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Archival Collections A-Z

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Abbott, Robert S. - John H. Sengstacke Family Papers

Dates: 1847-1997. Size: 179 linear feet. Accession #2007/06. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Robert S. Abbott founded the Chicago Defender in 1905; his nephew John H. Sengstacke took over the family’s newspapers upon Abbott’s death in 1940. The papers trace the Abbott-Sengstacke family history from the mid-19th century in Georgia through Abbott’s move to Chicago and creation of a journalistic empire, to the death of Sengstacke in 1997. The papers are arranged in three superseries: Robert Abbott, John Sengstacke and Myrtle Sengstacke. Extensive documentation of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, the Chicago Defender, the Pittsburgh Courier, the Michigan Chronicle, Provident Hospital and the political history of Chicago is included. The papers feature correspondence, manuscripts, organizational and subject research files, biographical materials, programs, clippings and memorabilia. A large collection of photographs is being processed and will be available at a later date. [Finding aid]

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Abstracts of Title Collection

Dates: 1853-1952, most documents are from the late 19th century. Size: 1 linear foot. Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Regional Library, Northside Neighborhood History Collection. The collection consists of records for selected lots in Ravenswood, Lake View and Ravenswood Manor. [Processed]

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Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago Archives

Dates: 1980-2003. Size: 15 linear feet. Accession #2000/12. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. The Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago was formed to preserve and perpetuate the historic records of African American ancestors and to promote the study of history and genealogy. The collection contains organizational files, annual reports, conference files, reports, family newsletters, reunion books and funeral programs. [Partially processed]

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Albritton, Jesse Lee Papers

Dates: 1940-1965. Size: 2 linear feet. Accession #2010/04. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Jesse Lee Albritton was a Chicago-based labor organizer and author of regular columns featured throughout the 1940s and 1950s in the Chicago Crusader and Federation News. [Unprocessed]

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Algren, Nelson Collection

Dates: 1933-1999. Size: 8 linear feet; 6 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Authors and Publishing Collection. This collection includes copies, often multiple editions/printings, of Algren’s works, from his first short story entitled “So Help Me,” published in Story in 1933 to The Devil’s Stocking, published posthumously in 1983. The collection contains an array of newspaper articles, interviews, bookdealer catalogs, reviews and photographs. The NAC also includes articles and reviews of Algren’s work by other writers and critics.  [Finding aid]

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Alkalimat, Abdul Papers

Dates: 1981-2005. Size: 33 linear feet. Accession #1983/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. This collection predominantly consists of conference papers, articles, speeches and unpublished manuscripts written and collected by Abdul Alkalimat while he was director of African American studies at the University of Illinois-Urbana. Recent additions include a clipping file on Harold Washington, and materials on black studies and the Internet. [Partially processed]

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Allen, Barbara E. Papers

Dates: 1915-2010. Size: 9 linear feet. Accession #2005/04. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Barbara Allen produced, directed and co-wrote the Emmy-winning documentary Paper Trail: 100 Years of the Chicago Defender. The film was broadcast on WTTW, a Chicago PBS affiliate. The collection consists of research materials, original uncut videotaped interviews, audiotaped interviews and complete interview transcripts from the documentary. Interview subjects include then-Senator Barack Obama, Emil Jones, Col. Eugene Scott, Bobby Sengstacke, Timuel Black, Roland Martin, Theresa Fambro-Hooks, Earl Calloway and Lonnie Bunch. [Finding aid]

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Allen, Claudia Collection

Dates: 1985-1991. Size: .5 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Collection documents the work of Claudia Allen, a Chicago playwright. Includes scripts and production information. [Finding aid]

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American Library Association, Black Caucus, Chicago Chapter Archives

Dates: 1974-2004. Size: 6 linear feet. Accession #1983/02. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. The collection documents the work of the Chicago Chapter of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. The collection includes founding documents, minutes, correspondence, flyers, financial documents, photographs and memorabilia. [Processed]

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AMF Midway Postal Retirement Organization Archives

Dates: 1955-2005. Size: 5 linear feet. Accession #2006/04. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. These workers were the first African Americans allowed to work at Midway Airport’s AMF postal facility. They later worked on trains, distributing mail throughout the Midwest. The AMF Midway Postal Retirement Organization was founded in 1991 to document the history of African Americans in the organization. The collection contains administrative records, newsletters, photographs, reports, diagrams and memorabilia. [Partially processed]

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Amos, Wally Papers

Dates: 1978-1996. Size: 2 linear feet. Accession #1979/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Wally Amos, entrepreneur, speaker, actor and writer from Tallahassee, Fla., is the founder of the Famous Amos chocolate chip cookie brand. The collection consists of correspondence, draft copies of manuscripts, memorabilia, awards and books. [Processed]

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Amundsen High School Collection

Dates: 1931-1981. Size: 2.75 linear feet; 7 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Regional Library, Northside Neighborhood History Collection. Opened in 1930 as a junior high school, Amundsen sits in Winnemac Park at Damen and Foster avenues. The records from the school consist of PTA yearbooks, newspaper clippings, programs from school events and miscellaneous issues of the school’s newspaper and yearbook. [Processed]

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Anderson, Goldwin E. Notebooks

Dates: 1937-1938. Size: .5 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the Austin Community Collections. This scrapbook collection documents Austin social organizations and prominent neighborhood residents. [Finding aid]

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Anderson, Maceo Papers

Dates: 1940-1985. Size: 1 linear foot. Accession #1991/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Maceo Anderson was one of the original members of the legendary Four Step Brothers, an early African American act on television. The papers consist of a scrapbook documenting their career. [Processed]

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Arnold, Charles Dudley, Photographic Collection

Dates: 1891-1893. Size: 1,091 photographic plates. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, World’s Columbian Exposition Collection. This visual record of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, photographed by official fair photographer C.D. Arnold, documents construction of the fair and interiors and exteriors of the major buildings. Arnold also made general views of the Exposition. [Finding aid]

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Asian American Small Business Association Collection

Dates: 1990-1995. Size: .5 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Regional Library, Northside Neighborhood History Collection. Established by Charlie Soo in 1979, the Asian American Small Business Association seeks to encourage economic development in the area near Argyle and Broadway streets. Activities of the association are documented through annual reports and files on special events. [Processed]

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Associated Clubs of Woodlawn

Dates: 1927-1971. Size: 4 linear feet; 1 photograph. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the Woodlawn Community Collections. Papers of an association promoting business, civic, educational and social welfare in Woodlawn. [Finding aid]

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Austin Community Collection

Dates: 1860-1981. Size: 4.5 linear feet; 300 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the Austin Community Collections.  Records the demographic, economic, cultural, social, political, and religious development of the Austin neighborhood. The collection contains biographical information on  Austin residents, as well as information on businesses, religious institutions clubs and organizations, hospitals, municipal agencies, parks, residences, schools, streets, transportation, and war time activities. [Finding aid]

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Austin Daughters of the American Revolution Papers

Dates: 1930-1938. Size: 1 linear foot. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the Austin Community Collections. The Austin Daughters of the American Revolution (ADAR) - David Kennison Chapter was founded on December 12, 1921. The chapter’s namesake, David Kennison, claimed to be a Revolutionary War veteran. He died in 1852 and was buried in Lincoln Park, which was then a cemetery. Six scrapbooks compiled by ADAR members contain press clippings, photographs and yearbooks describing ADAR functions and members. [Finding aid]

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Austin High School Records

Dates: 1879-1971. Size: 2 linear feet; 17 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the Austin Community Collections.This collection of clippings, programs, student publications and yearbooks documents Austin High School from its earliest days in the 1870s through the federally mandated desegregation attempts of the 1960s and 1970s.  [Finding aid]

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Austin Newspapers Collection

Dates: 1876-1980. Size: 5 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the Austin Community Collections. The collection contains issues of community newspapers including The Austin Herald, The Austin News, The Austinite, The Austin Voice, The Austin Weekly News, and The Windy City Word. [Finding aid]

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Austin Woman’s Club Records

Dates: 1912-1965. Size: 1 linear foot. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the Austin Community Collections. Clippings, yearbooks and scrapbooks that document the Club’s objectives which were “intellectual and social culture, general philanthropic work, a united effort toward self-improvement and the elevation of humanity.” [Finding aid]

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Avidon, Sarajane Collection

Dates: circa 1965-2004. Size: 1 linear foot, 20 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Sarajane Avidon was a Chicago actress performing at Wisdom Bridge and Orphans Theater among others. She was also a founding member of Chicago Shakespeare Theater where she appeared in Henry V and Twelfth Night. The Sarajane Avidon Collection includes scripts, programs, photographs and notes pertaining to Avidon's career in Chicago theater. [Finding aid]

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Back of the Yards Community Collection

Dates: 1937-1983. Size: .5 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. Materials relating to the Back of the Yards community, including news clippings, historical sketches and microfilm reels of the Back of the Yards Journal and Back of the Yards Council scrapbooks. [Finding aid]

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Bacon, Warren and Mary Papers

Dates: 1951-1995. Size: 3 linear feet. Accession #2009/04. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Warren Bacon was a prominent Chicago civic leader and member of the Chicago Board of Education. Bacon opposed the policies of Chicago Public Schools superintendent Benjamin Willis. The papers include photographs and documents from Warren’s career and from his wife, Mary, and from their membership in the Great Black Book Club. [Unprocessed]

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Bailiwick Repertory Archives

Dates: 1982-1999. Size: 92.5 linear feet, including photographs and videotapes (see Chicago Theater Videotape Collection). Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Collection documents the production history and the artistic and administrative mission of Bailiwick Repertory. Significant records document the development of the theater’s Pride Performance Series. [Processed]

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Balaban and Katz Collection

Dates: 1841-2002. Size: 1,382 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Music Information Center. More than 26,000 scores for dance band/theatre orchestra arrangements with individual parts. [Processed]

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Baldwin, E. Eugene Collection

Dates: 1987. Size: .5 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Collection documents the career of E. Eugene Baldwin, a Chicago playwright. Collection includes several revisions of his play Moonlight Daring Us to Go Insane, which played at the Body Politic Theatre in fall 1987. [Finding aid]

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Barlow, Esther A. Collection

Dates: 1928-1983. Size: 1.5 linear feet; 105 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Regional Library, Northside Neighborhood History Collection. Esther Barlow worked in neighborhood branches of the Chicago Public Library from 1927 until 1976. Files in the collection are from Barlow’s years at the Library. Photographs from this collection are available in the Library’s Esther A. Barlow Digital Collection. [Processed]

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Barnett, Etta Moten Papers

Dates: 1901-2004. Size: 15 linear feet. Accession #2007/07. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Internationally acclaimed concert and musical theater singer, social activist and philanthropist Etta Moten Barnett’s career began in the 1930s and continued past her 100th birthday. She starred in Broadway musicals and in films. Her husband was Claude Barnett, founder and president of the Associated Negro Press. She was active in the Chicago chapter of The Links, Inc. Her papers include correspondence, speech texts, clippings, programs, photographs and memorabilia. [Finding aid]

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Barr, Norman B. Papers

Dates: 1897-1961. Size: 3 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. Norman B. Barr was minister of the Olivet Presbyterian Church in Chicago which undertook local missionary work, eventually operating a settlement house, library, medical dispensary, camp, supervised playground facilities, language classes, and even music lessons. The collection documents the tandem career of Barr and the fortunes of Olivet Institute. [Finding aid]

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Barrett, Brenetta Howell Papers

Dates: 1942-2006. Size: 48 linear feet. Accession #2007/08. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. A lifelong Chicagoan, Brenetta Howell Barrett was a leader and political activist in West Side community organizations. She served in the mayoral administrations of Harold Washington and Eugene Sawyer. Active in housing, environmental and civil liberties issues, she was also involved in community protests in the 1960s and 1970s. Her papers include correspondence, office files, programs, clippings, photographs and memorabilia. [Finding Aid]

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Barzel, Ann Dance Film Archive

Dates: 1932-1981. Size: 9 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Art Information Center. The Ann Barzel Dance Film Archive is a collection of more than 50 hours of original film that documents the entire breadth of mid-20th century dance in Chicago, including companies such as the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Ballet Theatre, Jooss Ballet, Martha Graham and scores more. All of the 16mm footage, which was filmed by the late dance critic Ann Barzel between 1936 and 1981, was transferred to DVD and fully cataloged. This electronic collection is a joint project between the Newberry Library and the Chicago Public Library. [Processed]

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Bass, Henry Papers

Dates: 1952-1975. Size: 1 linear foot. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Civil War and American History Research Collection. [Processed]

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Beaman Photograph Album

Dates: 1915-1918. Size: 1 album. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. A collection of photographs from a YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) camp in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. [Finding aid]

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Belmont-Cragin Community Collection

Dates: 1883-1946. Size: .5 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Regional Library, Northside Neighborhood History Collection. A small collection of documents focusing on the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood of Chicago. [Partially processed]

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Berry, Leonidas Papers

Dates: 1891-1995. Size: 17 linear feet. Accession #1988/02. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Leonidas Berry, noted gastroenterologist, teacher, author, medical rights and civil rights activist, was a major figure in Chicago and nationally for more than 50 years. He was president of the National Medical Association, founder of the Flying Black Medics and successful litigant against the exclusion of African American physicians from Michael Reese Hospital. His collection includes monographs, serials, photographs, correspondence, research notes, minutes, lectures, publications, books and memorabilia. His papers are especially strong in Provident Hospital history. [Finding aid]

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Bethel New Life Records

Dates: 1870-1986. Size: 1 linear foot; 220 photographs; 27 audiotapes; 10 videotapes. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the Garfield Park Community Collections. A collection of photographs and oral histories about the African American community on the West Side of Chicago. [Finding aid]

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Beverly-Morgan Park Collection

Dates: 1884-2002. Size: 12.5 linear feet; 159 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. The collection documents the evolution of two related communities on the southwest side of Chicago: Beverly and Morgan Park. Highlights include photographs, short runs of neighborhood newspapers and documents about annexation of the communities into Chicago. [Partially processed]

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Bishop, Charles Papers

Dates: 1939-1963. Size: 3 linear feet. Accession #1999/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Charles Bishop, retired professor at Malcolm X College, researched early 20th century African American culture as part of his family history investigations. His family history is centered in Louisiana, Mississippi and Chicago. Collection contains theatrical posters, photographs, magazines and research materials. [Partially processed]

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Björling, Jussi Archives

Dates: 1930-1996. Size: 34 linear feet; 300-plus photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Music Information Center. Comprehensive audio holdings: more than 900 78 r.p.m., LP, cassette, reel-to-reel and CD recordings of the legendary Swedish tenor. Other materials include biographies, personal effects, photographs and videos. [Description]

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Black Ensemble Theater Collection

Dates: 1975-1994. Size: 4.5 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. The Black Ensemble Theater was founded in 1976 by noted actress, producer and playwright Jackie Taylor. The collection includes reviews and promotional pieces for such productions as Taylor’s The Other Cinderella and Muddy Waters: The Hoochie-Coochie Man in addition to administrative and financial records dating from the company’s inception. [Processed]

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Black Radical Congress Archive

Dates: 1998-1999. Size: 3 linear feet. Accession #1998/03. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Materials collected at the inaugural conference of the Black Radical Congress, held in Chicago in June 1998 and in the months that followed. Collection consists of publicity, programs, position papers, newsletters, clippings and memorabilia. [Partially processed]

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Black, Timuel D., Jr. Papers

Dates: 1918-2010. Size: 336 linear feet. Accession #2003/08. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Professor emeritus at City Colleges of Chicago, Timuel Black is a prominent historian, author, human rights activist and expert on Chicago’s African American history. During the 1960s, he was president of the Negro American Labor Council, Chicago Chapter  and organizer of Chicago participation in the 1963 March on Washington. Black was active in more than 100 organizations over seven decades. The collection includes extensive organizational files, correspondence, manuscripts, subject files, oral histories, audiovisual materials, photographs and memorabilia. Additional papers relating to the life and work of his children, Timuel Kerrigan Black (1963-1993) and Ermetra Black-Thomas, were accessioned in 2007. [Finding aid]

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Body Politic Theatre Collection

Dates: 1969-1993. Size: 63.5 linear feet; photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. A pioneer of the off-Loop theater movement, Body Politic was a theater and arts organization founded in 1969 as a division of the Community Arts Foundation. It hosted a number of theater companies that went on to establish houses of their own as well as the resident company Dream Theater. [Partially processed]

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Book of the Fair

Dates: 1893. Size: 2 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, World’s Columbian Exposition Collection. A portfolio of facsimile illustrations by well-known artists of World’s Columbian Exposition buildings, fairgrounds and exhibits. [Finding aid]

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Bowman, Houston and Cora Papers

Dates: 1961-1997. Size: 2 linear feet. Accession #2009/03. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Houston and Cora Bowman were founding members of Trinity United Church of Christ, a large and influential church on Chicago’s South Side. Their papers include the early history of Trinity, church newsletters, anniversary books and newspaper clippings. [Unprocessed]

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Bowman, Louis Andrew Papers

Dates: 1876-1959. Size: .25 linear feet; 17 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. Personal papers related to Louis Bowman’s ministry including radio addresses, speeches, articles, pamphlets and his book The Life of Isaac E. Brown (1927). [Finding aid]

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Box, Willie Papers

Dates: 1992-2006. Size: 6 linear feet. Accession #2005/02. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Willie E. Box, educational administrator and author, donated his collection of research materials on African American museums. The papers also include pamphlets and brochures. [Partially processed]

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Brennan, George A. Papers

Dates: 1915-1934. Size: .5 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the Calumet Region Community Collections. Collection reflects George Brennan’s personal interest in the local history of the Calumet region and the early Dutch community in Chicago. [Finding aid]

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Brighton Park Community Collection

Dates: 1927-1992. Size .5 linear feet; 4 oversize folders; 2 photographs; 1 audiocassette. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. The Brighton Park Community Collection contains information about neighborhood schools and religious institutions as well as a 100-page manuscript, "Gleanings of Archer Road" by local historian and reporter, Joseph Hamzik. [Finding aid]

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Brown, Ann Papers

Dates: circa 1890-2001. Size: 4 linear feet. Accession #1999/07. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Ann Brown was a member of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs and longtime member of the Missionary Society of Arnett Chapel A.M.E. Church. Collection contains photographs, memorabilia, funeral programs, church programs and genealogical records relating to the Brown family. [Partially processed]

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Browne, Al Papers

Dates: 1934-1938. Size: 1 linear foot. Accession #2004/07. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Collection consists of two scrapbooks from 1934 to 1938 from Al Browne’s tours around the United States as a circus clown and circus owner/manager. [Unprocessed]

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Browning, Alice Papers

Dates: 1942-1985. Size: 7 linear feet. Accession #2000/08. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Alice Browning was a writer, editor, educator, publisher and co-founder of the International Black Writers Conference. With Fern Gayden, she published Negro Story magazine and later launched the Browning Letter. Her papers include correspondence, manuscripts, serials, newsletters, photographs, newspaper clippings, pamphlets and memorabilia. [Finding aid]

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Bryant, Leroy Papers

Dates: 1975-2006. Size: 132 linear feet. Accession #2004/02. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Leroy Bryant served as chair and professor of history and African American studies at Chicago State University, and was active in civil rights work. His collection largely consists of extensive subject research files on a wide range of topics in African American studies. Many of the sources in the files are not widely available. An especially significant collection centers on the history of African Americans in Florida. The papers also include manuscripts, monographs, serials and correspondence. [Partially processed]

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Burns, Ben Papers

Dates: 1939-1999. Size: 177 linear feet. Accession #1981/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. At Johnson Publishing Company, Ben Burns was executive editor of Ebony and Negro Digest magazines. He was later the editor of Sepia magazine. The papers center on Burns’ career in journalism and his authorship of a memoir, Nitty Gritty. The collection consists of correspondence, photographs, manuscripts, clippings, memorabilia and Burns’ personal library. [Finding aid]

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Butler, Roy G. Collection

Dates: 1922-1997. Size: 6 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Music Information Center. Clippings, personal effects, documents, recordings, musical scores and photographs of jazz sideman and band leader Roy G. Butler, who toured the world from 1922 to 1997. [Processed]

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Calumet Region Community Collection

Dates: 1850-1990. Size: 6 linear feet; 2 scrapbooks; 365 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the Calumet Region Community Collections. The Calumet region includes Roseland, Pullman, West Pullman, South Holland, Dolton, Fernwood, Gano, Kensington, Riverdale and Rosemoor. The Calumet Region Community Collection includes files of biographical, business, church, community and school records in addition to photographs, scrapbooks, community histories and artifacts spanning more than one hundred years. [Finding aid]

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Calumet-Pioneer Historical Society Records

Dates: 1935-1967. Size: .5 linear feet; 2 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the Calumet Region Community Collections. The Calumet-Pioneer Historical Society was established in 1935 by the head of the Pullman Branch Library to help preserve the history of the area. The collection includes administrative records, executive committee and regular meeting minutes in addition to a selection of non-manuscript material and artifacts. [Finding aid]

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Campbell, Lillian M. Memorial Collection

Dates: 1858-1940. Size: 355 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. Lillian May (Smith) Campbell and her husband, Frank R. Campbell amassed a collection of photographs of city street scenes featuring trolleys, buses and other modes of transportation. The collection is particularly strong in the neighborhoods of Roseland, South Shore, South Chicago, Woodlawn, Lake View, Rogers Park, Portage Park and Logan Square. In addition there are photographs from the dedications/openings of trolley and bus lines across the city. [Finding aid]

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Campbell, Sylvia Photograph Collection

Dates: 1968. Size: 1 linear foot. Accession #2008/04. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. This small collection of photographs consists of snapshots taken by Sylvia Campbell’s husband on Chicago’s West Side during the April 1968 riot following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. [Processed]

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Candlelight Dinner Playhouse/Forum Theatre Collection

Dates: 1961-1997. Size: 2 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. First dinner-theater in the United States. Collection consists primarily of promotional materials such as programs, reviews and clippings for musical and comedy productions. First dinner-theater in the United States. Collection consists primarily of promotional materials such as programs, reviews and clippings for musical and comedy productions. [Processed]

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Carter Temple C.M.E. Church Archives

Dates: 1961-2002. Size: 3 linear feet. Accession #1996/03. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Carter Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church was founded in 1921. Carrie McMorris, a longtime member of the congregation, donated this collection, which contains church histories, programs, souvenir booklets and special events records of Carter Temple C.M.E. Church. [Processed]

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Casey, Warren Papers

Dates: 1970-1988. Size: 3.5 linear feet; 2 audiocassettes. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Draft and final scripts, lyrics and scores, as well as some administrative material such as correspondence for productions and projects on which Warren Casey worked during the 1970s and 1980s. Includes considerable materials relating to Grease, including working notes, draft and final versions of the script and score in its various manifestations, and the published score. Also included are drafts of screenplays for the film version of Grease and its sequel, Grease 2. [Finding aid]

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Cayton, Horace R. Papers

Dates: 1866-2007. Size: 32 linear feet. Accession #1983/03. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Horace Cayton was a nationally prominent black sociologist, co-author of Black Metropolis and director of Chicago’s Parkway Community House. Collection consists of correspondence, published and unpublished manuscripts, photographs, subject research files, memorabilia and oral history recordings. In the last years of his life, Cayton conducted research, including interviews, on the life of noted black author Richard Wright. Housed with Cayton’s papers is his personal library, with many author-inscribed books. [Finding aid]

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Center Theater

Size: 18 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. The Center Theater Collection includes production records, posters and photographs. [Partially processed]

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Central Area, The Links, Inc. Archives

Dates: 1952-2004.  Size: 7 linear feet. Accession #2006/09. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. The Central Area, The Links, Inc. is a regional coordinating body with nearly 60 member chapters, stretching from Michigan to Oklahoma, and from Minnesota to Virginia. Established in 1952, Central Area has kept detailed archives, including correspondence, minutes, programs, chapter histories, photographs and audiovisual materials. [Partially processed]

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Century of Progress Records

Dates: 1928-1934. Size: 6 linear feet; 264 photographs; 16 oversize folders. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections. Collection contains souvenir booklets, brochures, pamphlets, guidebooks from the 1933-1934 World’s Fair as well as press releases from the fair’s publicity department, scrapbooks and photographs. Of particular note are pre-fair publications (essays and transcripts of public addresses), dating from 1928 to 1933, and written as part of the Century of Progress’ publicity and fundraising campaigns. [Finding aid]

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Chandler, Elizabeth Papers

Dates: 1891-1931 (Bulk dates, 1891-1899). Size: 0.5 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections. Elizabeth (Bessie) Chandler and Albert Hafner were engaged to be married shortly before Albert moved to Chicago for business in 1891. Over the next decade, Albert wrote letters back to Bessie in Florida about his varied experiences in Chicago. The letters describe, among other things, the 1893 World's Fair, farm life in Evanston, cold winters, boarding houses, bicycling and business ventures from cigar sales to real estate. [Finding aid]

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Chatham-Grand Crossing Community Collection

Dates: 1852-1980. Size: .5 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. Records primarily cover the 1920s-1950s. The Chatham-Grand Crossing Community Collection cuts across a broad spectrum of the neighborhood’s history. Of particular note are the collection’s first-person reminiscences by residents and secondary historical sketches. [Finding aid]

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Chicago Actors’ Ensemble Collection

Size: 9 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. The Chicago Actors’ Ensemble Collection includes production, financial and business records in addition to posters, photographs and promotional materials. [Unprocessed]

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Chicago Afro-American Analytic Union Catalog Archives

Dates: 1939-1940. Size: 1 linear foot, plus card catalog. Accession #1942/04. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Horace Cayton supervised this WPA project to develop a bibliography of all resources on African Americans found in Chicago-area libraries. The archive consists of the original cards created by the project and the final narrative report. [Processed]

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Chicago Artists’ Archives

Dates: 1890-present. Size: 72 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Art Information Center. The Chicago Artists’ Archives is a vertical file documenting more than 100 years of Chicago artists, art movements and arts organizations. Archived materials include, but are not limited to, news clippings, letters, photographs, slides, CDs, artists’ books, gallery invitations and original artwork.

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Chicago Blues Archives

Dates: 1923-2013. Size: 288 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Music Information Center. Items relating to blues in Chicago and around the world, including 500 LPs and CDs, both commercially produced and unique; 50 original videos of the Chicago Public Library’s Speakin’ of the Blues program series; several hundred feet of clipping and photo files; and realia. Continues to receive documents of the annual Chicago Blues Festival. [Description]

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Chicago City-Wide Collection

Dates: 1835-1990. Size: 43 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. The Chicago City-Wide Collection consists of an assortment of manuscript, printed and photographic materials. The focus of this collection is general Chicago history covering the city as a whole and the communities for which there is no separate neighborhood history collection. Materials on the Loop and Downtown areas can be found in this collection. [Finding aid]

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Chicago Dance Collection

Dates: 1920s-present. Size: 66 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Art Information Center. Vertical files and video recordings documenting Chicago dancers and dance performances. Materials include, but are not limited to, news clippings, programs, photographs, slides, CDs, performance invitations, oral histories and video/DVD recordings. [Partially processed]

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Chicago Loop Alliance Collection

Dates: 1895-2006. Size: 11 linear feet; 4,056 photographs; 2,480 slides; 795 4” x 5” negatives; 60 videos; 6 audiocassettes. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. The Chicago Loop Alliance, formerly known as the State Street Council and the Greater State Street Council, was founded in 1929 to promote the business interests of downtown State Street. This collection documents the activities of the organization and is particularly rich in information about the State Street Mall, when State Street was closed to vehicular traffic between 1979 and 1996. The audio/visual component of the collection shows changes on State Street, and around the Loop in general, throughout the 20th century. [Finding aid]

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Chicago Medieval Players Collection

Dates: 1986-1993. Size: 6 linear feet; photographs, audiotapes and videotapes (see Chicago Theater Videotape Collection). Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. The Chicago Medieval Players Company was founded by Ann Faulkner. The collection includes production and artistic files for 18 plays as well as administrative materials. [Processed]

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Chicago on Stage Lecture Series

Dates: 1981-1982. Size: 25 cassette tapes. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Chicago Public Library put on a series of 25 lectures and panel discussions devoted to the history and development of theater in Chicago. The programs were held jointly by the Lake View Branch of Chicago Public Library and the CPL/Cultural Center, and made possible in part through grants from the Illinois Humanities Council and Illinois Arts Council. [Finding aid]

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Chicago Outdoor Art League Collection

Dates: 1929-1996. Size: 3 linear feet; 48 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. The Chicago Outdoor Art League, founded in 1900, sponsored gardening programs; donated trees to local organizations, hospitals and schools; and offered art and music scholarships. The League worked frequently with schools in Chicago. It was affiliated with the Illinois Federation of Women's Clubs. [Finding aid]

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Chicago Press Club Records

Dates: 1880-1987. Size: 1.5 linear feet; oversize prints. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Authors and Publishing Collection. Collection consists of the official newsletter of the Chicago Press Club, minutes of the board of governors’ meetings (1949-1987), guest books of club visitors and portraits of club presidents by Chicago artist/illustrator Felix Palm. [Finding aid]

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Chicago Public Library Archives. Early CPL

Dates: 1871-1908. Size: 18 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections. The Early Papers Series of the Chicago Public Library Archives document the foundation of the Library immediately after the 1871 fire. The series includes detailed information regarding the legislative process which gave authority to the city to raise taxes to maintain a public library; extremely detailed information regarding the first collections; shipping information and costs of exporting donations from Great Britain to the United States; lists of who donated what; and general everyday library business. The series also has information about employment matters in the Library and the construction of the new Central Library. [Processed]

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Chicago Public Library Archives. George Cleveland Hall Branch Library Archives

Dates: 1932-1975. Size: 33 linear feet. Accession #1932/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. The Hall Branch is named for George Cleveland Hall, African American physician, Chicago Public Library board member and a founding member of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, who campaigned tirelessly for a full-service library in Bronzeville. Hall Branch, headed by Vivian G. Harsh from 1932 to 1958, was a leading cultural institution in Bronzeville during the Chicago Renaissance. The archives include administrative records, programs, correspondence, photographs, clipping files, pamphlets and research materials from its 1932 opening day until the transfer of the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature to Woodson Regional Library in 1975. [Finding aid]

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Chicago Public Library Archives. Harold Washington Library Center Construction Photographs

Dates: 1988-1991. Size: 1,411 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections. This photographic collection documents the construction of the Harold Washington Library Center, the central library for the Chicago Public Library. Both interior and exterior shots were taken, and all aspects of the building’s construction are shown, including the erection of steel, the masonry work, the interior heating and air conditioning systems, and the installation of marble finishes and casework. [Finding aid]

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Chicago Public Library Archives. Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection Archives

Dates: 1975-2006. Size: 99 linear feet. Accession #1975/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. The archives of the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature document the collection’s history after it moved to Carter G. Woodson Regional Library in 1975. The collection includes manuscripts, programs, administration records, reports, photographs, audiovisual materials and memorabilia. [Partially processed]

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Chicago Reader Motion Picture Stills Collection

Dates: 1970s-2005. Size: 60 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Art Information Center. Publicity photographs, DVDs and motion picture stills of all genres of film from the silent era onward. These images were originally submitted to the Chicago Reader for review purposes. [Unprocessed]

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Chicago Reader Touring Musicians Publicity Photos

Dates: 1970s-2005. Size: 180 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Music Information Center. Publicity photographs of musicians or groups that toured Chicago. Images were originally submitted to the Reader for review purposes. [Unprocessed].

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Chicago Sewers Collection

Dates: 1855-2004. Size: .5 linear feet; 738 photographs; 121 glass plate slides. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. Photographs of construction and repair of Chicago sewers, arranged by street name. Includes below- and above-ground images. Photographs from this collection are available in the Library’s Chicago’s Sewers Digital Collection. [Finding aid]

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Chicago Shakespeare Company Collection

Dates: 1982-1991. Size: 6 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Collection includes production history files through nine seasons, as well as budget and administrative files. [Processed]

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Chicago SNCC History Project Archives

Dates: 1960-2010. Size: 10 linear feet. Accession #2006/02. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. The Chicago SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) History Project was created in 2005 to collect and preserve the experience of SNCC during the civil rights movement in Chicago. The archive includes correspondence, serials, photographs, flyers, clippings, financial records, newsletters, manuscripts, meeting minutes, oral histories and memorabilia. [Finding aid]

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Chicago Theater Collection-Dance Programs

Dates: 1931-1969. Size: 2 linear feet, 1 scrapbook. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Special Collections holds over 100 dance programs and souvenir books. Collection includes material on the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, especially in its earlier incarnations as Col. W. De Basil’s Ballet Russe, the Original Ballet Russe and the Monte Carlo Ballet Russe, as well as a scrapbook of programs donated by Ruth Page. [Finding aid]

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Chicago Theater Collection-Historic Programs

Dates: 1848-2010. Size: 47.5 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. The Chicago Theater Collection-Historic Programs contains programs, playbills and newspaper clippings from more than 5,000 productions at Chicago’s historic theaters. More than 2,000 playbills and programs of local dramas, comedies, melodramas, operas, vaudeville performances and other events between the 1840s to the 1920s are available online in the Chicago Theater Collection-Historic Programs Digital Collection. [Finding aid]

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Chicago Theater Collection-Miscellaneous Programs

Dates: 1939-2000s. Size: 37 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. The Chicago Theater Collection-Miscellaneous Programs includes programs and newspaper clippings for live theater and performance productions in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. Programs are generally from off-Loop productions dating 1960 and later. [Finding aid]

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Chicago Theater Videotape Collection

Dates: 1973-2005. Size: 282 videotapes. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Collection consists of videotapes of theatrical productions, playwright interviews and educational programs for many of the theaters represented in the Chicago Theater Collection. [Processed]

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Chicago Theatre Record Scrapbook

Dates: 1923-1927. Size: 1 scrapbook. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. This scrapbook includes both New York and Chicago programs as well as reviews from Chicago newspapers. The latter portion of the volume contains programs from theaters in Detroit and elsewhere, as well as Chicago. [Finding aid]

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Chicago Video Project Archives

Dates: 2003-2009. Size: 3 linear feet. Accession #2010/02. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. The Chicago Video Project, a nonprofit, Chicago-based video production company, focused on projects concerning advocacy groups, community development organizations, labor unions, economic and social justice. These archives consist of more than 200 original, unedited videotapes filmed as part of the work on CVP’s documentary, Telling Our Story, on the Chicago Housing Authority’s 15-year Plan for Transition. The tapes include community meetings, protests and interviews with residents, CHA staff and activists. [Unprocessed]

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Chicago: Passport to the World Videotape Collection

Dates: 1987-1994. Size: 135 videotapes. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. Videos produced by Talman Home Federal Savings and Loan Association of Chicago and seen on a Chicago-area cable network. Series presents Chicago’s diversity through interviews with individuals, organizations and groups. [Partially processed - Finding aid]

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Childs, Josie Brown Papers

Dates: 1948-2004. Size: 5 linear feet. Accession #2004/04. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Josie Brown Childs, political and civil rights activist, aide to Mayor Harold Washington and cultural events promoter, donated her papers documenting her multifaceted career. The scope of the papers consists of family history in Mississippi, Childs’ early political work, her campaign for an aldermanic seat, her work for Mayor Washington, and her efforts to promote African American cultural and historical awareness. Correspondence, photographs, flyers, programs and memorabilia are included. [Partially processed]

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Choral Sheet Music Collection

Dates: 1840-2012. Size: 16 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Music Information Center. Comprises a collection of sheet music for SATB and a large collection of German TTBB, totaling approximately 1,500 titles. [Partially processed]

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Christian Fellowship Church Collection

Dates: 1929-1990. Size: 1 linear foot; 20 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Regional Library, Northside Neighborhood History Collection. Conrad and Martha Wendtland founded the Christian Fellowship Church in their home in 1926. The activities of the church are documented in minutes from committee meetings as well as financial and membership ledgers. [Processed]

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City Lit Collection

Dates: 1979-2000s. Size: 12 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Collection includes production and administrative records. [Unprocessed]

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Civil War Round Table Records

Dates: circa 1945-1975. Size: 48 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Civil War and American History Research Collection. [Partially processed]

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Clark, Stephen Bedell Papers

Dates: 1971-1974. Size: .75 linear feet; 94 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Regional Library, Northside Neighborhood History Collection. Stephen Bedell Clark, author of Lake View Saga, deposited his papers at Sulzer Regional Library. [Processed]

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Cloud 42 Theater Collection

Size: 12.5 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. The Cloud 42 Theater Collection includes production, administrative and artistic records in addition to visual materials. [Unprocessed]

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Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Chicago Chapter Archives

Dates: 1972-2006. Size: 11 linear feet. Accession #1992/07. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Founded in Detroit in 1972, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists was created to address the labor, civil rights and political concerns of African Americans active in unions. Donated by Beverly Sandifer of AFSCME Local 1215, the archive includes convention documents, minutes, resolutions, programs, photographs and memorabilia from the Chicago Chapter of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists. [Processed]

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Coalition to Save the South Shore Country Club Archives

Dates: 1978-1997. Size: 14 linear feet. Accession #1997/09. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. South Shore Country Club, originally a private club that barred African Americans, was scheduled for demolition in 1977. A grassroots coalition of community organizations organized to save, preserve and restore the historic site for all citizens. This collection contains blueprints and drawings of the renovation of South Shore Country Club, administrative records, statistical reports, newspaper clippings, photographs and memorabilia. [Unprocessed]

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Coalition to Save the ‘Met’ Archives

Dates: 1898-2007. Size: 19 linear feet. Accession #2007/10. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Founded in 1920 by William Decatur Cook as The Peoples Church and Metropolitan Community Center, it took the name Metropolitan Community Church in 1927. The church became a center for African American political activism and the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters union organization drive. The Coalition to Save the ‘Met’ was begun by church members determined to save the historic church building from a wrecking ball. After they succeeded, they began collecting historic documents and photographs to save the church’s history. Papers include programs, clippings, correspondence, church newsletters, audiovisual materials and photographs. [Finding aid]

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Collier, Lucy Smith Papers

Dates: 1891-2002. Size: 9 linear feet. Accession #1996/07. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Granddaughter of Chicago’s legendary Pentecostal preacher Elder Lucy Smith, Lucy Smith Collier’s papers include church documents, programs, memorabilia and photographs of gospel at the Church of All Nations, gospel on the radio, the Lucy Smith Singers and the Roberta Martin Singers. The papers also include a sheet music collection. [Finding aid]

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Colter, Cyrus Papers

Dates: 1890-1995. Size: 10 linear feet. Accession #1995/05. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Cyrus Colter was a distinguished African American novelist, short story writer, lawyer and professor. The papers include manuscripts for his novels, correspondence, photographs, clippings and memorabilia documenting Colter’s career as an author. A smaller group of materials pertains to Colter’s legal and political career and his personal life. [Finding aid]

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Come for to Sing Archives

Dates: 1975-1988. Size: 6 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Music Information Center. Ninety-eight DAT dubs of original audiocassettes of interviews from Come for to Sing magazine with such folk musicians as Steve Goodman, Fred Holstein, Bob Gibson and Tom Paxton. [Unprocessed]

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Commodore, Chester Papers

Dates: 1914-2004. Size: 36 linear feet. Accession #2007/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Chester Commodore was the editorial cartoonist for the Chicago Defender for more than 50 years. In his capacity as one of the earliest established black editorial cartoonists, Commodore offered both humor and protest by using his cartoons to highlight and fight injustice both locally and nationally. His papers include his original cartoons, including the “Accent” caricatures that ran from 1974-1979, correspondence, photographs, newspapers and memorabilia. [Finding aid]

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Commons Theatre Collection

Dates: 1980-1992. Size: 27 linear feet; photographs, audiotapes and videotapes. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Collection consists of a full production history over 10 seasons and includes promotional, technical, administrative and artistic information. Artistic files include script library and casting information. Administrative files include board of directors minutes, grant applications and financial records. [Processed]

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Constellation Lodge Records

Dates: 1916-1927. Size: 2 linear feet; 3 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Regional Library, Northside Neighborhood History Collection. Although the collection contains some information about the Lodge, the majority of the files consist of correspondence from local soldiers serving in World War I as well as newsletters the Lodge sent to the servicemen. The collection offers an interesting glimpse of life during World War I. [Processed]

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Cooley, Mrs. Harlan Ward Papers

Dates: 1932-1934. Size: 0.5 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections. Mrs. Harlan Ward Cooley served as head of the Chicago Women's Club's Century of Progress Committee, which sponsored a series of lectures during the Century of Progress Exposition entitled, "Women in Civilization." This collection includes correspondence between Mrs. Cooley and speakers, as well as copies of speeches delivered at the Exposition. [Finding aid]

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CORE (Congress of Racial Equality), Chicago Chapter Archives

Dates: 1947-1990. Size: 2 linear feet. Accession #2007/02. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. CORE, a national civil rights organization, began in Chicago in 1942, with protests to force desegregation of restaurants and other public accommodations. These archives cover the period of the early and mid-1960s, when Chicago CORE’s membership was at its height. Records include meeting minutes, correspondence, flyers, programs, news clippings and photographs. [Finding aid]

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Dailey, Ulysses Grant Papers

Dates: 1884-1980. Size: 3 linear feet. Accession #1995/08. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Ulysses Grant Dailey was a nationally prominent surgeon. He served as president of the National Medical Association, operated his own hospital in the 1920s and 1930s, was a leader at Chicago’s Provident Hospital, and helped educate surgeons in Africa, Asia and Latin America. His papers consist of biographical materials, manuscripts, correspondence, programs, photographs and memorabilia. A partial draft of a biography of Dailey entitled The Scholar and the Scalpel is also included. [Finding aid]

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Darrow, Clarence S. Papers

Dates: 1912-1956. Size: 1 linear foot; 1 photograph. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the Woodlawn Community Collections. Collection consists of published works in pamphlet or journal form, and a small amount of correspondence and news clippings. [Finding aid]

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Davis, Charles A. Papers

Dates: 1950-1997. Size: 22 linear feet. Accession #2003/09. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Charles Davis was a journalist, a public relations specialist and an entrepreneur. During the 1940s, he served as the leading political reporter for the Chicago Defender. In the 1960s, he was one of the founders of the Coordinating Council of Community Organizations. Davis was director of the National Insurance Association and served on the boards of several important Chicago companies. His papers include correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, programs, clippings and memorabilia. [Partially processed]

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Davis, Melvin A. Papers

Dates: 1966-1978. Size: 2 linear feet. Accession #2003/03. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Melvin Davis served as president of United Automobile Workers Local 1083. He was also active in the Black Arts Movement and in the African Nationalist Pioneer Movement. His papers include materials on the 50th anniversary of Marcus Garvey’s death, the campaign to build a Marcus Garvey memorial and black theater. The papers consist of manuscripts, bulletins, flyers, serials and photographs. [Partially processed]

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Deems, Barrett Collection

Dates: 1956-1998. Size: 10 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Music Information Center. Barrett Deems (1914-1998) was a Chicago-based jazz drummer and band leader who worked with many luminaries, including Louis Armstrong, Paul Ash, Jimmy Dorsey and Red Norvo. The collection includes clippings, photographs and realia such as awards and instruments. [Processed]

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Democratic National Convention Records

Dates: 1965, 1968. Size: 3 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections. The 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago determined that Hubert Humphrey would be the Democratic candidate for president. Throughout the Convention, anti-war protestors demonstrated around Chicago and experienced police violence and arrests. The majority of this collection details the events and messages of the Convention itself through the officially produced material that was distributed to delegates and press. The protests surrounding the convention and the ensuing police crackdown are covered through a series of national alternative newspapers. [Finding aid]

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Dick Buckley’s Archives of Jazz

Dates: 1989-1993. Size: 32 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Music Information Center. More than 400 hours from Dick Buckley’s show on WBEZ, recorded on reel-to-reel audiotape, often with a program log included. [Partially processed]

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Dickerson, Earl B. Papers

Dates: 1891-1985. Size: 12 linear feet. Accession #2008/02. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Attorney and business executive Earl B. Dickerson was honored for his civil rights and civil liberties work. He was general counsel at Supreme Liberty Life Insurance (an African American-owned company), a Chicago alderman and lead attorney in Hansberry v. Lee, a landmark case challenging restrictive covenants. Dickerson’s papers include correspondence, programs, genealogical materials, clippings, serials, photographs and memorabilia. [Finding aid]

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Driskell, Claude Papers

Dates: 1900-2002. Size: 6 linear feet. Accession #1995/09. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. A prominent Chicago dentist, Claude Driskell served as president of the Lincoln Dental Society and is the author of a history of Chicago’s African American dentists. He was also the historian for the renowned “Original Forty Club” and authored the club’s 75th anniversary book. Driskell’s papers include manuscripts, photographs, serials and memorabilia. [Finding Aid]

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Drury, John Collection

Dates: 1935-1953. Size: .5 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Regional Library, Northside Neighborhood History Collection. The collection consists of articles written about Chicago’s North Side by John Drury, a well-known journalist and historian. The articles are from three series: “Historic Chicago Sites” and “Old Chicago Houses” in the Chicago Daily News and “North Side Notebook” in the Lincoln-Belmont Booster. [Processed]

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Dungill Family Papers

Dates: 1894-1999. Size: 5 linear feet. Accession #2000/07. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. The Dungill Family Orchestra, a touring band based in Chicago from the 1930s through the 1960s, achieved success as a family band in which each member played a different instrument. The papers include scrapbooks, correspondence, photographs, press clippings and memorabilia. [Finding aid]

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Durham, Richard Papers

Dates: 1939-1999. Size: 18 linear feet. Accession #1998/02. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Richard Durham, journalist, radio and television playwright, was the author of the groundbreaking radio drama series Destination Freedom. From 1948 to 1950, the weekly program dramatized black history events and individuals. Durham later wrote the television series Bird of the Iron Feather and edited Muhammad Ali’s biography, The Greatest. The papers include correspondence, research notes, play scripts, clippings, serials, photographs, page proofs and galleys. [Finding aid]

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Dyett, Capt. Walter Papers

Dates: 1906-1998. Size: 14 linear feet. Accession #2007/11. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. One of the most influential bandmasters and music educators in Chicago’s history, Walter Dyett taught generations of Chicago jazz, classical and blues musicians at Wendell Phillips and DuSable high schools. The papers document his career with official records, correspondence, programs, news clippings, yearbooks, photographs and memorabilia. [Finding aid]

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East Garfield Park Community Collection

Dates: 1871-1964. Size: 10.75 linear feet; 343 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the Garfield Park Community Collections. Manuscripts, printed material and photographs focusing on businesses, schools, religious organizations and clubs in the in the neighborhood, as well as Garfield Park itself. [Finding aid]

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Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church Archives

Dates: 1871-2005. Size: 11 linear feet. Accession #2002/05. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Ebenezer, founded in 1902, was one of the Chicago churches at the center of the gospel music revolution of the early 1930s. Under the Rev. J.H.L. Smith, Ebenezer grew to more than 3,000 members and included Thomas A. Dorsey, Theodore Frye, Roberta Martin, Eugene Smith and Robert Anderson among those who made music there. The Ebenezer archives include church newsletters, anniversary and souvenir programs, correspondence, photographs, sheet music, audiovisual material, organizational records and memorabilia. [Finding aid]

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Ebright, Lisa Collection

Dates: 1970-1993. Size: 43 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. The Lisa Ebright Collection includes production (and some rehearsal) photographs representing over forty Chicago theaters across the city including Goodman, Steppenwolf, Court, Northlight and Remains. All photographs by photographer Lisa Howe-Ebright. [Partially processed]

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Edison Park Community Collection

Dates: 1938-1976. Size: 1 linear foot. Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Regional Library, Northside Neighborhood History Collection. Documents related to the Edison Park neighborhood in Chicago. [Processed]

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Eichelberger, Brenda/National Alliance of Black Feminists Papers

Dates: 1974-1997. Size: 8 linear feet. Accession #1997/05. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Open to “any black woman interested in advancing the cause of black feminism,” the National Alliance of Black Feminists was a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to achieving full equality for black women in America. Brenda Eichelberger, founder of NABF, served as president of the Chicago Chapter. The collection consists of manuscripts, brochures, promotional literature, correspondence, financial statements, newspaper clippings, journal articles and serials. [Finding aid]

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Eisenschiml, Otto Papers

Dates: 1937-1964. Size: 1.5 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Civil War and American History Research Collection. Otto Eisenschiml (1880-1963) was a collector, avid reader, traveler and prolific writer in the areas of chemistry, Civil War history and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. His many years of searching and researching saw the publication in 1937 of his first book, Why Was Lincoln Murdered?, which was quickly followed by two other Lincoln works: In the Shadow of Lincoln’s Death and The Case for A. L------, Aged 56 in 1941 and 1943. These and many other articles, books and speeches are in the Eisenschiml Papers. [Processed]

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Elam, Mellissia-Lauretta Peyton Papers

Dates: 1891-1961. Size: 3 linear feet. Accession # 2007/09. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Mellissia Elam came to Chicago in 1876 from Missouri. She established a club home for working girls in 1919; it became a center for social and cultural activities. Elam belonged to Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church. After her death in 1941, the work at Elam Home was carried on by Lauretta Peyton. The papers include personal and organizational correspondence, programs, clippings and memorabilia. [Partially processed]

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Ellsworth, James W. Collection

Dates: 1880s-1901. Size: 12 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, World’s Columbian Exposition Collection. Papers of one of the leading directors of the World’s Fair of 1893. Collection consists of outgoing correspondence (85 letters), incoming correspondence (926 letters), departmental records and ephemera. The collection documents fair activities from planning stages through the disposition of the exhibits and buildings after the close of the exposition. [Finding aid]

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Ellsworth-Arnold Photograph Album Collection

Dates: 1892-1894. Size: 3 photograph albums. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, World’s Columbian Exposition Collection. The Ellsworth-Arnold Albums were photographed by official Fair photographer C.D. Arnold for James W. Ellsworth, a member of the Exposition's Board of Directors. The images document the progression of Jackson Park from a mossy landfill into one of the most beautiful and fleeting architectural gems of the 19th century. [Finding aid]

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Englewood Community Collection

Dates: 1870-1966. Size: 3.5 linear feet; 226 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the Englewood Community Collections. The materials in this collection show Englewood's development from the late 19th century to the early 1960s. Of particular note are the neighborhood photographs and the series devoted to schools in Englewood. [Finding aid]

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Englewood High School Records

Dates: 1876-1959. Size: 3.5 linear feet; 46 photographs; 1 photograph album. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the Englewood Community Collections. Collection consists primarily of yearbooks dating from 1924 to 1959. The records and photographs of Englewood High School reveal that school and its administrators were innovators in public education. [Finding aid]

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Englewood Historical Association Papers

Dates: 1931-1953. Size: .5 linear feet; 10 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the Englewood Community Collections. Documents the organization which worked with the Kelly Branch Library to gather and preserve historical material of the Englewood district of Chicago. [Finding aid]

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Englewood Newspaper Collection

Dates: 1878-1934. Size: .5 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the Englewood Community Collections. A small collection of neighborhood newspapers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. [Finding aid]

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Englewood Woman’s Club Records

Dates: 1898-1932. Size: .75 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the Englewood Community Collections. The Englewood Woman's Club was organized in 1896. Collection consists primarily of yearbooks dating from 1898 to 1931. [Finding aid]

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ETA, Creative Arts Foundation

Dates: 1983-2000. Size: 1.5 linear feet; videotapes. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. ETA was founded in 1969 by Abena Joan Brown and Okoro Harold Johnson. The theater produces dramas and musicals by local and national playwrights and features “Playwrights Speak,” a readers’ theater for new playwrights.  [Finding aid]

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Evans, Charles J. Papers

Dates: 1920-1994. Size: 7 linear feet. Accession #1996/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Charles Evans was professor of African and African American literature at the City Colleges of Chicago. As an activist in the civil rights and Black Arts movements, Evans developed new curricula for teaching literature of peoples of African descent. He was also active in the union representing City Colleges teachers. His papers include his poetry, literary criticism manuscripts, correspondence, research notes on Richard Wright and other authors, curricula, union records and memorabilia. [Finding aid]

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Evans, Jesse Papers

Dates: 1994. Size: 2 linear feet. Accession #1994/09. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Jesse Evans is the former alderman for Chicago’s 21st ward. This small group of papers consists of serials and other materials Evans brought back from a 1994 trip to South Africa. [Partially processed]

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Fantus, Felix Theater Scrapbook

Dates: 1901-1907. Size: 1 scrapbook. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Felix Fantus was an active theater-goer. He collected playbills from the Grand Opera House, Illinois, Powers', Dearborn and McVicker's theaters among others. Fantus included these programs and other clippings and ephemera in his theater scrapbook. [Finding aid]

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Fenger High School Records

Dates: 1925-1965. Size: 2.5 linear feet; 28 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the Calumet Region Community Collections. Collection consists primarily of yearbooks dating from 1925 to 1965 (partial run). [Finding aid]

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Fernwood Methodist Church Scrapbooks

Dates: 1953-1971. Size: 2 scrapbooks. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the Calumet Region Community Collections. Scrapbooks compiled by Mr. and Mrs. William Fenstemacher. These scrapbooks contain photographs of members of the congregation at  religious and social events.  Also included are news clippings and programs relating to the activities of the church. [Finding aid]

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Flory, Ishmael Papers

Dates: 1938-2003. Size: 34 linear feet. Accession #2004/05. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Ishmael Flory’s career in civil rights, labor and radical activism began with student protests at Fisk University in the 1930s. Flory served as a leader in the Communist Party’s organization on Chicago’s South Side from the 1940s through the 1980s. He was also co-founder of the African American Heritage Association. A friend to Paul Robeson, W.E.B. DuBois and Langston Hughes, Flory’s activist career included dozens of protest movements. His papers include correspondence, minutes, organizational records, flyers, position papers, serials, photographs and memorabilia. [Unprocessed]

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Fowler, Rev. Elmer Papers

Dates: 1980-1996. Size: 2 linear feet. Accession #2000/02. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Founder of Third Baptist Church, civil rights activist and avid photographer, Rev. Elmer Fowler’s collection contains photographs, monographs, newspaper clippings, funeral programs and a tribute written by Fowler to Benjamin Mays. [Partially processed]

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Free Street Theater Collection

Dates: 1968-1999. Size: 67 linear feet; photographs and audiovisual materials. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. The Free Street Theater Collection archives document the history of Free Street from its inception in 1968. Included are files from the highly acclaimed production Project!, as well as from the theater's present-day commitment to addressing teen and social issues through plays and musical productions.. [Partially processed]

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French, Robert O. Papers

Dates: 1902-2007. Size: 9 linear feet. Accession #1999/08. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Robert French, nephew of black beauty culture pioneer Annie Turnbo Malone, was a leader in Malone’s Poro College from the 1940s through the 1980s. French’s papers document Malone’s career, and the organizational life of Poro College and the Poro Association. The papers include correspondence, programs, photographs, clipping files, funeral programs and memorabilia. [Finding aid]

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Furry, Clara Hemmings Theater Scrapbooks Collection

Dates: 1905-1927. Size: 4 scrapbooks. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Clara Hemmings Furry pasted her theater programs and occasionally clippings and pictures into scrapbooks. Pages are annotated with place, date of performance and the identity of Furry's companions. [Finding aid]

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Gads Hill Collection

Dates: early to mid-20th century. Size: 350 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. Photographs from this settlement house in Pilsen. [Unprocessed]

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Gayden, Fern Papers

Dates: 1883-1985. Size: 4 linear feet. Accession #2007/05. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. A founding member of the South Side Writers Group in the 1930s, Fern Gayden’s long and diverse career included leadership roles in the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the South Side Community Art Center. She co-published Negro Story magazine with Alice Browning. Her papers include family history records, correspondence, flyers and programs, photographs and audiovisual materials. Also included is information on Gayden’s hometown of Dunlap, Kansas, files from her service as a social worker and original copies of Negro Story. [Finding aid]

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Gerber, Ann Photographs

Dates: 1970s-2013. Size: 7 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Authors and Publishing Collection. Ann Gerber is a well known Chicago newspaper society columnist who wrote for Skyline for most of her multi-decade career. This collection is comprised of photographs she collected during the course of writing her column over the years. [Unprocessed]


Girl Scouts of America Troop #427 Records

Dates: 1941-1971. Size: .25 linear feet; 1 photographic scrapbook. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the Lawndale Community Collections. The records that comprise the Girl Scouts of America, Troop #427 Collection, reflect the involvement of the scouts in the Lawndale-Crawford community, through brochures, correspondence, minute books, play scripts and programs. Also included in the collection is a scrapbook containing approximately 300 photographs of the girls of troop #427 at events and programs during the years 1941-1966. [Finding aid]

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Go On Girl! Book Club Archives

Dates: 1996-2006. Size: 18 linear feet. Accession #1998/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Go On Girl!, an African American book club, was the vision of three girlfriends in 1991 and has developed into a national book club with more than 25 chapters. Its mission is to expand the African American reading experience, concentrating on authors from the African diaspora. Collection includes correspondence, organizational records, uncorrected galleys and proofs, annual conferences and awards, data sheets for books read, surveys, questionnaires, newsletters and photographs. [Partially processed]

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Godzilla Rainbow Troupe

Dates: 1971-1974. Size: 1 linear foot; photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Founded by Garry Tucker (pseudonym “Eleven”) in 1971. Includes programs and promotional material for six productions starring such well-known Chicago theater personalities as Linda Kimbrough and Jack Wallace. [Finding aid]

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Goodman Theatre Archives

Dates: 1925-2012. Size: 204 linear feet; photographs and videotapes. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Oldest continuously operating theater company in Chicago. Collection documents the theater’s early production history through promotional materials such as programs, press releases, and reviews and clippings. Materials for the past 30 years of productions include an extensive collection of prompt books, production research and technical information. Other series in the collection include the papers of Artistic Director John Reich, dramaturg Tom Creamer, the Graff Family Papers, and the Producing and Artistic Directors Files. [Partially processed]

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Gould, E. B. Programs Collection

Dates: 1879-1883. Size: 4 oversize boxes, 1 scrapbook. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Elwyn Blaine Gould, born in 1854, was a businessman who came to Chicago in 1879. He was an enthusiastic playgoer, who kept and annotated his programs. Collection includes programs for operettas, farce, variety shows, concerts, modern plays and Shakespeare. [Finding aid]

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Grand Boulevard/Gage Family Collection

Dates: 1909-1926. Size: 78 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. Early 20th century photographs of the Gage family on the 4200 block of South Prairie Avenue. [Finding aid]

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Greater Rockwell Organization Records

Dates: 1987-1995. Size: .5 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Regional Library, Northside Neighborhood History Collection. Organized in 1976, the Greater Rockwell Organization is a neighborhood group in the Lincoln Square community. The organization’s bylaws, newsletters and meeting notes form the core of the collection. In addition, there are files about special events. [Processed]

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Green, Henry D. Photograph Collection

Dates: 1943-1951. Size: 400 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Regional Library, Northside Neighborhood History Collection. Henry Green was a commercial photographer on Chicago’s North Side. Subjects in the collection include local businesses, community groups, celebrations in neighborhood parks and events at local schools. Many photographs reflect life on the North Side during World War II. [Processed]

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Gubert, Betty Collection of African Americans in Aviation

Dates: 1927-2002. Size: 12 linear feet. Accession #2010/08. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Betty Gubert is a retired librarian who worked for decades at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. She is the author of several books on African Americans in aviation, including the noted bibliography Invisible Wings. Her papers include correspondence with black aviators, photographs and subject research files. [Finding aid]

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Hall, Juanita Papers

Dates: 1942-1966. Size: 4 linear feet. Accession #1974/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Juanita Hall was a singer and choir leader best known for her roles on Broadway. Her papers consist of her personal collection of sheet music and orchestrations, including many original items and hand annotations of printed sheet music. Among the items are songs from Broadway musicals, the Hall Johnson Choir, Eubie Blake and other composers. [Partially processed]

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Hambrecht, George F. Papers

Dates: 1842-1928. Size: 1 linear foot. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Civil War and American History Research Collection. [Processed]

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Hamilton, Evalyn Papers

Dates: 1990-1999. Size: 4 linear feet. Accession #1999/05. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Evalyn Hamilton, the first coordinator of the Vivian G. Harsh Society, was also active in Go On Girl! book clubs in Chicago. Her personal papers include cultural and literary flyers, programs, serials and memorabilia. [Partially processed]

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Handy, Moses P. Papers

Dates: 1890-1895. Size: 3 microfilm reels. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, World’s Columbian Exposition Collection. Moses P. Handy served as Chief of the Department of Publicity and Promotion for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. These microfilm reels contain copies of records pertaining to this part of Handy's varied career. The originals are housed at the Clements Library at the University of Michigan. [Finding aid]

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Harper Theater Records

Dates: 1959-1971 (Bulk dates, 1964-1968). Size: 1.5 linear feet, 45 photographs, 1 oversize box. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections. Hyde Park Herald publisher, Bruce Sagan renovated and reopened the Harper Theater as a playhouse, dance and music venue in 1964. The Harper Theater Records include administrative records, correspondence, clippings and promotional materials highlighting theater and music performances during the 1960s. [Finding aid]

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Harris, Adlean Papers

Dates: 1965-2005. Size: 105 linear feet. Accession #1993/02. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Adlean Harris, a librarian at Governor’s State University, was a founding member of all three Chicago-based African American genealogical societies. She was a leader in the Chicago chapter of the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History and a participant in a host of other black history and civil rights organizations. Her papers include an unusually wide range of organizational files, flyers, programs, correspondence, serials, photographs and memorabilia. [Partially processed]

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Harris, Greg Papers

Dates: 1988-2000. Size: 2 linear feet. Accession #1996/08. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Greg Harris has been a nationally syndicated cartoonist whose work appeared in more than 50 African American newspapers. His papers include original cartoon drawings, newspaper clippings, correspondence and notes. [Partially processed]

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Hart, F. Lawrence (Larry) Collection

Dates: 1973-1990. Size: 2 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Larry Hart, a designer and actor, graduated from the Goodman School of Drama in 1968. Collection includes posters for productions at Victory Gardens, Next Theatre Company and Pary Production Company. [Finding aid]

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Hart, Patricia L. (Pat) Collection

Dates: 1974-1989. Size: .5 linear feet (161 slides). Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Pat Hart, a costume designer, studied costume design at the Goodman School of Drama. She designed for productions at Touchstone Theatre, Pary Production Company and Victory Gardens. [Finding aid]

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Hatchell, Mildred Papers

Dates: 1960-1998. Size: 2 linear feet. Accession #1993/04. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Former Chicagoan Mildred Hatchell conducted extensive research on the hymns of the Rev. Charles Albert Tindley. Her papers consist of research materials, clippings and correspondence in support of her effort to have the Rev. Tindley recognized as the author of the song, “I Shall Overcome.” [Processed]

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Hayes, Charles A. Papers

Dates: 1944-1997. Size: 10 linear feet. Accession #2010/07. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Charles Hayes was a union leader in the United Packinghouse Workers of America and in two successor unions from the 1940s through the 1980s. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1983 to 1993. Most of his papers have been lost, but this small collection includes correspondence, speech texts, reports, clipping files, photographs and memorabilia. [Finding aid]

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Head, Cloyd Collection

Size: 25.5 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Cloyd Head (1886-1969) was a Chicago playwright and theatrical director. His play in verse, The Grotesque Decoration in Black and White, was produced by the Chicago Little Theatre. [Unprocessed]

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Heritage Press Archives

Dates: 1944-2002. Size: 9 linear feet. Accession #1988/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Heritage Press, founded by Paul Breman and operated out of London from 1962 to 1975, was one of the most important publishers of black poetry of its time. Best known for virtually launching the careers of Robert Hayden, Audre Lorde and Dolores Kendrick, the press also published major works of poetry by Arna Bontemps, Waring Cuney, Fenton Johnson, Ishmael Reed and prominent members of the Black Arts Movement, including Chicagoans Conrad Kent Rivers and Ronald Fair. The archives include correspondence, manuscripts, booklets, publicity, clippings and photographs. [Finding aid]

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Hill, Herbert Papers

Dates: 1950-1998. Size: 2 linear feet. Accession #1996/06. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Herbert Hill served in the 1950s and 1960s as labor director of the NAACP, where he was one of the most effective voices raised against racial discrimination by unions. He was later professor of Afro-American studies at the University of Wisconsin. His collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts and published articles written by Hill. [Processed]

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Hintze, Clarence Jazz Drummer’s Collection

Dates: 1935-1997. Size: 15 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Music Information Center. Chicago-based jazz drummer Clarence Hintze donated this collection of mainly LP jazz big band recordings, many of which center on drummers such as Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich and Louis Bellson. [Processed]

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Historical Society of Woodlawn Records

Dates: 1937-1965. Size: 1 linear foot; 10 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the Woodlawn Community Collections. The Records of the Historical Society of Woodlawn consist of financial records, minutes of meetings, membership rosters, printed materials and news clippings. [Finding aid]

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Holli, Melvin Papers

Dates: 1983-1987. Size: 2 linear feet. Accession #2010/11. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Melvin Holli was a history professor and author who wrote several books on Chicago politics, including The American Mayor. His papers include subject research files on Mayor Harold Washington’s administration, newspaper clippings and notes. [Unprocessed]

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Holmgren, Edward Papers

Dates: 1949-2003. Size: 6 linear feet. Accession #2009/02. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Edward Holmgren spent more than 40 years working in the area of public housing, housing integration and urban renewal, both in government and private sectors. He began his career with the Chicago Housing Authority and was executive director of the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities. His papers include correspondence, organizational records, conference proceedings and serials. [Finding Aid]

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Holton, Deborah Papers

Dates: 1940-1990. Size: 12 linear feet. Accession #1999/11. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Deborah Holton, professor of literature at DePaul University, wrote her doctoral dissertation on “The Plays of Lorraine Hansberry: Studies in Dramatic Form.” The papers include her research notes, photocopied and original manuscript materials, photographs and memorabilia. [Processed]

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House Party International Collection

Dates: 1985-1999. Size: 98 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Music Information Center. More than 8,000 individual popular music videos currently are being transferred from unusable U-matic videotape to DVDR. [Partially processed]

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Houston, Gary Papers

Dates: 1969-2013. Size: 1 linear foot; 5 oversize folders. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Gary Houston has been an actor, director, and producer in Chicago’s theater scene since 1969.  This collection is comprised of photographs, programs, playbills and posters from his prolific career. [Finding aid]

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Howalton Day School Archives

Dates: 1946-1999. Size: 9 linear feet. Accession #1996/09. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Noted as the oldest African American private, non-sectarian school in Chicago, Howalton School (1947-1986) was established as an early alternative school stressing creativity, the arts and the humanities. Its founders were sharply critical of the failings of Chicago’s public schools in the African American community. The archives consist of correspondence, manuscripts, handbooks, brochures, promotional literature, financial statements, programs, photographs, newspaper clippings and memorabilia. [Finding aid]

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Howard, Dr. T.R.M. Papers

Dates: 1929-1976. Size: 3 linear feet. Accession #2009/06. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Theodore Roosevelt Mason (T.R.M.) Howard was a surgeon, civil rights leader and entrepreneur. He came to national prominence in the 1950s, when he was president of the Regional Council of Negro Leadership, the most important civil rights group in Mississippi then. He also served as president of the National Medical Association. Forced to leave Mississippi, he spent the last 20 years of his life in Chicago and ran for Congress in 1958. Howard’s papers include two scrapbooks he created, correspondence, texts and audiotapes of speeches and articles, clipping files and memorabilia. [Finding aid]

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Hughes, Langston Papers

Dates: 1940-1942. Size: 5 linear feet. Accession #1942/03. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. The papers consist of three successive typescript drafts of Hughes’ autobiographical memoir, The Big Sea, as well as galley proofs for this book. Each of the drafts contains extensive revisions and marginalia by Hughes. [Finding Aid]

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Humboldt Park Community Collection

Dates: 1892-1941. Size: .5 linear feet; 46 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. This small collection contains information about the neighborhood as well as issues of The Northwestown Booster newspaper from 1937-1940 and early photographs of Humboldt Park itself. [Finding aid]

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Husband, Lori Papers

Dates: 1965-2003. Size: 40 linear feet. Accession #2004/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Lori Husband was a leading researcher, teacher and author in the field of African American genealogy. The author of three studies of genealogical information found in the Chicago Defender newspaper, Husband also taught genealogical methodology. Her papers include research materials, subject files, curricula, serials, organizational minutes and programs. [Unprocessed]

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Hyde Park Community Collection

Dates: 1874-1988. Size: 1.5 linear feet; 1 photograph. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. The Hyde Park Collection has principal strength in two areas: Hyde Park High School and the Village of Hyde Park prior to annexation into the city in 1889. [Finding aid]

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Illinois Entertainer Files

Dates: 1978-1985. Size: 48 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Music Information Center. Includes manuscripts, articles, press releases and press kits that were used to publish this local popular monthly entertainment journal. [Unprocessed]

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Illinois Writers Project: “Negro in Illinois” Papers

Dates: 1936-1942. Size: 22 linear feet. Accession #1942/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. This Illinois Writers Project study of the African American experience in Illinois from 1779 to 1942 consists of draft chapters, research notes, newspaper extracts, oral history transcripts and draft essays. All the work was destined for the “Negro in Illinois,” an unfinished book on which more than 100 researchers from the Illinois office of the Federal Writers Project collaborated. The study was supervised by Arna Bontemps and Jack Conroy. Among the writers who participated were Richard Wright, Fenton Johnson, Margaret Walker and L.D. Reddick. [Finding aid]

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Imagination Theater

Size: 64 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. The Imagination Theater Collection includes production, artistic and administrative records. [Unprocessed]

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International Society of Sons and Daughters of Slave Ancestry Archives

Dates: 1996-2002. Size: 2 linear feet. Accession #1997/07. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. International Society of Sons and Daughters of Slave Ancestry Archives is a non-profit lineage society committed to documenting and preserving the genealogy of former slaves for future generations. Founded in 1997, ISDSA commemorates slave contributions to world history and recognizes the work of genealogical researchers. Collection contains articles of incorporation, bylaws, minutes, correspondence, pedigree charts, manuscripts and Juneteenth celebration programs. [Partially processed]

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International Theatre Festival of Chicago Collection

Dates: 1986-1996. Size: 85 linear feet; photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Biannual festival held in Chicago six times from 1986 to1996. Founded by Jane Nicholls Sahlins to introduce Chicago artists and audiences to the work of some of the greatest theater companies from around the world. Collection consists primarily of programs and promotional material. [Partially processed]

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Italians in Chicago Project

Dates: 1979-1981. Size: 4 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. Oral history transcripts from interviews with Italian Americans in Chicago; the project was based at the University of Illinois at Chicago. [Finding aid]

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Jackson, Timothy Papers

Dates: 2000-2008. Size: 3 linear feet. Accession #2008/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Chicago Defender editorial cartoonist Tim Jackson is also renowned as the creator of the website Pioneering Cartoonists of Color, the most extensive database of information about early African American cartoonists. Jackson also worked for LifeTimes, a publication issued by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. The papers consist of his original cartoons, preliminary sketches and graphic design drawings for LifeTimes. [Partially processed]

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Jacobsen, Arnold Recorded Sound Collection

Dates: 1900-1960. Size: 103 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Music Information Center. A large collection of LPs, 45s and 78s donated by collector and record salesman Arnold Jacobsen. [Partially processed]

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Jarrett, Vernon Videotape Collection

Dates: 1991-1998. Size: 3 linear feet (150 videotapes migrated to DVDs). Accession #1999/02. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Vernon Jarrett was a pioneering journalist, award-winning columnist for the Chicago Defender, Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times, founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists, civil rights activist and community leader. This collection contains DVDs of more than 150 episodes of his television programs Face to Face and Sunday in Chicago. [Finding aid]

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Jazz/Blues/Gospel Hall of Fame

Dates: 1937-1979. Size: 12 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Music Information Center. Two thousand commercially produced LPs. [Processed]

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Jefferson Township Collection

Dates: 1891-1986. Size: .25 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Regional Library, Northside Neighborhood History Collection. This small collection cuts across boundaries of the official communities of the city of Chicago. It contains brief information about the following neighborhoods: Jefferson Park, Irving Park, Logan Square and North Park. [Processed]

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Jefferson, Joseph Awards Collection

Dates: 1971-2000. Size: 2.5 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection.  The Joseph Jefferson “Jeff” Awards were named after the nineteenth-century actor Joseph Jefferson III and honor excellence in the Chicago theater community by recognizing both Equity and non-Equity (Citations) productions. The collection includes administrative materials donated by members of the Executive Committee, as well as promotional items such as programs, invitations and clippings. [Processed]

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Jewish Music Archives

Dates: 1991-2006. Size: 23 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Music Information Center. Contains more than 200 unique interviews and performances on CDR, cassette and minidisk featuring klezmer musicians from North America and Europe. Established by the YIVO Institute For Jewish Research, Chicago Chapter. [Processed]

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Johnson, Bennett Papers

Dates: 1968-1995. Size: 39 linear feet. Accession #2000/05. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Bennett Johnson, a graduate of Roosevelt University with Harold Washington, has been a civil rights and radical activist since the 1940s. He was a leader in the March on Conventions movement, Protest at the Polls and the NAACP. He was one of the early activists in Washington’s successful campaign for mayor of Chicago. Johnson was co-founder of Path Press, a black-owned publishing house. His papers include correspondence, minutes, programs, manuscripts and memorabilia. [Unprocessed]

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Johnson, May Business Papers

Dates: 1912-1941. Size: .25 linear feet; 41 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. May Johnson was a performing arts agent. Collection primarily concerns the careers of violinist Zlatko Balokovic and soprano Eleonora DeCisneros, and includes information on the Chicago Grand Opera Company. [Finding aid]

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Johnson, Mildred Papers

Dates: 1945-1994. Size: 27 linear feet. Accession #1994/03. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Mildred Johnson was an educator, poet, children’s book author, principal of Howalton School (1982-1985) and director of Say! Children’s Theater. Her papers include correspondence, posters, plaques and awards, newspaper clipping files, books, photographs and memorabilia. [Partially processed]

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Johnson, Rev. Floyd D. and Sweetie C. Papers/Zion Temple Missionary Baptist Church Archives

Dates: 1940-1997. Size: 39 linear feet. Accession #1989/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Rev. F.D. Johnson and his wife, Sweetie C. Johnson, were leaders in the National Baptist Convention from the 1940s through the 1980s. Rev. Johnson was the pastor of Zion Temple M.B. Church in Chicago and served for more than 20 years as the president of the National Baptist Convention’s Foreign Missionary Board. Their personal papers and the church’s archives include correspondence, organizational documents, programs, clippings, serials and memorabilia. [Partially processed]

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Johnson, Venona Papers

Dates: 1966-1995. Size: 3 linear feet. Accession #2001/04. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Venona Johnson’s papers include materials on the Chicago Chapter of the Girlfriends, a social and philanthropic club. Included are administrative records, chapter bylaws, financial records, clippings, conference proceedings and newsletters. The papers also contain materials from St. Edmund’s Episcopal Church, including newsletters, anniversary souvenir books and funeral programs. [Partially processed]

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Johnson, Virgil Collection

Dates: 1969-1997. Size: .5 linear feet; 638 drawings; 21 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. . Virgil Johnson is an award-winning costume designer whose work has been seen at numerous theaters in Chicago, including Goodman, Court, Victory Gardens, Body Politic, Steppenwolf, Northlight, St. Nicholas and Apollo. Collection includes costume sketches and renderings as well as programs and notes. [Finding aid]

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Johnson, William Papers

Dates: 1988-1996. Size: 4 linear feet. Accession #1996/10. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. William Johnson’s papers include his slides and photographs, activities of the Washington Park Camera Club and materials from the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. [Partially processed]

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Jones, Calvin B. Papers

Dates: 2007-2010. Size: 1 linear foot. Accession #2010/05. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Chicago muralist, Black Arts Movement activist and co-director of AFAM gallery, Calvin B. Jones was a leader in community murals projects in Chicago. This small collection includes photographs and memorabilia. [Unprocessed]

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Jones, Ellen Collection

Dates: 1985-1990. Size: 3 linear feet; photographs and slides. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. The Ellen Jones Collection contains lighting and set design work from 1985 to 1990. The material includes lighting plots, floor plans, scripts, programs, promotional posters, photographs and slides. [Finding aid]

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Jones, Jeanne Boger Papers

Dates: 1845-2000. Size: 3 linear feet. Accession #20001/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Jeanne Boger Jones is a genealogist and descendant of abolitionist minister Abraham T. Hall of Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church. Her papers contain materials relating to her family’s genealogy, World War II black naval veterans of Great Lakes and records of the Chicago chapter of the Idlewild Lot Owners Association, Inc. Included in the papers are genealogical charts, newspaper clippings, videotapes, correspondence and photographs. [Finding aid]

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Jones, Richard Papers

Dates: 2001-2005. Size: 1 linear foot. Accession #2007/13. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Richard Jones served as an officer in Bronzeville’s famed 8th National Guard Regiment and as manager of 47th Street’s South Center Department Store. The papers consist of recollections and comments on the history of the 8th regiment. [Processed]

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Jones, Willa S. Papers

Dates: 1930-1984. Size: 4 linear feet. Accession #1982/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Willa S. Jones was, for 52 years, the founder, writer and producer of the acclaimed Chicago Passion Play. First presented in 1926 in a storefront church, the Passion Play later moved to St. John-Baptist Church. Jones was also a gospel pianist and director of a choir sponsored by the National Baptist Convention. Her papers include clippings, programs, serials and memorabilia. [Finding aid]

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Joyner, Marjorie Stewart Papers

Dates: circa 1890-1994. Size: 107 linear feet. Accession #1992/09. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Marjorie Stewart Joyner was national supervisor of Madame C.J. Walker Beauty Colleges, chair of Chicago’s Bud Billiken Parade and Chicago Defender Charities, benefactor of Bethune-Cookman College and an activist in the Democratic Party in Chicago. Her papers include correspondence, business records, programs, serials, clipping files, photographs and memorabilia. Organizational materials from the United Beauty School Owners and Teachers Association, Alpha Chi Pi Omega Sorority and Fraternity, Cosmopolitan Community Church and the Bud Billiken Parade are also included. [Finding Aid]

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Jubilee Showcase Gospel Music Video Collection

Dates: 1963-1984. Size: 20 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections. Fifty hours of the 100 extant programs of this Emmy Award-winning Chicago gospel music television program. Performers include the Staple Singers, Dixie Hummingbirds and hundreds of others. [Description]

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Just the Beginning Foundation Archives

Dates: 1940-2008. Size: 78 linear feet. Accession #2000/03. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Just the Beginning Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1992 to honor Judge James Benton Parsons, the first African American appointed to the U.S. District Court with life tenure. The foundation’s mission is to highlight the accomplishments of African Americans in the federal judiciary, and to provide education and outreach to youth on career opportunities in the legal profession. The archives include correspondence, administrative records, photographs, conference proceedings, biographical information on federal judges and audiovisual materials. An addition to the archives consists of the papers of Edward Toles, federal bankruptcy judge and former president of the National Bar Association. [Partially processed]

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Juvenile Welfare Association Records

Dates: 1924-1960. Size: 9 linear feet; 7 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. Collection includes records of the Juvenile Welfare Association and materials on founder Bertha Lyons’ Self-Development Course. [Finding aid]

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Kellum, David Papers

Dates: 1920-1981. Size: 2 linear feet. Accession #2004/06. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. David Kellum was a leading figure at the Chicago Defender from the 1920s through the 1950s. He is credited with the invention of the Bud Billiken character and was an early coordinator of the Bud Billiken Parade. This collection contains early Bud Billiken photographs, funeral programs, videotaped interviews and an oral history interview about David Kellum conducted with his son James Kellum. [Processed]

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Kelly, Ernece Papers

Dates: 1964-1975. Size: 1 linear foot. Accession #2000/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Ernece Kelly was an activist in the 1960s Chicago civil rights movement and a staffer for the Coordinating Council of Community Organizations. This collection contains political buttons, books and pamphlets. [Partially processed]

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Kinsella, Helen G. Collection

Dates: 1931-1966. Size: 2 linear feet; 71 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Regional Library, Northside Neighborhood History Collection. This collection documents Helen G. Kinsella’s career as drama teacher at Lake View High School. The photographs of dramatic productions and student activities are the highlight of the collection. [Processed]

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Kircher Family Papers

Dates: 1879-1958. Size: .5 linear feet; 34 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. Johannes Kircher was the founding pastor of Bethlehem Evangelical Church. Collection includes materials relating to Kircher family history and the history of the church. [Finding aid]

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Knowles Postcard Collection

Dates: circa 1890-1967. Size: 93 postcards; 3 postcard booklets. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. Postcards of Chicago. [Finding aid]

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Krueger, Robert W. Photograph Collection

Dates: 1984-2003. Size: circa 700 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Regional Library, Northside Neighborhood History Collection. In 1984, the Library began working with local photographer Robert Krueger to document the North Side. He has made hundreds of photographs of street scenes, parks, businesses, houses, schools, cemeteries, religious institutions, community events and people of the area. [Processed]

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Kuumba Theatre Company Collection

Dates: 1968-1996. Size: 21 linear feet; photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Founded in 1969 by Val Gray Ward. Large collection featuring production history files, administrative records and artistic files. Includes information on Kuumba’s nationally recognized productions: The Amen Corner, The Little Dreamer and In the House of the Blues. Affiliation files in the administrative series document a wide range of artistic, political and social groups with which Kuumba maintained connections. [Processed]

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Lake View Council on Religious Action

Dates: 1966-1986. Size: .75 linear feet; 89 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Regional Library, Northside Neighborhood History Collection. The Lake View Council on Religious Action was organized in 1940 by representatives from local churches and synagogues and members of the Kiwanis Club of Lake View. [Processed]

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Lake View High School Collection

Dates: 1874-2002. Size: 10 linear feet; 83 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Regional Library, Northside Neighborhood History Collection. Lake View High School at the corner of Ashland Avenue and Irving Park Road was the first high school in Lake View Township. The history of the school is documented in this extensive collection, which includes early annual reports, newspaper clippings, programs and other pieces of ephemera from school events, a run of the school’s Red and White yearbook (1906-1995) and more than 80 photographs. [Processed]

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Lambda Pi Alpha, Beta Mu Chapter Archives

Dates: 1970-2002. Size: 14 linear feet. Accession #2003/05. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. The Beta Mu Chapter of Lambda Pi Alpha Sorority, an organization of registered nurses, was organized at Provident Hospital in 1954. The archive includes correspondence, photographs, minutes, newspaper clippings, videotapes, souvenir books, programs and constitution bylaws. [Partially processed]

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Landers, Ann Collection

Dates: 1951-2002. Size: 36 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Authors and Publishing Collection. Collection consists of the personal correspondence of “Eppie” Lederer, author of the syndicated advice column, “Ask Ann Landers.” [Partially processed]

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Lane Technical High School Collection

Dates: 1912-1988. Size: 4.25 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Regional Library, Northside Neighborhood History Collection. In 1934 Lane Technical High School moved from a building at Sedgwick and Division streets to its campus at Addison Street and Western Avenue. This small collection contains files about the school after it moved. [Processed]

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Langer, Adam Collection

Dates: 1984-2011. Size: 21 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Authors and Publishing Collection. Adam Langer is a novelist, journalist and playwright. His books include the novels Crossing California, The Washington Story, Ellington Boulevard and The Thieves of Manhattan, as well as the memoir My Father’s Bonus March. The collection documents Langer’s career. It contains drafts of his published and unpublished books, scripts, research notes, promotional materials, articles he wrote for the Chicago Reader and nearly a full run of Chicago-based Subnation. [Finding aid]

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Lattimer, Agnes Papers

Dates: 1963-1990. Size: 1 linear foot. Accession #2001/05. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. A 1954 graduate of Chicago Medical School, Agnes Lattimer was the college’s first African American alumna. After working as director of ambulatory pediatrics at Michael Reese Hospital, she took a similar position at Cook County Hospital. From 1986 to1995 she was medical director of Cook County Hospital. Her papers include newspaper clippings, correspondence and photographs. [Unprocessed]

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Lawndale-Crawford Community Collection

Dates: 1873-1979. Size: 4.5 linear feet; 755 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. Through manuscripts, printed material and photographs this collection focuses upon the Lawndale-Crawford neighborhood with particular emphasis on the Bohemian immigrants who settled there around 1900. This group was active socially and politically and this is reflected in the collection. There is also information about neighborhood schools, businesses, residents, clubs, and the controversial name changing of Crawford Avenue to Pulaski Road. [Finding aid]

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Lawndale-Crawford Historical Association Records

Dates: 1929-1984. Size: 3 linear feet; 31 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. Records in the collection include organization files, local history materials, photographs and a scrapbook of news clippings. [Finding aid]

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Learning Logic Foundation Archives

Dates: 1990-1996. Size: 2 linear feet. Accession #1994/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Learning Logic Foundation, headed by Calvin Pearce, was a non-profit think tank created to promote educational discussion and experimental programs between senior citizens and school-age youth. The collection includes correspondence, bylaws, board meeting minutes and neighborhood gang violence reports. [Partially processed]  

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Lems-Dworkin, Carol Papers

Dates: 1928-1992. Size: 1 linear foot. Accession #1992/05. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Musician, teacher and author Carol Lems-Dworkin donated correspondence, photographs of African American jazz musicians, press releases and sheet music. [Processed]

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Lerner, Michael S. Papers

Dates: 1953-1985. Size: .5 linear feet; 7 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Regional Library, Northside Neighborhood History Collection. Among other topics, this collection contains information about the planning and design of the Abraham Lincoln statue at Lincoln, Lawrence and Western avenues. [Processed]

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Les Cameos Archives

Dates: 1955-2004. Size: 3 linear feet. Accession #2004/09. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Les Cameos is an African American women’s social organization founded in 1951 as a group of mothers of Girl Scouts, but that continued as a club with parties and charitable events. The organization’s archives include photograph albums, programs and newspaper clippings. [Partially processed]

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Links, Inc. Chicago Chapter Archives, The

Dates: 1950-2006. Size: 78 linear feet. Accession #1999/06. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. The Links, Inc. is a national women’s service organization founded in 1946 in Philadelphia. The Chicago chapter was founded in 1950. The chapter has included such notable members as Madeline Stratton Morris, Edith Sampson, Oneida Cockrell and Olive Diggs. The Links, Inc. archives include organizational records, annual cotillion books, program booklets, newsletters, conference proceedings, photographs and memorabilia. [Partially processed]

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Linsley, Caroline Theater Scrapbooks Collection

Dates: 1909-1956. Size: 9 scrapbooks. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Caroline Linsley collected Chicago theater programs, clippings and pictures which she pasted into a series of photograph albums and blank scrapbooks. Also included are movie programs and programs from New York and other locations where she traveled. [Finding aid]

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Liss, Ted Collection

Dates: 1953-1992. Size: 7 linear feet; photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Archive documenting the work of Ted Liss, a Chicago actor, teacher and director. Liss was the founder of the Chicago Equity Library Theater, the Ted Liss School of Performing Arts and the Ted Liss Studio Actors Workshop. Collection includes biographical files on Liss, information on the studio and school of performing arts, a financial series and a selection of commercial scripts. [Processed]

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Little, Mrs. Frank Ephemera Collection

Dates: 1874-1888. Size: Flat files. Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Regional Library, Northside Neighborhood History Collection. Mrs. Frank Little assembled a collection of broadsides, programs and flyers from local events in 19th century Ravenswood. [Unprocessed]

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Livingston, Dorothy Rogers Papers

Dates: 1941. Size: 1 linear foot. Accession #1998/06. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Dorothy Rogers Livingston, a program coordinator for the Chicago Park District in 1941, collected play scripts and memorabilia from Federal Theater Project plays presented in the parks. Her papers consist of these play scripts and memorabilia. From 1942 through 1950, she was program director for Parkway Community House, the innovative settlement house led by Horace Cayton. Additional materials of Dorothy Rogers Livingston are located in Horace Cayton’s papers. [Processed]

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Lockett, Cherie Papers

Dates: 1952-1954. Size: 1 linear foot. Accession #2007/12. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. This collection consists of rare promotional and descriptive materials on the first years of Lake Meadows, a middle-class housing development in Bronzeville owned by New York Life Insurance Corporation. [Processed]

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Logan Square Community Collection

Dates: 1935-1945. Size: .5 linear feet; 31 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Regional Library, Northside Neighborhood History Collection. A small collection of documents and photographs focusing on the Logan Square community. [Processed]

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Logan, Arthur Papers

Dates: 1924-1997. Size: 15 linear feet. Accession #2000/10. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Arthur Logan, a graphic artist, singer and choirmaster, was graphic designer for the 1927-1929 “Wonder Books,” edited by Frederic H. Robb. Logan was later active in Chicago churches as a choirmaster through the 1980s. His papers include early Wendell Phillips High School yearbooks, gospel music programs, photographs, clippings, sheet music and memorabilia. [Partially processed]

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Logsdon, Joseph Papers

Dates: 1960-1961. Size: 1 linear foot. Accession #1961/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. The papers consist of his typed dissertation submitted to the University of Chicago for a master of arts in social sciences. The dissertation traces the Rev. Archibald J. Carey and his impact on politics in Chicago. [Processed]

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Loop Players Theater Collection

Dates: 1962-2005. Size: 2 linear feet; 137 photographs; 521 slides. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. The Loop Players are part of the drama department at Loop College (now Harold Washington College). The collection contains programs  promotional material and photographs from their theatrical productions as well as programs and promotional material for the Annual Harold Washington Oratorical Festival. [Processed]

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Lower West Side Community Collection

Dates: 1906-1944. Size: .25 linear feet; 8 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the West Side Community Collections. The materials in this collection document the era when the Czechoslovakians and Germans held sway in the Lower West Side. The bulk of the collection concerns the Gads Hill Center, which was a settlement house, and Trinity Evangelical Church, whose newsletters continued to be published in English and German into the 1940s. [Finding aid]

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MacDonald, J. Fred Papers

Dates: 1955-1974. Size: 1 linear foot. Accession #2010/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. J. Fred MacDonald is professor emeritus at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and president of MacDonald & Associates, a historical film archives based in Chicago. The collection includes DVD transfers documenting black arts, television and radio during the early 20th century. [Unprocessed]

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Mackel, Audley Papers

Dates: 1925-1970. Size: 3 linear feet. Accession #2003/09. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Audley Mackel was a prominent dentist in the Vicksburg-Natchez, Mississippi area. In the 1950s he was active in the Regional Council of Negro Leadership, headed by T.R.M. Howard. In a legendary incident, he drove Howard in a hearse past Ku Klux Klan gunners. Mackel was also instrumental in an NAACP lawsuit challenging “separate but equal.” The papers include correspondence, original petitions, photographs, speeches, clippings and memorabilia. [Partially processed]

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Made in Chicago Collection

Dates: 1942-1999. Size: 25 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Music Information Center. The Made in Chicago Collection consists of various smaller collections of musical material, both scores that were published in Chicago and recordings made here (including recordings made at the Harold Washington Library Center). The following collections have been consolidated into the Made in Chicago Collection:  Herbert James Wrightson Collection, Saugatuck/Douglas Music Festivals Collection and National Music Company Collection. [Partially processed]

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Magic Circle Theatre Collection

Dates: 1972-1977. Size: .5 linear feet; 24 photographs and 1 oversize folder. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Theater founded by Goodman School alumnus Guy Giarrizzo and dedicated to the investigation of innovative techniques and the development of new plays. Became one of the resident theaters at the Body Politic in 1973. Collection consists of promotional and production records including programs, posters, flyers and reviews. There are also copies of several original scripts from early shows. [Finding aid]

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Manney, Edward Papers

Dates: 1980-1992. Size: 11 linear feet. Accession #1992/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Edward Manney was the assistant curator of the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature from 1984 to 1992. His personal collection consists of manuscripts, books, posters, memorabilia, theater programs, newspaper clippings, videos, color slides, campaign materials from Harold Washington’s 1983 mayoral election and exhibit catalogs. [Partially processed]

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Mardis, Geraldine Lane Papers

Dates: 1920-1942. Size: 3 linear feet. Accession #2003/02. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Geraldine Lane Mardis’ grandfather Alexander Lane graduated from Rush Medical College in 1895 and served as an Illinois state legislator. Her family vacationed at Idlewild, Mich., beginning in the 1920s. While a student at University of Chicago, Mardis was the subject of a racially motivated controversy. Her papers include correspondence, newspapers clippings, Idlewild and Chicago photographs, and memorabilia. [Processed]

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Martin & Morris Collection

Dates: 1940-1975. Size: 14 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Music Information Center. This collection of 1,500 scores is almost exclusively gospel vocal music and represents nearly the complete catalog of the publisher, The Martin & Morris Music Studio. [Description]

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Martin & Morris Music, Inc. Papers

Dates: 1905-1980. Size: 2 linear feet. Accession #2003/14. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. When the Martin & Morris store was closing in the 1990s, gospel music devotees bought up the store’s remaining sheet music stock. The papers include more than 300 gospel music titles, some of them rare. [Processed]

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Martin, Rev. George Papers

Dates: 1901-1972. Size: 2 linear feet. Accession #2000/06. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. The papers of the Rev. George Martin, D.D., an A.M.E. minister originally from Kansas City, Missouri, were donated by his daughter, Chestine Warfield Allen. Martin was sent in 1916 to serve A.M.E. congregations in the Pacific Northwest, where he was a pastor in Portland, Oregon, Seattle and Spokane, Washington. He later returned to Kansas City as a pastor and was influential in the A.M.E. church nationally. His papers include correspondence, photographs and memorabilia. [Processed]

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Mason, Grace Papers/Franklin Atkinson Henderson Photograph Collection

Dates: 1880-1920. Size: 3 linear feet. Accession #1992/06. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Grace Mason, a descendant of pioneering Chicago African American photographer Franklin Atkinson Henderson, donated his collection of nearly 100 photo portraits of “prominent Negro Chicagoans.” Photos were created from 1885 to 1915. Many of these photos were exhibited at the 1940 American Negro Exposition. The papers include photos of the “Old Settlers” and an official register of the Chicago Old Settlers Club, founded by Ida McIntosh Dempsey in 1904. Later Scott family records and photographs are also included. [Finding Aid]

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Maxey-Boyd, Alva Beatrice Papers

Dates: 1930-2003. Size: 10 linear feet. Accession #2010/10. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Alva Maxey-Boyd was a community organizer active in civil rights, urban renewal and historic preservation. She taught at Roosevelt and Northeastern Illinois universities. Her papers include correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, subject research files and memorabilia. [Unprocessed]


Mayoral Press Office Photographs

Dates: circa 1978-1989. Size: 54 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections. Photographs of Mayor Michael Bilandic, Mayor Jane Byrne and Acting Mayor Eugene Sawyer, taken by the City’s Press Office. [Unprocessed]

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McBride, William Papers

Dates: 1907-1995. Size: 45 linear feet. Accession #1995/03. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. From the 1930s through the 1980s, William McBride was an artist, political activist and collector of Bronzeville cultural memorabilia. During the early 1940s, he played a prominent role with the South Side Community Art Center, serving as its publicity director. His papers include early SSCAC organizational and publicity files. Also included are extensive files of cultural and political activities, correspondence, fliers, programs, posters, playbills, art studies and photographs. [Finding aid]

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McGill Family Papers

Dates: 1870-2008. Size: 13 linear feet. Accession #2004/08. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Nathan K. McGill, a native Floridian, had a profound impact on Chicago journalism and law. In 1925, he was appointed assistant state’s attorney in Chicago. A confidant of Robert Abbott, he later served as general manager, vice president and counsel of the Chicago Defender. He was also a member of the Chicago Public Library Board of Directors. From 1934 to 1937, he published his own newspaper, Metropolitan News. Nathan McGill’s papers consist of newspaper clippings, serials, rare documents, photographs and memorabilia. The McGill Family Papers also include materials from Nathan McGill’s brother, Simuel D. McGill, a civil rights attorney who represented the Scottsboro Boys, and items from their descendants. [Finding aid]

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Meet the Playwright Lecture Series

Dates: 1986. Size: 12 cassette tapes. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. In November 1986, the Chicago Public Library hosted a series of 15 lectures and panel discussions in which Chicago playwrights discussed their work, presented performance excerpts and answered audience questions. This program was organized by the Chicago Office of Fine Arts and co-sponsored by the Chicago Public Library. It was made possible in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. [Finding aid]

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Meier, Max Papers

Dates: 1906-1947. Size: .25 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. In 1947 Max Meier exhibited his collection of Chicago playbills, programs and scrapbooks at the Chicago Public Library. A Chicago native, Meier was a contributor to the Chicago Tribune "Line O' Type" column and an avid theater-goer. This collection documents the exhibit through photographs and clippings, as well as contains several examples of Meier's correspondence. [Finding aid]

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Merritt, Michael Papers

Size: 3.5 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Award-winning set designer Michael Merritt (1945-1992) worked closely throughout his career with Chicago-area theaters. In particular he designed sets for David Mamet’s plays including Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed the Plow. The Michael Merritt Collection includes drawings, set designs and renderings, notebooks, posters, blueprints, slides and photographs. [Unprocessed]

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Metcalfe, Ralph Papers

Dates: 1934-1975. Size: 1 linear foot. Accession #1993/05. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Ralph Metcalfe was an Olympic track athlete and was later elected a Chicago alderman and Congressman. The papers include early correspondence, awards, photographs, official documents and memorabilia. [Unprocessed]

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Milk Dealers’ Association Ledger and Minute Book

Dates: 1889-1895. Size: 1 ledger book. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, part of the Calumet Region Community Collections. Account book from the Milk Dealers’ Association [which may also have been known as the "Milkman Association"] in the Roseland neighborhood. While most of the entries are minutes from the Association meetings, the value of the book is its documentation of a grass-roots union movement in Chicago. [Finding aid]

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Millennium Park, Inc. Archives

Dates: 1992-present. Size: 15 linear feet; 755 photographs; 13 videotapes; 6 CDs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. Millennium Park, Inc. Archives contain information from the early planning stage of Chicago’s “Lakefront Millennium Project” in 1998 through the completion and opening of Millennium Park in 2004. The majority of the collection consists of presentation boards showing elevations, site plans, renderings and architectural sections of the various sites in the park. The sites represented in the collection include the Jay Pritzker Music Pavilion and the B.P. Pedestrian Bridge, designed by Frank Gehry; Cloud Gate, designed by Anish Kapoor; Crown Fountain, designed by Jaume Plensa; the Lurie Garden, designed by Gustafson, Guthrie, Nichol, Ltd.; Millennium Monument and Wrigley Square; the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, designed by Thomas Beeby; the Exelon Pavilions, designed by Thomas Beeby and Renzo Piano; and the Boeing Galleries. There are a number of artifacts in the collection including a scale model of Cloud Gate, architectural models of the Lurie Garden by the three finalists in the international garden competition, models of the Crown Fountain and a model of the Millennium Monument, or Peristyle, in Wrigley Square. See also photographs from the Millennium Park, U.S. Equities Realty Collection in the Library’s Millennium Park Digital Collection. [Finding aid]

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Millennium Park, U.S. Equities Realty Collection

Dates: 1999-2005. Size: 54 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. U.S. Equities Realty was retained to act as owners’ representative for many of the enhancements to Millennium Park. These photographs document the development and construction of the major sites in Millennium Park. All of these photographs are digital and in color. Photographs from this collection are available in the Library’s Millennium Park Digital Collection. [Finding aid]

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Minor, Frances Papers

Dates: 1863-2009. Size: 15 linear feet. Accession #2002/03. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. A Chicago public school educator and South Side Community Art Center and African American history activist, Frances Minor’s papers focus on African Americans in Chicago, Minnesota and Mississippi. Other topics include her late husband, school administrator Byron Minor; Judge Irvin C. Mollison; and St. Edmund’s Episcopal Church. The collection consists of programs, clippings, serials, correspondence, funeral programs, scrapbooks, photographs and memorabilia. [Finding aid]

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Minor, Myrtis Papers

Dates: 1948-1999. Size: 2 linear feet. Accession #2004/03. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. As a high school student in Jackson, Mississippi, Minor was one of the leaders of a 1949 bus boycott for civil rights. Her papers document the boycott, her career as a nurse at Provident Hospital and her activities in community organizations. They consist of oral history audio recordings, programs, yearbooks, clippings and memorabilia. [Partially processed]

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Montrose, Ruth Papers

Dates: 1962-1979. Size: 2 linear feet. Accession #1981/02. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Ruth Montrose was a social worker active in the National Council of Negro Women, the League of Black Women, the National Association of Black Social Workers and the Chicago Urban League. Her papers include a wide range of music, theater and political programs as well as flyers, correspondence and memorabilia. [Partially processed]

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Mootry, Maria Papers

Dates: 1970-1997. Size: 5 linear feet. Accession #2001/03. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Poet, literary critic and essayist Maria Mootry was a professor at the University of Illinois-Springfield and the author of literary criticism on Gwendolyn Brooks. Her papers include original manuscripts, correspondence, conference programs and memorabilia. [Partially processed]

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Morgan Park Co-op Credit Union Archives

Dates: 1940-1990. Size: 8 linear feet. Accession #2001/02. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. The Morgan Park Co-op Credit Union, founded in 1940, is the oldest African American credit union in Chicago. The collection contains photographs, legal documents, history brochures and memorabilia. [Processed]

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Morris, Aldon Papers

Dates: 1990-2005. Size: 1 linear foot. Accession #1998/05. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Professor of sociology and African American studies at Northwestern University, Aldon Morris is the author of Origins of the Civil Rights Movement. His papers include published and unpublished articles, speeches and memorabilia. [Partially processed]

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Morris, Madeline Stratton Papers

Dates: 1859-2003. Size: 15 linear feet. Accession #2003/10. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Madeline Stratton Morris’ papers document her work as an educator, author and activist in the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. As a Chicago schoolteacher during World War II, she developed the first “Negro History” curriculum to be adopted by a U.S. public school system. Later, she was the author of black history books for young people. Her papers include correspondence, her original curriculum guide, manuscripts of published and unpublished works, photographs, programs and memorabilia. [Finding aid]

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Morrow, E. Frederic Papers

Dates: 1952-1996. Size: 13 linear feet. Accession #2000/11. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Best known as a member of President Eisenhower’s White House staff, E. Frederic Morrow worked for the Urban League, the NAACP and CBS radio before joining Eisenhower’s campaign in 1952. He served on the White House staff from 1955 through 1960 and wrote a memoir, Black Man in the White House. His papers include manuscripts, correspondence, photographs and memorabilia. [Finding Aid]

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Mosby, Sisi Donald Papers

Dates: 1963-1968. Size: 3 linear feet. Accession #1997/02. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Civil rights activist, journalist and historian Donald Mosby published The Struggle, a 1960s civil rights newspaper, and did most of the writing on a biography of Ulysses Grant Dailey. Papers include rare newspapers, original manuscripts and speeches, and page proofs. [Processed]

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Motley, Willard F. Papers

Dates: 1939-1951. Size: 1 linear foot. Accession #2002/08. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. This small group of Willard Motley’s papers includes newspaper clippings, manuscripts and journal articles by Motley. Also included is significant correspondence between Motley and William P. Shenk, co-founder of Hull House literary magazine. [Finding aid]

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Moye, Don/Art Ensemble of Chicago Papers

Dates: 1970-1990. Size: 8 linear feet. Accession #1993/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Don Moye is best known as one of the members of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, the avant-garde jazz group that emerged in the 1970s. The papers include posters, programs, audiovisual materials and memorabilia. [Partially processed]

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Musial, Tom Photographs

Dates: 1988-1991. Size: 1 linear foot. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections. This collection of photographs documents the construction of the Harold Washington Library Center through daily images of building progress. It includes slides, photographs and negatives. [Unprocessed]

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National Black Nurses Association, Chicago Chapter Archives

Dates: 1970-2005. Size: 38 linear feet. Accession #2003/04. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. The Chicago Chapter of National Black Nurses Association, established in 1970, is dedicated to collective action by nurses to investigate and advocate for the health care needs of African Americans, and to implement strategies that ensure access to equal health care. The archives include official documents, minutes, programs, investigative reports, correspondence, clippings, photographs and memorabilia. [Partially processed]

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National Jewish Theater Records

Dates: 1986-1996. Size: 6 linear feet, 1 audio tape reel, 18 folders of photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. The National Jewish Theater was founded in 1986 as a professional company devoted to producing plays that, according to one of its artistic directors, “explore and illuminate contemporary Jewish life.” This collection includes newsletters, board minutes, scripts, production contracts, programs, press clippings and photographs. The theater closed in 1996. [Finding aid]

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Nesbitt, Prexy Papers

Dates: 1968-1996. Size: 36 linear feet. Accession #1996/04. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Prexy Nesbitt was a leader in organizing Chicago’s support for southern African liberation and against apartheid. He wrote extensively on southern Africa and collected materials on liberation movements there. His papers include manuscripts, programs, rare serials and subject research files. [Partially processed]

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Norman Press Records

Dates: 1878-1965. Size: 3 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Authors and Publishing Collection. Collection consists of keepsakes, booklets and printed promotional materials published by or in conjunction with the Norman Press and the Black Cat Press, or by bookmaker/typographer Norman Forgue, founder of the Norman Press. [Finding aid]

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North Lawndale Community Collection

Dates: 1872-1956. Size: 2.5 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. Manuscripts, printed material and photographs focusing on the neighborhood, particularly during the years when Russian Jews were the dominant foreign-born group. [Finding aid]

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Northlight Theatre Collection

Dates: 1975-2000. Size: 12 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Founded as the Evanston Theatre Company in 1975 and dedicated to producing thought-provoking plays, while also providing community service programs for Chicago and the northern suburbs. Collection consists primarily of promotional material such as programs, press releases, reviews and clippings, although there are a small number of prompt scripts from productions in the 1980s. [Finding aid]

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Northwest Federation of Improvement Clubs Records

Dates: 1914-1954. Size: 1 linear foot. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the West Side Community Collections. Records of citizens’ associations formed to bring about community improvements. Covers an area of the Northwest Side from North Avenue (1600 N) north to the city limits and from Western Avenue (2400 W) west to the city limits. [Finding aid]

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Norwood Park Community Collection

Dates: 1906-1976. Size: 1.5 linear feet; 29 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Regional Library, Northside Neighborhood History Collection. Documents and photographs from the neighborhood, including records from local businesses, residents, religious organizations and schools. [Processed]

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Office of Civilian Defense Records

Dates: 1942-1945. Size: 1.5 linear feet; 24 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the West Side Community Collections. Collection includes community news items. The materials in this collection are the records of the District 4 office, which was bounded by Clinton Street on the east, the south branch of the Chicago River and the drainage canal on the south, the city limits on the west, and a crooked line formed by Kinzie, Kedzie and North Avenues on the north. Its headquarters were in the Gold Dome Building of Garfield Park. The collection documents many aspects of the office’s work during World War II. [Finding aid]

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Old Pops & Piano Music Single Sheets

Dates: 1809-2004. Size: 72 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Music Information Center. Old Pops comprises single song sheet music in alphabetical sequence in 286 boxes; 8 additional boxes contain Chicago songs, war songs and Christmas songs. Music Single Sheets are instrumental piano pieces filed alphabetically with Old Pops. [Processed]

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Old Town Players Collection

Dates: 1967-1984. Size: circa 78 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. The Old Town Players were a community theater group that used both professional and amateur actors to bring new plays, musicals and Chicago premieres to the stage. Collection documents the production, financial and general history of the Old Town Players. [Partially processed]

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Open Space Section Records

Dates: 1894-2011 (Bulk dates 1991-2010). Size: 106 linear feet; 6 linear feet of photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections. The Open Space Section is part of the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development’s Sustainable Development Division. Growing out of the 1998 CitySpace plan, the Open Space Section works to increase the amount of publicly accessible open space in Chicago, in an effort to provide recreational green space to all residents. Some of its projects have included the Campus Park Program, the Calumet Open Space Reserve and projects to develop public pathways and trails along the Chicago River. The collection documents Open Space’s varied initiatives to increase the amount of and improve the access to green space for all Chicagoans. [Finding aid]

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Organic Theater Collection

Dates: 1977-1993. Size: 57 linear feet; photographs and videotapes. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Founded in 1969 by Stuart Gordon and Carolyn Purdy Gordon, the Organic Theater staged a number of influential productions, including Warp, a science fiction epic adventure, and Bleacher Bums, which featured Dennis Franz and Joe Mantegna. The collection consists of artistic, administrative, outreach and production files. [Partially processed]

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Owen, Chandler Papers

Dates: 1922-1972. Size: 1 linear foot. Accession #2010/06. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Chandler Owen was a writer, editor and labor activist who co-founded the radical socialist journal The Messenger with A. Philip Randolph. He later worked as managing editor of the Chicago Bee newspaper. This small group of papers includes original typescripts of several of Owen’s speeches and essays. [Unprocessed]

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O’Quinn Family Papers

Dates: 1943-1984. Size: .75 linear feet; 109 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the Lawndale Community Collections. Collection reflects the O’Quinn family’s participation in Lawndale community affairs, including information about the O'Quinn Royal Gladiators Drum and Bugle Corps and the West Side Negro Women's League. [Finding aid]

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Palmer, Alice and Edward (“Buzz”) Papers

Dates: 1950-2005. Size: 5 linear feet. Accession #2006/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Alice Palmer, an educator and human rights activist, worked on Harold Washington’s campaigns and served as an Illinois state senator. She was active in Chicago’s civil rights movement of the 1960s and in international dialogues beginning in the 1980s. Her husband, “Buzz” Palmer, a former police officer, was one of the founders of the Afro-American Patrolmen’s League and has been active in international human rights work. Their papers include correspondence, subject research files, programs, serials and memorabilia. [Partially processed]

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Parada, Esther Papers

Dates: 1929-1993. Size: 6 linear feet. Accession #2007/15. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. In 1992, Esther Parada, an artist and professor at University of Illinois at Chicago, created an exhibit entitled, “Who Dis/Covers, Who Dis/Colors?” The exhibit investigated the struggle of African Americans for representation of Jean Baptiste Point DuSable at the 1933 Century of Progress international exposition in Chicago. The papers include original art by Parada, research materials from the period of the exposition and press coverage of the 1992 exhibit. [Partially processed]

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Passovoy, Lorraine Papers

Dates: 1968-1985. Size: 4 linear feet. Accession #1987/02. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Lorraine Passovoy’s papers include research materials and correspondence on the life of Jean Baptiste Point DuSable. [Processed]

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Path Press Archives

Dates: 1961-1996. Size: 41 linear feet. Accession #1997/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. One of the first black-owned publishing companies in the United States, Path Press was founded in Chicago in 1969 by novelist Herman C. Gilbert and civil rights veteran Bennett Johnson. The company was active until 2001 and had considerable success with Gilbert’s novel, The Negotiations. The archives include published and unpublished manuscripts, correspondence, administrative records, publicity, distribution/sales files and photographs. Additional materials were accessioned relating to unpublished authors at Path Press. [Finding aid]

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Patricca, Nicholas A. Papers

Dates: 1980-1994. Size: 3 linear feet; videotapes (see Chicago Theater Videotape Collection). Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Collection documents the work of Nicholas Patricca, a Chicago playwright and an artistic director at Chicago New Plays, a collective service organization dedicated to the development of playwrights working in Chicago. Materials include original scripts and production materials for 18 plays written by Patricca. [Finding aid]

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Patricia Liddell Researchers (PLR) Archives

Dates: 1920-2006. Size: 150 linear feet. Accession #1994/02. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Patricia Liddell Researchers is an African American genealogical society co-founded by Adlean Harris and Thelma Eldridge. The PLR’s initial donation of 2 linear feet has grown exponentially along with the surge in interest in genealogy. The PLR archive includes over 10,000 funeral programs, surname indexes, organizational files, program materials, conference workshops, meeting records, genealogical serials and a wide variety of national genealogical information. [Finding aid]

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Paul, Rick Collection

Dates: 1969-1977. Size: 4 oversize folders. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Rick Paul is a well-known Chicago set designer of plays, ballets, operas and films. Collection consists of set renderings from four productions. [Finding aid]

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Paul, Stanley Papers

Dates: circa 1930s-2013. Size: 40 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, General Chicago History Collection. Stanley Paul was the band leader of Chicago’s Pump Room in the Ambassador East Hotel from 1964 through 1974, leading the orchestra with style, class and verve. At the time the Pump Room was the watering hole of the best-known celebrities in the world and the grandeur of those years is evident in the collection, with photographs and personal notes from people such as Bette Davis, Judy Garland, Irv and Essee Kupcinet, Ethel Merman, Gloria Swanson and Oprah Winfrey. The collection documents his career and life as a musician, before, during and after Mr. Paul’s years in the Pump Room. [Finding aid]

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Pegasus Players Records

Dates: 1978-1999. Size: 2 linear feet; 61 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Pegasus Players is located in the Uptown neighborhood. Collection consists of promotional materials such as programs, reviews and clippings. [Finding aid]

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People for Community Recovery Archives

Dates: 1983-2008. Size: 62 linear feet. Accession #2009/05. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. People for Community Recovery (PCR) is a community organization located in the Chicago Housing Authority’s Altgeld Gardens project on Chicago’s far Southeast Side. Founded in 1979 by Altgeld Gardens resident Hazel Johnson, PCR demanded cleanup of toxic waste surrounding the community and pressed for repair work. The organization also coined the term “environmental racism.” The archives include correspondence, organization files, programs and newspaper clippings. [Finding aid]

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PerformInk Collection

Dates: 1987-2005. Size: 29 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. The PerformInk Collection contains press releases and other promotional materials that Chicago-area theaters sent to the PerformInk offices between 1987 and 2005. [Finding aid]

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Perkins, Marion/Perkins Family Papers

Dates: 1938-2003. Size: 4 linear feet. Accession #2006/08. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Arkansas-born and Chicago-based Marion Perkins was an acclaimed sculptor; his works are held at the Art Institute of Chicago and DuSable Museum. From the late 1930s until his death in 1961, Perkins was a radical activist whose art reflected his perspectives. One of his sons, Useni (Eugene) Perkins, is an accomplished poet and essayist who was a leader in the Black Arts Movement. The papers include Marion Perkins’ writings, photographs and articles about his work. Also included are plays, poetry and interviews by Useni Perkins. [Partially processed]

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Pinkney, Nannie Papers

Dates: 1950-1965. Size: 1 linear foot. Accession #1994/07. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. In the 1950s, Nannie Pinkney was a clerk at George Cleveland Hall Branch Library. Her papers include an oral history audiotape on the Hall Branch and the last years of Vivian Harsh’s life, as well as photographs. [Processed]

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Piven Theatre Workshop Collection

Dates: 1975-1999. Size: 2.5 linear feet; photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Established in 1974 by Byrne and Joyce Piven, who were also founding members of the Playwright’s Theatre, the group that spawned Second City. The workshop is located in Evanston and boasts such recognizable alums as Joan and John Cuzack, Aidan Quinn and Jeremy Piven. The collection includes information on Piven Theatre Workshop productions as well as promotional material on classes and workshops. [Finding aid]

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Plays and Players, Series 1, Theater Scrapbooks Collection

Dates: 1891-1916. Size: 10 scrapbooks. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. The compiler of this scrapbook series remains anonymous. Scrapbooks include programs, clippings, newspaper reviews and commentary for opera, concerts, dance, vaudeville and all types of theater. Pictorial material is also included. [Finding aid]

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Plays and Players, Series 2, Theater Scrapbooks Collection

Dates: 1908-1912. Size: 5 scrapbooks. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. The compiler of this scrapbook series remains anonymous. The volumes include programs, newspaper clippings and the compiler's comments and notes. Productions represented include operas, concerts, plays and dance. [Finding aid]

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Pollard, Fritz Papers

Dates: 1916-2003. Size: 1 linear foot. Accession #2005/05. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. An early and exceptional football star, Fritz Pollard played for Lane Tech High School and Brown University, and in the National Football League. The papers include clippings, research files and photographs collected by Eleanor Towns. [Unprocessed]

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Portage Park Community Collection

Dates: 1904-1944. Size: .25 linear feet; 20 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Regional Library, Northside Neighborhood History Collection. Documents and photographs from the neighborhood’s Council of Patriotic Defense, Girls’ Patriotic Service League and other clubs and organizations. [Processed]

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Prince Hall Freemasonry Archives

Dates: 1955-1997. Size: 10 linear feet. Accession #1997/03. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. The papers, donated by Brian Abrams, Robert DeCuir and Isaac Washington, include rare serials, Masonic proceedings, lodge materials, directories, programs, annual reports, bylaws, amendments and memorial services. [Partially processed]

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Pullman Collection, Historic

Dates: 1882-1979. Size: 4 linear feet; 1 scrapbook; 97 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. The collection contains annual reports, brochures, bulletins, news clippings and photographs on the Pullman Company, the Pullman Free School of Manual Training, Pullman Town, and the 1894 strike. [Finding aid and unprocessed material]

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Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church Archives

Dates: 1905-1999. Size: 4 linear feet. Accession #2001/06. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. The oldest African American congregation in Chicago, Quinn Chapel A.M.E. was founded in 1844. The archive includes anniversary books, programs, newsletters, membership registers, financial records and photographs. [Finding Aid]

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Ravenswood Congregational Church Records

Dates: 1870-1969. Size: 1 linear foot; 43 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Regional Library, Northside Neighborhood History Collection. The Ravenswood Congregational Church, the first church in Ravenswood, began holding services in 1870. In 1969, nearly 100 years later, the church closed. Records in the collection include files from the board of trustees, the church clerk, and several of the pastors and church committees. Also included are publications from the church with historical sketches of Ravenswood. [Processed]

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Ravenswood Gardens Homeowners Association Records

Dates: 1915-1982. Size: 1 linear foot; 32 photographs; 894 slides. Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Regional Library, Northside Neighborhood History Collection. Developed by Realtor William Harmon in conjunction with Ravenswood Manor, Ravenswood Gardens is on the east bank of the North Branch of the Chicago River. Items in the collection include a manuscript history of the neighborhood and minutes of community meetings, beginning with the group’s split from the Ravenswood Manor Improvement Association in 1944. Also included are miscellaneous historical files about the neighborhood. [Processed]

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Ravenswood Manor Improvement Association Records

Dates: 1914-1987. Size: 5.5 linear feet; 84 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Regional Library, Northside Neighborhood History Collection. Realtor William Harmon developed Ravenswood Manor in conjunction with Ravenswood Gardens. Ravenswood Manor is on the west bank of the North Branch of the Chicago River running from Montrose Avenue to Lawrence Avenue. The collection includes board minutes, newspaper clippings, newsletters, files about special events, maps and photographs. [Processed]

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Ravenswood Woman’s Club Records

Dates: 1894-1974. Size: 1.5 linear feet; 5 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Regional Library, Northside Neighborhood History Collection. Organized in 1889 as a literary club, the Ravenswood Woman’s Club eventually broadened its scope to include social and civic activities. The club dissolved in 1974. The records include a history of the club, club annuals (1891-1974), minutes of the board of managers (1956-1974), minutes of club meetings (1948-1968) and newspaper clippings. [Processed]

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Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection

Dates: 1844-1985. Size: 18 linear feet; 1,900 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Regional Library, Northside Neighborhood History Collection. The collection contains material about the old Lake View Township. Today, this area includes the communities of Lake View, North Center, Lincoln Square (Ravenswood), Uptown and Edgewater. Material in the collection was acquired from many sources and includes ephemera, maps, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, manuscripts and historical sketches. [Processed]

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Reid, Loudella Evans Papers

Dates: 1958-2005. Size: 2 linear feet. Accession #2006/07. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Legendary gospel singer and choirmaster Loudella Evans Reid led the choir at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church for more than 50 years. Her papers include church programs, newsletters, audiovisual materials, photographs and memorabilia. [Partially processed]

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Republican National Convention Records

Dates: 1958-1960 (Bulk date, 1960). Size: 1 linear foot; 1 oversize box. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections. The 1960 Republican National Convention, held in Chicago, determined that Richard M. Nixon would be the party’s presidential candidate. As the incumbent vice president, Nixon was always a leading contender, but he worked with New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller to adopt platform planks that would appeal to the left wing of the Republican Party. Opposing Nixon was Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater who represented the right wing of the Republican Party. Some of this internal party division can be seen in these records which document the events of the Convention. [Finding aid]

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Restuccia, Rusty Papers

Dates: 1919-2011. Size: 2 linear feet. Accession #2009/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Rusty Restuccia, a retired Ford Motor Co. executive, runs a website dedicated to the history of African Americans in the automobile industry. His papers center on his research and writing on the history of African American-owned car dealerships, including those in Chicago, Kansas City, Missouri, and Detroit. [Unprocessed]

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Rich, Faith Collection

Size: 30 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. Faith Rich was an educator who lived in Chicago’s West Side and was instrumental in the formation of the West Side branch of the NAACP, educational issues and West Side activism in general. The collection contains documents, reports, publications and other printed material and photographs. [Partially processed]

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Richardson, James M. Papers

Dates: 1890-1990. Size: 118 linear feet. Accession #1995/07. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. James Richardson, M.D., was an ophthalmologist at Provident Hospital and civil rights activist from the 1940s through the 1990s. He also studied his family history in Oklahoma and Texas. Richardson’s papers include correspondence, subject research files, programs, Howard University and medical periodicals, newspaper clippings, early photographs from Oklahoma and Texas, and rare historical materials from Provident Hospital. [Partially processed]

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Rollins, Charlemae Hill Papers

Dates: 1932-1979. Size: 56 linear feet. Accession #1980/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Charlemae Rollins served as children’s librarian at the Hall Branch of the Chicago Public Library from 1932 to 1963 and was a nationally recognized pioneer in the development of multicultural children’s literature. Her papers include correspondence, scrapbooks, clipping files, memorabilia, photographs and published and unpublished essays, as well as Rollins’ personal library. [Partially processed]

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Rollins, Joseph W., Jr. Papers

Dates: 1930-2004. Size: 8 linear feet. Accession #1994/08. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Joseph Rollins, Jr., son of Hall Branch librarian Charlemae Rollins, grew up in the Rosenwald, attended DuSable High School and served in World War II. In the 1960s he became an executive in the federal government’s Office of Economic Opportunity. He was later in a leading position at Arthur Anderson, Inc. After the death of his mother in 1979, Rollins dedicated himself to documenting and perpetuating her legacy. His papers include photographs and memorabilia from Bronzeville and from World War II, correspondence and clipping files from his work at OEO and Arthur Anderson, and extensive files on celebrations and conferences on the work of Charlemae Rollins. [Partially processed]

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Rosen, Stan Papers

Dates: 1960-1992. Size: 2 linear feet. Accession #1997/08. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Labor history educator Stan Rosen’s papers include materials on Chicago’s African American labor activists. [Unprocessed]

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Rosofsky, Seymour Collection

Dates: 1953-1954, 1977. Size: 59 drawings. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Seymour Rosofsky (1924-1981) was part of a generation of post-war independent-minded Chicago artists and a founding member of the Chicago Imagist tradition. Collection includes drawings, paintings and lithographs of scenes from the Salt Creek Summer Theater and also of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir George Solti. [Finding aid]

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Rushing, Fannie Papers

Dates: 1963-2004. Size: 12 linear feet. Accession #2006/03. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Fannie Rushing, a professor at Benedictine University, was an early activist in Chicago Friends of SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee). Her papers document the civil rights movement in Chicago and the South, and her involvement in human rights work internationally. Included are correspondence, clipping files, programs, manuscripts, photographs and memorabilia. [Unprocessed]

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Saffold, Howard Papers

Dates: 1968-1994. Size: 6 linear feet. Accession #2010/03. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. The papers consist primarily of newsclippings and photographs related to the history of the African American Police League in Chicago. [Unprocessed]

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Sampson, Rev. Al Papers

Dates: 1960-1970. Size: 2 linear feet. Accession #1993/06, Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. The Rev. Albert Sampson, ordained by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., was active in the 1960s civil rights movement. He is the pastor of Fernwood United Methodist Church. His papers include clippings, photographs and memorabilia from his early civil rights activities. [Unprocessed]

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Sandburg, Carl Collection

Size: 5 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Authors and Publishing Collection. The Carl Sandburg Collection includes published poems and writings by the famed poet in addition to clippings, photographs and other ephemera. [Unprocessed]

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Sang, Phillip Papers

Dates: 1680-1910. Size: 8 linear feet. Accession #1978/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Phillip Sang was a collector of manuscript materials and memorabilia on slavery and abolitionism. His papers include original documents from slave owners, slave traders and insurance companies. Other materials include correspondence, photographs, speeches, pamphlets and memorabilia by abolitionists and about the abolitionist movement. [Partially processed]

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Sarah Siddons Society Records

Dates: 1849-2000. Size: 4.5 linear feet; 710 photographs; 73 slides. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Includes administrative records, as well as files kept by the society regarding winners of annual actress/actor of the year awards, leading lady awards and scholarship awards. Also photographs of society events and award recipients. [Finding aid]

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Saunders, Doris E. Papers

Dates: 1920-2006. Size: 75 linear feet. Accession #1994/05. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Doris Saunders served as a librarian at the Hall Branch during World War II. In 1949, she went to work at Johnson Publishing Company, establishing its corporate library and later directing its Book Publishing Division. From the 1970s through the 1990s, she was chair of the Department of Mass Communications at Jackson State University. Her papers include correspondence, manuscripts, Bronzeville-era memorabilia, subject research files, rare serials, programs and memorabilia. [Partially processed]

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Sawyer, Eugene Collection

Dates: circa 1987-1989. Size: 99 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Harold Washington Archives and Collections. Alderman Eugene Sawyer was acting mayor after the death of Mayor Harold Washington in 1987 until the 1989 mayoral election. [Unprocessed]

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Schulfer, Thomas F. Program Collection

Dates: 1935-1985. Size: 7 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. The Thomas F. Schulfer Program Collection was donated to Special Collections in 1988 by his son, Roche Schulfer, Executive Director at the Goodman Theatre. The collection documents primarily Chicago productions of the 1940s, 50s and 60s. [Finding aid]

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Schupp, Rev. Ronald Papers

Dates: 1981-1995. Size: 1 linear foot. Accession #1997/10. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. The Rev. Ronald Schupp was active in Chicago’s anti-apartheid movement and in efforts to aid the homeless. His papers include programs and clippings. [Processed]

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Schwartzberg, Hugh J. Poetry Collection

Dates: circa 1965-1996. Size: 10 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections. This collection focuses on poetry activity in and around Chicago. The collection comprises manuscript material, videotapes and LP records. Hugh Schwartzberg, a poet and enthusiast, collected manuscripts of primarily local but also nationally known poets. He videotaped poets reading their work at public programs and collected LPs of internationally renowned poets and writers reading their work, or readings by well-known actors. In addition to the archival collection, there is a book collection of first edition, signed poetry volumes. [Processed]

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Scott, William Edouard Papers

Dates: 1846-2007. Size: 5 linear feet. Accession #2005/07. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. William Edouard Scott was a prominent painter, illustrator and muralist who studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. Scott was one of the first nationally known African American artists in Chicago, and his work is held in many museums and private collections. His papers include biographical materials, correspondence, programs, clippings, photographs and memorabilia. [Finding aid]

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Scottsdale Homeowners Association Records

Dates: 1916-2006. Size: 9 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. The Scottsdale Homeowners Association was established in 1952 by residents of Scottsdale, a newly formed neighborhood on the Southwest Side of Chicago. This collection documents association activities through newsletters, meeting minutes, programs, clippings and photographs. [Finding aid]

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Scrapbook of a Matinee Girl

Dates: 1908-1912. Size: 1 scrapbook. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. The compiler of this scrapbook remains anonymous. She attended a wide range of plays, operas and concerts. The scrapbook is annotated and includes reviews, clippings and occasionally pictures. [Finding aid]

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Second City Collection

Dates: 1961-1987. Size: 3 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. The Second City Collection includes promotional files and news clippings in addition to photographs from the famed improvisation theater. [Processed]

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Sengstock, Charles Collection

Dates: 1926-1996. Size: 45 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Music Information Center. Music historian Charles A. Sengstock, Jr. has, since the early 1960s, researched and written extensively about the development of jazz in Chicago. Sengstock has donated some 1,200 items, including reel-to-reel and cassette tapes, LPs, 78s, 45s, books, a few transcriptions and a small selection of sheet music. Emphasizing Chicago dance bands from their beginnings, the collection includes rare, non-commercial tapes of performances from such famed local venues as the Aragon and Willowbrook ballrooms, as well as commercial recordings of bandleaders associated with Chicago and manuscript notes. [Partially processed]

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Shaw, Laura Bell Papers

Dates: 1948-1988. Size: 1 linear foot. Accession #2003/13. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Laura Bell Shaw served as president of the Women’s Auxiliary board of Provident Hospital in the early 1980s. She was also an organizer of an early African American women’s golf organization. Her papers include programs, rare serials and newspaper clippings. [Partially processed]

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Shepherd, Barbara Papers

Dates: 1940-1942. Size: 1 linear foot. Accession #1999/03. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Barbara Shepherd worked on the 1940 American Negro Exposition held at the Chicago Coliseum. She also served in staff positions in several social service organizations. This small photograph collection is one of the few sources that documents the construction and activities of the 1940 exposition. [Processed]

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Shook, Robert Collection

Dates: 1962-1993. Size: 6 linear feet; 279 drawings. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Robert Shook’s award-winning lighting designs have been seen at many of Chicagoland’s theaters, as well as throughout the city along Michigan Avenue and illuminating many of the city’s best-loved works of art. Collection includes annotated scripts and drawings for theatrical productions. [Processed]

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Simeon, Neal F. Papers

Dates: 1916-1963. Size: 2 linear feet. Accession #1979/02. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Simeon, one of the 16 teachers who organized Dunbar Trade School (now Dunbar Vocational High School) in 1948, later served as acting director of Dunbar and director of Vocational Education Centers for the Chicago Board of Education. His papers consist of scrapbooks of educational clippings, correspondence, photographs and college transcripts. [Partially processed]

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Simmons, Herbert Papers

Dates: 1961-1962. Size: 1 linear foot. Accession #1961/02. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Born in St. Louis in 1931, Herbert Simmons was one of the earliest black genre crime writers. His protagonists fought the restrictive nature of white society toward black men. His papers include galleys of Simmons’ novel Man Walking on Eggshells with author’s marginalia. [Processed]

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Skinner, Clementine Papers

Dates: 1930-2002. Size: 22 linear feet. Accession #1993/03. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Clementine Skinner was a Chicago Public Schools assistant principal, teacher and librarian. She was active during four decades in the Association for the Study of African American Life and History and served as president of the Chicago branch. She was also active in the YWCA, the NAACP and genealogical organizations. Her papers include manuscripts, monographs, correspondence, organizational records, yearbooks, photographs and memorabilia. [Partially processed]

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Smith, Carl E., Jr. Collection

Dates: 1959-1965. Size: 1 linear foot. Accession #2006/05. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Carl E. Smith was the general and managing editor for several black magazines in Chicago during the 1950s and 1960s. The collection includes rare serial titles: Tone, Marque and Musically Speaking. [Partially processed]

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Smith, Frank W. Glass Plate Slide Collection

Dates: 1873-1903. Size: 784 glass plate slides. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. Photographic collection covering a broad spectrum of Chicago history. Photographic collection covering Chicago businesses, churches, clubs / organizations, hospitals, municipal agencies, parks, residences, schools, streets and transportation, among other subjects. In addition, a series of World’s Columbian Exposition plates have been maintained as part of the Smith Collection.  [Finding aid]

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Smith, Homer Papers

Dates: circa 1964. Size: 1 linear foot. Accession #1994/06. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Homer Smith’s memoir, Black Man in Red Russia, was published and promoted by Johnson Publishing Company in 1964. His papers consist of his marginalia in this book and memorabilia. [Unprocessed]

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Smith, Mary Ella Papers

Dates: 1981-1987. Size: 6 linear feet. Accession #2003/06. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Mary Ella Smith, fiancée to Mayor Harold Washington, took over as head of the Harold Washington Foundation after his untimely death in 1987. Her papers include programs, flyers, newspaper clippings, photographs and memorabilia. [Partially processed]

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Smith, Rosella E. Papers

Dates: 1920-1956. Size: 1 linear foot. Accession #2005/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Rosella E. Smith’s papers include capital stock certificates from Binga State Bank and Supreme Liberty Life insurance, and receipts. Jesse Binga’s bank was a major black-owned financial institution on Chicago’s South Side. It closed in 1933. [Processed]

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Snowstorm Photograph Collection

Date: 2011. Size: 114 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. The 2011 snowstorm started Tuesday afternoon, February 1, 2011. Over 20 inches of snow would eventually descend upon the city with winds measuring up to 70 miles per hour. The Snowstorm Photograph Collection contains photographs of Chicago neighborhoods during or just after the 2011 blizzard. [Finding aid]

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South Chicago Community Collection

Dates: 1883-1970. Size: 2 linear feet; 209 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the South Chicago Community Collections. The South Chicago Community Collection contains photographs, pamphlets, ephemera and news clippings about the neighborhood. [Finding aid]

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South Chicago Newspapers Collection

Dates: 1883-1961. Size: 2 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the South Chicago Community Collections. This collection is comprised of three titles published in the South Chicago neighborhood: The Calumet Record, The Daily Calumet and The South Chicago Daily Independent.  While this collection contains no significant runs of any of the papers, many of the newspapers were saved because they specifically spoke to the history of the South Chicago neighborhood. [Finding aid]

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South Lawndale Community Collection

Dates: 1911-1952. Size: 2 linear feet; 21 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the Lawndale Community Collections. Documents and photographs from the neighborhood, with a focus on schools in the area. [Finding aid]

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South Shore Community Collection

Dates: 1839-1978. Size: 8 linear feet; 335 photographs; 87 glass plate slides. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the South Shore Community Collections. The South Shore Community Collection has been subdivided into twelve subject series ranging from biographical data to war time activities. Also included in the collection are photographs and scrapbooks, as well as family histories and genealogies. [Finding aid]

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South Shore Historical Society Records

Dates: 1935-1960. Size: .5 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the South Shore Community Collections. The collection contains documents related to the foundation and organization of the society itself, including society’s constitution, membership lists, reports, minutes and programs. A short history of the Society produced by one of its members describes the Society’s formation and sets forth its aims. Of particular interest are two notes from author and humorist Opie Read which can be found in the correspondence file. [Finding aid]

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South Shore Newspapers Collection

Dates: 1894-1982. Size: 1 linear foot. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the South Shore Community Collections. The collection contains twelve partial runs of newspapers from the South Shore neighborhood, some of which are rare. The newspapers from the 1960s and 1970s illustrate the changing population of the South Shore neighborhood. [Finding aid]

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Southern Africa Support Group Archives

Dates: 1963-1980. Size: 5 linear feet. Accession #1985/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. This Chicago-based organization aided the cause of African liberation movements in Mozambique, Angola, Namibia and South Africa. The archive includes programs, flyers and a wide array of serials. [Processed]

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Spanier, Muggsy Archives

Dates: 1920-2001. Size: 12 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Music Information Center. Muggsy Spanier was one of Chicago’s best-loved Dixieland jazz musicians. The collection includes rare promotional material, 300 photographs and negatives, 800 newspaper and magazine clippings and various correspondence – 1,300 items in all. [Processed]

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St. Edmund’s Episcopal Church Archives

Dates: 1930-2002. Size: 8 linear feet. Accession #2002/02. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. The Church of St. Edmund, King and Martyr was founded in 1909 and is one of the oldest predominantly African American Episcopalian churches in Chicago. The collection contains funeral programs, newspaper clippings, anniversary programs and brochures, sermons, serials and photographs. [Finding Aid]

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St. James, Michael Photograph Collection

Dates: 1890-1920. Size: 2 linear feet. Accession #2000/09. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Photographer Michael St. James collected early images produced by Chicago’s pioneering African American photographers. The collection includes photographs taken in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. [Processed]

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St. Mark’s Camera Club Papers

Dates: 1987-1992. Size: 3 linear feet. Accession #1992/04. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. St. Mark’s Camera Club was founded by Willie Griffin in 1972. Griffin was also associated with the Washington Park and South Side camera clubs. This collection contains photographs from the camera club of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. [Processed]

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St. Nicholas Theatre Company Archives

Dates: 1972-1981. Size: 99 linear feet; photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Founded by playwright David Mamet, Patricia Cox, William H. Macy and Steven Schacter, the St. Nicholas Theatre Company produced a successful and varied lineup of productions from 1972 to 1981, including Mamet originals like The Water Engine and The Woods. The collection consists of production, administrative, artistic and development records in addition to files about the St. Nicholas acting school. [Partially processed]

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Stage Left Theatre Records

Dates: 1986-2001. Size: 2 linear feet; 107 photographs; 52 oversize files. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Started as a charitable corporation in 1982 to provide a venue for Chicago theater artists to produce new work, Stage Left redefined its mission in 1988 to produce plays that raise the level of debate on political and social issues. The collection promotional and administrative files as well as photographs. [Finding aid]

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Starr, Victoria Papers

Dates: 1979-1992. Size: 2 linear feet. Accession #1997/06. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. A social worker and union organizer beginning in the 1930s, Victoria Kramer Starr was one of the three women present at the 1937 founding of the Packinghouse Workers Organizing Committee. Her papers include United Packinghouse Workers Union of America materials, oral history interviews and newspaper clippings. [Partially processed]

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Steppenwolf Theatre Collection

Dates: 1974-2004. Size: 36 linear feet; photographs and videotapes (see Chicago Theater Videotape Collection) and oversize materials. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. The Steppenwolf Theatre is an ensemble theater company founded in 1974 by Gary Sinise, Terry Kinney and Jeff Perry. The ensemble's strengths include acting, directing, playwriting and textual adaptation. The collection contains audience development, artistic and management files. [Processed]

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Stewart, Eva Lee Papers

Dates: 1951-1995. Size: 5 linear feet. Accession #1995/04. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Eva Lee Stewart was a nurse during Word War II and later a teacher in Cleveland. The collection contains correspondence, diplomas, nursing credentials, Seventh Day Adventist papers, newspaper clippings, diaries, audiotapes, photographs and memorabilia. [Partially processed]

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Stone, Theodore Charles Papers

Dates: 1899-1998. Size: 32 linear feet. Accession #1998/04. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Theodore Charles Stone served as president of the Chicago Music Association for more than 50 years and as president of the National Association of Negro Musicians. His papers include correspondence, programs, photographs, clippings and memorabilia documenting his career as a concert baritone, his work in the CMA and NANM, and his work as a music writer for several black newspapers in Chicago. [Finding aid]

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Stormfield Theatre Records

Dates: 1983-1987. Size: 1 linear foot. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. In its five-season history, Stormfield produced nine world premieres and received numerous Joseph Jefferson Award citations. The collection consists of production files that include programs, promotional material, scripts and prompt scripts, reviews and clippings. [Finding aid]

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Story Press Records

Dates: 1978-1988. Size: 1.5 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Authors and Publishing Collection. Story Press publishing company operated in Chicago in the 1980s, primarily publishing fiction. This collection documents its history through correspondence, business files, review files and copies of published books. [Unprocessed]


Streeterville Collection

Dates: 1845-1940. Size: .5 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. Collection consists of land and legal records concerning Streeterville acreage. [Finding aid]

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Stull, Ann Papers

Dates: 1955-1971. Size: 4 linear feet. Accession #1999/04. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Ann Stull was director of Friendship House in Chicago from 1951 to 1955. Friendship House was a Roman Catholic mission that preached and practiced racial tolerance in the pre-civil rights era. Her collection of rare serials and newspaper clippings documents racism, Catholicism’s involvement in interracial justice, labor relations, housing and educational discrimination on Chicago’s West Side. [Finding Aid]

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Suburbia Collection

Dates: 1871-1969. Size: .5 linear feet; 13 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. Ephemera, pamphlets and photographs about Chicago suburbs. [Finding aid]

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Summerower, Fanniemae and James Papers

Dates: 1960-1995. Size: 18 linear feet. Accession #1999/10. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Fanniemae Summerower was a schoolteacher, mathematics consultant, philanthropist and widow of real estate broker James Summerower. The couple was prominent in elite Chicago social organizations. The papers include files of social and fraternal organizations, correspondence, audiovisual materials, textbooks, photographs, awards and memorabilia. [Unprocessed]

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Temple, Willietta Jones Papers

Dates: 1972-2002. Size: 2 linear feet. Accession #2007/03. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Willietta Jones Temple was a longtime member of Lilydale First Baptist Church and an activist in Lilydale community organizations. Her papers include church anniversary books, programs, correspondence, newsletters, funeral programs and photographs. Also included are materials from other churches and documentation of Lilydale community organizations’ work. [Partially processed]

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Teske, Edmund Photograph Collection

Dates: 1937. Size: 24 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Edmund Teske studied art at the Huttle Art Studio in Chicago, and later worked for Paramount Pictures in the photographic still department. The Edmund Teske Photograph Collection includes 24 images of Triple-A Plowed Under, a Works Progress Administration play performed at the Great Northern Theater in 1937. [Finding aid]

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Thatcher, Harold Papers

Dates: 1940-1996. Size: 3 linear feet. Accession #2002/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Harold Thatcher, M.D., was a dermatologist who trained with famed African American physician Theodore K. Lawless. Thatcher attained the rank of lieutenant colonel during World War II and was a leader in the National Medical Association. His papers include World War II photographs, programs, clippings and memorabilia. [Partially processed]

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Theater Portrait and Clipping Files

Dates: 1894-1945. Size: 2 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. This collection consists of portraits and clippings relating to actors, actresses, dancers, singers and vaudeville performers who performed on Chicago stages as well as in New York, London and smaller venues across the United States and Europe. Included are portraits, in the form of either professional photographs or clippings from programs, as well as obituaries and other clippings. [Finding aid]

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Theater Scrapbook "D"

Dates: 1904. Size: 1 scrapbook. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Theater Scrapbook “D” consists of portraits of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century actors and actresses, clipped from sources such as newspapers, periodicals and programs. [Finding aid]

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Theater Scrapbook "F"

Dates: 1921-1935. Size: 1 scrapbook. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Includes a collection of programs, newspaper reviews and a few pictures, pasted into a theater-goer’s scrapbook, possibly compiled by Mrs. Rosalie E. Lang. [Finding aid]

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Theater Scrapbook "H"

Dates: 1908-1912. Size: 1 scrapbook. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Theater Scrapbook “H,” compiled by T. Lovel D. Hadwen, includes clipped theater and opera playbills, predominantly from venues in Chicago from the years 1921 through 1924, though there are also programs from New York and Canada. [Finding aid]

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Theater Scrapbook "P"

Dates: 1874-1877. Size: 1 scrapbook. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. The scrapbook consists of clipped playbills predominantly from theaters in Chicago, but also from Boston, New York and Washington D.C. Chicago venues Hooley’s, McVicker’s and the Academy of Music appear most often, with several programs from the New Chicago and the Adelphi theaters. [Finding aid]

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Theater Scrapbooks "10-13"

Dates: 1900-1928. Size: 4 scrapbooks. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Theater Scrapbooks “10-13” consist of materials relating to actors, actresses and performances from the first two decades of the twentieth century. Materials include photographs and portraits clipped from sources such as newspapers, periodicals and programs, as well as parts of programs themselves and newspaper articles and reviews relating to plays or performers. [Finding aid]

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Theatre Building Collection

Dates: 1970-2010. Size: 46.5 linear feet; photographs and videotapes (see Chicago Theater Videotape Collection). Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Archive of a performing arts venue that also includes the records for the Theatre Building’s resident companies: Dinglefest Theatre Company, Performance Community and the New Tuners Theatre. Administrative records include annual reports and financial statements, and information on benefits. Production files document the work of Dinglefest, the Performance Community and New Tuners. [Partially processed]

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Thompson, Era Bell Papers

Dates: 1930-1987. Size: 99 linear feet. Accession #1987/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Era Bell Thompson, author of American Daughter and Africa, Land of My Fathers, was a pioneering photojournalist for Ebony and international editor for Johnson Publishing Company for more than 30 years. She was also an important figure in the Chicago Renaissance; her ties to the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature span nearly 50 years. Thompson’s papers include correspondence, diaries, financial records, audio and videotapes, monographs, journals, subject clipping files, photographs and memorabilia. [Processed]

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Ton Family Papers

Dates: 1865-1974. Size: .5 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the Calumet Region Community Collections. The Ton family immigrated from Holland and settled in the area known today as Roseland. They were a large family and held annual reunions between 1896 and 1955. The collection contains programs from those reunions. [Finding aid]

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Trace, Al Collection

Dates: 1933-1985. Size: 1.5 linear feet, Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Music Information Center. Published and unpublished musical scores of Al Trace, the Chicago-born popular band leader and composer of Mairzy Doats. Newspaper clippings relating to his career. [Processed]

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Trade Catalog Collection

Dates: 1865-1954. Size: 26 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. A growing archive of catalogs and advertisements for goods and services of Chicago’s manufacturers, retail stores, wholesale houses and other businesses. [Finding aid]

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Travis, Dempsey Papers

Dates: 1970-2008. Size: 30 linear feet. Accession #2010/09. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Dempsey Travis was a real estate developer, mortgage broker, author of books on Chicago’s African American history and civil rights activist. His papers include correspondence, typescripts of his books, organizational files, photographs, scrapbooks, subject research files and memorabilia. [Unprocessed]

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Turner, Glennette Tilley Papers

Dates: 1978-2001. Size: 45 linear feet. Accession #2003/11. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Glennette Tilley Turner is the leading authority on the Underground Railroad in Illinois. She is the author of African American history books and books for children. Her papers document more than two decades of research on the Underground Railroad, including manuscripts, subject research files, programs, monographs, photographs and memorabilia. Also included are materials from Tilley Turner’s work for the National Park Service and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. A small group of materials documents the work of her father, the Rev. John L. Tilley, a historian and leader in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. [Unprocessed]

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Turner, Lawrence Papers

Dates: 1972-1988. Size: 2 linear feet. Accession #1992/02. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Lawrence Turner, an African American supporter of independent African nations, moved to Tanzania in the 1970s. He established his own business and trained local entrepreneurs. His papers document his life and work in Tanzania. [Processed]

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United Woodlawn, Inc. Records

Dates: 1949-1952. Size: 1 linear foot. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the Woodlawn Community Collections. Collection documents efforts on behalf of neighborhood improvement projects. [Finding aid]

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University of Chicago Folk Festival Collection

Dates: 1961-1995. Size: 12 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Music Information Center. One hundred twenty-five of the 305 hours of tape recordings made during 35 years of the University of Chicago Folk Festival have been converted into WAV files on CD. The original tapes were recorded with excellent quality by fine arts radio station WFMT and feature performances such as Professor Longhair, Sippie Wallace, Bill Monroe, Odetta and the Beers Family. [Processed]

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Victory Gardens Theater Collection

Dates: 1974-1998. Size: 21 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. Founded in 1974, Victory Gardens Theater has developed a reputation for artistic achievement; it was awarded the 2001 Tony Award for regional theatre. The archive contains scripts and production and artistic records as well as photographs. [Processed]

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ViewPoint, Inc. Archives (Felix A. Burrows, Jr.)

Dates: 1968-1991. Size: 50 linear feet. Accession #1994/04. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. ViewPoint, Inc. was a black-owned market and media research firm founded by Felix Burrows. Based in Chicago, ViewPoint was at one time the largest black-owned market research firm in the nation. The corporate archives consist of chronologically arranged client/case files for each contract performed by the firm, as well as subject research files. Burrows closed ViewPoint, Inc. in 1992. [Finding aid]

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Volland, P.F. Collection

Dates: 1917-1958. Size: 78 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Authors and Publishing Collection. Collection consists of the financial records and greeting cards of this Chicago publisher of cards and children’s books. Materials include business ledgers, receipts and the salesmen’s props (sample sets) for the greeting cards. The printed finding aid to the collection, available in the Special Collections Reading Room, includes an index of artists and writers who worked for Volland. The best known of these individuals include Johnny Gruelle, creator of Raggedy Ann and Andy, and illustrators Maginel Wright Enright and Frederick Richardson. [Processed]

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Walker, Thomas Calhoun Papers

Dates: 1953. Size: 1 linear foot. Accession #1958/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Thomas Calhoun Walker was born at the end of slavery in Gloucester, Virginia, and educated at Hampton Institute. He later became a lawyer and community activist. His papers consist of his typescript of his autobiography, The Honey-Pod Tree. [Processed]

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Wallace, Joan Papers

Dates: 1975-2000. Size: 28 linear feet. Accession #2005/06. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Joan Wallace, daughter of painter William Edouard Scott and widow of anti-poverty federal official Maurice Dawkins, was an assistant secretary of agriculture during the Carter administration. Her papers contain correspondence, speeches, scrapbooks, photographs and memorabilia. [Unprocessed]

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Walton, Charles Papers

Dates: 1928-2005. Size: 28 linear feet. Accession #1996/05. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Born in Alabama, Charles Walton came to Chicago as a child. He became a jazz drummer immediately after World War II. He went on to direct the music education program at Malcolm X College and served as an officer in American Federation of Musicians Local 10-208. In his “retirement,” he worked relentlessly to document Chicago’s black music history, conducting at least 343 interviews with 179 interviewees. The interviews were part of his research for his unfinished book, Bronzeville Conversations. His papers include drafts of his book, the oral history interviews, essays, rare documents and photographs. Subjects include performers, venues, business relationships and the history of American Federation of Musicians locals in Chicago. [Finding aid]

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Ward, Val Gray Papers

Dates: 1967-1996. Size: 40 linear feet. Accession #2002/07. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Val Gray Ward is a celebrated actress, director, producer and founder of Chicago-based Kuumba Professional Theatre Company. Her plays have won numerous awards. Her papers include correspondence, programs, playbills, photographs, artwork and memorabilia. [Unprocessed]

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Wash, Leonard Papers

Dates: 1958-2011. Size: 67 linear feet. Accession #2000/04. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Leonard Wash, a writer and an educator at the City Colleges of Chicago, was active in the Black Arts, Black Consciousness and Black Power movements beginning in the mid-1960s. He attended every annual Black Studies Conference at Olive-Harvey College, recording much of the proceedings. His papers document a wide range of movement activity, jazz and literature. They include correspondence, manuscripts, flyers, programs, pamphlets, playbills, serial publications, photographs and memorabilia. [Finding aid]

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Washington Heights Community Organization Archives

Dates: 1968-1980. Size: 2 linear feet. Accession #2003/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Washington Heights Community Organization, formed in 1967 for the upkeep and economic development and growth of the area, was initially composed of formal block clubs in the Washington Heights and Mount Vernon communities. The organization also campaigned to name a neighborhood elementary school after Marcus Garvey. The archive includes correspondence, board minutes, agendas, newspaper clippings and organizational files. [Processed]

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Washington, Harold Archives & Collections. Illinois State Representative Records

Dates: 1965-1976. Size: 3.25 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections. Reports, minutes, press releases, speeches, newsletters and news clippings from Harold Washington’s tenure as State Representative for the 26th District of Illinois. Major topics covered in this collection include the creation of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Law and the Medical Malpractice Act. [Processed]

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Washington, Harold Archives & Collections. Illinois State Senate Records

Dates: 1976-1980. Size: 9.25 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections. Reports, minutes, press releases, speeches, newsletters and news clippings from Harold Washington’s tenure as State Senator for the 26th District of Illinois. The records reflect Washington’s involvement with various groups particularly the Fair Employment Practices Commission and the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, of which he was a founding member. [Processed]

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Washington, Harold Archives & Collections. Mayoral Records. City Council Proceedings Records

Dates: 1983-1987. Size: 15 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections. A complete set of the Journal of the Proceedings of the City Council of the City of Chicago from Washington’s inauguration in 1983 until Eugene Sawyer gave his acceptance speech as Acting Mayor following Washington’s death in 1987. [Processed]

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Washington, Harold Archives & Collections. Mayoral Records. Community Services Sub-Cabinet Records

Dates: 1983-1988. Size: 62 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections. When Harold Washington took office in 1983 he formed 5 sub-cabinets that were responsible for the coordination, development and implementation of policies that cut across departmental boundaries. The Community Services Sub-Cabinet focused on the “people-oriented” departments of city government, including Human Services, Human Relations, Departments of Health and Aging and Disabilities, and the Chicago Public Library. Records include reports, correspondence and minutes. Major topics addressed in the collection include the spread of AIDS, the construction of a new central library, and education reforms. [Processed]

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Washington, Harold Archives & Collections. Mayoral Records. Development Sub-Cabinet Records

Dates: 1983-1987. Size: 24 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections. When Harold Washington took office in 1983 he formed 5 sub-cabinets that were responsible for the coordination, development and implementation of policies that cut across departmental boundaries. The Development Sub-Series worked with several city departments including Departments of Economic Development, Planning, Housing, Cultural Affairs, Chicago Housing Authority and the Mayor’s Office of Employment and Training. Documents include reports, memoranda, correspondence and minutes. [Processed]

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Washington, Harold Archives & Collections. Mayoral Records. Finance and Administration Sub-Cabinet Records

Dates: 1979-1989. Size: 27 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections. When Harold Washington took office in 1983 he formed 5 sub-cabinets that were responsible for the coordination, development and implementation of policies that cut across departmental boundaries. Major topics in the collection include the renovation of the Chicago and Regal Theaters, the Chinatown Basin Project, and the North Loop Development Project. Documents include reports, memoranda, correspondence and minutes. [Processed]

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Washington, Harold Archives & Collections. Mayoral Records. Infrastructure Sub-Cabinet Records

Dates: 1983-1987. Size: 18 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections. When Harold Washington took office in 1983 he formed 5 sub-cabinets that were responsible for the coordination, development and implementation of policies that cut across departmental boundaries. Departments reporting to the Infrastructure Sub-Cabinet include Aviation, Public Works, Sewers, Streets and Sanitation, and Water. Major topics in the collection include an expansion of O’Hare International Airport and the construction of a direct rail link to O’Hare International Airport by the Chicago Transit Authority. [Processed]

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Washington, Harold Archives & Collections. Mayoral Records. Intergovernmental Affairs Records

Dates: 1983-1987. Size: 15 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections. Records created by the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA) and the Legislative Liaison. IGA was established to coordinate legislative and lobbying efforts for and with various city departments, boards and commissions and with state and federal governments. Major topics in the collection include transportation issues and Chicago’s anti-apartheid and divestment from South Africa efforts. [Processed]

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Washington, Harold Archives & Collections. Mayoral Records. Public Safety/Regulatory Sub-Cabinet Records

Dates: 1983-1987. Size: 12 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections. When Harold Washington took office in 1983 he formed 5 sub-cabinets that were responsible for the coordination, development and implementation of policies that cut across departmental boundaries. Departments reporting to this Sub-Committee include Police, Fire, Consumer Services, Cable Communications, and Animal Care and Control. Records from the Police Department are particularly strong in the area of gangs and the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Crime Prevention. [Processed]

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Washington, Harold Archives & Collections. U.S. Congressional Records

Dates: 1981-1983. Size: 56.25 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections. Correspondence, speeches, press releases and reports from Washington’s tenure as Congressman for the 1st District and a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. Of note are his legislative files and those from his committee and caucus work. [Processed]

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Washington, Harold Commemorative Year Archives

Dates: 2007-2008. Size: .5 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Harold Washington Archives & Collections. The Harold Washington Commemorative Year sought to promote remembrance, encourage discussion and champion the legacy of Harold Washington. The Harold Washington Commemorative Year sponsored a series of free public programs and events. [Unprocessed]

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Washington, Harold Political Education Project Records

Dates: circa 1963-1989. Size: 57.5 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Harold Washington Archives & Collections. Harold Washington’s Political Education Project Records contain files related to Washington’s career and campaign efforts, including his mayoral campaign in 1983, participation in the 1984 Democratic National Convention, the 1986 Chicago special aldermanic election and Washington’s mayoral re-election campaign in 1987. [Processed]

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Wermich-North Center News Collection

Dates: 1913-1978. Size: 1 linear foot; 84 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Sulzer Regional Library, Northside Neighborhood History Collection. The Wermich family published the North Center News, a neighborhood newspaper. Items in the collection include issues of the newspaper (1966-1967, with some earlier issues); minutes, correspondence and newspaper clippings about the North Center Commercial Association; and miscellaneous files about other neighborhood organizations. [Processed]

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Wertz, Irma Cayton Papers

Dates: 1930-1985. Size: 3 linear feet. Accession #2004/10. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Irma Cayton Wertz, a graduate of Fisk University, married Chicago sociologist Horace Cayton and moved to Chicago in the late 1930s. During World War II, she served as an early African American WAC officer. Her papers include correspondence, news clippings, official documents and photographs on her experience in the military during World War II. Also included are some materials on her work at Chicago’s Parkway Community House. [Finding Aid]

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Wesleyan Bible Class Records

Dates: 1905-1952. Size: 1.5 linear feet; 39 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the Garfield Park Community Collections. Collection primarily consists of promotional materials for the class. See also the Frank L. Wood Scrapbooks. The Wesleyan Bible Class was organized in 1880, but is best known for the years (1896-1945) it was led by Frank L. Wood. Under his leadership, the class numbered some 900, with an average attendance of 626 per meeting in 1940. The focus of the class was on Bible study. It was interdenominational and designed to serve all churches on the West Side. The collection contains newsletters, programs, invitations and anniversary brochures. [Finding aid]

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West End Woman’s Club Records

Dates: 1894-1929. Size: .5 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the Garfield Park Community Collections. The collection consists of  yearbooks which contain articles of incorporation, lists of officers and members, by-laws and program calendars. [Finding aid]

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West Garfield Park Community Collection

Dates: 1849-1964. Size: 4 linear feet; 335 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the Garfield Park Community Collections. The collection contains news clippings, correspondence, newsletters, directories, club meeting minutes and historical narratives. The collection also holds over 300 photographs of the neighborhood. [Finding aid]

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West Side Council of Parents and Teachers Records

Dates: 1923-1950. Size: 3.5 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. The West Side Council of Parents and Teachers formed on April 4, 1923, as an umbrella group to support PTA units in individual elementary schools on Chicago’s West Side. This collection documents the West Side Council from its beginning in 1923 up through its division into West Side Council North and West Side Council South in 1949. [Finding aid]

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West Side Historical Society Records

Dates: 1930-1955. Size: 4.75 linear feet; 21 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the West Side Community Collections. The West Side Historical Society worked with staff at Legler Regional Library to collect information about Chicago's West Side. The collection includes meeting records and correspondence as well as transcripts from a weekly radio quiz show featuring questions about Chicago’s West Side. [Finding aid]

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West Side Newspaper Collection

Dates: 1880-1966. Size: 7 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the West Side Community Collections. The West Side Newspaper Collection consists of partial runs of West Side newspapers including The Austinite, Garfield News, Garfieldian and the West Town News, among others. [Finding aid]

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West Town Community Collection

Dates: 1860-2007. Size: 1 linear foot; 82 photographs, 3 oversize folders. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the West Side Community Collections. The West Town Community Collection covers the history of Chicago's West Town neighborhood, its residents, and its institutions, including churches, businesses, organizations, settlement houses, schools and libraries. Of particular note are the photographs that document schools in the neighborhood. [Finding aid]

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West [Near West] Side Community Collection

Dates: 1857-1953. Size: 10.75 linear feet; 440 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the West Side Community Collections. Collection documents Near West Side, an area from 16th Street (1600 S) north to Kinzie Street (400 N) and from the Chicago River west to Maplewood Avenue (2524 W). [Finding aid]

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Westbrook, Shelby Papers

Dates: 1943-2002. Size: 2 linear feet. Accession #2008/05. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. A Tuskegee airman during World War II and a historian of African Americans in the military services, Shelby Westbrook’s papers consist of press releases, photographs and audiovisual materials. [Processed]

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Whack, Rita Coburn Papers

Dates: 1994-2002. Size: 3 linear feet. Accession #2002/06. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Rita Coburn Whack, a novelist, television and radio producer, and on-air radio contributor, won an Emmy for writing in her documentary film, Curators of Culture: Chicago’s South Side Community Art Center, in 2005. Her papers include 41 oral history interviews and other audiovisual materials from her public radio work and from documentaries she created for public television. [Partially processed]

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Wheeler, Rose Papers

Dates: 1938-1995. Size: 15 linear feet. Accession #1995/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Rose Wheeler was a highly respected social worker, race relations activist and lifelong organizer for world peace. Her papers include manuscripts, correspondence, extensive subject research files, professional and organization materials, and newspaper clippings. [Processed]

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White, Sarah Papers

Dates: 1985-2004. Size: 4 linear feet. Accession #2005/03. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Sarah White, born in poverty in the Mississippi Delta town of Inverness, became a leading organizer of unions for black women working in the catfish processing plants of the region. She was a key figure in the 1990 strike at Delta Pride Catfish, the largest strike in the history of Mississippi. The catfish workers’ struggle became a celebrated cause in Chicago, as civil rights groups, unions and churches sent assistance. White’s papers include extensive oral history interviews, manuscripts, speeches, clipping files, serials and memorabilia. [Partially processed]

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Williams, Kale Papers

Dates: 1965-1975. Size: 3 linear feet. Accession #2007/14. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Kale Williams was active in the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities beginning in the early 1970s. His papers include mounted photographs taken by John Tweedle during Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1966 Chicago campaign, along with texts by King and related news clippings. Also included is a photograph of Chicago public housing resident Dorothy Gautreaux, whose lawsuit led to some relocation of Chicago Housing Authority residents to suburbs. [Unprocessed]

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Williams, Melva Papers

Dates: 1940-1990. Size: 45 linear feet. Accession #1995/02. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Melva Williams toured with the Sallie Martin Singers, led church choirs in Chicago, and served as a high school principal and as a music educator. Her papers include a large sheet music collection of classical and sacred music, clippings, serials and memorabilia. [Partially processed]

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Wilson, Edith Papers

Dates: 1879-1973. Size: 4 linear feet. Accession #1996/02. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Edith Wilson was the last person to perform the official portrayal of “Aunt Jemima” for the Quaker Oats Company. Her papers include programs, clipping files, photographs and memorabilia. [Finding aid]

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Wilson, Muriel Papers

Dates: 1975-2000. Size: 8 linear feet. Accession #2002/04. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Muriel Wilson is a founding member of the African American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago, an activist in the Episcopal Church and a prominent genealogical scholar. Her papers include research materials in African American history and genealogy, subject files, genealogical serials, workshop guides and event programs, photographs and memorabilia. [Partially processed]

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Winslow, Eugene Papers

Dates: 1940-1990. Size: 24 linear feet. Accession #1993/07. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Architect, artist and black history author Eugene Winslow made his mark in a wide variety of fields. He was a Tuskegee airman during World War II, an architect influenced by the Bauhaus movement and a black history researcher in the 1970s. He wrote most of the articles and created all the illustrations for Great Negroes Past and Present. His papers include extensive subject research files created for his work on the book, rare serials, biographical information, photographs and memorabilia. [Processed]

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Wisdom Bridge Theatre Collection

Dates: 1974-1994. Size: 77.5 linear feet; photographs and videotapes. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Chicago Theater Collection. The Wisdom Bridge Theatre Collection includes both production and administrative records in addition to photographs and videotapes. [Partially processed]

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Wood, Frank L. Scrapbooks

Dates: 1885-1941. Size: 10 scrapbooks. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. See also the Wesleyan Bible Class Collection. See also the Wesleyan Bible Class Collection. Frank L. Wood (1864-1945) lived on Chicago’s West Side. He practiced law and served as the editor of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin from 1909 until his retirement in 1937. Wood was a member of the West Side Historical Society and the Wesleyan Bible Class. He was also a collector of Abraham Lincoln material. The Frank L. Wood Scrapbook Collection includes ten scrapbooks, nine of which hold correspondence, programs and news clippings concerning Wood’s numerous speaking engagements, and the tenth miscellaneous published poems by Wood. [Finding aid]

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Wood, Jearl Defense Committee Papers

Dates: 1965-1987. Size: 1 linear foot. Accession #1987/03. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Jearl Wood, an autoworker, Vietnam veteran, UAW member and artist, was accused of attempted murder, aggravated battery and armed violence. This collection contains the files of the defense fund for Wood, including correspondence, litigation documents, logbook, leaflets and political buttons. [Partially processed]

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Woodlawn Block Club Council Records

Dates: 1958-1960. Size: 1 linear foot. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the Woodlawn Community Collections. The Woodlawn Block Club Council’s activities are chronicled in records containing its constitution and by-laws, correspondence, minutes of meetings, membership rosters and publicity materials dealing with its community betterment projects. [Finding aid]

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Woodlawn Community Collection

Dates: 1857-1970. Size: 4.5 linear feet; 247 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the Woodlawn Community Collections. Material in the collection is particularly strong in information on local residents, businesses, clubs/organizations and religious organizations. [Finding aid]

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Woodlawn Woman’s Club Records

Dates: 1917-1954. Size: 1 linear foot; 2 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the Woodlawn Community Collections. The Woodlawn Woman’s Club Papers consist of administrative records, news clippings, speeches, photographs and a nearly complete set of club directories. [Finding aid]

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Woods, Alfred Papers

Dates: 1966-2004. Size: 12 linear feet. Accession #2006/06. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Poet, librarian and cultural projects activist Alfred Woods is best known as the author of Mannish. His papers include poetry and other manuscripts, correspondence, programs, grant materials, official reports, clipping files and memorabilia. [Unprocessed]

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Woodson, Susan Cayton Papers

Dates: 1910-2004. Size: 24 linear feet. Accession #1999/09. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Art gallery owner Susan Cayton Woodson has been hailed for her work publicizing and preserving the art of the Chicago Renaissance period. Active with the South Side Community Art Center, she is a member of the famed Cayton family and a descendent of Senator Hiram Revels. Her papers include family documents, correspondence, subject research files and photographs. Papers from her late husband, food chemist Harold Woodson, are also included. [Finding Aid]

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World’s Columbian Exposition Catholic Educational Exhibit

Dates: 1893. Size: 120 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, World’s Columbian Exposition Collection. At the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, one of the many exhibits featured Catholic educational philosophies and facilities around North America. The photographs in this collection show the facade of the Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building in which the Catholic Educational Exhibit was displayed, floor plans of the building, showing where this exhibit was located, and photos of the exhibit itself. [Finding aid]

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World’s Columbian Exposition Ephemera Collection

Dates: 1893. Size: 2 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, World’s Columbian Exposition Collection. Collection consists of approximately 200 ephemeral items such as trade cards, tickets, invitations, postcards and other printed ephemera. [Finding aid]

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World’s Columbian Exposition Snapshots Collection

Dates: 1893. Size: 1.5 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, World’s Columbian Exposition Collection. Most extant images of the World's Columbian Exposition were taken by the official photographer of the Fair, Charles Dudley Arnold. The photographs in this Collection, taken by sometimes anonymous, sometimes named photographers, reflect the spontaneity and joy of snapshots, and not the formality of the professional portraits. [Finding aid]  

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World’s Congress Auxiliary Congress of Authors Collection

Dates: 1892-1893; 1926 (Bulk date: 1893). Size: 3 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, World’s Columbian Exposition Collection. The World’s Congress Auxiliary of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 consisted of a series of meetings, run by 19 departments, on almost every scholarly and cultural topic, and ran concurrently with the Fair from May 15 to October 28, 1893. The Congress of Authors, a division within the Auxiliary’s Department of Literature, was held July 10-17, 1893. This collection consists primarily of the correspondence of the congress’s Committees of Organization and Cooperation, and the responses of the numerous authors invited to attend and participate in the congress. [Finding aid]

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World’s Congress Auxiliary Pre-Publications, Programs and Circulars Collection

Dates: 1889-1893. Size: 2.5 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, World’s Columbian Exposition Collection. The World’s Congress Auxiliary of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 consisted of a series of meetings, run by 19 departments, on almost every scholarly and cultural topic, and ran concurrently with the Fair from May 15 to October 28, 1893. This collection consists of circulars, addresses, reports, and other materials generated by the Departments’ Committees on Arrangements and Organization. [Finding aid]

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Wright, John S. Papers

Dates: 1848-1866. Size: .25 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection. John Stephen Wright (1815-1874) moved to Chicago from Massachusetts with his father in 1832. In 1833, Wright took a census of Chicago and published a lithographed map of the town in 1834, the year he began a real estate business. This collection concerns his purchase of land in the city in 1848 and the subsequent history of that land over the next two decades. [Finding aid]

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Wright, Richard Papers

Dates: 1935-1936. Size: 1 linear foot. Accession #1942/01. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Richard Wright, author of Native Son and Black Boy, worked on the Federal Writers Project in Chicago. These papers contain manuscripts written while Wright worked on what became the “Negro in Illinois” study. They include typescript drafts of Ethnographical Aspects of Chicago’s Black Belt, Big Boy Leaves Home and Bibliography on Negro in Chicago. [Processed]

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Wyatt, Rev. Addie and Rev. Claude Papers

Dates: 1947-2005. Size: 220 linear feet. Accession #2007/04 Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. The Rev. Addie Wyatt and her husband, the Rev. Claude Wyatt, were co-pastors at Vernon Park Church of God for more than four decades. Addie Wyatt was a meatpacking worker and union activist in the 1940s. Her determination to fight for social justice led her to union leadership roles, culminating in her election as vice president of the Amalgamated Meatcutters Union (later merged into the United Food and Commercial Workers Union). She was a founder of the Coalition of Labor Union Women and the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists. This collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, programs, proceedings, serials, clipping files, audiovisual materials and photographs from her work in labor, black and women’s organizations. Also included is extensive documentation on the history of Vernon Park Church of God, including sermon texts by Claude Wyatt. [Finding aid]

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Young, Marion C. Hull House Collection

Dates: 1929-1967. Size: .5 linear feet; 7 photographs. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the West Side Community Collections. Marion C. Young was born in 1895 and in 1929 she became a resident at Chicago’s Hull-House where she taught cooking classes.  In that same year, she became associated with Hull-House’s Bowen Country Club bringing city children into the country for summer camp. This collection consists of Hull-House and Bowen Country Club materials assembled by Marion Young over some four decades. The material is divided into three series: correspondence, Hull-House publications and publications about Hull-House. [Finding aid]

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Youth’s Companion Collection

Dates: 1892-1893. Size: 1 linear foot. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, World’s Columbian Exposition Collection. Youth's Companion was a weekly journal published in Boston. This collection consists of 36 issues, dating from October 20, 1892 to December 21, 1893, and containing articles and/or works of fiction related to various aspects of Fair activities, as well as advertisements of companies exhibiting their wares at the World’s Columbian Exposition. [Finding aid]

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Zeta Phi Beta, Roanoke, Va., Chapter Papers

Dates: 1950. Size: 2 linear feet. Accession #1994/10. Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. The papers include a scrapbook dated 1949-1950 of the sorority founded at Howard University in 1920. [Processed]

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Zimmerman, Mary Scrapbook

Dates: 1895-1953. Size: 1 scrapbook. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, Neighborhood History Research Collection, part of the Garfield Park Community Collections. Scrapbook documenting Mary Zimmerman’s tenure at Marshall High School. Mary Zimmerman (1869-1953) was one of four original faculty members of John Marshall High School, which opened in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood in 1895. She taught Latin at Marshall High for forty years until her retirement in 1935. Zimmerman also took an interest in The Hebrew University founded in Jerusalem in 1925. The collection consists of a scrapbook about Zimmerman’s life. [Finding aid]

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