Leon M. Despres papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1929–1982 (bulk 1955–1975)
Survey Repository: 

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

103 linear feet and 28 microfilm reels of material consisting of subject files, correspondence, constituent requests, and news clippings, chiefly from Leon Despres' service as Chicago 5th Ward Alderman (Independent), 1955-1975. Box 131, folder 5, contains correspondence between Leon M. Despres and Wesley Greene, Marie Zoe Greene-Mercier and Harold Haydon regarding the lawsuit in 1957 against the Art Institute of Chicago over the Ferguson Fund. Box 132, folder 1, contains notes, memos, lists, and correspondence between Despres and the Chicago Mural Group Workshop, the Community Arts Foundation, and others regarding public murals in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood.

Biographical Historical Note

Leon M. Depres represented the Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago’s City Council between 1955 and 1975.

Additional Notes

Related collections: Luis Kutner papers, Chicago History Museum; Wesley H. Greene Papers, University of Chicago Library; Marie Zoe Greene-Mercier Papers, Illinois Institute of Technology; B. F. Ferguson Monument Fund Records, Art Institute of Chicago, Institutional Archives.