 1959.
Box 1 Folder 6 Correspondence Files: October-December 1959.
Box 1 Folder 7 Correspondence Files: February 1960.
Box 1 Folder 8 Member Organizations: circa 1958.

Series 2: Publicity Files

Box 1 Folder 9 Handouts, Fliers, Press Releases, and Newspaper clippings: Jan-June 1958.
Box 1 Folder 10 Handouts, Fliers, Press Releases, and Newspaper clippings: January-July 1958.
Box 1 Folder 11 Handouts, Fliers, Press Releases, and Newspaper clippings: July-August 1958.
Box 1 Folder 12 Handouts, Fliers, Press Releases, and Newspaper clippings: Sept.-October 1958.
Box 1 Folder 13 Handouts, Fliers, Press Releases, and Newspaper clippings: November 1958.
Box 1 Folder 14 Handouts, Fliers, Press Releases, and Newspaper clippings: November 1958.
Box 1 Folder 15 Handouts, Fliers, Press Releases, and Newspaper clippings: December 1958.
Box 1 Folder 16 Handouts, Fliers, Press Releases, and Newspaper clippings: January-December 1959.
Box 1 Folder 17 Handouts, Fliers, Press Releases, and Newspaper clippings: January-December 1959.
Box 1 Folder 18 Handouts, Fliers, Press Releases, and Newspaper clippings: January-December 1959.
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