Remembering Harold Washington

CPL's Digital Collections document life in Chicago through archival images, documents and artifacts.

Mayor Washington addresses the International Circulation Managers Association


Mayor Harold Washington, the first African American mayor of Chicago, transformed the city during his years in office (1983-1987).

This collection showcases Washington’s work with ethnic and constituency groupsfamous peoplegroundbreaking and development projects and politics.

Chicago Public Library also holds an extensive Harold Washington Reseach Collection.

Photographs in the Remembering Harold Washington exhibit are housed in the Special Collections and Preservation Division at Harold Washington Library Center.

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Acknowledgment of Harmful Materials

Chicago Public Library collects images, documents and other archival materials from different communities and time periods to preserve and make available the cultural and historical record. As historical objects, some of these materials contain harmful or disturbing content. CPL presents these artifacts as an unfiltered social record and does not endorse the views expressed therein.

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