Lorraine Passovoy Papers


Dates: 1940-1984
Size: .5 linear foot
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature, 9525 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, Illinois 60628



Provenance: Donated by Lorraine Passovoy in 1987
Access: No restrictions
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: Lorraine Passovoy Papers, [Box #, Folder #], Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature
Processed by: Elizabeth Loch, Archival Specialist, April 2021

Biographical Note

Lorraine Passovoy (born 1919) was an author and researcher whose work focused on Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, the founder of Chicago. Her published works include The Mysterious Coat Button; Point Sable and Chicago, 1778-1780; and The Black Root. She frequently collaborated with Virginia Julien, a Jean Baptiste Point DuSable scholar. Passovoy lived in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago and in Champaign, Illinois. She passed away in 1990.

Scope and Content

This collection includes Lorraine Passovoy’s research materials and writings on the life of Jean Baptiste Point DuSable and Black history. Also included are publications and event materials related to the Civil Rights Movement.


This small collection is arranged alphabetically by item title.

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Container List

Box 1 Folder 1 “A Critical Re-interpretation of the Jean Baptiste Point du Sable Story: A Problem in Black Socio-historiography” by Virginia W. Julien, 1972 April
Box 1 Folder 2 Afrique Histoire U.S.: The Quarterly Magazine of African History, 1982, 1983
Box 1 Folder 3 American Classics: In History and Social Science Series [book catalog], 1969
Box 1 Folder 4 “A Revealing Story about Chicago’s Founder” by Ruthe B. Stein, Jet, 1968 June 6
Box 1 Folder 5 Black Esthetics presents Black Voices in History program, 1975 February
Box 1 Folder 6 Black Power in Old Alabama: The Life and Times of James Rapier, Black Congressman from Alabama by Eugene Pieter Romayn Feldman [illustrations by Margaret T. Burroughs and Jennie Washington], 1968
Box 1 Folder 7 Cavalcade of the American Negro compiled by the Workers of the Writers’ Program of the Works Projects Administration [WPA] in the State of Illinois, 1940
Box 1 Folder 8 Chicago CORE [Congress of Racial Equality] Information Service newsletter, 1965
Box 1 Folder 9 Chicago School Integration News, 1964 May
Box 1 Folder 10 “Domestic Arts and Crafts in Illinois (1800-1860)” by Marjorie Caroline Taylor [Chicago Historical Society], undated
Box 1 Folder 11 Episcopal Society for Cultural and Racial Unity newsletter, 1965 October 28
Box 1 Folder 12 Freedom Workshop News and Highlander Reports, 1964-1965
Box 1 Folder 13 Herman Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography at The Newberry Library pamphlet, circa 1975
Box 1 Folder 14 History of Black Americans [book catalog], circa 1977
Box 1 Folder 15 Masses and Mainstream [volume 4, number 8], 1951 August
Box 1 Folder 16 Newspaper articles on protests and the civil rights movement, 1965, undated
Box 1 Folder 17 “1969 Bibliography,” circa 1969
Box 1 Folder 18 Notes on the Errors of Lawrence Cortesi [in telling Chicago’s early history] by Lorraine Passovoy, 1984 December 1
Box 1 Folder 19 Point Sable and Chicago, 1778-80 by Lorraine Passovoy, 1982
Box 1 Folder 20 The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History’s 54th Annual Meeting program, 1969 October
Box 1 Folder 21 The Black Root: Documents of Point Sable and Chicago by Virginia Julien and Lorraine Passovoy, 1983
Box 1 Folder 22 The Hampton Album by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1966
Box 1 Folder 23 The Mysterious Coat Button [Jean Baptiste Point du Sable’s coat button story] by Lorraine Passovoy, 1979
Box 1 Folder 24 The New Hampshire Churchman, 1965 June
Box 1 Folder 25 The Pioneer Barn and Barnyard exhibit study sheets for Chicago Historical Society docents and craft demonstrators, 1973, undated
Box 1 Folder 26 The Southern Patriot [published by the Southern Conference Educational Fund, Inc.], 1964-1966
Box 1 Folder 27 The Student Voice, 1964
Box 1 Folder 28 When One of Us Falls program for an Artists United event at the South Side Community Arts Center [to honor Fred Hampton and Mark Clark], 1969 December 28
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