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The Red Squad Collection New!

The Chicago Police Department, Red Squad selected records, c. 1930s-86 (bulk 1963-74) concerns surveillance of suspected “subversive” groups by the Chicago Police Department, ca. mid-1950s-74. The records were involved in two federal lawsuits. After these lawsuits were settled, Judge Susan Getzendanner of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois issued an order that deposited these records at the Museum and imposed certain restrictions on access to and disclosure of the records.

> Learn about accessing the collection

The Studs Terkel collection

Starting in June 2010, access to the Museum’s collection of Studs Terkel audio recordings will be extremely restricted due to a multi-year collaboration with the Library of Congress to digitize these materials.  Listening copies of individual Studs Terkel audio recordings currently exist for a portion of the museum’s holdings and may be available for use by researchers while the digitization project is underway.

> Please direct requests for access to the listening copies to rightsrepro@chicagohistory.org.

Research Tools

The Research Center has a number of tools developed to aid researchers in their search for information.  Learn more about what is available for:

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