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Inventory of the Jean Graham Alinsky papers
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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Collection Summary

    Title: Jean Graham Alinsky papers
    Dates: 1908-1984
    Collection Number: 92056
    Creator: Alinsky, Jean Graham
    Collection Size: 6 manuscript boxes (2.4 linear feet)
    Repository: 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
    Languages: In English

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Jean Graham Alinsky papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    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 the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Related Materials

    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

    Biographical Note

    1916 May 17 Born Jean La Verne Graham, New York
    1938 B.A., Vassar College
    1942 January Married Frederick Schick
    1948 Divorced Frederick Schick
    Circa 1951 Assistant, Museum of Modern Art, New York
    1952 May 15 Married Saul Alinsky in Spartanburg, South Carolina
    1956 Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis
    Circa 1964 Moved to Carmel, CA
    1967 Honorary Chair, Help the Children Committee
    1969 Divorced Saul Alinsky
    1999 Died, Monterey, CA

    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 included.
    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.
    The 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.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Radicalism--United States.
    Community organization--United States.
    Alinsky, Saul David, 1909-1972.