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Quilici, George L. (George Lancelot), 1897-1969, Papers

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

Descriptive summary

Creator: Quilici, George L. (George Lancelot), 1897-1969.
Dates: 1934-1969
Abstract: Papers (1934-1969) of George Lancelot Quilici (1897-1969) consist of briefs and newspaper clippings on Cook County (Chicago) election fraud cases, materials pertaining to his election campaigns, controversial cases, anti-fascist activities, work on civil rights, publications, and miscellany, including travel material and biographical information. Included are materials of the National Lawyers Guild, news releases, newspaper clippings, and publications by and about the House UnAmerican Activities Committee, correspondence, lists of charges and clippings relating to the Southard-V.F.W. Affair, correspondence, etc. relating to the Chicago Bar Association-Judicial Poll, correspondence, programs, speeches, etc. re Italian-American Victory Council and to Chicago Italian American Day, and Italian Relief. Other correspondence, speeches, and clippings pertain to Quilici's anti-fascist radio work and to the Balbo Affair.
Quantity: 16 scrapbooks.
Language: Mainly in English; some Italian.
Collection ID: IHRC2213


George Lancelot Quilici (1897-1969), a lawyer, judge, and author, was born in Chicago, Illinois. He attended public schools there, served in the United States Army Signal Corps during WWI, then obtained his law degree from DePaul University and began practice in the Chicago area. In 1935, he was appointed special prosecutor of election fraud cases and served in that capacity until 1938. In 1940, he was elected as a municipal court judge, was reelected until 1962, and was then elected to the Superior Court. He also made an unsuccessful bid for appointment to the federal bench in 1943. He was an early supporter of the National Lawyers Guild, civil rights for minorities, and antifascism. During WWII, he helped organize and lead the Italian American Victory Council. He also participated in government sponsored radio broadcasts to Italy and supported the movement to erase the fascist General Italo Balbo's name from Chicago streets and parks.



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Index Terms

Italian Americans--Illinois--Chicago--Societies, etc.
Anti-fascist movements--United States.
Local elections--Illinois--Chicago.
Elections--Corrupt practices.

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