Harold Washington Archives and Collections. Pre-Mayoral Photograph Collection

Dates: circa 1938 – 1983 (Bulk dates 1969 – 1983)
Size: 5 linear feet, 476 photographs
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: H00068
Provenance: Most of these photographs were accessioned with the rest of the Harold Washington Archives and Collections. A small portion of the collection (Box 5 Folders 1-22) were acquired by the Library in 2001 through both purchase and donation.
Access: No restrictions.
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: Harold Washington Archives and Collections, Pre-Mayoral Photographs, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library
Re-processed by: Morag Walsh, December 2014

Biographical Note

Harold Washington was the first African American mayor of Chicago, elected in 1983.

Harold Washington was born on April 15, 1922, at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, IL. His parents, Roy Lee and Bertha Jones Washington, divorced when he was young, and he lived with his father in Chicago and attended boarding school in Milwaukee. Washington entered Chicago’s DuSable High School in 1939, served in the Civilian Conservation Corps for six months, enlisted in the military from 1943 to 1946, and returned to DuSable High School to graduate in 1946. After earning a bachelor degree at Roosevelt University in Chicago and a law degree at Northwestern University in Evanston, Washington enjoyed a career as a practicing attorney before he turned to politics.

Washington’s political career encompassed roles at the municipal, state and national levels of government. He served as Illinois State Representative for the 26th District from 1965 to 1976. He then became Illinois State Senator for the 26th District from 1976 to 1980. Washington ran for mayor of Chicago in 1977, but lost. In 1980, he became a U.S. Congressman for the 1st District and served in that post until 1983. Washington again ran for mayor in 1983, winning the Democratic primary election in February of that year and the general election in April. He was inaugurated on April 29, 1983 and was re-elected in 1987. Harold Washington died at 1:36 PM on November 25, 1987 of a cardiac arrest, just a few months into his second term as mayor. He is buried in Chicago’s Oak Woods Cemetery.

Scope and Content

These photographs mostly document Harold Washington’s time in public office before becoming Mayor of the City of Chicago in April 1983. The collection begins with photographs of him as a student, in the Army and serving in the Illinois legislature but the bulk of the collection dates from his time in Washington, D.C. as U.S. Congressman and from his 1983 campaign for Mayor of Chicago. Key events are documented in the collection including Harold Washington announcing his candidacy for Mayor, casting his own vote in the mayoral election and declaring victory. Photographs of the inauguration can be found in the Mayoral Photograph Collection within the Press Office Series. Many of the photographs show Harold Washington with constituents and at fundraising events. Other individuals in the collection include Muhammad Ali, Reverend Willie Barrow, Jane Byrne, Richard M. Daley, Charles Hayes, Clifford Kelley, Carol Moseley-Braun, Lu Palmer, Toni Preckwinkle, Al Raby, Gus Savage, John Stroger, Dolores Woods and Jim Wright.

Arrangement/Series Description

With the exception of photographs from Harold Washington’s youth, the collection has been arranged into series that correspond to Harold Washington’s public service career, and then chronologically when possible. Researchers should note that there may be overlap in the U.S. Congress and the 1983 Mayoral Campaign series as Harold Washington’s mayoral campaign was underway during his Congressional term. Some folders have several photographs.

  • Series 1: Early Life, circa 1937 – 1949. 3 photographs.
  • Series 2: Illinois State Representative, circa 1969 – 1977. 5 photographs.
  • Series 3: Illinois State Senate, 1977 – circa 1980. 208 photographs.
  • Series 4: U.S. Congress, 1981 – 1983. 122 photographs.
  • Series 5: 1983 Mayoral Campaign, 1982 – 1983. 138 photographs.

Related Materials

Harold Washington, Illinois State Representative Records
Harold Washington, Illinois State Senate Records
Harold Washington, U.S. Congressional Records
Harold Washington, Mayoral Campaign Records
Harold Washington, Asian American Advisory Committee Records
Harold Washington, Central Files Records
Harold Washington, Chief of Staff Records
Harold Washington, City Council Proceedings Records
Harold Washington, Community Services Sub-Cabinet Records
Harold Washington, Development Sub-Cabinet Records
Harold Washington, Finance and Administration Sub-Cabinet Records
Harold Washington, Infrastructure Sub-Cabinet Records
Harold Washington, Intergovernmental Affairs Records
Harold Washington, Office Manager/Supervisor of Clerical Staff Records
Harold Washington, Press Office Records
Harold Washington, Public Safety/Regulatory Sub-Cabinet Records
Harold Washington, Real Estate Committee Records
Harold Washington, Schedules and Evaluations Records
Harold Washington, Videocassette Collection
Harold Washington, Commemorative Year Archives
Harold Washington, Political Education Project Records

Container List

Series 1: Early Life, circa 1937 – 1949

Box 1 Folder 1 circa 1937-1939 DuSable High School, hurdles
Box 1 Folder 2 1945 April Sgt. Harold Washington, 1887th Engineer Battalion, Guam
Box 1 Folder 3 circa 1946-1949 Harold Washington, 3 classmates, Roosevelt College

Series 2: Illinois State Representative, circa 1969 – 1977

Box 1 Folder 4 circa 1969-1976 Representative Ray Ewell, Representative Isaac Sims, Representative Harold Washington
Box 1 Folder 5 circa 1969-1976 Representative Harold Washington, Sam Patch, Alex Seith
Box 1 Folder 6 circa 1969-1976 Senator Kenneth Hall, Representative Harold Washington
Box 1 Folder 7 circa 1971-1972 Representative Harold Washington, Senator Kenneth Hall, Governor Richard Ogilvy
Box 1 Folder 8 circa 1971-1972 Members of the 77th General Assembly
Box 1 Folder 9 1977 April 5 Harold Washington, Jesse Jackson. Rhoden’s Photo and Press Service, photographers
Box 1 Folder 10 1977 October Harold Washington at an unidentified community event

Series 3: Illinois State Senate, 1977 – circa 1980

Box 1 Folder 11 1977 Portraits of Harold Washington
Box 1 Folder 12 1980 September 25 Hyde Park Racquet Club meeting. Brian S. Johnson, photographer
Box 1 Folder 13 1980 October Harold Washington campaigning for Congress, R.L. Duke’s Oldsmobile Car Dealership. Brian S. Johnson, photographer
Box 1 Folder 14 circa 1976-1980 Lu Palmer and others at an unidentified church
Box 1 Folder 15 circa 1976-1980 Protest sign, West Side People for Progress, Chicago Black United Communities, Tom Ayers, Commonwealth Edison
Box 1 Folder 16 circa 1976-1980 Clifford Kelley and others at an unidentified event
Box 1 Folder 17 circa 1976-1980 Harold Washington speaking at an unidentified church
Box 1 Folder 18 circa 1976-1980 Harold Washington and Adlai Stevenson III at an unidentified event
Box 1 Folder 19 circa 1976-1980 Muhammad Ali, Harold Washington, Bennett Johnson
Box 1 Folder 20 circa 1976-1980 Harold Washington at unidentified community events. Includes Jane Byrne, Tom Hynes, Clifford Kelley, Ruth Love, Lu Palmer
Box 1 Folder 21 circa 1976-1980 Harold Washington at unidentified community events
Box 1 Folder 22 circa 1976-1980 Portrait of Harold Washington
Box 1 Folder 23 circa 1976-1980 Portrait of Harold Washington
Box 1 Folder 24 circa 1976-1980 Unidentified photographs [not Harold Washington]
Box 1 Folder 25 circa 1980 Harold Washington campaigning for Congress
Box 1 Folder 26 circa 1980 Harold Washington campaigning for Congress at an unidentified event
Box 1 Folder 27 circa 1980 Harold Washington campaigning for Congress, includes Lu Palmer. Antonio Dickey, photographer
Box 1 Folder 28 circa 1980 Jesse Jackson, Gus Savage, Harold Washington
Box 1 Folder 29 circa 1980 Reproduction of Chester Commodore cartoon, Now for the Biggie in November
Box 1 Folder 30 circa 1980 Carol Moseley-Braun and Harold Washington, Jimmie Tillman’s 21st Century Band. Barbara O’Connor, photographer
Box 1 Folder 31 circa 1980 Harold Washington with Congressional campaign staff, includes Sam Patch, Al Raby, Dolores Woods
Box 1 Folder 32 circa 1980 Harold Washington with Congressional campaign staff/volunteers
Box 2 Folder 1 circa 1980 Harold Washington at Independent Voters of Illinois (IVI) event, includes Lawrence Bloom, Leon Despres, Carol Moseley-Braun, Dawn Netsch, Richard Newhouse, Seymour Simon
Box 2 Folder 2 circa 1980 Harold Washington, Vernon Jarrett, Monica Stewart at television studio
Box 2 Folder 3 circa 1980 Harold Washington campaigning for Congress at Operation PUSH, includes John Anderson, Reverend Willie Barrow, Jesse Jackson, Marion Humes, John Stroger
Box 2 Folder 4 circa 1980 Harold Washington campaigning for Congress at WGN television studio, with John Drury and Gus Savage

Series 4: U.S. Congress, 1981 – 1983

Box 2 Folder 5 1981 March 24 Chicago Children’s Choir at the U.S. Capitol. K. Jewell, photographer
Box 2 Folder 6 1981 March Congressional Black Caucus responds to President Reagan’s budget
Box 2 Folder 7 1981 April 4 Chicago Academic Games League Tournament, Mathletes of the Month. Dee Shigley, photographer
Box 2 Folder 8 1981 April Jimmy Martin, Bob Mann, Carol Moseley-Braun, Harold Washington, Hazel Domangue
Box 2 Folder 9 1981 May 5 Harold Washington with Cordy Tindell Vivian at the anti-Klan Network
Box 2 Folder 10 1981 June Father George Clements of Holy Angels Church and his son, Joey Clements
Box 2 Folder 11 1981 September 25 Eleanor Holmes Norton (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission,) Althea Simmons (NAACP,) Harold Washington, Congressional Black Caucus
Box 2 Folder 12 1981 October 17 27th Labor Conference on Civil Rights, Lawrence Levin, Joe Jacobs, Jewish Labor Committee of Chicago
Box 2 Folder 13 circa 1981 Congresswoman Cardiss Collins
Box 2 Folder 14 circa 1981 Harold Washington, Ollie Baker at the Golden Agers’ annual holiday party, Corpus Christie Church
Box 2 Folder 15 1982 February 11 Harold Washington at unidentified events
Box 2 Folder 16 1982 April 5 Solar Greenhouse Project, Episcopal Urban Center
Box 2 Folder 17 1982 April 12-17 Harold Washington at Inter-Parliamentary Union Meeting, Lagos, Nigeria
Box 2 Folder 18 1982 May 12 President Ronald Reagan and U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, John L. Loeb
Box 2 Folder 19 1982 May 18 Harold Washington in Springfield, Illinois. Chicago Defender, photographer
Box 2 Folder 20 1982 August Harold Washington’s visit to Bad Toelz, Germany. Jerry D. Rector, photographer
Box 2 Folder 21 1982 October Harold Washington at an event in Anderson, Indiana
Box 2 Folder 22 1982 November 20 Harold Washington at Lillian F. Little’s 80th birthday party at the home of Fred Morgan
Box 2 Folder 23 circa 1982 Harold Washington at the 10 Mile Classic race, Midwest Association for Sickle Cell Anemia
Box 2 Folder 24 1983 February Latino Group at Aragon Ballroom. Jonnie Sommers, photographer
Box 2 Folder 25 1983 March 19 Harold Washington with Kenneth Kahn, Edmund G. Brown, Peter Kelly and Maxine Waters
Box 2 Folder 26 circa 1981-1983 Harold Washington at unidentified community events. Jonnie Sommers, photographer
Box 2 Folder 27 circa 1981-1983 Harold Washington and Adlai Stevenson III at an unidentified parade
Box 3 Folder 1 circa 1981-1983 Harold Washington marching to support extending the Voting Rights Act and to enforce Affirmative Action
Box 3 Folder 2 circa 1981-1983 Portraits of Harold Washington. K. Jewell, photographer
Box 3 Folder 3 circa 1981-1983 Jim Wright and Harold Washington at an unidentified event
Box 3 Folder 4 circa 1981-1983 1st Congressional District Art Fair
Box 3 Folder 5 circa 1981-1983 Congressional Hearing, Claude Pepper, Harold Washington, Hazel Domangue
Box 3 Folder 6 circa 1981-1983 Bill Zayas, Laurina McNeilly, Latino Institute, Harold Washington
Box 3 Folder 7 circa 1981-1983 Harold Washington in Washington D.C. with school groups
Box 3 Folder 8 circa 1981-1983 Harold Washington, Hermene Hartman, Carol Moseley-Braun, Toastmasters, Hilton on the Lake. Jonnie Sommers, photographer
Box 3 Folder 9 circa 1981-1983 Broken-down car at 5520 S. Lake Shore Drive
Box 3 Folder 10 circa 1981-1983 Studs Terkel, Reverend Willie Barrow, Harold Washington
Box 3 Folder 11 circa 1981-1983 Harold Washington and Lu Palmer at an unidentified event
Box 3 Folder 12 circa 1981-1983 Charles Hayes, Monica Stewart, Harold Washington, Jim Wright at an unidentified event
Box 3 Folder 13 circa 1981-1983 Harold Washington at an unidentified event. Jonnie Sommers, photographer
Box 3 Folder 14 circa 1981-1983 Harold Washington and Sam Ackerman at Independent Voters of Illinois (IVI) event. Antonio Dickey, photographer
Box 3 Folder 15 circa 1981-1983 William Gray

Series 5: 1983 Mayoral Campaign. 1982 – 1983

Box 3 Folder 16 1982 November 10 Harold Washington announces his candidacy for Mayor with Mary Ella Smith. Brian Jackson/Chicago Defender, photographer
Box 3 Folder 17 circa 1983 Harold Washington, campaign portrait. Antonio Dickey, photographer
Box 3 Folder 18 1983 January 15 Crowd of Harold Washington’s supporters. Marc PoKempner, photographer
Box 3 Folder 19 1983 January 22 Harold Washington. Marc PoKempner, photographer
Box 3 Folder 20 1983 January 24 Harold Washington, Richard M. Daley, Monroe Anderson, Harry Golden Jr., at the second mayoral debate. Merlin Summers/Chicago Defender, photographer
Box 3 Folder 21 1983 January 26 Harold Washington and Al Raby. Marc PoKempner, photographer
Box 3 Folder 22 1983 January 26 Harold Washington being awarded a plaque from NAACP. Marc PoKempner, photographer
Box 3 Folder 23 1983 January 26 Harold Washington and Governor Peabody. Marc PoKempner, photographer
Box 3 Folder 24 1983 January 29 Harold Washington with a crowd of supporters. Marc PoKempner, photographer
Box 3 Folder 25 1983 January Mayor Jane Byrne and Harold Washington at St. Bernard School’s tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. George Murphy/Chicago Defender, photographer
Box 3 Folder 26 1983 January Harold Washington campaigning at unidentified events. Includes Tony Bonilla, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Carl Officer, Juanita Passmore, Sid Ordower, Reverend Claude Wyatt, Addie Wyatt. David Williams/Chicago Defender, photographer
Box 3 Folder 27 1983 January Harold Washington, Margaret Burroughs at an unidentified Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. event. Antonio Dickey, photographer
Box 3 Folder 28 1983 February 10 Harold Washington’s press conference criticizing the Office of Professional Standards. John Gunn/Chicago Defender, photographer
Box 3 Folder 29 1983 February 12 Classical Big Guys, William Garth, Harold Washington, Fred Darden, Sr., James Galloway and Howard Stafford. Chicago Defender, photographer
Box 3 Folder 30 1983 February 21 Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church; Artists for Harold Washington; Farragut High School. Brian Johnson/Chicago Defender, Ken Simmons, photographers
Box 3 Folder 31 1983 February 22 Ladies of Eloquence, Harold Washington at City Hall. Brian Jackson/Chicago Defender, photographer
Box 3 Folder 32 1983 February 22 Harold Washington in the 42nd Ward, Primary Election day. Robert Sengstacke/Chicago Defender, photographer
Box 3 Folder 33 1983 February Crowd shot of Harold Washington supporters. Antonio Dickey, photographer
Box 3 Folder 34 1983 February Storefront with signs for both Mayor Jane Byrne and Harold Washington, 79th and Stony Island. Chicago Defender, photographer
Box 3 Folder 35 1983 February-March Harold Washington campaigning at unidentified events. Rhoden’s Photo and Press Service, photographers
Box 3 Folder 36 1983 March 3 Harold Washington receives Blackbook’s Distinguished Service Award. George Murphy/Chicago Defender, photographer
Box 3 Folder 37 1983 March 8 Charles T. Manatt, Democratic National Chairman, Addie Wyatt, Roland Burris, Harold Washington, Phil Rock. John Gunn/Chicago Defender, photographer
Box 3 Folder 38 1983 March 10 Harold Washington at the University of Illinois’ Criminal Justice class. Brian Jackson/Chicago Defender, photographer
Box 3 Folder 39 1983 March 14 Illinois State Senators with Harold Washington after his Primary Election win. Chicago Defender, photographer
Box 3 Folder 40 1983 March 16 Cardinal Bernardin with Harold Washington and school children
Box 3 Folder 41 1983 March 17 Carl Latimer, Coalition for United Community Action, William Lee, AFL-CIO, Harold Washington. Rhoden Photo and Press Service/Chicago Defender, photographer
Box 3 Folder 42 1983 March 23 Michael Warren, Hill Street Blues actor, campaigns for Harold Washington at Catfish Digby’s with William Digby and Dorothy Tillman. Brian Jackson/Chicago Defender, photographer
Box 3 Folder 43 1983 March 27 Harold Washington and Walter Mondale at St. Pascal’s Church. Antonio Dickey, photographer
Box 3 Folder 44 1983 March 30 Pastor’s Conference and Vicinity, Reverend John McReynolds, Reverend David Moore and Harold Washington. John Gunn/Chicago Defender, photographer
Box 3 Folder 45 1983 March Toni Preckwinkle campaigning for 4th Ward alderman at public housing event. C.G. Bloom, photographer
Box 3 Folder 46 circa 1983 Al Raby. Antonio Dickey, photographer
Box 3 Folder 47 circa 1983 Harold Washington voting
Box 3 Folder 48 circa 1983 Toni Preckwinkle campaigning for 4th Ward alderman with Barbara Curry, Illinois House of Representatives. Nancy Hays, C.G. Bloom, photographers
Box 3 Folder 49 circa 1983 Toni Preckwinkle campaigning for 4th Ward alderman at unidentified events. [Negatives only, no prints]
Box 3 Folder 50 circa 1983 Harold Washington and Juan Soliz
Box 3 Folder 51 circa 1983 Harold Washington at the Lakefront. Antonio Dickey, photographer
Box 3 Folder 52 circa 1983 Storefront sign, Gas Up for Harold Washington, with two supporters. Antonio Dickey, photographer
Box 3 Folder 53 circa 1983 Steering Committee, Charles A. Hayes
Box 3 Folder 54 circa 1983 Steering Committee, Nancy B. Jefferson. Don Hernandez, photographer
Box 3 Folder 55 circa 1983 Steering Committee, Jorge Morales
Box 3 Folder 56 circa 1983 Steering Committee, Walter H. Clark. Terry’s Photography, photographer
Box 3 Folder 57 circa 1983 Steering Committee, Danny K. Davis
Box 3 Folder 58 circa 1983 Steering Committee, Edward G. Gardner
Box 3 Folder 59 circa 1983 Steering Committee, Edwin C. “Bill” Berry
Box 3 Folder 60 circa 1983 Steering Committee, Robert E. Mann
Box 3 Folder 61 circa 1983 Steering Committee, Warren H. Bacon
Box 4 Folder 1 circa 1983 Steering Committee, Rebecca Sive-Tomashefsky
Box 4 Folder 2 circa 1983 Fundraiser held at unidentified bar
Box 4 Folder 3 circa 1983 Ingleside Whitfield United Methodist Church. Marc E. Dean, photographer
Box 4 Folder 4 circa 1983 Harold Washington at Bethel A.M.E. Church, Chicago Black United Communities. Antonio Dickey, photographer
Box 4 Folder 5 circa 1983 Harold Washington, stock photograph. Chicago Defender, photographer
Box 4 Folder 6 circa 1983 Harold Washington and Danny Davis at a nursing home at 35th and Giles. Brian Jackson, photographer
Box 4 Folder 7 circa 1983 Harold Washington campaigning at Carter Temple C.M.E. Church, 7841 S. Wabash Avenue
Box 4 Folder 8 circa 1983 Harold Washington campaigning at unidentified events
Box 4 Folder 9 circa 1983 Ted Davis (friend from army,) Senator Alan Dixon, Harold Washington
Box 4 Folder 10 circa 1983 Harold Washington, Lu Palmer, Betty Gardner and Ed Gardner
Box 4 Folder 11 circa 1983 Professor Harry Wray, Professor Nancy Freehofer, Professor Charles Williams. Antonio Dickey, photographer
Box 4 Folder 12 circa 1983 Harold Washington campaigning at unidentified events
Box 4 Folder 13 circa 1983 Thurgood Marshall, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Box 4 Folder 14 circa 1983 Harold Washington being carried by crowd. Jonnie Sommers photographer
Box 5 Folder 1 1983 Mayor Jane Byrne. Richard Gordon, photographer
Box 5 Folder 2 1983 Mayor Jane Byrne. Richard Gordon, photographer
Box 5 Folder 3 1983 Alderman Richard Mell, 33rd Ward. Richard Gordon, photographer
Box 5 Folder 4 1983 Bernard Epton. Richard Gordon, photographer
Box 5 Folder 5 1983 Bernard Epton. Richard Gordon, photographer
Box 5 Folder 6 1983 Bernard Epton’s supporters. Richard Gordon, photographer
Box 5 Folder 7 1983 Bernard Epton’s supporters. Richard Gordon, photographer
Box 5 Folder 8 1983 Bernard Epton’s supporters, 26th and 43rd Wards. Richard Gordon, photographer
Box 5 Folder 9 1983 Richard M. Daley’s supporters, 42nd Ward Alderman Burton Natarus, President of Cook County Board of Commissioners George W. Dunne, Cook County Commissioner John Stroger
Box 5 Folder 10 1983 Richard M. Daley’s supporters, 42nd Ward Alderman Burton Natarus, President of Cook County Board of Commissioners George W. Dunne, Cook County Commissioner John Stroger. Richard Gordon, photographer
Box 5 Folder 11 1983 Richard M. Daley and wife, Maggie. Richard Gordon, photographer
Box 5 Folder 12 1983 Richard M. Daley and wife, Maggie. Richard Gordon, photographer
Box 5 Folder 13 1983 Harold Washington campaigning on La Salle Street. Richard Gordon, photographer
Box 5 Folder 14 1983 Harold Washington campaigning. Richard Gordon, photographer
Box 5 Folder 15 1983 Harold Washington with Lois Weisberg and Brian Boyer. Richard Gordon, photographer
Box 5 Folder 16 1983 Harold Washington speaking at a Jewish Support Committee for Washington event. Richard Gordon, photographer
Box 5 Folder 17 1983 Harold Washington walking with a crowd of supporters and press. Richard Gordon, photographer
Box 5 Folder 18 1983 Harold Washington campaigning. Richard Gordon, photographer
Box 5 Folder 19 1983 Muhammad Ali campaigning for Harold Washington. Richard Gordon, photographer
Box 5 Folder 20 1983 Reverend Jesse Jackson. Richard Gordon, photographer
Box 5 Folder 21 1983 Harold Washington voting. Richard Gordon, photographer
Box 5 Folder 22 1983 Harold Washington with Mary Ella Smith, declaring victory. Richard Gordon, photographer
Box 5 Folder 23 1983 Harold Washington with supporters. Richard Gordon, photographer
Box 5 Folder 24 1983 Harold Washington with supporters. Richard Gordon, photographer
Box 5 Folder 25 1983 Harold Washington campaigning on La Salle Street. Duplicate of box 5, folder 13. Richard Gordon, photographer
Box 5 Folder 26 1983 A Harold Washington supporter on the corner of Dearborn and Monroe Streets, looking west along Monroe. Richard Gordon, photographer

 

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