Richard M. Daley at University of Illinois-Chicago, in front of his mayoral desk. (UIC/Jenny Fontaine)

Mayor Richard M. Daley Archive Goes To UIC

April 26, 2018 - 5:01 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago's longest serving mayor has decided where most of the papers and artifacts from his 22 years in office will be housed.

Richard M. Daley has chosen the library at the University of Illinois at Chicago named for his father, Mayor Richard J. Daley, to house the materials.

Peter Cunningham was one of the second Daley's speech writers and top aides. He believes the archives will help historians and others overcome misperceptions about Daley.

“People tended to underestimate him and think that he was just a neighborhood guy,” Cunningham said Thursday. “He was a voracious reader.”

Cunningham is recording video interviews with key people who worked with Daley during his time as mayor.

The archives will also include the City Hall desk used by both Daleys.