Heise, Kenan Papers

Dates: circa 1940s-2008. Size: 41 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections. Kenan Heise came to Chicago in 1963 to join columnist Jack Mabley at the Chicago American. His work covering the poor led to his signature “Action Line” column that began in 1965 in the Chicago American and later moved to Chicago Today and eventually to the Chicago Tribune. Kenan Heise authored over 35 books, primarily on Chicago topics, and owned Chicago Historical Bookworks in Evanston. The papers in this collection include research files and manuscript drafts for his columns and publications. [Partially Processed