University of Minnesota

Chicago Foreign Language Press Survey, Records

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Immigration History Research Center, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Dates: 1861-1938
Abstract: Files of translated articles from the Chicago Foreign Language Press Survey, organized by topic, include education, mores, social and economic organization, politics, and war. Included are materials from the following ethnic groups in Chicago, Illinois: Albanian, Bohemian, Chinese, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Jewish, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, and Ukrainian.
Quantity: 67 microfilm reels.
Language: In English
Collection ID: IHRC436


Organized in 1936, the purpose of the Chicago Foreign Language Press Survey was to translate and classify selected news articles appearing in the foreign language press of Chicago during the past century. The project was under the auspices of the Work Projects Administration and the Chicago Public Library. Its goal was to document and validate the contributions of Chicago's large ethnic communities, which at the time of the Survey, 1936-1942, made up approximately 65 percent of the city's population. Participating newspapers and organizations included the Abendpost, the Danish National Committee, the Danish Times, the Denni Hlasatel, the Dziennik Chicagoski, the Greek Press, the Greek Star, the Jewish Daily Courier, the Jewish Daily Forward, the Jewish People's Institute, the Narod, the Naujienos, the Polish National Alliance, the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America, the Rassviet, the Skandinaven, the Svornost, the Saloniki, and the Zgoda.



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The Chicago Foreign Language Press Survey Records, General/Multiethnic Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

Index Terms

Alien labor.
Friendly societies.
Juvenile delinquency.
Assimilation (Sociology).

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