Documents, photographs, and artifacts from Richard J. Daley’s six terms as mayor of Chicago (1955–1976) are available for review by researchers and the public, with the opening of the Richard J. Daley Collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) on July 25.
Housed in a 2,550-square-foot room in the Special Collections Department of UIC’s Daley Library, the Daley collection includes:
- 150 linear feet of documents generated and received by Daley during his six terms as mayor of Chicago and his simultaneous terms as chairman of the Cook County Democratic Committee
- More than 7,000 photographs, some portraying Daley’s political career and others documenting his family life, including family dinners, fishing trips, Daley playing Santa at his children’s school, and Daley as an altar boy
- Photos of Daley with politicians and celebrities such as Pope Paul VI, Harry Truman, Martin Luther King Jr., Muhammad Ali, Frank Sinatra, Eleanor Roosevelt, Anwar Sadat, and Bob Hope
- Memorabilia from Daley’s campaigns for sheriff, county clerk, state senator, and mayor
- Gifts from private citizens, such as a framed skyline image made of matchbooks from the president of an association of Chicago crossing guards
For more details, see the July 22 UIC news release, “Richard J. Daley Collection Opens at UIC.”