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Richard J. Daley
Richard J. Daley sitting behind his desk talking on a telephone, undated.



About Richard J. Daley

Richard Joseph Daley (May 15, 1902 - December 20, 1976) was a six-term mayor of the City of Chicago (1955-1976) and an influential chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party from 1953 until his death. Daley served as an Illinois State Representative and Senator (1936-1946), State Director of Revenue (1948-50), and Cook County Clerk (1950-55) before being elected mayor of Chicago. As mayor, Daley focused on providing municipal services, developing the city center, and ensuring the fiscal health of the city. As chairman of the Cook County Democratic Central Committee, he wielded local and national political power.

 

About this Digital Collection

The Richard J. Daley Era Photographs collection contains approximately 13,000 photographs that depict the life and career of Mayor Daley, including images of his family as well as local, national, and international political associates and contemporaries. The photographs come from two archival collections housed in Special Collections at the University of Illinois at Chicago Library: the Richard J. Daley Collection and the László Kondor Photograph Collection. Kondor served as the mayor's official photographer from 1972 to 1976 and captured the later years of Daley's political life.

 

Related Resources

Richard J. Daley Collection
László Kondor Photograph Collection
Remembering Richard J. Daley

 

Acknowledgements

The majority of the photographs in the Richard J. Daley Collection came from the City of Chicago Office of the Mayor, and the offices of the Cook County Democratic Party. Some were collected after his death by his wife Eleanor. Eleanor and the Daley family donated these photographs, along with the mayor's papers, to the UIC Library in 2013. The Kondor Collection photographs were donated to the library by László Kondor in 2013.

 

Contact Information

Special Collections & University Archives
Richard J. Daley Library
801 S. Morgan Street Chicago, Illinois 60607
(312) 996-2742

 

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