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Alice Browning Papers

Alice Browning (née Crolley) was born in 1907 at Provident Hospital in Chicago, the oldest of three siblings. She was an educator and writer, eventually publishing her short stories in newspapers and magazines and founding or co-founding several publications related to African American authors and writing. Browning's papers include correspondence, manuscripts, serials, newsletters, photographs, newspaper clippings, pamphlets and memorabilia.

Danner, Margaret. Papers

Margaret Esse Danner, poet, editorial assistant, and community activist. The Margaret Danner Papers contain drafts, manuscripts, publications, unpublished poems, poetry journals, ephemera, biographical material, correspondence, newspaper articles, cassette tapes, course materials, and interviews. The papers document Danner’s literary career.

Era Bell Thompson papers

Era Bell Thompson, author of American Daughter and Africa, Land of My Fathers, was a pioneering photo-journalist for Ebony and international editor for Johnson Publishing Company for over thirty years. She was also an important figure in the Chicago Renaissance; her ties to the Vivian G. Harsh Collection span nearly 50 years.

Glennette Tilley Turner papers

Autobiographical data sheets, correspondence, newspaper article on the underground railroad, and audio tape of an interview with Ms. Turner, an African American teacher in the Chicago area and author of literature for children and for adults about her research and writing on the underground railroad in Illinois.

Glennette Tilley Turner papers

Glennette Tilley Turner is the leading authority on the Underground Railroad in Illinois. She is the author of African American history books and of books for children.

Heritage Press Archives

Heritage Press, which operated out of London between the years of 1962-1975, was one of the most important publishers of Black poetry of its time. Best known for virtually launching the careers of several important Black poets, the press also published many prominent members of the Black Arts Movement as well as several poets who remain largely unknown today. The

Lori Husband papers

Lori Husband was a leading researcher, teacher and author in the field of African American genealogy. The author of three studies of genealogical information found in the Chicago Defender newspaper, Husband also taught genealogical methodology.

Mildred Johnson papers

Mildred Johnson was an educator, poet, children’s book author, principal of Howalton School (1982-1985), and director of “Say! Children’s Theater.

Val Gray Ward papers

Val Gray Ward is a celebrated actress, director, producer and founder of Chicago-based Kuumba Professional Theatre Company. Her plays have won numerous awards.