University of Illinois at Chicago
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Ira Berkow Collection

Born in 1940, Ira Berkow grew up on Chicago's Near West Side. As a teenager, he sold women's nylons and men's belts at various stands in the Maxwell St. marketplace. Upon graduating from Northwestern University's journalism program, Berkow worked as a sports writer for the New York Times. Among other books, he is the author of Maxwell Street: Survival in

Martin Bickham papers

Rev. Martin Hayes Bickham (October 7, 1880 - May, 1976) was a minister, sociologist, civil rights activist, and civil liberties advocate. Martin Bickham's work brought him into a leading role in addressing the issues of his times, including temperance, unemployment, the rights of the disabled, civil rights, and fair housing. He was a member of the Illinois chapter of the