In the 1950's, a variety of ethnic groups resided in the Lincoln Park area and by the early 1960's a substantial Puerto Rican community was established around the south-western borders of the neighborhood. At this time, Orlando Davila formed the Young Lords to counter the mounting antagonism against Puerto Ricans by other youth gangs. In 1964, Jose (Cha-Cha) Jimenez assumed the leadership of the Young Lords. In the late 1960's the Young Lords directed their activities to the social and economic concerns that were prevalent in the Puerto Rican community of Lincoln Park. The various newspapers published by the organization document their concerns and their actions.
In 2001, Omar Lopez, former Minister of Information of the Young Lords, donated the small amount of archival material that is part of the Young Lords Collection to DePaul's Special Collections and Archives Department.
This online collection is being updated as newspapers are scanned and cataloged. For more information about issues not yet available online, please contact Special Collections and Archives.