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Andrew Paschal papers

Andrew Paschal (1907-1990) was a Chicago-based historian and educator who specialized in social history and the life and work of W.E.B. DuBois. A graduate of Northwestern University’s school of journalism, Paschal wrote for the WPA Illinois Writers’ Project and was published in several newspapers and journals, including the Chicago Defender, Pittsburgh Courier, Crisis, Journal of Negro History, and Chicago Bee.

Bessie Coleman collection

Bessie Coleman, the first African American female pilot to obtain a license. Coleman learned French at a Berlitz school in the Chicago loop, withdrew the savings she had accumulated from her work as a manicurist and the manager of a chili parlor, and with the additional financial support of Abbott and another African American entrepreneur, she set off for Paris

Captain Edward B. Walker papers

Edward Bruce Walker was a veteran and collector of Tuskegee Airmen memorabilia.

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

Charles Dawson papers

Charles Clarence Dawson (1889-1981) was a commercial artist best known for his illustrated advertisements of beauty schools and cosmetic products during the 1920s and 1930s. The Charles Dawson papers spans from 1912-1980, and includes original artwork, unpublished writings, personal correspondence with family members, photographs, and documents pertaining to Dawson’s time as curator of the Museum of Negro Art and Culture

DuSable Museum archival photographs

The museum’s photograph collection includes a variety of clippings, commercial publicity portraits, head shots, and candid photographs of people and events, apparently from individual personal collections, donations to the museum, collecting by museum staff, and museum events themselves. The photographs are in large part identified, and follow two arrangements: some are stored in Hollinger boxes with indexes, and some, all

DuSable Research files

Edith Wilson papers

Highly regarded as a blues singer and vaudeville performer by the 1920s, Edith Wilson went on to perform on radio, television, and as a spokeswoman for the Quaker Oats Company. Wilson was born Edith Goodall on September 2, 1896 in Louisville, Kentucky to Susan Jones and Hundley Goodall. After performing locally in her youth and at Louisville’s Park Theater, Wilson

Friends of Elam Home Foundation records

The Friends of the Elam Home Foundation records spans from 1921-1981, with the bulk of material from 1974-1979. Some documents pertain to the original Melissia (Melissa) Elam Club Home for Working Women and Girls, while the majority of the collection relates to the Friends of the Elam Home Foundation’s efforts to secure landmark status for the Elam Home. In 1923,

Fuqua Family papers

The papers of Carl A. Fuqua, his wife Doris, and Mildred Fuqua Wilson, his sister, are intermixed. Carl Fuqua was ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and served as pastor for five churches in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Detroit, Michigan; South Bend, Indiana; and Chicago. Carl attended Morehouse College, George Williams University, and Garrett Theological Seminary. In the 1960s, he served

Henry Jackson Lewis collection

Henry Jackson Lewis (1837?-1891) was an African American artist who gained notoriety for his political cartoons, the majority of which were published while he worked for The Freeman, in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Henry Jackson Lewis collection spans from 1891-1967, and contains copies of cartoons by Henry Jackson Lewis that were originally drawn during the Reconstruction and post-Reconstruction era, personal material

Hope Dunmore / Old Settlers Social Club Collection

Chicago native Hope Ives Dunmore was a longtime member of the Old Settlers Social Club, an organization founded by prominent members of Chicago's African American community in the early 1900s. She was born circa 1894 in Chicago, Illinois, the eighth of twelve children of Anna Bumbry Dunmore and Robert Dunmore. The Dunmores lived at S. Campbell Avenue on Chicago's South

Joseph W. Rollins, Sr. and Charlemae Rollins Collection

Charlemae Hill Rollins and Joseph Walter Rollins, Sr. were a prominent couple in Chicago's African American community from the 1920s through the 1970s. While Charlemae Rollins is more well-known nationally, Joseph Rollins held a high civic profile through his veterans' activities, and he was frequently noted in society columns in Jet and the Chicago Defender. Charlemae Hill Rollins, librarian, educator,

Langston Hughes Society records

Langston Hughes was an American poet.

Lucy Montgomery papers

Lucy Montgomery (1911-1990) was an activist and philanthropist who supported civil rights and anti-war movements, the arts, and other liberal causes. During the 1960s, Montgomery’s personal financial support helped sustain the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Southern Christian Leadership Council (SCLC), the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, and The Black Panther Party. The Lucy Montgomery papers spans from 1901-1988 with

Metz T.P. Lochard papers

The Metz T.P. Lochard papers span from 1926-1984, with the bulk of material from 1960-1980. Correspondence, drafts of editorials, newspaper clippings, and copies of other publications make up the majority of the papers. The papers reflect Lochard's time as editor-in-chief of The Chicago Defender, a prominent African-American newspaper. Metz T.P. Lochard (1896-1984) studied at the Sorbonne at the University of

Sarah Ozella papers

The collection was donated by Sarah Ozella in effort to preserve documentation on Maudelle Bousfield, the first African American woman teacher/dean/principal of Wendell Phillips HS.

Umbrian Glee Club records

African American choral and musician club in Chicago in the early to mid twentieth century. Organized in 1895 at Bethel AME Church, the legendary men's chorus was a musical icon in Chicago. Throughout its existence, the Umbrian Glee Club was a tradition in Chicago and supported community and musical organizations, as well as provided support and opportunity to aspiring musicians.

Valerie Howell/George Richardson collection

Virginia Julien papers

Virginia Wilson Julien (1916-2007) was a Chicago Public School teacher and Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable scholar. Her research and activism regarding DuSable, the founder of Chicago, helped reestablish his place in Chicago and American history. The papers primarily relate to DuSable and include extensive historical research and original writings by Julien. The papers also provide insight into the efforts of

William "Jack" Marshall papers

African American professional baseball player. (circa 1930s)