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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

Adlean Harris papers

This collection documents Adlean Harris’ work as a librarian, genealogist, researcher, and astrologer. The Adlean Harris Papers span the years 1876 to 2007 with the bulk of the material ranging from 1970 to 1995.

Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago records

The Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago (AAGHSC) was created to preserve and perpetuate the records of African American history and to encourage the study of African American genealogy. AAGHSC is a volunteer organization whose society members are experts in the field of African American genealogical research. AAGHSC helped family historians overcome challenges in African American ancestry research resulting

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,

Alva Beatrice Maxey-Boyd papers

Alva Beatrice Maxey (1913-2009) was a social worker and educator. This collection is largely representative of Maxey’s educational and work history, especially her time as a Professor of Sociology at Northeastern Illinois University and her work as the Community Organization Director for the Chicago Urban League in the 1950s. Also well represented is Maxey and Charles Boyd’s battle to preserve

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.

Ann Brown papers

Ann Brown was a member of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs and longtime member of the Missionary Society of Arnett Chapel A.M.E. Church.

Archibald J. Motley, Jr. papers and photographs

Correspondence, publications, manuscripts, photocopies of sketches and sketchbooks, photographs, sound recordings, and a videocassette related to the life and work of Archibald J. Motley, Jr., a painter known for his portraiture and scenes of urban life. Included are his handwritten manuscript "The Negro in Art," documentation of his numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Foundation grant, items related to exhibitions in

B.G. Gross, Ph.D., papers

Bethuel “B.G.” Gross’s extensive career spanned both music and psychology. He served as the organist and music director at numerous churches, including the St. James Methodist Church in Chicago and the Baker Memorial United Methodist Church in St. Charles, Illinois. Gross also held positions within university music departments, including the University of Akron, Shurtleff College (Alton, IL), and Loyola University

Beverly-Morgan Park Collection

The Beverly-Morgan Park Collection contains range of manuscript, printed and photographic materials on the development of these adjacent community areas in southwestern Chicago. The documentation includes information on businesses, clubs and organizations, municipal agencies, parks, religious institutions, residences, schools, transportation, and the Village of Morgan Park from its incorporation in 1892 until its annexation to the City of Chicago in

Black Experience at Northwestern

Materials in this expanding collection pertain to the experience of African American students and faculty at Northwestern University. The documents included in this collection are university reports about African American students, articles on race and higher education, reproductions of student newspapers discussing race relations on-campus and materials concerning the 1968 Bursar's Office Takeover. This collection also includes biographical subject files.

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

Charles W. Pierce collection, 1904-2009

Charles Warner Pierce, 1876-1947 is believed to be the first African American to be awarded a B. S. in chemical engineering in the U.S. He received the degree from Armour Institute of Technology (Chicago) in 1901. Armour Institute is a predecessor school of Illinois Institute of Technology.

Chester Commodore Papers

Chester Commodore was one of the most influential and acclaimed African-American cartoonists of the twentieth century. During the nearly 50 years his cartoons appeared in the Chicago Defender, Commodore used his art to advocate for racial justice, human rights, and equality of opportunity.

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 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 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.

Chicago Teachers Union records

The records of the Chicago Teachers Union are primarily textual and include meeting minutes and agendas, correspondence, reports, financial information, contracts, publications, clippings, flyers, scrapbooks, materials for mass distribution, and general office files created by the CTU, the Men’s Teachers Union, the Federation of Women High School Teachers, the Joint Board of Teachers’ Unions and the American Federation of Teachers.

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

Curt Teich Postcard archives

Curt Teich (1877-1974) was a printer who immigrated to the United States from Lobenstein, Germany in 1896. Curt Teich & Company opened in January 1898 in Chicago, Illinois and closed in 1978. The Teich Company was the world's largest printer of view and advertising postcards. Teich is best known for its ""Greetings From"" postcards with their big letters, vivid colors,

Cyrus Colter Papers

Cyrus Colter, a distinguished African-American writer, lawyer and professor, was born on January 8, 1910, in Noblesville, Indiana. Colter was the eldest of two children born to James Alexander Colter and Ethel Marietta Basset Colter, whose families had moved from North Carolina to rural Indiana in the 1830s in search of safe haven. His mother died when he was six

Dempsey Travis papers

Dempsey J. Travis (1920-2009) was an entrepreneur and civil rights activist whose real estate and mortgage businesses helped shape African American communities throughout Chicago during the mid-20th Century. Travis was also a prominent author who wrote about African American history, politics, and music. The papers include writing drafts, transcripts of interviews, and research.

Doris E. Saunders papers

Doris Saunders was born August 8, 1921 in Chicago, Illinois. After graduating from Englewood High School in Chicago, Saunders attended Northwestern University and Central YMCA College in Chicago. In 1941 Saunders took a Chicago Public Library Training Class and began work as a librarian for the Chicago Public Library. She left the Chicago Public Library to start a corporate library

DuSable Research files