Washington, Harold Archives & Collections. Mayoral Records. Press Office Records

Dates: 1979-1991, bulk dates 1983-1987. Size: 74.5 linear feet in 100 boxes. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections. The Press Office was responsible for the mayor’s scheduling and for ensuring he was prepared for each event by producing briefing notes with detailed background information about the organization or venue involved. They also drafted press releases and speeches for the mayor and gathered news clippings on all topics. Of particular note are a collection of news clippings gathered after Mayor Washington’s sudden death. Selected items from the collection are available online in the Harold Washington: Selected Speeches Digital Collection. [Finding aid]