José “Cha-Cha” Jiménez, a founder of the Young Lords Organization, has been assembling an impressive digital collection of Young Lords documentary material at the Grand Valley State University Library. The Young Lords emerged in the 1960's as a political force in the Lincoln Park area, then a working class neighborhood.
Formerly a Puerto Rican street gang, the Young Lords became politicized when urban renewal hit Lincoln Park and its working class residents began to be pushed out. The Young Lords eventually joined with the Black Panther Party and the Young Patriots in a multi-racial alliance that challenged the racism and class oppression in Chicago.
The digital archive contains more than 80 oral histories, historical photographs, papers, and clippings documenting the origins of the Young Lords Movement as well as unpublished manuscripts from José “Cha-Cha” Jiménez's campaign for alderman of Chicago’s 46th ward, the founding of the Lincoln Park Camp, and KO Club as well as photos, documents, clippings, and related ephemera.
The archive may be archive may be accessed HERE.