Cyrus Colter Papers

The Cyrus Colter Papers, 1892-2002
Dates: 1892-2002
Size: 10 linear feet (15 archival boxes)
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Carter G. Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research collection of Afro-American History and Literature, 9525 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60628
Collection Number: 1995/05
Provenance: Donation of Cyrus Colter, 1995
Access: No restrictions
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: Cyrus Colter Papers [Box #, Folder #], Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature, Chicago Public Library.
Processed by: Mollie Godfrey, October 2005

Biographical Note

Cyrus Colter, a distinguished African-American writer, lawyer and professor, was born on January 8, 1910, in Noblesville, IN. Colter was the eldest of two children born to James Alexander Colter and Ethel Marietta Basset Colter, whose families had moved from North Carolina to rural Indiana in the 1830s in search of safe haven. His mother died when he was six years old, and his father worked variously as an insurance salesman, actor, musician and regional director of the Central Indiana division of the NAACP. These jobs took the family from Noblesville to Greensboro, IN, and later to Youngstown, OH, where Colter attended a private school called Rayen Academy. He pursued his undergraduate degree at Youngstown University and Ohio State before moving to Chicago in 1936 to attend the Chicago-Kent College of Law. He received his law degree in 1940 and served a brief stint with the IRS before signing up for military service in 1942. On January 1, 1943, he married Imogene Mackay, a teacher and graduate of Northwestern University. They remained together until her death in 1984.

Colter returned from World War II in 1946 having risen to the rank of captain. He set up a private practice on the South Side of Chicago, where he had served as a board member at the Parkway Community Center and thus become acquainted with many of the writers and intellectuals associated with the Chicago Renaissance. In 1951, Colter was appointed to the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) by Governor Adlai Stevenson. The second black person ever to hold this position, Colter’s twenty-three year tenure – serving under six Governors – became the longest in that agency’s history. He was also involved in numerous civic groups in Chicago and served as board member for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Historical Society and Dalkey Archive Press.

In 1960, at the age of fifty, Colter reassessed his life’s work and, with the encouragement of his wife, began to write. Colter published his first of many short stories, "A Chance Meeting," in an Irish magazine in 1960. After ten years of publications on a similar scale, Kurt Vonnegut selected Colter to receive the very first University of Iowa Award for Short Fiction for a collection of stories entitled The Beach Umbrella (1970). In the years that followed, Colter published an expanded volume of short stories called The Amoralists and Other Tales (1988) as well as five novels: The Rivers of Eros (1972), The Hippodrome (1973), Night Studies (1979), A Chocolate Soldier (1988), and City of Light (1993). Widely popular and critically praised, his works have been translated into German, Italian, Hungarian, Danish, French, and Japanese.

Colter resigned from the ICC in 1973 in order to accept a professorship in Northwestern University’s newly established Department of African-American Studies. A year later, he was named the first Chester D. Tripp Professor of the Humanities, a post he held until his retirement in 1978. Not only was he made chairman of the department, he was also the first African-American to hold an endowed professorship at the school. Colter died at the age of 92 at the Wagner Health Center in Evanston, IL, on April 17, 2002.

Throughout his lifetime, Colter received countless accolades, including an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle in 1977. In addition to the prestigious Iowa Award, Beach Umbrella won two further awards from the Chicago Friends of Literature and the Society of Midland Authors in 1971. Night Studies also won the Carl Sandburg Literary Arts Award from the Friends of the Chicago Public Library in 1980. In 1990, Colter’s name was engraved on the frieze of the new Illinois State Public Library, alongside such esteemed literary figures as Ernest Hemingway, Saul Bellow and Gwendolyn Brooks. Colter’s lifetime achievements were honored with the first ever TriQuarterly Award in 1991 and in 1998 he was inducted into the Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent.

Bibliography

Davis, Thadious M. and Trudier Harris. Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 33: Afro-American Fiction Writers After 1955. Ann Arbor, MI: Gale, 1984.

Eifling,Sam. “CYRUS COLTER, 92; Lawyer became author, Northwestern professor.” Chicago Tribune 19 April 2002, North Sports final ed., obituaries: 8.

Henderson, Ashyia N. Contemporary Black Biography, Vol. 36: Profiles from the International Black Community. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, 2003.

Metzger, Linda. Black Writers: A Selection of Sketches from Contemporary Authors. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1989.

Salzman, Jack, David Lionel Smith and Cornel West. Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History, Vol. 2. New York: Simon & Schuster Macmillan, 1996.

Strauss, Alex and Janet C. Olson. Finding Aid for the Cyrus Colter (1910-2002) Papers, 1935-1995. Northwestern University Archives. February-June 1998. 20 September 2005.

Scope and Content

The Cyrus Colter Papers consist mainly of manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, clippings and other printed matter that pertain to Colter’s forty-year career as a writer and educator; a smaller body of material pertains to Colter’s thirty-year legal and political career and his personal life. As the collection originally possessed only the most rudimentary of arrangements, it has been rearranged and divided into twelve series: Manuscripts, Correspondence, Clippings, Serials, Publicity, Teaching Materials, Miscellaneous, Legal Career, Musical Interests, Photographs, Oversized Materials and Memorabilia. Any original order that was disrupted by this reorganization will be noted where relevant, as will the methodology employed to restore materials to a usable arrangement. A small quantity of duplicate materials was discarded.

Another set of Cyrus Colter’s papers is housed in the Northwestern University Archives. These materials will be referred to below where they represent significant gaps in the holdings of this collection.

Manuscripts, 1963-1994

The bulk of the Cyrus Colter Papers are made up of a variety of manuscripts, including a number of galleys and proofs, and numerous drafts of Colter’s two final novels, Chocolate Soldier and City of Light. The collection also contains two versions of Rivers of Eros, an early version of Hippodrome, drafts of several short stories, one poem and two reviews (one of Maya Angelou’s All God’s Children Need Walking Shoes and several tortured drafts that review Ralph Ellison’s Going to the Territory). Unfortunately, the collection of Colter’s stories and poetry is incomplete and, aside from one galley, there are no manuscripts of Night Studies. Another significant manuscript collection of Colter’s works – containing two short stories, two unpublished works, the complete Imogene Poems, and further drafts of Chocolate Soldier and City of Light – can be found in the Northwestern University Archives. That archive also contains in its clippings file photocopies of Colter’s short stories as they were originally published. In addition, it appears that at least one manuscript of Night Studies is available in the Alexander Murray Palmer Haley (1921-1992) Papers, 1870-1991, located in the Special Collections of Hoskins Library at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Colter’s manuscripts were originally distributed throughout the collection, though single works were generally grouped together and different drafts divided into separate envelopes. Where multiple drafts existed, their chronological development was identified by comparing them alongside the published version and looking for changes that had been absorbed into subsequent texts. These methods led to the identification of two complete and four largely complete versions of Chocolate Soldier. Although most were undated, one version was sent to (and presumably rejected by) Chicago Review Press (University of Chicago) in 1985, and another sent to New Letters (University of Missouri, Kansas City) in 1986. The book was eventually published by Thunder’s Mouth Press in the summer of 1988. The latest near-complete manuscript in the collection is from January of that year, although there are two pages present from a later manuscript that are nearly identical to the published version. There is reason to believe that the novel was begun prior to the publication of Night Studies in 1979, although it is unknown whether or not the drafts in this collection date back that far.

The manuscripts for City of Light, which was composed during the onset of Colter’s Alzheimer’s disease, posed something of a processing challenge. Pages were distributed throughout the collection, often as chapters but sometimes in groups of no more than five or ten pages. Pages from one version were often removed and turned into pages in a later version, resulting in many gaps, and there were multiple versions of certain chapters while very few versions of others. Some drafts appear to be marked with clearly erroneous dates (such as an early version dated the year of publication), and two drafts feature changes that did not make it into subsequent drafts. The manuscripts have been grouped into the most reasonable order determinable based on pagination, typescript, handwritten changes and the absorption of those changes. Where pages had been amended by stapling new sections on top of old ones, everything has been photocopied and clipped together such that one can track the development. Because whole chapters were often missing, however, it was occasionally impossible to determine whether two chapters were from the same manuscript or only occupied the same relative position in relation to earlier and later manuscripts. The version numbers for this novel are thus estimated to the best of our abilities; everything within a given folder, however, is relatively certain to belong together.

The collection includes six primary versions – or typescripts – of City of Light, along with several alternate versions of some of those typescripts. Versions 1, 2 and 3 are reasonably straightforward, except for the fact that version 2 consists of only chapters 1 and 7; thus, although the typescript is similar and both chapters clearly precede those in version 3, it is not certain that they are, in fact, from the same manuscript. Version 4 refers to an unmarked typescript of which we have only fragments. Version 4a is that typescript with handwritten changes which were then either lost or rejected. Version 4b is the same typescript (version 4) with a different set of handwritten changes; these changes were then absorbed into the typescript of version 5. Version 5a is almost identical to version 5 but with a few handwritten instructions and minor changes that appear to be directed towards Colter’s editor. Version 6 is the published version, featuring changes made by Colter’s editor, where version 6a is a few pages that were rejected and rewritten for that manuscript, and version 6b is a photocopy of version 6 that features a few additional changes (changes that did not make it into the published version).

In addition to these drafts of Colter’s published works, the collection includes twelve journal entry style pages titled “Tomorrowland” and one typed page that could not be identified. It may be worthwhile to compare these pages to the book sketch of Renaissance or the unknown book draft that can be found in the Northwestern University Archives.

Correspondence, 1970-1994

This series consists mainly of correspondence to and from Colter’s publishers – Swallow Press/Ohio University Press (1972-1984) and Thunder’s Mouth Press (1988-1993) – and the Robert P. Mills literary agency (1970-1975). Further correspondence with Colter’s publishers can be found in the Northwestern University Archives, while further correspondence with Colter’s literary agent can be found in the Robert Park Mills (1920-1986) Papers, ca. 1961-1983, at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas, Austin.

This series also includes correspondence pertaining to awards and events that Colter won or participated in, fan letters, rights requests and rejection letters, and a series of letters from a woman named Patricia B. Gibbs, who took an interest in Colter’s work and did extensive research into his familial background in rural Indiana. The collection also includes correspondence from Nelson Algren, Gwendolyn Brooks, Ossie Davis (and his wife, Ruby Dee), George P. Elliot and Toni Morrison – most of which is written in praise of specific works by Colter. One letter, written by Daniel J. Boorstin, refers to a speech that can be found in the Northwestern University Archives.

All correspondence is filed alphabetically by correspondent. Correspondence that was originally grouped together in single envelopes has been photocopied and filed both as found and within folders organized by correspondent. Any other materials enclosed within letters (such as publicity and photographs) have also been photocopied and stored both with those letters and separately according to their format.

Clippings, 1892-1994

The clippings collection, organized by publication, spans the entirety of Colter’s literary career and consists primarily of: reviews of Colter’s works; articles on Colter’s awards or achievements; advertisements for Colter’s books or events; and articles or reviews written by Colter. A small number of clippings pertain to Colter’s publishers and friends, or to his family and hometown of Nobelsville, IN. Further clippings, including photocopies of Colter’s short stories as they were originally published, can be found in the Northwestern University Archives. Otherwise, the two collections likely contain a number of duplicate reviews and articles, as the bulk of the Northwestern clippings collection was compiled independently by the University.

Most of the clippings in this collection were found grouped together, though in no particular order. Those that originally accompanied letters or were within particular serials have been photocopied and added to the clippings file, as well as retained in their original place.

Serials, 1959-1999

For the most part, the serials in this collection contain articles or reviews written by or about Colter, all of which have been photocopied and filed as clippings. The exceptions include Chicago History, a publication of the Chicago Historical Society, for which Colter served as board member; Harmony, which represents Colter’s lifelong love of music and involvement with the Orchestral Institute and other like organizations; and TriQuarterly, with which Colter had a long-term literary acquaintance. The remaining serials pertain to Colter’s literary/academic career with the exception of Daily Traffic News, which features an article on Colter’s involvement with the ICC.

Publicity, 1970-1992

This series contains a variety of publicity materials pertaining to Colter’s literary career, including: pamphlets, flyers, invitations and programs for events; publisher catalogues, pamphlets and dust jackets; documents pertaining to Colter’s involvement in the Great Black Books Group and the Illinois Art Alliance; and a 1986 version of Colter’s curriculum vita. Several letters pertaining to Colter’s appearance at the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum were removed from their original grouping alongside related publicity materials and filed in the correspondence series under the museum’s name. The remaining materials have been arranged in chronological order to reflect their original grouping by subject or event.

Teaching Materials, [?]-1988

Almost all of the teaching materials contained within this collection pertain to Colter’s teaching position in the Fiction Writing program at Columbia College Chicago in 1987 and 1988. One undated document seems to pertain to his earlier position in the African-American Studies department at Northwestern University. All clippings and serials from Northwestern University publications have been filed according to their format. It appears that no further teaching materials can be found in the Northwestern University Archives.

Miscellaneous, 1981

This series contains a stage adaptation of Colter’s novel, Hippodrome by G. E. Oscar Griffin, copyrighted 1981. It is unknown whether the play was performed, or whether Colter was involved with or supportive of the adaptation.

Legal Career, 1953-2002

This series contains a variety of materials – including manuscripts, correspondence, clippings and awards – that relate to Colter’s legal career and lifelong engagement in commerce and politics, including Colter’s work with the ICC and the Commission on Individual Liberty and Personal Privacy, and his voluntary involvement with the senate’s monopoly cases against the Illinois Bell Company in 1974 and 1978. These materials have been arranged chronologically to reflect their original grouping by subject or event.

Musical Interests, 1950-2002

This series consists primarily of programs, catalogues, publicity materials and correspondence pertaining to musical events and associations in which Colter had a lifelong interest and involvement. Two items of particular interest include Colter’s correspondence with E. Norman Staub of the Orchestral Association, in response to the racism of one of the orchestra’s conductors, Georg Solti. Although this correspondence is incomplete, it is known that Colter eventually won his dispute. A letter to the editor on a similar theme can be found in the Chicago Daily News (10 April 1971), located within this collection’s clippings series.

Photographs, 1890-1994

This series contains over a hundred photographs that both precede and span Colter’s life. The photographs can be grouped loosely into the following eight subject categories: portraits of Colter; family photos; holiday photos; the Colters at home; the Colters with friends; publicity photos; photos sent by Patricia B. Gibbs; and Illinois Commerce Commission photos.

The family photos include several early photographs of Colter’s parents and grandparents, a number of images of Colter in uniform with a young Imogene, and a beautiful Scurlock photograph of Colter’s sister, Mary Elizabeth, in her wedding dress. Publicity photos include a number of images of Colter with David Ray and Robert Farnsworth at a 1972 literary event at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, as well as a photograph of Colter with Gwendolyn Brooks at the Illinois State Library opening ceremony in 1990. There is also a 1972 photograph of the Colters at Nelson Algren’s home in Chicago, and several of the ICC photos feature Colter alongside Governor William Stratton. Although dates are often uncertain, the portraits appear to span several decades.

Since many of the photographs were undated and unmarked, some investigatory methods were employed to arrive at approximate identifications. For example, the year of a trip to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Ebenezer Baptist Church was found by checking the day and date on the notice board outside the church in a world atlas. A photo of Colter, speaking at the Palmer House in Chicago, has been tentatively identified as corresponding with the 1964 Conference for the Midwest Association of Railroad and Utilities Commissioners held at that location with which the ICC was involved. The date of Colter’s visit to the Illinois State Library was determined by reference to letters inviting Colter and the other honored writers to the library’s opening ceremony. The photograph of Colter’s maternal grandfather, Reverend Miles Bassett, at home in New Albany, IN, was identified with reference to a portrait in Our Baptist Ministers and Schools, which can be found in the clippings series. All tentative decades were estimated with reference to other photographs and the relative age and appearance of those appearing within. Unfortunately, some locations and friends remain unidentified. Photocopies have been made and left in lieu of any photographs that were removed from letters in order to be placed in this series.

Oversized Materials, 1940-1995

In addition to one galley of Night Studies and several photographs that have been separated from their appropriate series due to size constraints, this series contains three audio/visual items – all of which pertain to Colter’s literary career – including a radio adaptation of his first published story, “A Chance Meeting.”

Memorabilia, 1927-1999

This series contains: graduation robes; medals, degrees and certificates; travel brochures and keepsakes; and a signed copy of The Near-Johannesburg Boy by Gwendolyn Brooks. The great majority of Colter’s diplomas, certificates, plaques, medals and awards can be found in the Northwestern University Archives.

The Cyrus Colter Papers, 1892-2002
Series 1: Manuscripts, 1963-1994

 

Handwritten and typescript drafts, galleys and photocopies of Colter’s works are arranged chronologically by publication date. The series begins with Colter’s published literary work (short stories, novels and poetry), followed by his published non-fiction (articles, interviews and reviews), one unpublished work, and finally one unidentifiable manuscript page.
Box 1 – Folder 1: "Beach Umbrella" photocopy from Soon, One Morning , pub. 1963
Box 1 – Folder 2: "A Gift" mss., pp. 1-19, pub. 1966-67, [n.d.]
Box 1 – Folder 3: "A Man in the House" mss., pp. 1-17, pub. 1967, [n.d.]
Box 1 – Folder 4: "Girl Friend" mss., pp. 1-16, pub. 1970, [n.d.]
Box 1 – Folder 5: "An Untold Story" mss., pp. 1-13, pub. 1970, [n.d.]
Box 1 – Folder 6: Beach Umbrella galley, pp. 1-225, pub. 1970, [n.d.]
Box 1 – Folder 7: "A March" mss., pp. 1-18, pub. 1971, [n.d.]
Box 1 – Folder 8: Rivers of Eros mss., version 1, ch. 1-4, pp. 1-108, 110-129, pub. 1972, [n.d.] (fragment)
Box 1 – Folder 9: Rivers of Eros mss., version 1, ch. 5, pp. 1-43, pub. 1972, [n.d.] (fragment)
Box 1 – Folder 10: Rivers of Eros mss., version 1, ch. 6, pp. 1-18, 20-37, pub. 1972, [n.d.] (fragment)
Box 1 – Folder 11: Rivers of Eros mss., version 1, ch. 7, pp. 1-40, pub. 1972, [n.d.] (fragment)
Box 1 – Folder 12: Rivers of Eros mss., version 1, ch. 8, pp. 1-31, pub. 1972, [n.d.] (fragment)
Box 1 – Folder 13: Rivers of Eros mss., version 2, not published version, pp. 1-301, pub. 1972,
6 April 1971
Box 1 – Folder 14: "The Amoralists" galley, published in University Review 37.4 (University of Missouri, Kansas City), Summer 1971
Box 14: Night Studies galley, 1-389 (pp. 1-778), pub. 1979, 6 November 1978,
see oversized box: 14
Box 2 – Folder 1: Hippodrome mss., early version pp. 1-277, pub. 1973, [n.d.]
Box 2 – Folder 2: Chocolate Soldier mss., version 1, pp. 1-223, pub. 1988, [n.d.] (fragment)
Box 2 – Folder 3: Chocolate Soldier mss., version 2, pp. 1-112, pub. 1988, [n.d.] (fragment)
Box 2 – Folder 4: Chocolate Soldier mss., version 2, pp. 120-229, pub. 1988, [n.d.] (fragment)
Box 2 – Folder 5: Chocolate Soldier mss., version 2, pp. 231-260, pub. 1988, [n.d.] (fragment)
Box 2 – Folder 6: Chocolate Soldier mss., version 2, pp. 262-342, pub. 1988, [n.d.] (fragment)
Box 2 – Folder 7: Chocolate Soldier mss., version 2, pp. 344-353, 355-361, pub 1988, [n.d.] (fragment)
Box 2 – Folder 8: Chocolate Soldier mss., version 2a, corrected pages for mss. sent to Curt Matthews at Chicago Review Press (a mss. likely identical to version 2), pub 1988,
17 August 1985 (fragment)
Box 3 – Folder 1: Chocolate Soldier mss., version 3, pp. 1-76, pub. 1988, [n.d.] (fragment)
Box 3 – Folder 2: Chocolate Soldier mss., version 3, pp. 81-169, pub. 1988, [n.d.] (fragment)
Box 3 – Folder 3: Chocolate Soldier mss., version 3, pp. 170-259, pub. 1988, [n.d.] (fragment)
Box 3 – Folder 4: Chocolate Soldier mss., version 3, pp. 260-361, pub. 1988, [n.d.] (fragment)
Box 3 – Folder 5: Chocolate Soldier mss., version 4, pp. 1-119, pub. 1988, [n.d.]
Box 3 – Folder 6: Chocolate Soldier mss., version 4, pp. 120-241, pub. 1988, [n.d.]
Box 3 – Folder 7: Chocolate Soldier mss., version 4, pp. 242-361, pub. 1988, [n.d.]
Box 3 – Folder 8: Chocolate Soldier mss., version 5, pp. 1-72, pub. 1988, 23 May 1986 (fragment)
Box 4 – Folder 1: Chocolate Soldier mss., version 5, pp. 79-137, pub. 1988, 23 May 1986 (fragment)
Box 4 – Folder 2: Chocolate Soldier mss., version 5, pp. 145-237, pub. 1988, 23 May 1986 (fragment)
Box 4 – Folder 3: Chocolate Soldier mss., version 5, pp. 238-367, pub. 1988, 23 May 1986 (fragment)
Box 4 – Folder 4: Chocolate Soldier mss., version 5, pp. 238-367, pub. 1988, 23 May 1986 (fragment)
Box 4 – Folder 5: Chocolate Soldier mss., version 5, handwritten corrections, pub. 1988, 25 August 1986 (fragment)
Box 4 – Folder 6: Chocolate Soldier mss., version 6, pp. 1-189, pub. 1988, 17 January 1988
Box 4 – Folder 7: Chocolate Soldier mss., version 6, pp. 190-368, pub. 1988, 17 January 1988
Box 4 – Folder 8: Chocolate Soldier mss., version 7, not published version, pp. 362-363, pub. 1988, [n.d.] (fragment)
Box 4: Chocolate Soldier proof copy, Thunder’s Mouth Press, pub. May 1988
Box 4: The Amoralists proof copy, Thunder’s Mouth Press, pub. November 1988
Box 5 – Folder 1: "Breakfast Burning" mss., published as part of "Four from Imogene Poems,"
TriQuarterly 82, Fall 1991
Box 5 – Folder 2: City of Light mss., version 1, pp. 1-97 (ch. 1), pub. 1993, [n.d.] (fragment)
Box 5 – Folder 3: City of Light mss., version 2, pp. 1-99d (ch. 1), pub. 1993, December 1992 [?] (fragment)
Box 5 – Folder 4: City of Light mss., version 2 [?], pp. 416-463 (ch. 7), pub. 1993, [n.d] (fragment)
Box 5 – Folder 5: City of Light mss., version 3, pp. 1-31, 47-62 (ch. 1), see version 6b for pp. 32-46,
pub. 1993, [n.d] (fragment)
Box 5 – Folder 6: City of Light mss., version 3, pp. 63-125 (ch. 2), pub. 1993, [n.d] (fragment)
Box 5 – Folder 7: City of Light mss., version 3, pp. 126-177 (ch. 3), pub. 1993, [n.d] (fragment)
Box 5 – Folder 8: City of Light mss., version 3, pp. 178-275 (ch. 4), pub. 1993, [n.d] (fragment)
Box 5 – Folder 9: City of Light mss., version 3, pp. 276-341 (ch. 5), pub. 1993, [n.d] (fragment)
Box 5 – Folder 10: City of Light mss., version 3, pp. 344-424 (ch. 6), pub. 1993, [n.d] (fragment)
Box 5 – Folder 11: City of Light mss., version 4, pp. 56-66 (ch. 2), pub. 1993, [n.d] (fragment)
Box 5 – Folder 12: City of Light mss., version 4, pp. 133-159 (ch. 4), pub. 1993, [n.d] (fragment)
Box 5 – Folder 13: City of Light mss., version 4, odd pages between pp. 371-482 (ch. 8), pub. 1993, [n.d.] (fragment)
Box 5 – Folder 14: City of Light mss., version 4a, pp. 257-323 (ch. 6), not all changes make it into version 4b, pub. 1993, 24 April 1993 [?] (fragment)
Box 5 – Folder 15: City of Light mss., version 4a, pp. 324-370 (ch. 7), not all changes make it into version 4b, pub. 1993, [n.d] (fragment)
Box 6 – Folder 1: City of Light mss., version 4a, pp. 397-484 (ch. 8), not all changes make it into version 4b, pub. 1993, 21 November 1992 (fragment)
Box 6 – Folder 2: City of Light mss., version 4b, pp.1-46 (ch. 1), pub. 1993, 6 January 1993 (fragment)
Box 6 – Folder 3: City of Light mss., version 4b, pp. 47-87 (ch. 2), pub. 1993, [n.d.] (fragment)
Box 6 – Folder 4: City of Light mss., version 4b, pp. 91-128 (ch. 3), pub. 1993, [n.d.] (fragment)
Box 6 – Folder 5: City of Light mss., version 4b, pp. 129-200 (ch. 4), pub. 1993, [n.d.] (fragment)
Box 6 – Folder 6: City of Light mss., version 4b, pp. 229-230 (insert for ch. 5), pub. 1993, [n.d.] (fragment)
Box 6 – Folder 7: City of Light mss., version 4b, pp. 278-289, 314-319, 322-323 (insert for ch. 6), pub. 1993, [n.d.] (fragment)
Box 6 – Folder 8: City of Light mss., version 4b, pp. 1-17 (insert for ch. 7), pub. 1993, [n.d.] (fragment)
Box 6 – Folder 9: City of Light mss., version 4b, pp. 371-429 (ch. 8), pub. 1993, [n.d.] (fragment)
Box 6 – Folder 10: City of Light mss., version 5, odd pages of 4b changes (insert for ch. 5, 6 & 7), pub. 1993, [n.d.] (fragment)
Box 6 – Folder 11: City of Light mss., version 5a, odd pages of 4b changes, with instructions (insert for ch. 1), pub. 1993, 1 February 1993 (fragment)
Box 6 – Folder 12: City of Light mss., version 5a, pp. 55-65, 83-87 (insert for ch. 2), pub. 1993, [n.d.] (fragment)
Box 6 – Folder 13: City of Light mss., version 5a, pp. 129-200 (ch. 4), pub. 1993, 26 March 1993, (fragment)
Box 6 – Folder 14: City of Light mss., version 5a, pp. 201-256 (ch. 5), pub. 1993, 1 March - 24 April 1993 (fragment)
Box 6 – Folder 15: City of Light mss., version 6, pp. 1-53 (ch. 1), published version, pub. 1993
Box 6 – Folder 16: City of Light mss., version 6, pp. 54-98 (ch. 2), published version, pub. 1993
Box 6 – Folder 17: City of Light mss., version 6, pp. 100-143 (ch. 3), published version, pub. 1993
Box 6 – Folder 18: City of Light mss., version 6, pp. 144-210 (ch. 4), published version, pub. 1993
Box 7 – Folder 1: City of Light mss., version 6, pp. 211-269 (ch. 5), published version, pub. 1993
Box 7 – Folder 2: City of Light mss., version 6, pp. 275-335 (ch. 6), published version, pub. 1993
Box 7 – Folder 3: City of Light mss., version 6, pp. 336-384 (ch. 7), published version, pub. 1993
Box 7 – Folder 4: City of Light mss., version 6, pp. 385-455 (ch. 8), published version, pub. 1993
Box 7 – Folder 5: City of Light mss., version 6a, pp. 247-264, 251, 428 (rejects from version 6), pub. 1993, [n.d]
Box 7 – Folder 6: City of Light mss., version 6b, pp. 1-53 (ch. 1), changes not made to published version, pub. 1993, [n.d.] (fragment)
Box 7 – Folder 7: City of Light mss., version 6b, pp. 54-98 (ch. 2), changes not made to published version, pub. 1993, [n.d.] (fragment)
Box 7 – Folder 8: City of Light mss., version 6b, pp. 100-143 (ch. 3), changes not made to published version, pub. 1993, [n.d.] (fragment)
Box 7 – Folder 9: City of Light mss., version 6b, pp. 144-209 (ch. 4), changes not made to published version, pub. 1993, [n.d.] (fragment)
Box 7 – Folder 10: City of Light mss., version 6b, pp. 211-269 (ch. 5), changes not made to published version, pub. 1993, [n.d.] (fragment)
Box 7 – Folder 11: City of Light mss., version 6b, pp. 270-335, 428, 437 (ch. 6 & fragment of ch. 8), changes not made to published version, pub. 1993, [n.d.] (fragment)
Box 7 – Folder 12: "The Writer in Chicago: A Roundtable" mss., published in TriQuarterly 60,
Spring/Summer 1984
Box 7 – Folder 13: Review of All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes by Maya Angelou, published in the Chicago Sun-Times , 23 March 1986
Box 7 – Folder 14: Review of Going to the Territory by Ralph Ellison , multiple versions, published in Chicago Sun-Times , 17 August 1986
Box 7 – Folder 15: "Cyrus Colter: A Special Section" mss., pp. 56-103, published in Callaloo 14.4,
Winter 1991
Box 7 – Folder 16: "Tomorrowland" mss., pp. 1-12, unpublished, 12 August - 26 October 1994
Box 7 – Folder 17: Unidentified mss. page, [n.d.]

The Cyrus Colter Papers, 1892-2002

Series 2: Correspondence, 1970-1994

 

Correspondence is arranged alphabetically – either by last name of the sender or addressee (in the case of private correspondence) or by the name of the business or organization concerned (in which case the names of individual correspondents will occasionally appear in parentheses). Letters both from and to each correspondent are intermixed and arranged chronologically within each correspondent’s folder. Letters that are neither from nor to Cyrus Colter have been filed under the name of their sender rather than their addressee; where possible, the recipient will appear in parentheses.
Box 8 – Folder 1: Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum, 23 June 1988 - 28 October 1988
Box 8 – Folder 2: Nelson Algren, 21 December 1972
Box 8 – Folder 3: Agenzia Letteraria Internazionale, Royalty Statements for River of Eros ,
13 February 1978
Box 8 – Folder 4: Artisjus, Royalty Statements for Beach Umbrella , 8 June 1976 - 3 January 1978
Box 8 – Folder 5: Black World (June A. Rinehart), 8 April 1987
Box 8 – Folder 6: Daniel J. Boorstin, Library of Congress (Chicago Historical Society), 16 May 1985
Box 8 – Folder 7: Boston University Special Collections (Howard B. Gotlieb), 27 July 1972
Box 8 – Folder 8: Gwendolyn Brooks, 15 April 1973
Box 8 – Folder 9: Callaloo (Rosanna Demps), 11 December 1991
Box 8 – Folder 10: Chicago Sun-Times (Harry Kisor), 17 June 1986
Box 8 – Folder 11: Cliff Dwellers (Roy Berg), 9 October 1970
Box 8 – Folder 12: Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee, 13 November 1972 - 18 December 1972
Box 8 – Folder 13: Dianne Donovan, 20 February 1991
Box 8 – Folder 14: Elaine Markson Literary Agency Inc., 9 January 1985 - 1 May 1985
Box 8 – Folder 15: George P. Elliot, 8 June 1970 - 27 April 1973
Box 8 – Folder 16: Epoch (Baxter Hathaway), 15 April 1970
Box 8 – Folder 17: Patricia B. Gibbs, fan-letters, 19 June 1993 - 1995
Box 8 – Folder 18: Henrietta Glick, fan-letter, 1 March 1974
Box 8 – Folder 19: Illinois Humanities Council, 21 May 1989 - 21 July 1989
Box 8 – Folder 20: Illinois State Library (Jim Edgar), 18 July 1989 - 5 April 1990
Box 8 – Folder 21: John Farquaharson Ltd. (Vanessa Holt), 14 March 1973
Box 8 – Folder 22: McIntosh and Otis Inc. (Julie Fallowfield), 7 December 1984
Box 8 – Folder 23: Toni Morrison (to Swallow Press), 7 May 1979
Box 8 – Folder 24: Howard W. Muller, fan-letter, 15 November 1971
Box 8 – Folder 25: Nat Sobel Associates, 25 July 1985 - 30 July 1985
Box 8 – Folder 26: New Letters (Glenda McCrary), [n.d.]
Box 8 – Folder 27: Natalie Petesch, 20 April 1978
Box 8 – Folder 28: Judith Prince, fan-letter, 12 July 1974
Box 8 – Folder 29: Random House Inc. (Erroll McDonald), 14 February 1985
Box 8 – Folder 30: Robert P. Mills Ltd., 22 April 1970 - 11 December 1975
Box 8 – Folder 31: Roosevelt University (Theodore L. Gross), 7 May 1992
Box 8 – Folder 32: Irwin Ross, fan-letter, 18 August 1972
Box 8 – Folder 33: Prairie Schooner (Bernice Slote), 10 April 1970
Box 8 – Folder 34: Lynn Schoenewey, fan-letter, 6 June 1968
Box 8 – Folder 35: Society of Midland Authors (Peggy McPhaul), 2 April 1971
Box 8 – Folder 36: Swallow Press, Royalty Statements for Beach Umbrella , 1972-1975
Box 8 – Folder 37: Swallow Press, Royalty Statements for Hippodrome , 1973
Box 8 – Folder 38: Swallow Press, Royalty Statements for Rivers of Eros , 1972-1973
Box 8 – Folder 39: Swallow Press, 14 February 1974 - 19 December 1979
Box 8 – Folder 40: Swallow Press/Ohio University Press, 20 February 1980 - 6 April 1984
Box 8 – Folder 41: Thunder’s Mouth Press, Royalty Statements for The Amoralists , 1988, 1990-1992
Box 8 – Folder 42: Thunder’s Mouth Press, Royalty Statements for Chocolate Soldier ,
1988, 1990-1992
Box 8 – Folder 43: Thunder’s Mouth Press, 8 July 1988 - 14 October 1993
Box 8 – Folder 44: TriQuarterly , 22 December 1983 - 24 November 1993
Box 8 – Folder 45: University of Illinois Chicago Circle (Donald H. Riddle), 19 May 1977
Box 8 – Folder 46: University of Iowa Press, 23 December 1969 - 23 May 1990
Box 8 – Folder 47: Warner Bros. Inc. (Mimi Moody to Robert P. Mills Ltd.), 26 February 1973
Box 8 – Folder 48: Sarah Welsch, 26 August 1997 [?]

 

 

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Series 3: Clippings, 1892-1994

 

Clippings are arranged alphabetically by publication, and then chronologically within each folder.
Box 9 Folder 1: African American Student Affairs (Northwestern University), May 1998
Box 9 Folder 2: Alton Democrat (Iowa), 31 December 1970
Box 9 Folder 3: American Libraries 4.2, February 1973
Box 9 Folder 4: Bar News (Illinois State), November 1970
Box 9 Folder 5: Best Sellers (University of Scranton, PA), 1 June 1972 - 1 June 1973
Box 9 Folder 6: Black X-Press , 7 July 1973
Box 9 Folder 7: Book Week , 27 May 1973
Box 9 Folder 8: Boston Globe , 3 June 1973
Box 9 Folder 9: Callaloo 14.4, 1991
Box 9 Folder 10: Cedar Rapids Gazette , 18 April 1971
Box 9 Folder 11: Chicago 37.6, June 1988
Box 9 Folder 12: Chicago Daily News , 3 April 1963 - 4 March 1978
Box 9 Folder 13: Chicago Defender (Daily), 22 June 1970 - 20 July 1976
Box 9 Folder 14: Chicago Maroon (University of Chicago), 6 April 1973
Box 9 Folder 15: Chicago Review [?] (University of Chicago, 2 April 1973
Box 9 Folder 16: Chicago Sun-Times , 15 July 1970 - 22 September 1991
Box 9 Folder 17: Chicago Today (Family Today), 7 July 1972
Box 9 Folder 18: Chicago Tribune , 15 June 1970 - 8 April 1990
Box 9 Folder 19: Chicago Tribune Magazine , 18 August 1974
Box 9 Folder 20: Choice (Middletown, CT), March 1973
Box 9 Folder 21: Christian Century , 23 March 1977
Box 9 Folder 22: Daily Iowan , 31 July 1970
Box 9 Folder 23: Daily Northwestern (Northwestern University), 28 September 1976 - 31 May 1978
Box 9 Folder 24: Des Moines Sunday Register , 19 July 1970
Box 9 Folder 25: Economist , 1 June 1991
Box 9 Folder 26: Essence 19.4, August 1988
Box 9 Folder 27: Fiction Midwest , 1973
Box 9 Folder 28: Historicalog (Henry Co. Historical Society), circa 15 February 1993 [?]
Box 9 Folder 29: Huntington Advertiser (Huntington, WV), 2 December 1973
Box 9 Folder 30: Hyde Parker 4, April-May 1973
Box 9 Folder 31: Hyde Park Herald , 3 November 1971
Box 9 Folder 32: Jet Magazine , 19 August 1976
Box 9 Folder 33: Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, IN), 29 June 1979
Box 9 Folder 34: Reprinted from Journal of the National Medical Association 42.2, March 1950
(place and date of reprinting unknown)
Box 9 Folder 35: Kansas City Star , 11 June 1972 - 6 May 1973
Box 9 Folder 36: Kliatt , September 1991
Box 9 Folder 37: Lake Shore News , September 1976
Box 9 Folder 38: Library Journal , circa 1970 [?]
Box 9 Folder 39: Literary Quarterly of African American Students 3.2 (Northwestern University),
May 1978
Box 9 Folder 40: Memo (Northwestern University), October 1975 - September 1976
Box 9 Folder 41: Milwaukee Journal , 27 September 1970 - 18 April 1971
Box 9 Folder 42: Minnesota Daily 75.15, 7 August 1973
Box 9 Folder 43: Nation , May 1972 - 5 June 1972
Box 9 Folder 44: National Observer , 8 July 1972
Box 9 Folder 45: New Letters 48.1, Fall 1981
Box 9 Folder 46: New Statesman (UK), 23 June 1972
Box 9 Folder 47: Newsweek , 27 July 1992
Box 9 Folder 48: New York Times , 5 March 1967 - circa February 1989 [?]
Box 9 Folder 49: New York Times Magazine , 4 October 1970
Box 9 Folder 50: Noblesville Ledger , 25 January - 25 November 1994
Box 9 Folder 51: Northern Star (Northern Illinois University), 12 December 1972
Box 9 Folder 52: North Shore magazine, May 1992
Box 9 Folder 53: Northwestern Alumni News (Northwestern University),
September 1978 - circa January 1994 [?]
Box 9 Folder 54: Northwestern Football Magazine , 23 October 1976
Box 9 Folder 55: Old Northwest 6.4, Winter 1980-81
Box 9 Folder 56: Oregon Journal (Portland), 25 March 1967
Box 9 Folder 57: Our Baptist Ministers and Schools by A.W. Pegues (Willey & Co., Springfield, MA), 1892
Box 9 Folder 58: Panache (Princeton, NJ), circa 1970-71 [?] - 1973
Box 9 Folder 59: Peninsula Bulletin (Palo Alto, CA), 9 October 1976
Box 9 Folder 60: Post (Loves Park, IL), 19 August 1972
Box 9 Folder 61: Publishers Weekly , 11 September 1972 - 27 August 1979
Box 9 Folder 62: RAP (University of Chicago), 11 December 1972
Box 9 Folder 63: Renaissance (Roosevelt University, President’s Annual Report), 1992
Box 9 Folder 64: St. Louis Post-Dispatch , 5 December 1971 - 10 June 1973
Box 9 Folder 65: San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle , 6 May 1973
Box 9 Folder 66: Saturday Review , 22 August 1970 - 27 May 1972
Box 9 Folder 67: Spectator , March 1970
Box 9 Folder 68: Story Quarterly 11, 1980
Box 9 Folder 69: Studies in Black Literature 4.2, Summer 1973
Box 9 Folder 70: Sun News (De Land, FL), 20 May 1973
Box 9 Folder 71: Syracuse University Record , 26 October 1972
Box 9 Folder 72: Technology and Human Affairs 5.2, Summer 1973
Box 9 Folder 73: Times-Democrat (Davenport), 1 February 1970
Box 9 Folder 74: Trentonian (Trenton, NJ), 2 June 1973
Box 9 Folder 75: University of Chicago Radio (WBBM-AM, WHPK-FM), 1 June 1973
Box 9 Folder 76: [?] (University of Missouri, Kansas City), 16 November 1972
Box 9 Folder 77: Unidentified clippings [n.d., n.p.]

Series 4: Serials, 1959-1999

 

Serials are arranged alphabetically by publication. There are two sections from the Chicago Sun-Times , which are arranged chronologically.
Box 10: Callaloo 14.4, 1991
Box 10: Chicago 37.6, June 1988
Box 10: Chicago History 29.1, Summer 2000
Box 10: Chicago Daily News : Panorama, 28-29 April 1973
Box 10: Chicago Sun-Times : Show, 6 June 1976
Box 10: Chicago Sun-Times : Arts & Show, 22 September 1991
Box 10: Chicago Tribune : Books (Section 14), 8 April 1990
Box 10: Chicago Tribune Magazine (Section 9), 18 August 1974
Box 10: Daily Traffic World (Washington, DC), 13 July 1959
Box 10: Essence 19.4, August 1988
Box 10: Harmony: Forum of the Symphony Orchestra Institute 9, October 1999
Box 10: Hyde Parker 4, April-May 1973
Box 10: Literary Quarterly of African American Students 3.2 (Northwestern University),
May 1978
Box 10: New Letters 48.1, Fall 1981
Box 10: Story Quarterly 11, 1980
Box 10: Studies in Black Literature 4.2, Summer 1973
Box 10: Technology and Human Affairs 5.2, Summer 1973
Box 10: TriQuarterly 106, Fall 1999

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Series 5: Publicity, 1970-1992

Publicity materials are arranged chronologically, regardless of format.
Box 11 Folder 1: University of Iowa Press catalogue, Spring 1970
Box 11 Folder 2: Beach Umbrella pamphlet (University of Iowa Press), published 1970
Box 11 Folder 3: Beach Umbrella dust jacket (University of Iowa Press), published 1970
Box 11 Folder 4: Iowa Award pamphlet for 1969-73 (University of Iowa Press), released Fall 1971
Box 11 Folder 5: Invitation to open house following Colter reading at UMKC, 16 November 1972
Box 11 Folder 6: Hippodrome clipping from Swallow Press catalogue, circa 1973
Box 11 Folder 7: Publicity material for Colter in Chicago Review Speaker Series (University of Chicago), 9 April 1973
Box 11 Folder 8: Invitation to Hippodrome book-signing (Swallow Press), 8 June 1973
Box 11 Folder 9: Publicity material for Chicago Writers at Harper College, 25 April 1975
Box 11 Folder 10: Program for Eleventh Annual Women’s Day (Northwestern University),
15 October 1975
Box 11 Folder 11: Night Studies dust jacket (2 copies), published 1979
Box 11 Folder 12: Excerpts from reviews of Beach Umbrella , Rivers of Eros & Hippodrome (Swallow Press), 21 May 1979
Box 11 Folder 13: Night Studies clipping from Swallow/Ohio University Press catalogue, circa 1980
Box 11 Folder 14: Publicity material for Conversations with Chicago Authors (Chicago Public Library),
14 November 1985
Box 11 Folder 15: Curriculum Vita, 1 October 1986
Box 11 Folder 16: Thunder’s Mouth Press catalogue, Spring 1988
Box 11 Folder 17: Publicity material for Meet the Author Event (Guild Books), 9 October 1988
Box 11 Folder 18: Publicity material for events at the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum,
1985 - December 1988
Box 11 Folder 19: Publicity material for Colter appearance at the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum, 20 October 1988
Box 11 Folder 20: Program for Public Humanities Award Dinner honoring Colter (Illinois Humanities Council), 20 October 1989
Box 11 Folder 21: Invitation and program for the Chicago Tribune Literary Awards, 7 September 1989
Box 11 Folder 22: Publicity material for Illinois Authors on the Illinois State Library, June 1990
Box 11 Folder 23: Program for Chicago’s Sixth Annual Printers Row Book Fair, 16-17 June 1990
Box 11 Folder 24: Roster and schedule for the Great Black Books Group,
September - 21 October 1990
Box 11 Folder 25: Iowa Award: The Best Short Stories from Twenty Years dust jacket (University of Iowa Press), published Spring 1991
Box 11 Folder 26: Invitation to TriQuarterly Award ceremony (awarded to Colter), 18 October 1991
Box 11 Folder 27: Invitation to 50th Anniversary Gala Literary Arts Ball (Chicago Public Library,
9 November 1991
Box 11 Folder 28: Catalogue from Dalkey Archive Press (funded and advised by the Illinois Arts Council), Spring/Summer 1992
Box 11 Folder 29: Publicity material for New Letters : On the Air program, [n.d.]
Box 11 Folder 30: Information on the Business and Civic Advisory Committee of the Illinois Arts Alliance Foundation, [n.d.]
Box 11 Folder 31: Pamphlet from the Illinois Arts Alliance, [n.d.]

 

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Series 6: Teaching Materials, [?]-1988

 

Teaching materials are arranged chronologically, regardless of format. The three undated items have been placed at the beginning of the series rather than at the end because it is apparent that they precede the other items in the series.
Box 11 Folder 32: Mean factor ratings by department, including African American Studies (Northwestern University [?]), [n.d.]
Box 11 Folder 33: Program for Fiction Writing (Columbia College Chicago), [n.d.]
Box 11 Folder 34: Handouts for Fiction Seminar (Columbia College Chicago), [n.d.]
Box 11 Folder 35: Roster and lecture notes for Fiction Seminar (Columbia College Chicago),
Spring 1988
Box 11 Folder 36: "Parallel Lines" by Brian Robert Dunne for Fall 1987 Fiction Seminar (Columbia College Chicago), 14 January 1988
Box 11 Folder 37: Fourth week class lists for Spring 1988 Fiction Seminar (Columbia College Chicago), 11 March 1988
Box 11 Folder 38: Story proposals from students in Spring 1988 Fiction Seminar, 25 April 1988
Box 11 Folder 39: Memo from Shawn Shiflett (Columbia College Chicago), 13 May 1988
Box 11 Folder 40: Memo from John Schultz (Columbia College Chicago), 17 May 1988
Box 11 Folder 41: Memo from Robin and John Schultz (Columbia College Chicago), 18 May 1988
Box 11 Folder 42: Memo from John Schultz (Columbia College Chicago), 18 May 1988
Box 11 Folder 43: Handwritten note from Robin with Fall 1988 course descriptions (Columbia College Chicago), 20 May 1988

The Cyrus Colter Papers, 1892-2002

Series 7: Miscellaneous, 1981

 

Series 7: Miscellaneous, 1981
Box 11: “Hippodrome: an adaptation for the stage in three acts” by G. E. Oscar Griffin, copyright 1981

 

Series 8: Legal Career, 1953-2002
Materials pertaining to Cyrus Colter’s legal career are arranged chronologically, regardless of format.
Box 12 Folder 1: Clipping from Chicago Tribune , 30 January 1953 - 11 September 1971
Box 12 Folder 2: Clipping from Daily Traffic World (Washington, DC), 13 July 1959
Box 12 Folder 3: Clipping from Chicago Daily News , 17 July 1959
Box 12 Folder 4: Northern Illinois Gas Company , 4 February 1966
Box 12 Folder 5: Correspondence from Otto Kerner, Governor of Illinois, 14 February 1968
Box 12 Folder 6: Correspondence from Chicago-Kent College of Law (Robert G. Hanson), 7 March 1973
Box 12 Folder 7: Election by Chicago-Kent Honor Council of Cyrus Colter as Fellow, 1 May 1973
Box 12 Folder 8: Correspondence from Museum of Science and Industry (D.M. MacMaster, 31 May 1973
Box 12 Folder 9: Correspondence from William J. Scott, Illinois Attorney General, 25 July 1973
Box 12 Folder 10: Clipping from Illinois Truck News , August 1973
Box 12 Folder 11: Correspondence from Samuel H. Shapiro, former Governor of Illinois, 20 August 1973
Box 12 Folder 12: Correspondence from Daniel Walker, Governor of Illinois, regarding the Governor’s Commission on Individual Liberty and Personal Privacy, 11 June 1974
Box 12 Folder 13: Appointment by Governor Daniel Walker to Commission on Individual Liberty and Personal Privacy, 24 June 1974
Box 12 Folder 14: Statement of Cyrus J. Colter for Subcommittee on Antitrust & Monopoly mss., 27 June 1974
Box 12 Folder 15: Correspondence from Subcommittee on Antitrust & Monopoly (Philip A. Hart), 17 July 1974
Box 12 Folder 16: Correspondence from Subcommittee on Antitrust & Monopoly (C.C. Owen, Commissioner of Alabama), 22 August 1974
Box 12 Folder 17: Pamphlet from Illinois Bell on Antitrust & Monopoly case, 26 August 1974
Box 12 Folder 18: Statement of Cyrus J. Colter for Communications Subcommittee mss., 22 August 1978
Box 12 Folder 19: Membership directory of the Commercial Club of Chicago, 2001-2002

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Series 10: Photographs, [?]-1994

Photographs are grouped loosely into the following eight subject categories: Portraits (1-5); Family Photos (6 20); Holiday Photos (21-44); the Colters at Home (45-66); the Colters with Friends (67-69); Publicity Photos (70-87); Patricia B. Gibbs Photos (88-96); and Illinois Commerce Commission Photos (97-111).
Box 14 Colter 001: Cyrus Colter portrait, mid-1960s [?], see also oversized box: 14
Box 13 Colter 002: Cyrus Colter portrait (photo by Koehne), circa 1954
Box 13 Colter 003: Cyrus Colter portrait, late 1950s - early 1960s [?]
Box 13 Colter 004: Cyrus Colter portrait, mid-1960s - early 1970s [?]
Box 14 Colter 005: Cyrus Colter portrait (in uniform), 1940s, see oversized box: 14
Box 13 Colter 006: Reverend Miles Bassett (maternal grandfather) with family at home, New Albany, IN, late 19th century [?]
Box 13 Colter 007: Alexander and Francis Colter homestead, Rockport, IN, circa 1890s
Box 13 Colter 008: Ethel Bassett (mother), 8 October 1902
Box 13 Colter 009: Ethel Bassett Colter (mother), Noblesville, IN, [n.d.]
Box 13 Colter 010: J. A. Colter (father), Noblesville, IN, [n.d.]
Box 13 Colter 011: Mary Lucy Bassett (maternal grandmother [?]) at age 82 in Youngston, OH, 14 September 1935
Box 13 Colter 012: Mary Lucy Bassett (maternal grandmother [?]) in Cleveland, OH, 20 July 1941
Box 13 Colter 013: Cyrus Colter at YMCA, 1942
Box 13 Colter 014: Cyrus and Imogene Colter, circa 1943-44 [?]
Box 13 Colter 015: Imogene Colter with her mother and sister, 1940s [?]
Box 13 Colter 016: Cyrus with J. A. Colter (father) [?] in New Castle, IN, 19 April 1944
Box 13 Colter 017: Cyrus and Mary Elizabeth Colter (sister) in New Castle, IN, 19 April 1944
Box 13 Colter 018: Cyrus and Imogene Colter,1945 [?]
Box 13 Colter 019: Cyrus and Imogene Colter,1945 [?]
Box 14 Colter 020: Mary Elizabeth Colter (sister) wedding portrait (Scurlock, Washington D.C.), [n.d.], see oversized box: 14
Box 13 Colter 021: Imogene Colter, week of 1 October 1951
Box 13 Colter 022: Cyrus Colter, week of 1 October 1951
Box 13 Colter 023: Cyrus Colter, week of 1 October 1951
Box 13 Colter 024: Cyrus Colter, 1963
Box 13 Colter 025: Imogene Colter, 1963
Box 13 Colter 026: Imogene Colter, 1963
Box 13 Colter 027: Imogene Colter, 1964
Box 13 Colter 028: Imogene Colter, 1964
Box 13 Colter 029: Italy, Summer 1967
Box 13 Colter 030: Imogene Colter in Italy, Summer 1967
Box 13 Colter 031: Cyrus Colter in Italy, Summer 1967
Box 13 Colter 032: Cyrus Colter in Rome, Summer 1967
Box 13 Colter 033: Italy, Summer 1967
Box 13 Colter 034: Cyrus Colter in Italy, Summer 1967
Box 13 Colter 035: Imogene Colter in Italy, Summer 1967
Box 13 Colter 036: Cyrus Colter in Italy, Summer 1967
Box 13 Colter 037: Cyrus and Imogene Colter, Summer 1967
Box 13 Colter 038: Ebenezer Baptist Church, Auburn Ave., Atlanta, GA, July 1978
Box 13 Colter 039: Imogene Colter at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Auburn Ave., Atlanta, GA, July 1978
Box 13 Colter 040: Fountain at Martin Luther King, Jr., Center for Social Change, Atlanta, GA, July 1978
Box 13 Colter 041: Martin Luther King, Jr., Center for Social Change, Atlanta, GA, July 1978
Box 13 Colter 042: Imogene Colter at Martin Luther King, Jr., Center for Social Change, Atlanta, GA, July 1978
Box 13 Colter 043: Cyrus and Imogene Colter at Martin Luther King, Jr., Center for Social Change, Atlanta, GA, July 1978
Box 13 Colter 044: Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Center, Atlanta, GA, July 1978
Box 13 Colter 045: Colter home, Chicago, circa 1960s [?]
Box 13 Colter 046: Colter home, Chicago, circa 1960s [?]
Box 13 Colter 047: Imogene Colter at home, Chicago, 1970s [?]
Box 13 Colter 048: Imogene Colter at home, Chicago, 1970s [?]
Box 13 Colter 049: Imogene Colter at home, Chicago, 1970s [?]
Box 13 Colter 050: Imogene Colter at home, Chicago, 1978
Box 13 Colter 051: Imogene Colter at home, Chicago, 1978
Box 13 Colter 052: Imogene Colter at home, Chicago, 1980
Box 13 Colter 053: Imogene Colter at home, Chicago, 1980 [?]
Box 13 Colter 054: Imogene Colter at home, Chicago, 1980 [?]
Box 13 Colter 055: Imogene Colter at home, Chicago, early 1980s [?]
Box 13 Colter 056: Imogene Colter at home, Chicago, early 1980s [?]
Box 13 Colter 057: Cyrus Colter at home, Chicago, early 1980s [?]
Box 13 Colter 058: Cyrus Colter at home, Chicago, early 1980s [?]
Box 13 Colter 059: Cyrus Colter at home, Chicago, early 1980s [?]
Box 13 Colter 060: Cyrus Colter at home, Chicago, early 1980s [?]
Box 13 Colter 061: Cyrus Colter at home, Chicago, early 1980s [?]
Box 13 Colter 062: Cyrus Colter at home, Chicago, early 1980s [?]
Box 13 Colter 063: Cyrus Colter at home, Chicago, early 1980s [?]
Box 13 Colter 064: Cyrus Colter at home, Chicago, early 1980s [?]
Box 13 Colter 065: Cyrus Colter at home, Chicago, early 1980s [?]
Box 13 Colter 066: Imogene Colter at home, Chicago, early 1980s [?]
Box 13 Colter 067: Cyrus and Imogene Colter, "a candid shot," post-1964
Box 13 Colter 068: Cyrus and Imogene Colter at Nelson Algren’s house, Chicago Summer 1972
Box 13 Colter 069: Cyrus and Imogene Colter (with two friends) at home in Dearborn Park, Chicago, circa 1980s [?]
Box 13 Colter 070: Slide: Cyrus Colter on Chicago St. with Beach Umbrella graphic; cover of Beach Umbrella , second printing, Swallow Press, 1970 (originally marked: Chicago magazine #59 - 98173)
Box 13 Colter 071: Cyrus Colter "lecturing on Wright, Ellison and Baldwin," 1967
Box 13 Colter 072: Cyrus and Imogene Colter with Mr. and Mrs. Robert Farnsworth, David and Judy Ray and children at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, November 1972
Box 13 Colter 073: Cyrus and Imogene Colter with Mr. and Mrs. Robert Farnsworth, David and Judy Ray and children at UMKC, November 1972
Box 13 Colter 074: Cyrus Colter with son of David Ray at UMKC, November 1972
Box 13 Colter 075: Cyrus Colter with David Ray at UMKC, November 1972
Box 13 Colter 076: Cyrus Colter with Robert Farnsworth at UMKC, November 1972
Box 13 Colter 077: Cyrus Colter with Robert Farnsworth at UMKC, November 1972
Box 13 Colter 078: Cyrus Colter with Robert Farnsworth at UMKC, November 1972
Box 13 Colter 079: Cyrus Colter at UMKC, November 1972
Box 13 Colter 080: Cyrus Colter at UMKC, November 1972
Box 13 Colter 081: Cyrus Colter at UMKC, November 1972
Box 13 Colter 082: Cyrus Colter with David Ray (taken by Judy Ray) at the University of Chicago, circa 1990s [?]
Box 13 Colter 083: Cyrus Colter with Gwendolyn Brooks at the Illinois State Library Dedication Ceremony, Springfield, IL, 20 June 1990
Box 13 Colter 084: Illinois State Library, Springfield, IL, 20 June 1990
Box 13 Colter 085: Cyrus Colter with interviewer [?], 24 September 1994
Box 13 Colter 086: Cyrus Colter, 24 September 1994
Box 13 Colter 087: Cyrus Colter with interviewer [?], 24 September 1994
Box 13 Colter 088: Colter display at the Noblesville Library, IN, 17 June 1994
Box 13 Colter 089: Colter display at the Noblesville Library, IN, 17 June 1994
Box 13 Colter 090: Colter display at the Noblesville Library, IN, 17 June 1994
Box 13 Colter 091: Colter display at the Noblesville Library, IN, 17 June 1994
Box 13 Colter 092: Patricia and Dick Gibbs with daughters Pam Gibbs Ferber and Kay Gibbs Taylor at Gibbs’ 40th Anniversary, 12 March 1990
Box 13 Colter 093: Gravestone of Ethel B. Colter (1885-1916), Riverside Cemetery, Noblesville, IN, 24 April 1994
Box 13 Colter 094: Gravestone of Ethel B. Colter (1885-1916), Riverside Cemetery, Noblesville, IN, 24 April 1994
Box 13 Colter 095: Gravestone of Ethel B. Colter (1885-1916), Riverside Cemetery, Noblesville, IN, 24 April 1994
Box 13 Colter 096: Riverside Cemetery, Noblesville, IN, 24 April 1994
Box 13 Colter 097: Cyrus Colter, Illinois Commerce Commission talk, mid-1950s [?]
Box 13 Colter 098: Cyrus Colter, speaking at Palmer House, Chicago, Conference for the Midwest Association of Railroad and Utilities Commissioners, 6-9 July 1964 [?]
Box 13 Colter 099: Cyrus Colter with [?], mid-1960s - early-1970s [?]
Box 13 Colter 100: Cyrus Colter with ICC and Governor William Stratton, 1953 [?]
Box 13 Colter 101: Cyrus Colter, mid-1960s [?]
Box 13 Colter 102: Cyrus Colter with ICC, mid-1960s [?]
Box 13 Colter 103: Cyrus Colter with ICC, 1965-66
Box 13 Colter 104: Cyrus Colter with ICC, 1965-66
Box 13 Colter 105: Cyrus Colter with ICC, mid-1960s (originally marked: Chicago magazine #61 - 98173)
Box 13 Colter 106: Cyrus Colter with ICC, final Colter session, 1973
Box 13 Colter 107: Cyrus Colter with ICC, final Colter session, 1973
Box 13 Colter 108: Cyrus Colter at ICC farewell luncheon at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, 12 June 1973
Box 13 Colter 109: Cyrus Colter at ICC farewell luncheon at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, 12 June 1973
Box 13 Colter 110: Cyrus Colter at ICC farewell luncheon at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, 12 June 1973
Box 13 Colter 111: Cyrus Colter at ICC farewell luncheon at the Museum of Science and Industry with Governor William Stratton, Chicago, 12 June 1973
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