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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
Bronzeville Artifacts Grand Theatre tickets, 1950s
Three tickets to the Grand Theatre, 3110 S. State Street, Chicago with face value of 25 cents each. Artifact.
Bronzeville expansion collection, 1950-2017
Materials from a variety of sources and dates documenting the past and present of the African-American neighborhood of Bronzeville, historically known as the Black Metropolis, located on the South Side of Chicago. This collection serve as a drop file of materials not otherwise accessioned and catalogued in the IIT Archives. Contains loose papers and soft cover books. Partial listing of
Bronzeville historic slides, 1950s
A collection of 35 mm black and white slides numbered 1 to 12 (there are 2 copies of slide no. 1 for a total of 13 slides) of street scenes, people and housing in the historically black south Chicago community know as Bronzeville. Images include some interior house scenes and some "projects" (public housing). All of these images were used
Charles A. Sengstock, Jr. papers
Charles A. Sengstock Jr. was an associate in the public relations office for Armour Research Foundation from Feb. 1958 - Feb. 1962. His office was located initially in the "33rd St. apartments" (apparently the Armour Flats building) before moving to the former Arcade building at 10 W. 35th St. (35th and State Sts.) Sengstock had a particular interest in the
Charles Walton Papers
Charles Walton was a jazz drummer, music educator, and author of "Bronzeville Conversations," a research and oral history project that documented the jazz and blues world in Black Chicago. Walton was born in Selma, Alabama and moved to Chicago's South Side as a child. Following high school, Walton joined the United States Navy and later attended Kentucky State College and
Chicago Youth Centers Collection
Chicago Youth Centers (CYC) is Chicago's largest independent, locally based, multi-site youth services organization. It was founded in 1956 by two visionaries, Chicago businessmen Elliott Donnelley and Sidney Epstein, who wanted young people living in poverty to have an alternative to the streets. CYC was born out of three boys' clubs that had fallen on hard times. With the merger
Edward Mochel photographs, 1950-1957
Edward V. Mochel received a B.S. in Chemistry in 1951 and his M. S. in Engineering in 1957. While pursuing graduate work, he lived in Gunsaulus Hall. As an undergraduate, he lived in the Theta Xi Fraternity House. Mochel served as an engineering instructor while at IIT before joining the faculty at the University of Virginia in 1989.
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
Griffin Funeral Home Records
Records of the Griffin Funeral Home, and its predecessor, the Bell Auto & Undertaking Company, which served the African American community in Chicago,1929-2007. Entries contain the decedent's name, address, occupation, physical characteristics, next of kin, date/place of birth, date/place of death, minister's name, and place of burial. Limited information of plot purchasers is also included.
H. Lennart Pearson photographs, 1950-1959
H. Lennart "Len" Pearson is an emeritus faculty member of Illinois Institute of Technology, where he taught in the mathematics department from 1954 - 1994. Pearson also served as Acting Dean (1975 - 1977) and Dean (1988 - 1994) of the graduate school. He served as resident advisor for the IIT dorms (initially Fowler Hall) and became Head Resident Advisor
Harold Bretz Papers and 35 mm slides
Harold Bretz was an Illinois Institute of Technology faculty member, 1957 to 1986 and Associate Dean of the Graduate School, (ca. 1969 – 86). From 1958 – 1963, Bretz acted as Camp Administrator at Camp Armour, IIT’s civil engineering camp on Upper Trout Lake, Wisconsin. He lived in campus faculty housing, apartment 701 Cunningham Hall.
Henry T. Heald, University President's papers, 1920-1953
Henry Townley Heald served as Armour Institute of Technology's president from 1937-1940, and oversaw the consolidation of Armour and Lewis Institute. That merger led to the formation of Illinois Institute of Technology in 1940, with Heald serving as IIT's first president. Heald served until 1952, and under his guidance, IIT evolved from a small engineering school to a significant technology
IIT Campus Aerial photographs, 1940-2002
Aerial photographs of IIT's main campus on South State Street and surrounding neighborhoods. Some photos include the Chicago Loop skyline or Lake Michigan horizon. Photos are in print (generally 8" x 10") format for earlier years and 35mm contact sheets (ca. 24 to 36 images per 8" x 10" sheet), slides, and some photocopies for later years. With few exceptions,
The Illinois Labor History Society Collection
The Illinois Labor History Society (ILHS) was formed on August 5, 1969 in the office of the late Joseph M. Jacobs, attorney for the Chicago Teachers Union, Meatcutters, and other labor organizations. The ILHS supports the preservation of Illinois labor history and works to share this history with researchers, students and the general public through its website, archival collections and
Mellissia Elam-Lauretta Peyton papers
Mellissia Elam came to Chicago in 1876 from Missouri. She established a club home for working girls in 1919; it became a center for social and cultural activities. Ms. Elam belonged to Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church. After her death in 1941, the work at Elam Home was carried on by Lauretta Peyton.
Michael Reese Hospital School of Nursing Student Enrollment Records
Michael Reese Hospital was founded on the near south side of Chicago in 1881 with a mandate to treat patients regardless of race, creed, or nationality. From 1890 to 1981, the hospital operated a training program for nurses. The Michael Reese Hospital School of Nursing Student Enrollment records include student applications for admission, academic records, and photographs. The collection is
Neighborhoods, Keepers of Culture Project video archives
Items collected as part of the ""Neighborhoods, Keepers of Culture Project"" of the Chicago Historical Society, which focused on the following community areas: Near West Side, East Garfield Park, Lower West Side (Pilsen), South Lawndale (Little Village), Rogers Park, West Ridge, and Douglas and Grand Boulevard on the South Side. Items in this collection include video footage used in an
Illinois Institute of Technology was created in 1940 by the merger of two Chicago technical colleges (both opened in the 1890s), Armour Institute of Technology (AIT) and Lewis Institute. IIT continued the engineering, architecture, science, humanities, and home economics programs taught by Armour and Lewis, making higher education available to both men and women. IIT’s student body has always included
Progressive Community Church records, 1948-2018
Progressive Community Center: The People's Church was established in 1922 by the late Reverend Joseph Winters at 56 E. 48th St. in Bronzeville, a historical neighborhood in the Near South Side of Chicago, Illinois. While most notorious for its designation as the declared church home of the late Mayor Harold Washington (served 1983-1987), PCC has been involved in organizing the
Public Relations History of Armour Institute of Technology, Armour Research Foundation, and Keating Hall
The collection documents alumni life and business. A large part of the collection pertains to the "News and Views" alumni publication. Drafts of press releases and articles as well as a large number of photographs. The collection also includes correspondence of "News and Views" publication and the President's Office. A third aspect of the collection was a small but important
Sadie Bruce and Mary Bruce Dance Studio records
Sadie Bruce and her sister, Mary Bruce, each operated their own dance schools in Bronzeville. Sadie Bruce's dance studio was located at 54th and Calumet; Mary Bruce's was at 58th and South Parkway. The schools gave dance and music training to thousands of Bronzeville youth, and helped build public awareness of dance and music in the Black community.
Sherry Williams papers
Sherry Williams is the founder and President of the Bronzeville Historical Society. Sherry Williams papers span from 1935 through 2010 and focuses on Ms. Williams’ personal life and family history.
South Side Redevelopment photographs, 1949-1959
Aerial photographs and photographs of plans and models concerning the post-World War II planned redevelopment of Chicago's South Side. See item listing for description of specific images. Also included are a small number of copies of photographs from other sources.
Southside Community Committee Collection
This collection consists of correspondence between Illinois Institute of Technology Treasurer R.J. Spaeth and Golden B. Darby, Administrative Director of the Southside Community Committee, Inc., concerning the use of the Mecca Building at 3354 S. State St. as a community center, and circumstances concerning termination of the agreement. Also includes the original signed agreement and a 1948 President's Annual Report