Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Jean Graham Alinsky papers
Collection Number: 92056
Creator: Alinsky, Jean Graham
6 manuscript boxes
(2.4 linear feet)
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Memoirs, correspondence, legal and financial papers, memoranda, press releases and printed matter, relating to the career
of Saul Alinsky as a radical and organizer of impoverished communities in the United States. Includes published writings and
a few papers of Saul Alinsky.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Collection is open for research.
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[Identification of item], Jean Graham Alinsky papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.
Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1992.
Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find
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of boxes listed in this finding aid.
Eric Hoffer papers, Hoover Institution Archives
Fred Ross papers, Special Collections, Stanford University
Industrial Areas Foundation records, Special Collections, University of Illinois, Chicago
Saul David Alinsky collection, Trinity College Library
|1916 May 17
||Born Jean La Verne Graham, New York
||B.A., Vassar College
||Married Frederick Schick
||Divorced Frederick Schick
||Assistant, Museum of Modern Art, New York
|1952 May 15
||Married Saul Alinsky in Spartanburg, South Carolina
||Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis
||Moved to Carmel, CA
||Honorary Chair, Help the Children Committee
||Divorced Saul Alinsky
Scope and Content of Collection
The papers contain Jean Graham Alinsky's memoirs of her marriage to Saul Alinsky. Correspondence, legal papers, memoranda,
reports, and printed matter relate to the career of Saul Alinsky as an organizer of impoverished communities in the United
States. Organizational records from the Industrial Areas Foundation as well as a few personal papers of Saul Alinsky are also
In a 1983 letter, Jean Graham Alinsky wrote that she was "determined to write a biography" of her second husband Saul Alinsky
(Box 1, Folder 28). The bulk of the
Jean Graham Alinsky file consists of Jean's research materials for her Saul Alinsky biography, including extensive clippings, as well as her personal
memoirs and biographical writings on Saul Alinsky (Box 2). These writings, compiled from 1980-1984, are in fragments with
several sections and pages missing. Except for two letters received from Saul Alinsky, the correspondence file consists mainly
of holiday cards, personal letters from unidentified friends, and a few pieces of legal correspondence.
Saul Alinsky file contains a few writings of Saul Alinsky as well as some records from the Industrial Areas Foundation, a Chicago-based organization
founded by Alinsky in 1940.
The collection is arranged into two series: Jean Graham Alinsky file and Saul Alinsky file.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Community organization--United States.
Alinsky, Saul David, 1909-1972.