Materials document the opening and operations of Hall Branch, the meeting place for many writers of the Chicago Black Renaissance.
Many of the Chicago Black Renaissance writers worked on this book project exploring the African American experience in Illinois.
Photographs from the Chicago Park District document how the city’s parks have grown, changed and been enjoyed for more than a century.
Playbills and programs for drama, opera, vaudeville, dance and music at early Chicago theaters, 1848-1922.
Explore Lake View Township and its evolution from an independent municipality into current Northside communities, 1860s-1990s.
See a rail yard transform into a dynamic urban park.
Chicago’s first African American mayor served from 1983 to 1987, and his legacy endures.
Unpublished and published works and ephemera focused on Africans and African Americans from the Middle Passage to the civil rights movement.
Camp equipment, weaponry and uniforms used on the homefront and the battlefield.
See photographs of high school football games, theatrical productions, dances and extracurricular activities from the 1870s to the 1950s.
CPL’s 10-year run of the Chicago Examiner covers 1908 to 1918 and represents the longest run of the Hearst newspaper still available.
African American community leaders, performers, artists, writers and activists on Chicago’s South Side, 1930-1950.
Local photographer Robert Krueger documented Chicago’s North Side with photographs of community events, buildings and people.
Photographs by Henry Green of businesses, community groups, neighborhood celebrations and school events on Chicago’s North Side, 1943-1951.
Family photographs of librarian Esther Barlow and images of her work at CPL from 1927 to 1976.