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Chicago Defender Organizations Files Archives

Founded by Robert S. Abbott in 1905, the Chicago Defender is one of America's longest-running African American newspapers. The Defender is best known for having spurred the Great Migration of African Americans from the southern United States to the nation's urban centers in the north—especially Chicago—during the first decades of the 20th century. The Defender also paved the way for

Chicago Defender unprocessed records

Founded by Robert S. Abbott in 1905, the Chicago Defender is one of America's longest-running African American newspapers. The Defender is best known for having spurred the Great Migration of African Americans from the southern United States to the nation's urban centers in the north—especially Chicago—during the first decades of the 20th century. The Defender also paved the way for

Chicago Department of Urban Renewal Records

The records in this collection were created and collected by the Department of Urban Renewal, its predecessors and other Chicago city departments with duties related to planning and development. The majority of the collection is comprised of photographs, contact sheets, negatives and slides of Chicago neighborhoods considered and targeted for improvement, including images that show buildings and neighborhoods that were

Chicago Federation of Labor collection of visual material

Visual materials from the office of the Federation News, owned and controlled by the CFL-IUC, the federation of unions in Chicago. Subjects include members and leaders, conventions and banquets, international events, interiors of their radio station WCFL, and their members participation in community affairs. Large oversize color photographs show the St. Patrick's Day parade (ca. 1970s) and a composite group

Chicago Federation of Labor records

Meeting minutes, 1903-1922, of the Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL); broadsides containing lists of dues paid by local unions to the CFL and other reports, 1911-1918; office files of the CFL, ca. 1890s-1940s, containing letters, notes, reports, etc., mostly during the presidency of John Fitzpatrick; scrapbooks 1912-1947; later topical files, 1950s-1980s, mostly during the presidency of William Lee; Cook County

Chicago Federation of Settlements and Neighborhood Centers collection

The collection contains minutes, speeches, annual reports, studies, reports, and correspondence dating from 1900 to the present. The materials pertain to Chicago area settlement houses, social work, childcare, public housing, poverty, Jane Addams, and Louise de Koven Bowen.

Chicago Great Lakes Underground Press collection

This collection began during the first annual Underground Press Conference in Chicago in August 1994. The initial plan was to build a collection of correspondence and other operational documents of the underground press and zine community in the Midwest. However, due to the informal nature of many underground presses, the original objectives were redefined to focus on collecting zines only.

Chicago Housing Authority development records

Correspondence, legal documents, financial records, research files, newsletters, press releases, newspaper clippings, meeting minutes, maps, transcripts of speeches, and other records of the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA). Most of the materials relate to CHA's city development plans for the placement of public housing, including ordinances, easements, urban renewal studies, and issues in administering the agency. Also present are materials on

Chicago in the Year 2000 (CITY2000) collection

The Chicago in the Year 2000, or CITY2000, was conceived by Lands End founder Gary Comer as a way to capture the city and its citizens on the cusp of a new millennium. Comer hired Rich Cahan from the Chicago Tribune to manage the project, who in turn collaborated with over 200 photographers, videographers, and journalists to document the entire

The Chicago Initiative records

Files of The Chicago Initiative (TCI), a collaborative effort of The Chicago Community Trust, The Human Relations Foundation, and the United Way of Chicago to ease racial and economic tensions in Chicago by developing an agenda for youth and young adults around both educational and employment opportunities. Funded by the above agencies and other foundations, TCI task forces screened grant

The Chicago Maternity Center Story Film Project records

The Chicago Maternity Center Story is a 60 minute 1975 film by Kartemquin Films. For more than 75 years, the Chicago Maternity Center provided safe home deliveries for Chicago mothers. However, when modern medicine's attitude toward home birth changed and funding from Northwestern University declined in 1974, the center was forced to close. This film interweaves the history of the

Chicago Metro Ethics Coalition records

The Chicago Metro Ethics Coalition is a tax-exempt non-partisan organization whose purpose is to monitor Chicago's local government, conduct research into ethical problems, and educate the public about the need for reform. The Chicago Metro Ethics Coalition Records include reports, minutes, memoranda, correspondence, clippings, published articles, copies of Chicago ordinances and other legal documents, financial statements, budgets, policy statements, press

Chicago Normal College records

Chicago Normal College expanded the curriculum of its Normal School predecessors and began attracting students from Chicago’s immigrant communities. During the Depression, however, the school only managed to stay open through a fierce campaign on the part of students and faculty. The collection includes course catalogs, a literary supplement to the student yearbook, a curriculum committee survey, an annual report,

Chicago Normal School records

Chicago Normal School came into existence when the Chicago Board of Education took over the Cook County Normal School in 1896. The institution continued to enjoy an international reputation for progressive education under its principals, Francis Parker, Arnold Tomkins, and Ella Flagg Young. The collection contains course catalogs for much of CNS’s history, photographs, research materials on Ella Flagg Young,

Chicago Old Settlers Social Club record books

Two volumes of club records for a social organization of African Americans who were long-time residents of Chicago. The members book contains alphabetized, handwritten entries for members, including name, address, date of arrival in Chicago, occupation, and death date for participants in the club. Attendance book lists names, year of settlement in Chicago, and date of death (through 1918) for

Chicago photographs from the New American Ghetto archive

Includes the Chicago portion of a larger body of work by Vergara, entitled The New American Ghetto Archive, about some of the poorest and most racially segregated urban communities in the United States. Images include primarily street scenes, views from rooftops, views of buildings, and a few informal portraits of people in several Chicago neighborhoods, primarily African American, including views

Chicago Police Department collection

Personnel registers (3 v.: 1890-1897, 1897-1904, 1904-1910) providing departmental and biographical information on police officers appointed from 1866 to 1910 and one news clipping scrapbook (1 v.) relative to the police and to crime and criminals, 1912-1914. The personnel registers list name, birth date and place, former occupation, date of appointment, resignation, fines, promotions, etc. Entries are arranged by the

Chicago Public Library archives. Branch Annual Reports.

Bound annual reports from various branches of the Chicago Public Libraries. The reports highlight special programming, demographics and user statistics; some are handwritten and include anecdotes from the librarian. "

Chicago Public Library, Carter G. Woodson Regional Library archives

The Carter G. Woodson Regional Library opened December 9, 1975 in a two-story building housing the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature, the largest collection of its kind in the Midwest. A new 11,000 square foot wing was added in 1998 to expand the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection. A Children's Library, Social Sciences, Humanities, Science

Chicago Public Library, George Cleveland Hall Branch Archives

Dr. George Cleveland Hall (February 22, 1864 – June 17, 1930) Dr. George Cleveland Hall, physician and humanitarian, was born on February 22, 1864 to James W. and Emmaline Buck Hall in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Hall received his primary and secondary education in Ypsilanti public schools. In 1882 he matriculated at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, from which he graduated with honors

Chicago Public Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection archives

The archives of the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature document the collection’s history after it moved to Carter G. Woodson Regional Library in 1975.

Chicago Public School Teachers oral histories

Project focuses of impact of the Daley Era (1945-1980) on public schools; oral histories of teachers and former students.

Chicago Reader Artwork Collection

Original works by various artists commissioned for the Chicago Reader alternative weekly newspaper.

Chicago Reader Photographs: News Collection

Photographs used to accompany front page and other feature stories in the Chicago Reader alternative weekly newspaper, as well as the columns Calendar, Hot Type, Neighborhood News, Our Town, TheWorks, and Chicago Anti-Social.

Chicago Reader Photographs: Performance Collection

Publicity and live photographs of Midwest area dance, drama, comedy, and music performers and performances from the files of the Chicago Reader weekly newspaper.