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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Dominic A. Pacyga  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: May 1, 1949

-- Dominic A. Pacyga on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Pacyga was born and raised in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood and attended De La Salle Institute. He did his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Illinois at Chicago, receiving a Ph. D. in 1981.

Biographical and Professional Information

Pacyga has been a member of the Department of Humanities, History and Social Sciences at Columbia College/Chicago since 1984. He has lectured and written widely on topics ranging from urban development, residential architecture, labor history, immigration, and racial and ethnic relations, and has appeared in both the local and national media. Pacyga has worked with various museums including the Chicago Historical Society, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Field Museum in Chicago on a variety of public history projects. He has also worked with numerous neighborhood organizations as well as ethnic, labor, and fraternal groups to preserve and exhibit their histories. In both 1999 and 2011 he received the Columbia College Award for Excellence in Teaching. Pacyga has been a Visiting Professor at both the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2005 he was a Visiting Fellow at Campion Hall, Oxford University.Along with the books written below, Pacyga was also the co-editor of ''The Chicago Bungalow'' with Charles Shanabruch.

Published Works

  • Chicago: A Historical Guide to the Neighborhoods , Chicago Historical Society, 1979 - written with Glen Holt
  • Chicago City of Neighborhoods: Histories and Tours , Loyola Press, 1986 - written with Ellen Skerrett
  • Chicago's Southeast Side Revisited , Arcadia Publishing , 1998 - written with Rod Sellers
  • Polish Immigrants and Industrial Chicago: Workers on the South Side, 1880-1922 , University Of Chicago Press, 2003
  • Chicago: A Biography, University of Chicago Press, 2009

Selected Titles At Your Library

Chicago :
ISBN: 0226104133. OCLC Number:

Chicago Historical Society,. [Chicago] :. 1979.

"This guide to some of Chicago's historic neighborhoods of the South Side is the first of what we hope will be an important series interpreting the historical processes that have formed and shaped the city's community life. Both words and images have been used to create a historical and social iconography of each of the areas covered, in the hope that this combination will not only convey the changes that have occurred in each neighborhood, but will also impart a sense of each community's uniqueness" -- from preface.

Chicago, city of neighborhoods :
ISBN: 082940497X. OCLC Number:

Loyola University Press,. Chicago :. ©1986.

A guide to fifteen tours through Chicago neighborhoods emphasizing historic landmarks and pointing out institutions and buildings which had important roles in each neighborhoods growth.

Chicago's Southeast Side /
ISBN: 073853403X. OCLC Number:

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"Steel and the steel industry are the backbone of Chicago’s southeast side, an often overlooked neighborhood with a rich ethnic heritage. Bolstered by the prosperous steel industry, the community attracted numerous, strong-willed people with a desire to work from distinct cultural backgrounds. In recent years, the vitality of the steel industry has diminished. Chicago’s Southeast Side displays many rare and interesting pictures that capture the spirit of the community when the steel industry was a vibrant force. Although annexed in 1889 by the city of Chicago, the community has maintained its own identity through the years. In an attempt to remain connected to their homelands, many immigrants established businesses, churches, and organizations to ease their transition to a new and unfamiliar land. The southeast side had its own schools, shopping districts, and factories. As a result, it became a prosperous, yet separate, enclave within the city of Chicago."--Back cover

Polish immigrants and industrial Chicago :
ISBN: 0226644243. OCLC Number:

University of Chicago Press,. Chicago :. 2003.

"How did working-class immigrants from Poland create new communities in Chicago during the industrial age? This book explores the lives of immigrants in two iconic South Side Polish neighborhoods - the Back of the Yards and South Chicago - and the stockyards and steel mills in which they made their living. Pacyga shows how Poles forged communities on the South Side in an attempt to preserve the customs of their homeland; how through the development of churches, the building of schools, the founding of street gangs, and the opening of saloons they tried to recreate the feel of an Eastern European village. Through such institutions, Poles also were able to preserve their folk beliefs and family customs. But in time, the economic hardships of industrialization forced Poles to reach out to their non-Polish neighbors. And this led, in large part, to the organization of labor unions in Chicago's steel and meatpacking industries."--BOOK JACKET.

Chicago :
ISBN: 0226644286. OCLC Number:

University of Chicago Press,. Chicago ;. 2009.

"Chicago traces the city's storied past, from the explorations of Joliet and Marquette in 1673 to the new wave of urban pioneers today. The city's great industrialists, reformers, and politicians - and, indeed, the many not-so-great and downright notorious - animate this book, from Al Capone and Jane Addams to Mayor Richard J. Daley."--Inside jacket.



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Contact information

Professor Dominic A. Pacyga Department of Humanities, History, and Social Science Columbia College 600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60643 Telephone 312-369-7531 Email