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Booker T. Washington Progressive Club album

Richard Henry Williamson (1865 - 1953) was a retired railroad porter who founded the Booker T. Washington Progressive Club in 1936 based on a dream of promoting equality and goodwill between all people in the North Shore area. The Zion civic and social organization, named for the founder of the Tuskegee Institute, was a primarily black organization that was active

Curt Teich Postcard archives

Curt Teich (1877-1974) was a printer who immigrated to the United States from Lobenstein, Germany in 1896. Curt Teich & Company opened in January 1898 in Chicago, Illinois and closed in 1978. The Teich Company was the world's largest printer of view and advertising postcards. Teich is best known for its ""Greetings From"" postcards with their big letters, vivid colors,

Eleanor Page papers

Correspondence, newsclippings, and drafts of some newspaper columns of Eleanor Page Voysey, Society Editor for the Chicago Tribune (under the name "Eleanor Page"). Most of the material consists of information gathered by her in the late 1960s/early 1970s, while she was preparing columns about African American high society in Chicago and about "The Star-Spangled Banner." Other topics include architecturally significant

Evanston-Area Lifestyle Publications Collection

The Evanston-area Lifestyle Publications collection is comprised of issues of local interest magazines, Exposure and What's Happening. Published monthly, these publications report on community happenings, local activities, music, church, and business news.

Harper Family Collection

Eunice Harper Winston married William Harper and had three daughters, Effie, Carrie, and Sarah, before moving to Evanston, IL. Effie married Fred Brooks and had two sons, Fred Jr. and Lawrence (Larry). The Harper Family Collection consists of correspondence, figure drawings, photographs, wedding invitations, memorial folders, a beauty culturist license, business cards, a book of parables, and several yearbooks.

Horace S. Graves, Jr. Papers

The Horace S. Graves, Jr. (1897-1981) papers are comprised of materials documenting Horace S. Graves, Jr., who was an African-American funeral director, real estate agent, and insurance salesman in Evanston, Illinois. He was an active member of several organizations including: Ebenezer A.M.E. Church, Norshore Twelve, Inc., and the American Legion. The collection material dates from 1923 to 1981 and focuses

Iroquois League collection

Founded in 1917 by Mrs. Eva Rouse and a small group of women, the Iroquois League sought to provide “a safe, supervised and economical home for Negro working girls.” The home, later called the North Shore Community House, was opened in 1924 on the corner of Garrett and Ridge Avenue and despite financial hardships through 1927, by 1929 the League

John H. Young Photograph Collection

The John H. Young Photograph Collection includes photographs related to the papers of John H. Young, an African-American born in Georgia who lived in Chicago at 3024 South Ellis Avenue. Images include a portrait of a young African-American man (probably Young) and several unidentifed group portraits of African-Americans, including a church congregation, a school group, and a large group of

Josie Brown Childs papers

The Josie Brown Childs papers consist of materials from Childs’ political career. The collection specifically includes her work on the Mayor’s Office of Special Events especially under Mayor Harold Washington; newspaper clippings about Chicago politics, Childs’ professional and personal correspondence, and materials from events she planned, such as the Great Lakes Experience Reunion and the Ellington International Conference. Also included

Lawrence Brooks Collection

Larry Brooks is an Evanston photographer and videographer. For more information, see his website:

Lun Ye Crimm Barefield Collection

Lun Ye Crimm Barefield was the College and Career Center Coordinator at Evanston Township High School from 1977 to 2000. Her husband, Morris Barefield, was a math teacher and was the first African-American teacher at New Trier High School. The Lun Ye Crimm Barefield Collection spans from the 1940’s to 2005, and consists of newspaper clippings, historical memorabilia, photographs, and

Norshore Twelve, Inc. Records

The Norshore Twelve, Inc., a social and civic club in Chicagoland's North Shore region, was formed in 1950 and remained active until 1981. The collection consists of newspaper clippings, artifacts, organizational material photographs documenting the activities of North Shore Twelve and the annual Norshore Debutante Cotillion.

Obituary and Funeral Program Collection

The Obituary and Funeral Program collection is comprised of almost 1200 African American obituaries, funeral programs, funeral hymns, and thank you cards and letters from Evanston and the North Shore area. A database of the holdings is available onsite at Shorefront Legacy Center for use by researchers. The materials span from 1941 to 2012.

Oscar DePriest Photograph collection

Portrait and group portrait photographs of Oscar DePriest, African American Congressman from Illinois' 1st District (Chicago's near South Side), and his family. Includes images of DePriest's son Oscar Stanton DePriest as a child and as a teenage member of the Lane Tech City Champs basketball team. Several photographs show a wedding reception, possibly for Oscar Stanton DePriest. Of the people

Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Delta Alpha Boulé Records

Sigma Pi Phi is a post-collegiate African-American fraternity that was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1904. It was the first African-American Greek-lettered organization formed in the United States. The Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Delta Alpha Boulé chapter was founded in Evanston, Illinois in January of 1990 to promote and continue the fraternal philosophy on a local level. This chapter encompassed

Social and Civic Clubs and Organizations Collection

The Social and Civic Clubs and Organizations collection is comprised of files, compiled by Shorefront Legacy Center, documenting the history, events, and members of Illinois' North Shore, African-American clubs and organizations.