Beyond Borders in the Archives: Era Bell Thompson

Beyond Borders in the Archives is a series that explores the Chicago Public Library archives and special collections and uncovers treasures! This series was produced as part of the 2020 One Book, One Chicago season. 

Era Bell Thompson
Chicago Public Library senior archivist Beverly Cook shares the life story of Era Bell Thompson with books, manuscripts, and photographs from the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection.

Era Bell Thompson, author of American Daughter and Africa and Land of My Fathers, was a pioneering journalist for Ebony and international editor for Johnson Publishing Company for more than thirty years. She was also an important figure in the Chicago Black Renaissance.