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Chicago Defender Archives Individuals Files

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

Eric Werner Photographs

Eric Werner was born in Riverside California, but his family moved to Chicago when he was 3 years old. After serving in Vietnam in the 1970s, Werner came back to follow his lifelong passion for photography, working as a public relations photographer for most of his life. He also documented community organizing and events, and musicians, as well as other

Roland W. Burris papers

Speech transcripts, press clippings, event backgrounders for speaking engagements, and other papers of Roland W. Burris, an Illinois lawyer and politician, who was the first African American elected to state-wide office in Illinois. The speeches were given by Burris at various civic engagements during his tenure as Illinois Comptroller (1979-1991) and Illinois Attorney General (1991-1995). Event backgrounders include preparatory information