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About Richard M. Daley

Richard M. Daley (b. 1942-) served as Chicago's mayor from 1989 to 2011. Before becoming mayor, he had held a number of public positions: delegate to the 1970 Illinois Constitutional Convention, Illinois state senator, and state's attorney for Cook County. He is the son of another Chicago mayor, Richard J. Daley, who served from 1955 to 1976.

 

About this Digital Collection

This digital collection holds oral history interviews with forty-five contemporaries of Mayor Daley. It has audio and video recordings and related transcripts. The interviews were conducted for the Richard M. Daley Oral History project undertaken by the University of Illinois at Chicago Library between 2017 and 2019. The interviewees include most of the mayor's chiefs of staff, some of his deputy chiefs of staff, a number of his political advisors, and persons who headed city agencies during his tenure. Also included are family members, community leaders, some critics, and former United States Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Peter Cunningham, a friend of and former speechwriter for Mayor Daley, conducted the interviews.

 

Related resources

Daley Family Collections at UIC, research guide
Richard M. Daley papers
Richard M. Daley Ephemera collection
Richard M. Daley Oral History collection
Matt Smith (Mayor Richard M. Daley) papers

 

Contact information

Special Collections & University Archives
Richard J. Daley Library
801 S. Morgan Street Chicago, Illinois 60607
Phone: (312) 996-2742
For email inquiries, Ask a Librarian

 

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