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Abbott-Sengstacke Family Papers

The Abbott-Sengstacke Family papers include materials from Robert Sengstacke Abbott (1868-1940) and John Herman Henry Sengstacke (1912-1997), as well as John’s wife Myrtle Elizabeth Picou Sengstacke (1914-1990). The papers trace the Abbott-Sengstacke family history from the mid-19th century in Georgia through Abbott's move to Chicago and creation of a journalistic empire, to the death of Sengstacke in 1997. Robert S.

Abraham, Alton. Collection of Sun Ra

Alton Abraham (1927-1999), entrepreneur and hospital technician, was a longtime friend and business associate of Sun Ra (1914-1993), the influential jazz composer and musician. Alton Abraham collected manuscripts, business records, printed ephemera, artifacts, photographs, audio and video recordings, and other documents of his work with Sun Ra. The collection contains textual, graphic, and audio-visual records of the work of Sun

Aldridge Collection

The Aldridge Collection consists of materials relating to 19th century African-American tragedian Ira Frederick Aldridge (1807-1867) and his children, mainly his daughter Amanda Christina Elizabeth Aldridge (known as Amanda Ira Aldridge, who composed under the pseudonym Montague Ring; 1866-1956). Included in the collection are correspondence, photographs and engravings, newspaper clippings, musical manuscripts and scores, personal and legal documents, articles, memorabilia,

American Civil War Era Sheet Music Collection

Music played an essential role during the American Civil War, both for the soldiers actively fighting and people on the home front. The majority of the sheet music in this collection was published during the American Civil War, by Chicago music publishing companies Root & Cady and H.M. Higgins, featuring composers and lyricists like Henry C. Work and George F.

American Colonization Society records

Correspondence, account sheets, constitution, instructions to agents, letters of introduction from the Board of Managers, and other materials of the American Colonization Society. Topics include the formation of auxiliary societies, importance of suppressing the slave trade, African settlements, fund-raising, and captured Africans recommended to the attention of the society after they have been discharged from the U.S. Correspondents include Dr.

Ann Barzel Dance Research Collection

Materials collected by dance critic Ann Barzel, documenting the history of dance in Chicago and worldwide. Research collection includes brochures and other publicity, newsclippings, programs, souvenir books, audiovisual material, posters and prints, photographs, scrapbooks, and artifacts.

Atkinson family collection of visual materials

Photographs and prints related to Isaac and Emma Atkinson and their descendants, one of the first African-American families to settle in Chicago. Isaac was the son of Richard Atkinson, who emigrated from Scotland to the United States, and Cecilia, a full-blooded Cherokee. Isaac married Emma Jane, who was half African American and half Cherokee, and they came to Chicago in

Austin Community Collection

The collection contains manuscript, print and photographic documentation on demographic, economic, cultural, social, political, and religious development of the Austin neighborhood. The collection contains biographical information on Austin residents, as well as information on businesses, religious institutions clubs and organizations, hospitals, municipal agencies, parks, residences, schools, streets, transportation, and wartime activities.

Barratt O'Hara papers

Barratt O'Hara (1882-1969) enjoyed one of Illinois' longest legislative careers. The collection consists of correspondence, clippings, legal records, congressional resolutions, agendas and minutes, maps, building plans, press releases, poll sheets, poems, sheet music, programs, bibliographies, and photographs.

Black History collection

This collection was assembled from various small manuscript items donated to the UIC Library Special Collections department starting in 1968.

Captain Harry Dean papers

The Captain Harry Dean papers spans from 1817-1973 with the bulk of material from 1909-1934. Dean was an African-American sailor who supported the Pan-Africanism movement. Dean spent the majority of his adolescent and adult years sailing throughout Europe and Africa. In 1900, he purchased a ship, “The Pedro Gorino,” which he captained before coming back to America, circa 1920. The

Carlos W. Colby Papers

Primarily correspondence (129 letters) of Illinois farmer and Civil War soldier Carlos W. Colby, written between 1862 and 1865, to his sisters, brother, brother-in-law, and niece, plus a dozen Civil War letters written by Colby’s future brother-in-law James Rowe. Also includes Colby’s reminiscences of his boyhood and his service in the 97th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment, some family correspondence, genealogical

CARO Photo Archive

The CARO Photo Archive is a collection of still images (with a limited number of videos) created by Cook County Government throughout the 20th century, with some older photos dating back to the 1800s. Many of these photos were collected by or fell into the possession of former Secretary to the Board and County Historian Matthew B. DeLeon. Additionally, he

Chapin Hall for Children records

Correspondence, minutes of meetings, 1867-1958, admission and dismissal ledgers, financial records, case files, and other records of the organization, which provided day-care services for working mothers and served as a temporary shelter for dependent children and as an orphanage. The Chicago Nursery and Half-Orphan Asylum was known since the 1930s as Chapin Hall for Children (the name of its building

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 Teachers' Federation records

Correspondence, minutes of meetings 1898-1966 (incomplete 1906-1920), reports, excerpts of court transcripts, newsclippings, pamphlets, speeches, and other office files, primarily on subjects of interest to teachers. Includes material on the Federation's relationship with organized labor and its membership in the Chicago Federation of Labor (1902-1917); salaries, pensions, tenure protection, educational theory and practice, classroom conditions, discipline problems, double shifts for

Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company Records

Correspondence, reports, maps, blueprints, financial documents, advertising materials, photographs, and other items documenting the history of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company (CB&Q), which existed from 1855 to 1970.

Christopher Robert Reed Papers

Christopher Reed (1942 - ) is an author and historian who specializes in the history of African Americans in Chicago. From 1987 to 2009, he served as a professor at Roosevelt University. Aside from his academic pursuits, Dr. Reed serves on the Commission on Chicago Landmarks and various community organizations on the city’s West Side. The Christopher Reed papers span

Dr. Preston Bradley papers

The collection contains correspondence, diaries, lectures, essays, sermons, minutes, scrapbooks, and clippings as well as published and unpublished writings. Dr. Preston Bradley was the founder of the Peoples Church of Chicago. In 1912, Dr. Bradley withdrew from the Presbyterian ministry to establish an independent church based on a creed of "the Good, the True, and the Beautiful." The Peoples Church

Durrett, Reuben T. Collection. Broadsides, Broadsheets, Pamphlets, and Leaflets

Reuben Thomas Durrett (1824-1913), lawyer, manuscript and book collector, and Kentucky historian. The Reuben T. Durrett Collection of Broadsides, Broadsheets, and Circulars consist primarily of broadsides relating to political issues, national and local elections, and meetings. Also contains business advertisements; announcements for the sale of lands and slaves; and posters relating to church matters, opposition to slavery, speeches, stagecoach fares,

Edwin B. Jourdain Jr. Papers

The Edwin B. Jourdain Jr. Papers spans from 1900-1952. Jourdain Jr. was the first African American to be elected Alderman in Evanston, Illinois, a position he held from 1931-1947. Jourdain was also the state's first African-American Assistant State Superintendent of Public Instruction in Illinois. His father, Edwin Jourdain Sr., was a founding member of the Niagara Movement, a civil rights

Elvira Sheridan Badger Papers

Six personal diaries and one diary fragment kept by Elvira Cecelia Sheridan Badger of Kentucky and Illinois, spanning the years 1859 through 1903. Also popular antebellum piano music compiled and bound for Badger before her marriage. Facsimile of notebook kept by Alpheus Shreve Badger about his move to Chicago and the subsequent freedom of his slaves in 1852. Diary entries

Englewood Community Collection

The collection contains a range of articles, brochures, historical sketches, newsletters, photographs, programs and reports that focus on Englewood's neighborhood events, persons and organizations, particularly during the late 19th century to the early 1960s. Of particular note are the neighborhood photographs and the series devoted to schools in Englewood.

Ernest A. Griffin Family Papers

Papers of family historian Ernest A. Griffin, proprietor of the Griffin Funeral Home on Chicago's south side, including family documents, photographs, audio/visual material, genealogical notes, and materials relating to the history of Camp Douglas (on which the funeral home stood) and Charles H. Griffin who served in a colored regiment during the Civil War. Also includes documentation of the funerals

Eugene Winslow papers

The Eugene Winslow Papers (1851-1994) consist of materials related to Eugene Winslow’s professional life as an artist and in publishing as the Vice President of the Afro-Am Publishing Company. The collection includes newspaper and journal articles, photographs, Winslow’s sketches, and his drafts of biographical summaries for "Great Negroes Past and Present." The collection also includes a small amount of material