Thomas A. Gaudette Papers

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Thomas A. Gaudette Papers

Collection number: CSLA-18

William H. Hannon Library

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, California
Processed by:
Clay Stalls
Date Completed:
2002
Encoded by:
Clay Stalls and Alec Lee
© 2013 Loyola Marymount University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Thomas A. Gaudette Papers
Dates: 1938-1996
Collection number: CSLA-18
Creator: Gaudette, Thomas A., 1923-1998
Collection Size: 21 archival document boxes
Repository: Loyola Marymount University. Library. Department of Archives and Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90045-2659
Abstract: The holdings in the Thomas A. Gaudette Papers consist of materials that Gaudette gathered to document both his work in community organizing as well as that of other persons and groups.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Collection is open to research under the terms of use of the Department of Archives and Special Collections, Loyola Marymount University.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Series number, Box and Folder number, Thomas A. Gaudette Papers, CSLA-18, Department of Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Kathryn Gaudette. Accession number: 1999.20.

Biography / Administrative History

Thomas ("Tom") A. Gaudette was born in 1923, in Boston, Massachusetts. His parents were Roman Catholic and his father a member of a railroad union, two critical influences on Tom Gaudette's later development as a community organizer. Gaudette served with distinction in the United States Army Air Corps in World War II, surviving the famous raid on Ploesti, Romania, and by war's end earning the Flying Cross, the Air Medal, and a Presidential Citation. After the war, he graduated in 1949 from Boston College, where he played hockey, again demonstrating a toughness that would be a hallmark of his organizing career.
By the 1950s Tom Gaudette and his wife Kay had settled in Chicago, where he worked as a vice-president for the Admiral Corporation. Here, he was introduced to community organizing, for his new home had become a center of community organizing because of the work of Saul Alinsky and the Roman Catholic Church.
Experienced in labor organizing and trained in sociology, Saul Alinsky (1909-1972) inspired the community organizing movement in the United States. Alinsky-style community organizing is dedicated to creating grass-roots organizations led by local people with the end of combating government bureaucracies or businesses or other powers unresponsive to local concerns. The organizer, in the classic Alinsky sense, does not assume leadership of community organizations. Instead, he or she may inspire local communities to action, but the organizer's real job is to identify leaders who can direct the community organizations, so that communities themselves can truly determine their own direction. The Alinsky maxim "Never do for the people what they can do for themselves" aptly expresses this approach to community organizing. Identified with neither socialist thought nor the New Left of the 1960s, community organizing is thus a populist movement possessed of a profound faith in the democratic abilities of local communities to control their destiny. A major correlative belief is that, when local communities themselves address their problems, social justice and true democracy are realized.
In 1939, Alinsky successfully organized the Back of the Yards neighborhood in the slums of the stockyards area of Chicago. His Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council successfully fought for major civic improvements and stands as a landmark success in the history of Alinsky's organizing. It still exists today. An important reason for the success of Alinsky and the Back of the Yards Council was the strong support of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Chicago, with its advocacy of social activism. Auxiliary Bishop Bernard Sheil championed Alinsky's work in the Back of the Yards, and such other notable Chicago Roman Catholic Church leaders as Cardinal Samuel Stritch and Monsignor John Egan would continue to provide him with invaluable moral and financial support. In short, Alinsky's methods of community organizing would be rooted in socially active churches, most notably Roman Catholic.
It was in this context that Tom Gaudette entered community organizing in Chicago. Active in their Roman Catholic parish, Tom and Kay Gaudette's involvement in the Christian Family Movement led to their joining the Chatham-Avalon Park Community Council in 1957. Tom Gaudette emerged as a leader of this organization, serving as its president and spokesman in fights over such issues as zoning restrictions and controls on taverns in Chatham-Avalon Park. Another key issue, dominant in the Chicago of the 1950s and 1960s, was the African-American integration of white, often ethnic, neighborhoods, with subsequent white flight to the suburbs. Through his work in these areas, Gaudette met Father Egan, who, as head of the Chicago Archdiocesan Conservation Council concerned with integration, was beginning his rise in the ranks of Roman Catholic social activism. Impressed with Guadette's character and leadership abilities, Egan believed him the right person to organize an area that the monsignor had targeted for such work: Chicago's West Town, a Polish-American community. Saul Alinsky had refused Egan's earlier request to organize the area, citing the lack of money and an organizer to carry out the work. Egan responded by raising money for the project from the archdiocese and sending Gaudette to Alinsky to interview for the position of organizer for West Town. After an interview memorable for the profane give and take between the two, Alinsky hired Gaudette in 1961, leading to an eleven year association between the men. Alinsky schooled Gaudette in community organizing, making him one of the handful of organizers whom Alinsky personally trained.
Gaudette went to work for Alinsky on Chicago's west side, organizing the Northwest Community Organization (NCO), one of the hallmark Alinsky community organizations in Chicago. NCO, under Gaudette's tutelage, fought the extensive demolition of housing planned for the area because of urban renewal.

Scope and Content of Collection

The materials in this collection were collected by Thomas Gaudette himself during his long career as an organizer. The textual materials include newspaper clippings, magazine and journal articles, book reviews, correspondence, conference materials, community organization flyers, brochures, newsletters, and annual reports. Non-textual holdings consist of photographs, video tapes, and audiocassettes. The photographs (usually Kodak color) are mainly personal photographs that Thomas Gaudette made of the organizing meetings he attended and organizers he met. The chronological span of the holdings is from 1938 to 1996, with the majority of the materials found after 1960. Thomas Gaudette arranged in binders, in chronological sequence by year and then month, many of the textual materials and photographs. This suggests that he used the binders as a resource and probably intended that they serve as a record of his activities in community organizing, as well as the movement in general with which his life was so strongly associated. Correspondence in the holdings indicates that he solicited materials, especially newspaper articles, from other community organizers for this task, further evidence of his desire to document the history of community organizing and the community organizers and organizations with which he had worked. After retiring from organizing, Gaudette, either in 1993 or 1994, gave his holdings to one of his proteges, John Baumann, S. J., of the Pacific Institute for Community Organization. Father Baumann then transferred them to the CSLA Research Collection in 2000, at the direction of Kathryn Gaudette, Thomas Gaudette's widow.
This collection has been organized into series based on the arrangement conceived by the material's originator, Thomas Gaudette. Series 1 consists of the binders documenting the career of Thomas Gaudette, as well as the organizers and community organizations with which he was associated. Series 2 consists of miscellaneous materials, loose articles and notebooks. Series 3 consists of video tapes and audio cassette tapes. Specific research strengths and types of materials for each series are noted in its particular description found below. There are number of reel-to-reel tapes as well, presently unavailable for public use.

Arrangement

This collection has been organized into series based on the original order that the material's originator, Thomas Gaudette, established. Series 1 consists of the binders documenting the career of Thomas Gaudette, as well as the organizers and community organizations with which he was associated. Series 2 consists of miscellaneous materials, loose articles and notebooks. Series 3 consists of video tapes and audio cassette tapes. Specific research strengths and types of materials for each series are noted in its particular description found below.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Gaudette, Thomas A., 1923-1998 -- Archives
Alinsky, Saul David, 1909-1972
Northwest Community Organization (Chicago, Ill.)
Community organization -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
Community organization -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Sources
Chicago (Ill.) -- History -- 20th century -- Sources


 

Series 1:  Thomas A. Gaudette Community Organizing Binders. 1938-1996

Physical Description: 17 archival document boxes

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of magazine, newspaper, and journal articles; community organization flyers, brochures, and annual reports; photographs; and correspondence. Thomas Gaudette placed these materials in binders, in chronological sequence by year and then month, beginning with 1938; the date of the last binder is 1995, with some material dated as 1996. The materials in the binders were pasted on sheets of paper, which were then numbered. Also, some binders had handwritten indices for their contents. For preservation purposes, the materials have been removed from their binders, but the order and chronological arrangement of the materials have been maintained. In short, original order has been preserved in this series. Most of the materials in this series are magazine, newspaper, and journal articles, some of which are photocopies. Personal papers, such as correspondence, is limited, although often informative. For example Box 1, Folder 2, contains a copy of a letter from 1958 that Monsignor John Egan sent to Tom Gaudette in which Egan praises the latter's organizing abilities and encourages him to carry on the work. Also useful in this series are the rosters that Thomas Gaudette maintained over the years of community organizers and community organizations. The photographs of the organizing meetings and organizers that Thomas Gaudette took provide valuable photographic documentation of community organizing.
Because of Thomas Gaudette's fundamental role in community organization, persons and community organizations important in this field are found in this collection. Most of the materials on these persons is either articles by or about them, rather than personal papers such as correspondence. Despite this absence, the progress, issues, and philosophy of community organizing can be discerned in these holdings because of their chronological breadth and the importance of the individuals found in them. Names of note include Saul Alinsky, Fred Ross, Ed Chambers, Gale Cincotta, John Baumann, Shel Trapp, Heather Booth, Monsignor John Egan, and Ernesto Cortes. Organizations important in this series include, but are not limited to, the Pacific Institute for Community Organization, National People's Alliance, National Training and Information Center, Eastern Training Community Institute, and National Training Center.
Box 1, Folder 1

Articles, clippings, pamphlets re Saul Alinsky, Industrial Areas Foundation and Chicago work ("Back of the Yards, Inc.") and other early Alinsky community organizations (1940-1956: 1 of 2) 1938-1956 (dates broken)

Box 1, Folder 2

Articles, clippings re work of community councils, Community Service Organization of Stockton, and Saul Alinsky; newsletter, annual report, articles, list of officers re Chatham-Avalon Park Community Council of Chicago, Thomas Gaudette member; Alinsky speeches, articles re Association of Community Councils conferences (1940-1956: 2 of 2) 1956-1958

Box 1, Folder 3

Articles re Chicago community organizations, eg, Organization for the Southwest Community, Saul Alinsky; Thomas Gaudette speeches 1959

Box 1, Folder 4

Nicholas von Hoffman, Thomas Gaudette and others: papers on leadership, community organizing; articles re Back of the Yards Council, Chatham-Avalon Park Community Council; map and list of organizations for Chicago community organizations; Saul Alinsky report on New York organizing; T. Gaudette speeches 1960

Box 1, Folder 5

Articles, newsletters re organizing, including Kansas City Church Community Organization, Orange County Community Church Organization; action statements (June-Dec. 1995: 2 of 2; cf. Box 17, Folder 5, this series, for 1 of 2) 1995

Box 1A, Folder 1

Articles, newsletters, pamphlets re organizing; Organizers Training Institute report; Thomas Gaudette corr. 1995

Box 1A, Folder 2

Index to materials in Thomas Gaudette notebooks, 1938-1983 1983?

Box 2, Folder 1

Saul Alinsky and Nicholas von Hoffman memoranda; articles, papers re Chicago community organization: The Woodlawn Organization (1961-1963: 1 of 2) 1959-1962

Box 2, Folder 2

Articles, photographs, re Chicago community organization: The Woodlawn Organization; papers on community organizations, churches and community organizing (1961-1963: 2 of 2) 1962-1963

Box 2, Folder 3

Papers re community organizing; articles re and by Saul Alinsky; articles, speeches, photographs re Northwest Community Organization (Chicago) 1964-1965

Box 2, Folder 4

Articles, papers re community organizing, Saul Alinsky, Northwest Community Organization of Chicago (1966: 1 of 2) 1966

Box 2, Folder 5

Articles, papers re community organizing, Saul Alinsky, Northwest Community Organization of Chicago (1966: 2 of 2) 1966

Box 3, Folder 1

Articles, papers re Saul Alinsky, community organizing; photographs re "Austin convention" (1967: 1 of 2) 1967

Box 3, Folder 2

Articles, papers re Saul Alinsky, community organizing; articles and articles of incorporation for Organization for a Better Austin (Chicago); legal papers re suit against Thomas Gaudette (1967: 2 of 2) 1967

Box 3, Folder 3

Organizational resolutions, membership list, memoranda, board meeting minutes, school busing papers re Organization for a Better Austin (Chicago); paper, articles re community organizing; photographs: community organizations, Thomas Gaudette organizer or participant (1968-1969: 1 of 2) 1968

Box 3, Folder 4

Budget, housing committee report and "Fair Housing" materials, membership lists, organizational resolutions re Organization for a Better Austin of Chicago (1968-1969: 2 of 2) 1968-1969

Box 3, Folder 6-May

Thomas Gaudette outgoing and incoming corr., itinerary, papers re organizing trips in Asia (1970: 1 of 2) 1970-1972

Box 4, Folder 1

Outline of Alinsky methods and philosophy; corr., articles re community organizing; corr. re Asian community organizing; photographs, financial memorandum re Organization for a Better Austin convention (1970: 2 of 2) 1970

Box 4, Folder 3-Feb

Thomas Gaudette incoming and outgoing corr.; occasional papers, newsletters, articles re community organizing and Organization for a Better Austin of Chicago, Saul Alinsky, Industrial Areas Foundation; roster of Jesuit training institute participants; S. Alinsky reports on Asian organizing; Catholic Committee on Urban Ministry minutes 1971

Box 4, Folder 5-April

Articles re Organization for a Better Austin (OBA); Gaudette memoranda re resignation from OBA; Mid-American Institute for Community Development articles of incorporation and memoranda; articles re organizers, Chicago community organizing; community organization bibliography; photographs: conferences and community organizations (including Asia), Thomas Gaudette organizer or participant 1972-1974

Box 4, Folder 6

Articles, reports re national and Chicago community organizing and organizers, eg, Gale Cincotta; photographs: conferences and community organizations, Thomas Gaudette organizer or participant 1974

Box 4, Folder 7

Articles, papers, conference schedules, newsletters re national and Chicago community organizing: Citizens Action Program, Metropolitan Area Housing Alliance; roster of Oakland Training Institute staff (1975-1976: 1 of 2) 1975

Box 5, Folder 1

Community organization newsletters; papers, articles, reports, conference materials re Chicago and national community organizing, Metropolitan Area Housing Alliance; Oakland organizers conference materials; photographs: conferences and community organizations, Thomas Gaudette organizer or participant (1975-1976: 2 of 2) 1976

Box 5, Folder 2

Photographs: conferences and community organizations, Thomas Gaudette organizer or participant; articles re community organizing (1977: 1 of 2) 1977

Box 5, Folder 3

Photographs: conferences, and community organizations, Thomas Gaudette organizer or participant; articles re community organizing (1977: 2 of 2) 1977

Box 5, Folder 4

Industrial Areas Foundation organizing manuals, articles re organizing; Santa Ana City manager's analysis of community organizing (1978: 1 of 3) 1978

Box 5, Folder 6-May

National Commission on Neighborhoods newsletter; articles, papers re community organizing, including Communities Organized for Public Service (San Antonio); roster of community organizations; photographs conferences and community organizations, Thomas Gaudette organizer or participant (1978: 2 of 3) 1978

Box 6, Folder 2-Jan

Articles, papers re organizing; training session and programs materials (including PICO); Shel Trapp pamphlet on organizing; roster of organizers and organizations; photographs: conferences and community organizations, Thomas Gaudette organizer or participant (1979: 2 of 3) 1979

Box 6, Folder 3

Articles, papers re organizing, Saul Alinsky; photographs: conferences and community organizations, Thomas Gaudette organizer or participant (1979: 3 of 3) 1979

Box 6, Folder 4

Papers, articles, memoranda re organizing; photographs: meetings, community organizations, Thomas Gaudette organizer or participant (Oct.-Dec. 1980: 1 of 2) 1980

Box 6, Folder 5

Papers, articles, memoranda, conference notes re organizing; photographs: meetings, community organizations, Thomas Gaudette organizer or participant (Oct.-Dec. 1980: 2 of 2) 1980

Box 7, Folder 1

Thomas Gaudette's itinerary; papers, articles re organizing, eg, Oakland Community Organization; Saul Alinksy's Rules for Radicals; list of community organizations and organizers, including PICO (Jan.-Sept. 1980: 1 of 2) 1980

Box 7, Folder 2

Catholic Charities memoranda; offprint of article re Saul Alinsky; photographs: PICO, meetings, community organizations, Thomas Gaudette organizer or participant (Jan.-Sept. 1980: 2 of 2) 1980

Box 7, Folder 3

Articles, pamphlet re organizing; notes on training institute programs; list of community organizations and organizers; notes on training talks; photographs: meetings, community organizations, Thomas Gaudette organizer or participant (1981: 1 of 2) 1981

Box 7, Folder 4

Articles, pamphlet re organizing; notes on training institute programs; list of community organizations and organizers; notes on training talks; photographs: meetings (including PICO), community organizations, Thomas Gaudette organizer or participant (1981: 2 of 2) 1981

Box 7, Folder 5

Lists of community organizations and organizers; photographs: meetings, Thomas Gaudette organizer or participant; articles, paper, newsletter re organizing(1982: 1 of 3) 1982

Box 7A, Folder 2-Jan

Articles re organizing, including Gale Cincotta, Shel Trapp, The Metropolitan Organization of Houston; photographs: meetings (including PICO), community organizations, Thomas Gaudette organizer or participant; Midwest Academy songbook (1982: 2 of 3) 1982

Box 8, Folder 1

Corr.; paper, articles re community organizing; professional development questionnaire; photographs: meetings (including PICO), community organizations, Thomas Gaudette organizer or participant; planning document (Jan.-June 1983: 1 of 2) 1983

Box 8, Folder 2

Paper, articles re community organizing and organizers, eg, Ernesto Cortes; photographs: meetings, community organizations, Thomas Gaudette organizer or participant; papers on organizing careers of Thomas Gaudette and Fred Ross (Jan.-June 1983: 2 of 2) 1983

Box 8, Folder 3

Articles, newsletters re organizing; list of community organizers and organizations; handout re characteristics of organizer; Photographs: meetings (including PICO), community organizations, Thomas Gaudette organizer or participant; (June-Dec. 1983: 1 of 2) 1983

Box 8, Folder 4

Photographs: meetings, community organizations, Thomas Gaudette organizer or participant; PICO brochures; articles re organizing, eg, Michigan Avenue Community Organization (Detroit), The Metropolitan Project (Houston) (June-Dec. 1983: 2 of 2) 1983

Box 8, Folder 5

Newsletter, articles re organizing, including Saul Alinsky; photographs: meetings (including PICO), community organizations, Thomas Gaudette organizer or participant (Jan.-Aug. 1984: 1 of 2) 1984

Box 8, Folder 6

Articles re organizing, including Saul Alinsky; photographs: meetings (including PICO), community organizations, Thomas Gaudette organizer or participant; Industrial Areas Foundation training conference agenda; organizing conference participants; training session notes/outline (Jan.-Aug. 1984: 2 of 2) 1984

Box 9, Folder 1

Articles, newsletter re organizing, eg, St. Louis Assoc. of Community Organizations, Michigan Avenue Community Organization, Oakland Community Organizations; photographs: meetings (including PICO), community organizations, Thomas Gaudette organizer or participant; corr.; training session schedule; training session notes/outline (April-Sep. 1984: 1 of 2) 1984

Box 9, Folder 2

Newsletter, articles re organizing, Saul Alinsky; meeting notes; photographs: community organizations, meeting (including PICO), Thomas Gaudette organizer or participant (April-Sep. 1984: 2 of 2) 1984

Box 9, Folder 3

Newsletters, articles, papers re organizing; photographs: community organizations, meetings, Thomas Gaudette organizer or participant; interview questions for organizers; United Neighborhoods Organization (UNO) meeting materials (Oct.-Dec. 1984: 1 of 2) 1984

Box 9, Folder 4

Mayor Thomas Bradley's address at UNO meeting; articles, paper, newsletters re organizing; Kansas City project annual report; parish development plan (Oct.-Dec. 1984: 2 of 2) 1984

Box 9, Folder 5

List of organizers and community organizations; articles, reports, pamphlet, newsletters re organizing; plan for organizing parishes (Jan.-June 1985: 1 of 2) 1985

Box 9, Folder 6

Articles, corr. re organizing; list of, report on Chicago community organizations; grant proposal by Kansas City Organizing Project; training session application; community organization brochure (Jan.-June 1985: 2 of 2) 1985

Box 10, Folder 1

Bibliography re organizing; articles, newsletter re organizing, including Shel Trapp; photographs: meeting (PICO included), conferences, Thomas Gaudette, organizer or participant; roster community organizers conference; Thomas Gaudette biographical sketch (July-Dec. 1985: 1 of 2) 1985

Box 10, Folder 2

Evaluation notes re Chicago organizers conference; Campaign for Human Development newsletter; photographs: meetings, community organizations, Thomas Gaudette, organizer or participant; newsletters, articles, corr. re organizing, including Michigan Avenue Community Organization, PICO; information sheets on community groups in Mobile and Kansas City (July-Dec. 1985: 2 of 2) 1985

Box 10, Folder 3

Articles, papers, corr. re organizing, including Shel Trapp Gale Cincotta; community organization budget, roster; flyer on housing, housing plans for "Community Initiated Housing"; PICO flyer, newsletter; photographs: Eastern Comm. Training Institute, organizers (Jan.-July 1986: 1 of 2) 1986

Box 10, Folder 4

Articles, newsletters, meeting agenda, photographs, training evaluation re organizing, community organizations including Camden Churches Organized for People; Oakland Community Organizations booklet; (Jan.-July 1986: 2 of 2) 1986

Box 10, Folder 5

Articles, flyers re organizing, community organizations; PICO newsletter; photographs: community organizations, Thomas Gaudette, organizer, participant (Aug.-Dec. 1986: 1 of 2) 1986

Box 11, Folder 1

Articles, report, newsletter re organizing, including Shel Trapp, Gale Cincotta, St. Louis Association of Community Organizations; Archbishop Roger Mahoney speech; photographs: community organizations (Aug.-Dec. 1986: 2 of 2) 1986

Box 11, Folder 2

Newsletters, papers, articles, bibliographies re organizing, community organizations; Michigan Avenue Community Organization grant proposal; photographs: community organizations (Jan.-June 1987: 1 of 2) 1987

Box 11, Folder 3

Articles re organizing, including San Diego Organizing Project; Oakland Community Organization agenda; organizing conference materials; notes on Industrial Areas Foundation training session (Jan.-June 1987: 2 of 2) 1987

Box 11, Folder 4

Articles, newsletters, pamphlet re organizing, community organizations, including Oakland Community Organization, Camden Churches Organized for People; St. Louis Association of Community Organizations evaluation form; conference report; photographs: community organizations; roster, schedule, photographs for organizers conference, Thomas Gaudette participant (Jul-Dec. 1987: 1 of 2) 1987

Box 11, Folder 5

Roster, schedule, photographs, notes, caucus minutes for various organizers conference; community organization budgets; articles re organizing; photographs: community organizations (Jul-Dec. 1987: 2 of 2) 1987

Box 12, Folder 1

Articles, papers re organizing, Saul Alinsky, and Asian organizers; photographs: community organization housing project (Jan.-April 1988: 1 of 2) 1988

Box 12, Folder 2

Papers on miscellaneous political, economic topics; newsletters, articles re organizing, including Camden Churches Organized for People; photographs: community organizations (Jan.-April 1988: 2 of 2) 1988

Box 12, Folder 3

Photographs: community organizations, Thomas Gaudette, organizer, participant; Oakland Community Organization reports on drugs; articles, corr. re organizing; Southern Californian Industrial Areas Foundation booklet (May-Dec. 1988: 1 of 2) 1988

Box 12, Folder 4

Training session schedules; articles re organizing; PICO newsletter; flyers re St. Louis Association of Community Organization housing project; community organization papers on drug abuse prevention; list of community organizing centers; photographs: community organizations; Industrial Areas Foundation training notes (May-Dec. 1988: 2 of 2) 1988

Box 12, Folder 5

Photographs: training session, Tom Gaudette organizer, participant; notes re community organizing; newsletters, articles re organizing; roster of financial contributors to St. Louis Association of Community Organizations; materials re Chicago community housing reinvestment (1989: 1 of 2) 1989

Box 12, Folder 6

Articles, newsletters re organizing, including Michigan Avenue Community Organization; photographs: community organizations; Southern Californian Industrial Areas Foundation booklet (1989: 2 of 2) 1989

Box 13, Folder 1

Articles re organizing, including Shel Trapp, Gale Cincotta; photographs: meetings, community organizations, Tom Gaudette participant, organizer (1989: 1 of 2) 1989

Box 13, Folder 2

Articles, newsletters re organizing, including, San Diego Organizing Project, Saul Alinsky; St. Louis Association of Community Organizations and Northwest Community Organizations annual reports; photographs: community organizations; community organizing conference schedule (1989: 2 of 2) 1989

Box 13, Folder 3

Articles, newsletters, re organizing, including, Shel Trapp, Gale Cincotta; Lutheran policy statement on organizing; biography of Father John Egan (Jan.-June 1990: 1 of 2) 1990

Box 13, Folder 4

Articles, foundation report re organizing (Jan.-June 1990: 2 of 2) 1990

Box 13, Folder 5

Journal, articles, newsletters, issues papers, pamphlet re organizing, including Communities Organized for Public Service (San Antonio); photographs: community organizations, Thomas Gaudette, organizer, participant; Ed Chambers corr.; Industrial Areas Foundation booklet (June-Dec. 1990: 1 of 2) 1990

Box 14, Folder 1

Booklet/report on church-based organizing; Gamaliel foundation report and newsletter; articles re organizing; Oakland Community Organizations annual report; Camden Churches Organized for People pamphlet (June-Dec. 1990: 2 of 2) 1990

Box 14, Folder 2

PICO informational pamphlet; newsletters, articles re organizing; flyers, forms re community organization training sessions (Jan.-July 1991: 1 of 2) 1991

Box 14, Folder 3

Project profile re New York City housing development (Nehemiah Project); community organization newsletters; articles re organizing, including Gale Cincotta, Shel Trapp, People Acting in Community Together of San Jose, San Diego Organizing Project; notes on community organization conference (Jan.-July 1991: 2 of 2) 1991

Box 14, Folder 4

Articles, journal re organizing, including Community Organizing Project (San Antonio); Michigan Avenue Community Organization informational booklet; community organization newsletters; roster of organizers and community organizations; conference paper on power (August-Sept. 1991: 1 of 2) 1990-1991

Box 14, Folder 5

Articles, reports, newsletter re organizing; Campaign for Human Development awards list; community organization brochures and conference forms; photographs re St. Louis Association of Community Organizations housing projects (August-Sept. 1991: 2 of 2) 1991

Box 15, Folder 1

Articles, pamphlets, facts sheet re community organizations, organizing; list of Saul Alinsky confederates; photographs, roster for PICO training seminar; PICO organizations and board of directors roster (Jan.-July 1992: 1 of 2) 1992

Box 15, Folder 2

Articles, brochures re organizing, community organizations, including Orange County Community Organizations, San Diego Organizing Project; community organization newsletters; community training conference forms (Jan.-July 1992: 2 of 2) 1992

Box 15, Folder 3

Articles, journal, brochure re community organizations, organizing; community organization newsletters; photographs re PICO training session; papers, reports re economy; discussion paper re housing (July-Dec. 1992: 1 of 2) 1992

Box 15, Folder 4

Articles re organizing; community organization press releases, pamphlets, brochures (July-Dec. 1992: 2 of 2) 1992

Box 15, Folder 5

Articles re organizing; community organization newsletters; PICO, newsletter, information sheets and roster of organizations (1993: 1 of 2) 1993

Box 16, Folder 1

Articles re organizing, including Shel Trapp, Gale Cincotta, People Acting Together (PACT); organizing conference materials (National Organizers Alliance, Gamaliel Foundation); community organization newsletters; training conference materials; corr.; (1993: 2 of 2) 1993

Box 16, Folder 2

Articles, newsletters, journal re organizing; photographs; matching fund handbook; corr.; community organization newsletters (June-Dec. 1993: 1 of 2) 1993

Box 16, Folder 3

Articles re organizing; community organization newsletters, including PICO, Orange County Community Organizations (June-Dec. 1993: 2 of 2) 1993

Box 16, Folder 4

Articles, journals, newsletters re organizing (Jan.-June 1994: 1 of 2) 1994

Box 16, Folder 5

Community organization newsletters; articles re organizing (Jan.-June 1994: 2 of 2) 1994

Box 17, Folder 1

Articles, newsletters re organizing, including South Suburban Action Conference; urban studies program information; community organization newsletters, including PICO (July-Dec. 1994: 1 of 2) 1994

Box 17, Folder 2

Articles, newsletters re organizing, including Shel Trapp, Gale Cincotta, including Orange County Community Organizations; organizing conference advertisement for National Organizers Alliance; St. Louis Association of Community Organizations annual report (July-Dec. 1994: 2 of 2) 1994

Box 17, Folder 3

Articles, newsletters, essay re organizing; index to articles; report re Chicago community organizing program; Industrial Areas Foundation Report; flyers re organizing efforts (Jan.-Feb.1995) 1995-1996

Box 17, Folder 4

Articles, newsletters re organizing (March-May 1995) 1995

Box 17, Folder 5

Articles, newsletters re organizing; flyer re organizing activities; report, essay re organizing activities; conference and workshop programs on organizing (June-Dec. 1995: 1 of 2; ; cf. Box 1, Folder 5, this series, for 2 of 2) 1995

 

Series 2:  Articles, Speeches, Notebooks. 1957-1996

Physical Description: 2 archival document boxes

Scope and Content Note

In this series are found miscellaneous materials from 1957 to 1996 that came to the Research Collection labelled as "Articles, Speeches." The miscellaneous holdings include articles and other literature on organizing, and photographs. Of special interest are dossiers on various community training organizations, eg, the Midwest Academy. Here can be found rosters and literature on the organizations, as well as photographs of their members (Box 1, Folders 4, 5). Valuable too are the notebooks with Tom Gaudette's own reflections on organizing (Box 2, Folders 3, 4).
Box 1 , Folder 1

Personal notes on books and concepts of organizing; articles, papers, essays, speeches (including Saul Alinsky), models re organizing (1 of 2)1957-1981 (dates broken)

Box 1 , Folder 2

Articles, papers, essays re organizing (2 of 2)1981-1988 (dates broken)

Box 1 , Folder 3

Articles, models, notes, papers (some produced by Midwest Academy), essays re organizing1975

Box 1 , Folder 4

Baltimore, California (Anaheim, Oakland, San Diego, etc.), Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, Eastern Community Training Institutes, Germany, Indianapolis community organizations: rosters of members and of community organizations, photographs, brochures, maps1973-1993 (dates broken)

Box 1 , Folder 5

Kansas City, Mobile, New Orleans, Seattle, Washington, D.C./Prince George County, Southeast Asia, St. Louis, St. Paul, Toledo community organizations: rosters of members and of community organizations, photographs, brochures, maps.1974-1992 (dates broken)

Box 2 , Folder 1

Reports, rosters, schedules, photographs, rosters of attendees re community organizing conferences. List of community organizers known by Tom Gaudette1977-1987

Box 2 , Folder 2

Articles re PICO organizing1991-1993

Box 2 , Folder 3

Miscellaneous organizing literature; photographs of organizers, including Thomas Gaudette; photocopy of T. Gaudette's notebook on organizing (1 of 2)1966-1990 (dates broken)

Box 2 , Folder 4

Photocopy of Thomas Gaudette's notebook on organizing (2 of 2)undated

Box 2 , Folder 5

Miscellaneous articles, essays re organizing; papers re strategy and principles of organizing; notes on community organizing leaders, eg, John Baumann1996

Box 2 , Folder 6

Notebook: Thomas Gaudette personal, typewritten anthology on organizing and organizing actionsundated

Box 2 , Folder 7

Notebook: Personal biographies of organizers1976-1992 (dates broken)

 

Series 3:  Audiocassettes and Videocassettes. 1970-1993

Physical Description: 2 archival document boxes

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of nine audiocassettes and nine videocassettes that Thomas Gaudette made of news programs or conferences related to community organizing and organizations. For some of the audiocassettes either the dates, locations, or participants cannot be identified (see nos. 6-9). Perhaps the audiocassette of most interest is the oral history interview conducted with Thomas Gaudette in 1990 on his life and career as an organizer. The place and name of interviewer is unknown. Also of interest is a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, date unknown but most likely made in Chicago.
The videocassettes document the work of community organizations, including those found in Series 1. For example, material on the South Suburban Action Council (SSAC) of the Chicago suburbs can be found in Series 1, Box 17, Folder 1, while tape number 6 of this series contains news documentaries on this community organization. In the box and folder list, cross-references are provided to relevant materials in Series 1; the references are not exhaustive, though.
Box 1, Folder 1-4

Oral history interview: Thomas Gaudette. 4 audiocassettes. Interviewer unknown. Cassette no. 1. Date of interview: 5-10-90. Length: 60 minutes. Cassette no. 2. Date of interview: 5-11-90. Length: 60 minutes. Cassette no. 3. Date of interview: 5-14-90. Length: 60 minutes. Cassette no. 4. Date of interview: 5-15-90. Length: 55 minutes. 1990

Box 1, Folder 5

'Local Churches Fight Against Drugs.'' Session from Challenge for the '90s: Drug-Free Neighborhoods. A National Anti-Drug Conference sponsored by the National Training and Information Center. Length: 60 minutes 1989

Box 1, Folder 6-7

No. 6, original audiocassette label: ''Jesuits Staff. OBA-HP.'' Date: 4 August 1970. Length: 60 minutes. No. 7, original audiocassette label: ''Jesuits Staff. OLA-Coup.'' Date: 5 August 1970. Length: 60 Minutes. 1970

Box 1, Folder 8

Original audiocassette label: ''To: Tom From: Jordan On: Rev. Sharing Fight.'' (Sister Mary Jordan Langenhennig?) Length: 30 minutes undated

Box 1, Folder 9

Original audiocassette label: ''Dr. King.'' Speech by Martin Luther King; location and date unknown (one side only). Length: 45 minutes undated

Box 2, Folder 1

Chicago Video Project, four segments. Demo reel. 1. Henry Horner Mother's Guild untitled video production on problem at Henry Horner Housing Projects. Clips of Chicago and national news reports on Guild. Length: 10 minutes, 4 seconds. 2. Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) untitled video re ACORN actions on abandoned housing in Chicago. Length: 12 minutes, 58 seconds. 3. United Neighborhood Organization (UNO) production: ''Running a Good Meeting ...A Primer...''. Length: 11 minutes. Date: 1990. 4. ''Accessing the Media ...A Primer...''. Length: 13 minutes. Date: 1992. Cf. Series 1, Box 16, Folder 2. 1990, 1992

Box 2, Folder 2

Campaign For Human Development production: ''Building Partnerships: An Experience of Faith.'' Length: 13 minutes, 36 second 1988

Box 2, Folder 3

Channel 10 news program ''The People'': program on Heart of Camden Housing Project. Air date: 1-23-88. Tape available through Sister Peg Hynes, Camden, New Jersey. Cf. Series 1, Box 10, Folder 4. 1988

Box 2, Folder 4

'ACT's [All Congregations Together] Project New City Meeting. [New Orleans] 1-13-93.'' Cf. Series 1, Box 16, Folders 1, 5. 1993

Box 2, Folder 5

'CBS for Our Times. Nehemiah: The Rebirth of a Community.'' (Tape made from TV broadcast of program on this Industrial Areas Foundation project). Cf. Series 1, Box 11, Folder 2. 1985

Box 2, Folder 6

Two programs re South Suburban Action Conference (SSAC): WTVS in association with Nitty Gritty City Group: ''Street Watch'' program re rehabilitation of homes in south suburban Chicago by South Suburban Action Conference (SSAC). South Suburban Action Conference production by Bruce Orenstein: ''Building Partnerships. Rebuilding the South Suburbs.'' Cf. Series 1, Box 17, Folder 1. undated

Box 2, Folder 7

WWL-TV production (New Orleans): ''Probe of Alleged Medicaid Fraud at Private Drug Rehab Centers.'' Not for rebroadcast undated

Box 2, Folder 8

British Broadcasting Corporation: ''The Mondragon Experiment.'' Flyer re Mondragon, Spain, cooperatives. Cf. Series 1, Box 15, Folder 1. 1980

Box 2, Folder 9

Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department TV Unit production: ''The Forty Ounce Bottle Project'' undated