The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
United Citizens' Committee for Freedom of Residence in Illinois records
Repository: Wisconsin Historical Society. Library-Archives
Collection Description (Extant): Records of the United Citizens' Committee for Freedom of Residence in Illinois founded in 1960 to promote fair housing, which led to the formation in 1964 of a national research and public education organization, the Foundation for Freedom and Democracy in Community Life, with which the Illinois committee affiliated. These are the files of Donald S. Frey, executive secretary of the national organization and chairman of the Illinois FOR. The collection contains administrative correspondence and proceedings of the board of directors and various committees; correspondence and transactions of conferences sponsored by FOR and other groups; communications from related organizations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; records of its vigorous but unsuccessful Illinois fair housing law campaign; and fund-raising and publicity materials. The tapes were recorded at an FOR conference in Rockford, Illinois, in 1962.
The correspondence documents interaction with the following organizations: the National Association of Intergroup Relations, the National Committee Against Discrimination in Housing, the Chicago Urban League, the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, the Chicago chapter of the American Jewish Committee, the American Jewish Congress, the Catholic International Council, the Illinois Human Relations Council, the Evanston City Council, the National Catholic Interracial Foundation, the Illinois Committee for Fair Employment, the Episcopal Society for Cultural and Racial Unity, and the American Bar Association Individual Rights Committee. There is also documentation regarding the Illinois Rally for Freedom of Residence.
Prominent correspondents include Illinois political figures Richard J. Daley, Otto Kerner, and Charles H. Percy.
Digital Status: No
Existing IDs: Mss 11; Tape 434A
Extent: 8.5 c.f. (20 archives boxes) and 2 tape recordings
Finding Aid URL: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.uw-whs-mss00011
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African Americans--Civil rights--Illinois
Discrimination in housing--Illinois