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Collection Overview

Title: DeKalb County Migrant Ministry Records, 1964-1980

ID: RHC/RC/251

Extent: 4.0 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 11/13/1981. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Agricultural laborers, Agriculture, Children's Learning Center, Community Coordinated Child Care (4-c), DeKalb 4-C, DeKalb County (Ill), DeKalb County Migrant Ministry, DeKalb County Welfare Services Committee, Discrimination in housing, Education., Hallaron, Joan, Illinois Committee for Migrant Children, Illinois Farm Worker Ministry, Illinois Inter-Agency Committee on Migrant Affairs, Illinois Migrant Council, Little Star Migrant Center, Kankakee, Medical Care-- United States, Mexican Americans, Midwest Association of Farmworker Organizations, Migrant Head Start Policy Council, Migrant Labor, National Farm Worker Ministry (U.S.), Spanish Speaking Peoples Study Commission, St. Mary (Parish: Sycamore, Ill.), Strikes and lockouts, Vocational education

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains materials which document the efforts of the DeKalb County Migrant Ministry from 1964 to 1979, and other organizations which aided migrant and impoverished farm workers in the DeKalb County area from the mid-1970's to 1980.

Joan Hallaron became involved in the migrant ministry in 1969 through her church, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sycamore, Illinois.  Her involvement as a board member and office holder throughout the 1970's with the DeKalb County Migrant Ministry led to her working and corresponding with a variety of local and state organizations and committees which provided assistance to migrant farm workers and their families. These organizations include: the Children’s Learning Center, DeKalb 4-C, DeKalb County Welfare Services Committee, Illinois Committee for Migrant Children, Illinois Farm Worker Ministry,  Illinois Inter-Agency Committee on Migrant Affairs, Illinois Migrant and Seasonal Farm Worker Ministry, Regional Advisory Committee of the Illinois Migrant Council, Health Advisory Committee of the Illinois Migrant Head Start Policy Council, Illinois Welfare Association, Midwest Association of Farmworker Organizations, National Farm Worker Ministry,  Project H.E.L.P., and the Spanish Speaking Peoples Study Commission.  The majority of the materials relate to the DeKalb County Migrant Ministry, DeKalb 4-C, and the Illinois Migrant Head Start Project.

The  materials found in this collection run from meeting minutes and personal notes on meetings, to membership lists, to newsletters, correspondence, conference materials, reports, policies, by-laws and constitutions, to newspaper clippings, brochures, and other publications.  Although there are not complete records for every organization, the variety of materials in this collection provides a good overview of the resources available to help migrant workers and their families in the 1970's.

Collection Historical Note

The DeKalb County Migrant Ministry (DCMM) was started in 1963 by three ministers from the DeKalb County Ministerial Association.  Within a year it had grown to include a variety of churches, charitable and service organizations and individuals who wished to show their concern  for migrants as part of the community.  Their purpose was to serve the seasonal farm workers and their families who follow the crops, and also those who wished to “settle out” into the community, by means of educational, occupational, medical, social, and religious programs.  It also desired to awaken those living in DeKalb County to the presence of migrants and to promote sharing of the benefits of the community with the migrants and their families.  The DCMM was a voluntary organization without any paid staff, so nearly all the funds it received via grants and contributions was used for actual programs to aid the migrants, with the exception of basic administrative expenses for office supplies, postage and telephone.  It attempted to cooperate and coordinate activities with other agencies and organizations.  

One of the DeKalb County Migrant Ministry’s core programs was “family night” whereby a designated groups were matched up with migrant camps and made weekly visits.  The evening program usually consisted of a recreational activity, religious education, refreshments and informal discussion.  Another major effort was the establishment of the DeKalb County Migrant Day Care Center. It began as a six week session during the summer of 1968 in the basement of St. Mary’s School basement in DeKalb, for children a few weeks old to age five who couldn’t be taken into the fields.  In 1969 the name was changed to DeKalb County Migrant Learning Center and operated for three months.  Over the years the program grew in length, numbers of children cared for, and it changed locations several times.  Although the major portion of funding originally came from the Illinois Migrant Council in 1971 the major source of funding became the Illinois Department of Family Services.  On December 17, 1971 word was received from Springfield that funding was available to allow the Center to remain open year-round and the name was changed to the Children’s Learning Center.  In the spring of 1974 a portion of the old Cyclone Fence factory, on the corner of 14th and Pleasant Streets, in DeKalb was donated to be used rent free for twenty years.  At the end of August 1974 the new facility opened with a capacity for 85 children. 

Almost from the beginning the need for basic adult education was also evident.  Initially migrants were tutored in English and on basic driving laws.  Later nutrition, sewing, child rearing, consumer education, and basic math were added.   The first formal adult education classes took place during the summer of 1971.  Over the years adult education and vocational programs were established in conjunction with Kishwaukee College.  Health services were provided through the Public Health Department which employed a registered public health nurse.  State monies also funded a clinic offering medical and some dental care.  The Migrant Ministry also provided referrals to migrants with legal and other problems.  The “Settling Out” program began in 1970 to help those migrants who wished to remain in the area find jobs and housing. 

By the end of 1978 much had changed regarding the needs of migrants and the purpose of the DeKalb County Migrant Ministry.  During the years 1966 and 1967 as many as 1,300 migrants came to DeKalb County, but there were fewer than 300 in 1978.  Previously there had been no “settled-out” migrants, now there were over 100 families.  The schools for migrant children were taken over by the DeKalb School system.  The DCMM was providing more assistance to those needing help finding shelter, solving legal problems, and other relief services.  The focus thus became helping ex-migrants become a real part of the community.  By the late 1970's most of the work of the DCMM was carried out by fewer and fewer people, primarily the executive board, and the organization was dissolved in 1980.  Two programs which originated with the DeKalb County Migrant Ministry were still going on independently in 2001 - the Children’s Learning Center at 905 S. 4th Street, DeKalb, and the Summer School Programs for Children.

Subject/Index Terms

Agricultural laborers
Agriculture
Children's Learning Center
Community Coordinated Child Care (4-c)
DeKalb 4-C
DeKalb County (Ill)
DeKalb County Migrant Ministry
DeKalb County Welfare Services Committee
Discrimination in housing
Education.
Hallaron, Joan
Illinois Committee for Migrant Children
Illinois Farm Worker Ministry
Illinois Inter-Agency Committee on Migrant Affairs
Illinois Migrant Council
Little Star Migrant Center, Kankakee
Medical Care-- United States
Mexican Americans
Midwest Association of Farmworker Organizations
Migrant Head Start Policy Council
Migrant Labor
National Farm Worker Ministry (U.S.)
Spanish Speaking Peoples Study Commission
St. Mary (Parish: Sycamore, Ill.)
Strikes and lockouts
Vocational education

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: Additional records pertaining to the DeKalb County Migrant Ministry and other organizations concerned with aiding migrant workers were donated by Joan Hallaron, a past president of that organization, on various dates.

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to materials in the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Linda Sons

Acquisition Method: Linda Sons, the last president of the DeKalb County Migrant Ministry, donated records of that organization to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on November 13, 1981.


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Folder 1: Agreements with the City of DeKalb, DeKalb County Migrant Ministry, 1974-1977
Folder 2: Annual Report, 1973-1981
Folder 3: Application for Funding, 1971-1978
Folder 4: Articles of Dissolution, DeKalb County Migrant Ministry, June 30, 1981
Folder 5: Certificate of Change of Registered Agent and Registered Office, June 4, 1976
Folder 6: Certificate of Incorporation, DeKalb County Migrant Ministry, May 6, 1965
Folder 7: Constitution, DeKalb County Migrant Ministry, January 1, 1970
Folder 8: Events, 1967-1976
Folder 9: Financial Records, 1970-1979
Folder 10: Fiscal Reports, 1974-1978
Folder 11: Health Department Records, 1970-1976
Folder 12: Memberships and Services, 1966-1977
Folder 13: Proposals, 1968-1978
Folder 14: Proposed Constitution, Illinois Migrant and Seasonal Farm Worker Ministry, May 11, 1972
Folder 15: Meetings, 1968-1978
Box 9
Folder 1: The Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C) Newsletter, October 1, 1975
Folder 2: Day Care and Child Development Reports, March 1974-December 1975
Folder 3: El Migrante Newsletter, Illinois Migrant Council, April-August 1975
Folder 4: Illinois Farm Worker Ministry Newsletter, 1974
Folder 5: National Farm Worker Ministry Newsletter, December 1974-Summer 1975
Folder 6: Newspaper Clippings, 1970-1972
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1967-1981
Folder 8: Miscellaneous, 1972-1976
Folder 9-10: Ledger Books, 1970-1976, 1974-1978

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