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Descriptive inventory for the Jacob M. Arvey papers, 1911-1970, bulk 1960-1968

Jacob M. Arvey papers

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Descriptive inventory for the Jacob M. Arvey papers, 1911-1970, bulk 1960-1968

Prepared by Adam Melville, 2016
  
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Chicago History Museum, Research Center
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Jacob M. Arvey papers, circa 1911-1970 (inclusive), 1960-1968 (bulk)
Creators: Arvey, Jacob M., (Jacob Meyer), 1895 - 1977
Chicago Park District (Chicago, Ill.)
Chicago Park District (Chicago, Ill.). Board of Commissioners.
Democratic National Convention (1968 :$ Chicago, Ill.)
Dates: circa 1911-1970 (inclusive), 1960-1968 (bulk)
Accession number: 1991.0370.2
Bib number: 00065957
Call numbers: MSS Lot A
MSS Oversize A
Size: 9 linear feet (23 boxes), 1 oversize folder
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Materials were a gift of Howard Arvey (accession #:1991.0370.2) in memory of Jacob M. Arvey.

Terms governing use:

Copyright may be retained by the creators of items, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States coyright law, unless otherwise noted.

Restriction(s):

This collection is open for research use.

Please cite this collection as:

Jacob M. Arvey papers (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and series/box/folder/call number of a specific item.

Additional Materials +/-

Related material:

Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the Jacob Arvey scrapbook, ca. 1930s, the Jacob M. Arvey photograph collection (1991.0370), and the Democratic National Convention of 1968 photograph (2003.0155).

Collection Summary +/-

The collection contains correspondence, pamphlets, flyers, meeting minutes, committee reports, newsletters, personal calendars, election vote tallies, photographs and other papers of Jacob M. Arvey concerning his work in the Chicago City Council as 24th Ward Alderman (1923-1941) and on City Council committees, such as the Committee on Track Elevation (1924-1925), Committee on Gas, Oil and Electric Light (1925-1928), and the Illinois Relief Commission (1936); as chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party (1946-1950); and as Commissioner of the Chicago Park District Board (1950s-1960s). Also included are materials from Democratic primaries in the 1930s and 1940s, as well as the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. In addition to Arvey’s political career, the collection also includes correspondence with various Jewish organizations (1930s) including the Zionist Organization of Chicago, Jewish Charities of Chicago, Chicago Committee for the Defense of Human Rights Against Naziism and the Hebrew Sheltering and Immigrant Aid Society of America; articles, reports and petitions about minimum residential standards as advocated by the Metropolitan Housing Council (1933-1936); and correspondence related to the Chicago City Mayor’s Radio Commission (1924-1926) and the regulation of radio broadcasting in Chicago. Other topics documented in the collection include the practice of performing medical research surgery on live animals through the Vivisection Ordinance (1934-35) and the licensing of gambling through the Pari-mutuel Brokers Ordinance (1937-1938).

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

Jacob Meyer Arvey (1895-1977), also known as “Jake,” “Jack,” or “Colonel” (in honor of his service in World War II), was a lawyer who served as alderman for Chicago’s 24th Ward from 1923 to 1941. Arvey was active in Chicago City Council committees and served as a commissioner for the Chicago Park District in the 1950s and 1960s. Arvey supported campaigns for Chicago mayor Edward Joseph Kelly (1933-1947), Illinois governor Henry Horner (1933–1940) and U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1932-1945). Arvey also served as a chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party (1946-1950), and was a delegate in the 1968 Democratic National Convention held in Chicago, during which he supported then U.S. Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey for the Democratic nominee for President. Arvey also was active in Chicago’s Jewish community, particularly in the predominately Jewish North Lawndale neighborhood that he represented as alderman.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
City council members--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Election districts--Illinois--Chicago--24th Ward
Parks--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Political conventions--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Persons:
Arvey, Jacob M., (Jacob Meyer), 1895-1977--Archives
Organizations:
Chicago Park District (Chicago, Ill.)--Board of Commissioners
Democratic National Convention (1968 : Chicago, Ill.)
Democratic Party (Chicago, Ill.)
Democratic Party (Cook County, Ill.)
Democratic Party (U.S.)
Genre/Form:
Appointment books
Correspondence
Minutes
Newsletters
Pamphlets
Reports
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.)--Officials and employees--20th century
Chicago (Ill.)--Politics and government--20th century

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in one series. Within the series materials are arranged alphabetically by topic and chronologically within topics.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Jacob M. Arvey papers (box 1-23 and 1 oversize folder)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Adam Melville using Oxygen XML Editor, 2016.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Other Finding Aids: Finding aid also submitted to the Explore Chicago Collections portal.
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