Illinois War Council (WW II): War Records and Research Division Files, 1942-1946
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Brief Description: Files include correspondence with local public libraries and historical societies concerning the preservation of local wartime history, activities of local servicemen, home front operations, county and municipal wartime agencies, farm labor, salvage, civil defense, and patriotic rallies and pageants. Also included are publications about civil defense; local ordinances about participation in war efforts; and materials on sanitation, civil defense, fire protection, and victory gardens.
Held at:
Illinois State Archives
M. C. Norton Building
Springfield, IL 62756
Phone: 217-782-3492
Fax: 217-524-3930
Record Series Number: 518/008
Created by: Illinois War Council (WW II) - RG 518
Volume: 12.0 Cubic Feet
Arrangement: Mixed.
Biographical Note for Illinois War Council (WW II) - RG 518: On April 17, 1941 the State Council of Defense was created. It was composed of the Governor as ex officio chairman, Lieutenant Governor, the president pro tempore of the Senate, the Speaker of the House, the minority floor leader of the Senate, the majority and minority leaders of the House, the chairman of the Illinois Commission on Inter-Governmental Cooperation, and nine persons appointed by the Governor in regard to their special knowledge of subject matter relating to defense. Duties included cooperating with the Council of National Defense, similar federal agencies, and other similar state councils; organizing local defense committees to carry on the state program at the local level; and generally assisting in the coordination of state and local activities related to defense. The council had authority to adopt its own procedures and to conduct investigative hearings with subpoena powers. All officers, departments, institutions, and agencies of state government and all local and municipal officers were required to cooperate with it. The mayor of each city, the president of each village or incorporated town, and the president of each county board were authorized to establish councils of defense. Each local council had the same powers and duties within its respective jurisdiction as were vested in the State Council of Defense (L. 1941, p. 1265). The council changed its name to the Illinois War Council in 1943. It was abolished in 1945 (L. 1945, p. 242).
Access Restrictions: None.
Subject Index
Agricultural Workers
Civil Defense
Fire Safety
Historical Societies
Illinois War Council
Local Governments
Military Service
Public Health
Public Libraries
Research Division
War Histories
War Rallies
World War II
PreferredCitation: Illinois War Council (WW II), "War Records and Research Division Files," Record Series 518.008, Illinois State Archives