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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

Margaret Burroughs Papers

Dr. Margaret Taylor Goss Burroughs (1917-2011) was a prominent African American cultural and community leader. She was an artist, poet, writer, educator, and institution builder, best known for founding the DuSable Museum of African-American History, the Southside Community Arts Center and the National Conference of Artists. The Margaret Burroughs papers span from 1937-2010, and showcase the depth and diversity of