Chicago Area Project records, 1932-1937.
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This collection contains material related to the first decade that CAP operated. It includes financial and organizational information, field reports from various places across Illinois and correspondences between various members of the organization.
- Chicago Area Project (Organization)
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The Chicago Area Project (CAP) was founded in the 1930's by Clifford Shaw, a University of Chicago sociologist, who believed every neighborhood could reduce juvenile delinquency by improving community life. Shaw’s approach was to rally the parents to establish the Russell Square Community Committee. Shaw's objective was to lessen the attraction of delinquency for gang youth. Besides approaching youth - and encouraging families to take a leadership role in the community committees - Shaw also embarked on an even more controversial path. He began involving some of the "unsavory" elements of the community in neighborhood plans and the decision-making process. Recognizing that the "bad elements" of a community often wielded power and could not be simply avoided, Shaw actually solicited their support and utilized their power and strength to meet the community’s needs.
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The Chicago Area Project (CAP) was founded in the 1930's by Clifford Shaw, a University of Chicago sociologist, who believed every neighborhood could reduce juvenile delinquency by improving community life. This collection contains the records from the first decade of CAP's operation and includes financial records, field reports, and correspondence.
This collection has been arranged chronologically.
Materials were donated to the Congregational Library & Archives by the Chicago Theological Seminary in 2014; Accession: 2014-124.
"Historical Look at Chicago Area Project." Chicago Area Project. 2017. http://www.chicagoareaproject.org/historical-look-chicago-area-project
Processed by William McCarthy, March 2017, using DACS Second Edition.
- Chicago Area Project records, 1932-1937.
- William McCarthy
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