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Abbott-Sengstacke Family Papers
The Abbott-Sengstacke Family papers include materials from Robert Sengstacke Abbott (1868-1940) and John Herman Henry Sengstacke (1912-1997), as well as John’s wife Myrtle Elizabeth Picou Sengstacke (1914-1990). The papers trace the Abbott-Sengstacke family history from the mid-19th century in Georgia through Abbott's move to Chicago and creation of a journalistic empire, to the death of Sengstacke in 1997. Robert S.
Annie Smith photographs of CHA residents
Views of residents of Chicago Housing Authority’s Ida B. Wells, Clarence Darrow, and Madden Park Homes. Includes informal portraits of residents inside and outside their apartments as well as exterior views of the buildings, including scenes of building demolition and residents with Congressman Barack Obama. The artist’s statement as well as detailed descriptions and narratives of the photographs by Smith
Barbara Shepherd papers
Barbara Shepherd worked on the 1940 American Negro Exposition (ANE) held at the Chicago Coliseum. She also served in staff positions in several social service organizations.
Bronzeville/Black Chicagoan Historical Society Collection
The Bronzeville/Black Chicagoan Historical Society was founded in 1999 by a small group of enthusiastic black family history researchers to preserve, protect, collect and perpetuate the records of African Americans who live or lived in Chicago, to recognize the contributions of African Americans who participated in the establishment of Chicago and the surrounding area, and to stimulate interest in the
Changing Chicago Project photographs by Kerry Coppin
Images of the African American experience in Chicago including scenes from the Black Rose luncheon awards, a graduation from South Shore Community Academy, Kocoa's Kitchen (a restaurant at 7822 S. Kenwood), outdoor events such as street fairs and the annual Taste of Chicago, private parties, and receptions at weddings and other events. Also includes portraits of black Chicagoans.
Gads Hill Center visual materials
Visual materials primarily relating to the activities, facilities, and people serving and using the Gads Hill Settlement House. The bulk of the collection consists of images of children of all ages. Many of the photographic prints are small snapshots (3 x 5 in. or smaller). Activities show children in mainly educational and play settings or in groups. Also included are
Grace Mason / Atkinson photograph collection
Grace Mason, a descendant of pioneering Chicago African American photographer Franklin Atkinson Henderson, donated his collection of nearly 100 photo portraits of “prominent Negro Chicagoans.” Photos were created from 1885 to 1915. Many of these photos were exhibited at the 1940 American Negro Exposition.
Honorable R. Eugene and Alzata C. Pincham Collection
The collection consists of well organized and mounted scrapbooks that includes personal materials such as photographs, newsclippings, and memorabilia like post cards, flyers and posters; administrative papers, and correspondence which include correspondence between R. Eugene Pincham and Reverend Jeremiah Wright, former Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ between 1995 and 2002; Pincham and Margaret Taylor Burroughs, educator and artist;
Illinois Committee on Black Concerns in Higher Education records
The Illinois Committee on Black Concerns in Higher Education (ICBCHE) existed from 1982 to 1999, enjoying support from Illinois sources and a HECA grant. The inter-institutional program was hosted by Northeastern Illinois University, and included members from the general public. The purpose of the organization (from its website) is: "... the enhancement of education and employment opportunities for Black people
Industrial Areas Foundation records
Irene McCoy Gaines papers
Correspondence, mimeographed and printed material, certificates, posters, phonograph records of speeches, minutes of meetings and conventions, scrapbooks, and other papers relating to activities of Mrs. Gaines, a leader in local, state, and national organizations of African American club women, Chicago social service organizations, and the Republican Party. Topics include the civil rights movement; her service as president of the National
Jane Dent Home for the Aged records
The Home for Aged and Infirm Colored People was founded in 1893 by Gabriella Knighten Smith, Fannie Mason, and others for the purpose of caring for older African Americans, without regard to creed, who were dependent on the charity of others. Mrs. Jane Dent, who chaired the House Committee for a number of years, donated stock to the Home in
John Anthony Brooks photographs of CHA residents
Photographs of residents of apartments in the Rogers Park community area of Chicago (Ill.) whose rents were subsidized through the Chicago Housing Authority’s Section 8 program, allowing them to relocate from public housing projects that were in the process of being dismantled. Includes informal portraits of people inside their homes, usually posing or interacting with family members.
Lewis, Eva Overton and Julian Herman Lewis, MD, PhD Collection
Julian Herman Lewis (1891-1989) was a pathologist, educator, and author of The Biology of the Negro (1942), a groundbreaking investigation of contemporary scientific data and literature on African-American physiology and pathology that resisted and rebuked scientific notions of racial inferiority. His wife, Eva Overton Lewis (1893-1945), was the daughter of entrepreneur Anthony Overton and a graduate of the University of
Maxwell Street Exhibition photographs
Views of residents of Maxwell Street area of Chicago (Ill.) 1966-1983. Include buyers and sellers at the Maxwell Street market and goods for sale. Also includes unposed views of people dancing, singing, lounging on the streets. James Newberry, photographer.
Morgan Park Co-op Credit Union archives
The Morgan Park Co-op Credit Union, founded in 1940, is the oldest African American credit union in Chicago.
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
Photographs of Maxwell Street Market during its last season at original location
Photographs by Dr. Steven Balkin, showing the last summer season at the original Maxwell Street Market. Images are primarily of vendors at their stands, shoppers, and street musicians playing instruments, photographer Jeffrey Fletcher, and images of Piano C. Red and his Flat Foot Boogie Band. Attached to photographs are excerpts from interviews with their subjects, describing personal experiences at the
Young Men's Christian Association - Duncan Maxwell records
The Young Men's Christian Association, Duncan Maxwell Branch, located at 1012 West Maxwell Street was formed in 1932 when the facility, a dispensary for the Michael Reese Hospital, was given to the Chicago YMCA. The Maxwell Street facility was noted for its open door policy, serving all members of the community regardless of age, religion, race or nationality. The Duncan
Young Men's Christian Association - Wabash Avenue records
The YMCA at 3763 S. Wabash Avenue was designed by Robert C. Berlin and financed primarily by Julius Rosenwald, Chairman of Sears, Roebuck, and Company, who added his funds to those raised by community residents. Completed in 1913, the facility provided housing, education, and vocational training for African Americans emigrating from the South who sought new opportunities in Chicago's growing