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Arthur W. Mitchell papers

Correspondence, speeches, newsclippings, and other papers of Mitchell, who served as U.S. Congressman from the First Congressional District, Chicago (Ill.), 1935-1943. Mitchell was the first African American Democrat to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, and his papers contain many incoming letters from throughout the country on racial issues. Additional topics include Mitchell's election campaigns against Oscar DePriest and

Betty Brown Chappell interviews of Chicago politicians and officials

Typed transcripts of interviews conducted by Betty Brown Chappell (Ph.D. candidate, University of Chicago) with notable Chicago aldermen and other public officials relating to her dissertation topic, "The Black Movement Model of Mayoral Leadership."

Christopher C. Wimbish papers

Sundry papers including Army bulletins and orders (1917-1918), newsclippings, legal documents and trial transcripts, correspondence, and speeches of Wimbish, an African American lawyer, and his family, most pertaining to his career as a First Lieutenant in the 366th Infantry Brigade, 92nd Division, in Kansas and in France during World War I; Democratic Ward Committeeman in Chicago; Illinois state senator, 1942-1954

Claude M. Lightfoot papers

Correspondence, speech and manuscript notes and drafts, publicity information, reviews of his books, and news clippings, drafts and copies of Lightfoot's newspaper columns in the Chicago Courier, award certificates, and other papers of Claude M. Lightfoot, an African American author, Chicago resident, political candidate, and member of the Communist Party U.S.A.'s national committee. Topics are court actions against him relating

Harold F. Gosnell papers

Clippings, correspondence, statistics, reports, ballots, brochures, and other research files of Harold Foote Gosnell, a political scientist working at the University of Chicago during his early career. In the 1920s and 1930s Gosnell applied experimental and statistical methods to the study of political behavior, particularly voter turnout, African-American politics, and Chicago's Democratic machine. Also included are files on politicians, such

Interviews about Arthur W. Mitchell

Interviews relating to the life and career of Chicago resident Arthur W. Mitchell, U.S. Congressman from Illinois (Democrat, 1st Congressional district, Chicago (Ill.), 1935-1943) and a prominent African American leader.

William L. Dawson papers

Correspondence, speeches, newspaper clippings, press releases, testimonials, and other papers relating to the career of William L. Dawson, a Chicago (Ill.) lawyer, alderman of the 2nd Ward, and U.S. Congressman (Democrat from the 1st District of Illinois; 1943-1970). He succeeded Arthur W. Mitchell as the second African American Democrat to represent the 1st District. Collection includes some material on the