Charles Dudley Arnold documented the World’s Columbian Exposition from its construction to its closing and aftermath, from 1891-1894.
This digital collection includes photos of the five finalist models in the 1987 competition to design and build a new central library.
View nearly 16,000 photographic negatives that illustrate urban renewal in Chicago in its positive, negative and mundane lights.
Tim Black's knowledge of history, Black life and politics in Chicago is represented in this collection of his speeches, 1960s-1990s.
The gifted orator spoke at many public and private events, especially during his mayoral administration, 1983-1987.
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.
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Unpublished and published works and ephemera focused on Africans and African Americans from the Middle Passage to the civil rights movement.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.
African American community leaders, performers, artists, writers and activists on Chicago’s South Side, 1930-1950.