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Academic Affairs

The Academic Affairs department handles all student organizations concerned with academic life at Chicago State University.

Alice D. Clark Collection

Alice D. Clark was an instructor at Cook County Normal School.

Board of Trustees records

The Board's primary objective is to commence service in the public interest to promote and foster the ability of the University to offer courses of instruction, conduct research and offer public services as are now provided and may be prescribed in the future by the Board and to promote and foster the general welfare of the university, students, faculty, and

The Book Circle records

The Book Circle was a reading group organized by African-American women on the South Side of Chicago to “boost morale” during World War II. The group continued to meet on a monthly basis over the next fifty years. The collection includes meeting minutes, photographs, scrapbooks, and constitutions.

Chicago Normal College records

Chicago Normal College expanded the curriculum of its Normal School predecessors and began attracting students from Chicago’s immigrant communities. During the Depression, however, the school only managed to stay open through a fierce campaign on the part of students and faculty. The collection includes course catalogs, a literary supplement to the student yearbook, a curriculum committee survey, an annual report,

Chicago Normal School records

Chicago Normal School came into existence when the Chicago Board of Education took over the Cook County Normal School in 1896. The institution continued to enjoy an international reputation for progressive education under its principals, Francis Parker, Arnold Tomkins, and Ella Flagg Young. The collection contains course catalogs for much of CNS’s history, photographs, research materials on Ella Flagg Young,

Chicago Renaissance: A Festival Celebrating African American Art

The collection consists of photographs, newspapers, memorabilia such as post cards, flyers and posters; administrative papers, and correspondence regarding the development of the Chicago Renaissance Art Festivals.

Chicago Teachers College Records

Chicago Teachers College came into existence in 1938 under the leadership of a new president, John A. Bartky. It recently had adopted a four-year curriculum, completing the transition from school to college. Bartky had ambitious plans for invigorating instruction by a new commitment to the liberal arts and a doubling of the time devoted to practice teaching. In addition a

Cook County Normal School records

Cook County Normal School was a teacher training institute designed to serve the Cook County school system. Under the leadership of Francis W. Parker it developed in the 1880s and 90s into a leading center of progressive education. The collection includes catalogs, school reports, speeches, a grade ledger, and alumni information.

CSC Oral History Research Program papers

The CSC Oral History Project conducted a Chicago-wide oral history program in the late 1960s. The collection is composed of tapes, transcripts, and preliminary research and contact information.

Elsie V. Parker Collection

Elsie Parker was a philanthropist and businesswoman active in the Chicago area. After a twenty-year career in the beauty salon industry, she became vice-president of the Parker House Sausage Company, which was founded by her husband, Judge Henry Parker. She worked with many organizations in the Chicago area, including the Lyric Opera, NAACP, the Urban League, Children’s Home and Aid

Emil Jones Papers

Emil Jones, Jr. has had a long career in Illinois politics, first on the 1960 John F. Kennedy presidential campaign, followed by working with a Chicago alderman and work as a sewer inspector. He was elected to the Illinois General Assembly in 1973, serving in the Illinois House of Representatives until 1983. During his time as a State Representative, Jones

Faculty Governance

The Faculty Governance record group covers the activities of the CSU Faculty Senate and other related organizations. The CSU Faculty Senate is charged with presenting faculty issues and recommendations to the University on all matters affecting the academic functions of the University and the general welfare of the University.

Fritz Veit Papers

Fritz Veit was born Siegfried Fritz Veit on September 17, 1907 in Emmeringen, Germany. When the Nazis came to power he fled Germany, settling for two years in Paris before reaching the United States in 1935. After working for several years at the University of Chicago as Social Science Librarian and Acting Law Librarian, he became Director of Libraries at

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 Commission on the 50th Anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education records

These records detail the planning and execution of the Commemorative Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Topeka Board of Education on May 17, 2004, hosted by Chicago State University. The collection includes financial records, programs, research notes, newspaper clippings, two CDs and a computer hard drive.

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

Illinois Legislative Black Caucus records

The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus advocates for the interests of African Americans and other minorities in the Illinois General Assembly. This collection includes official papers produced and collected by the Caucus, particularly from the 1980's and early 1990's.

Kimberly A. Lightford papers

Kimberly A. Lightford is 4th District Senator in the Illinois General Assembly, serving from 1998 to the present.

Lovana "Lou" Jones Papers

Louvana Jones served as Illinois State Representative from 1987 to 2006.

Margaret Smith Papers

Margaret Smith served in the Illinois State Legislature from 1981 until 2002. She was known as a staunch defender of the rights of women, children, the elderly, the poor, and the incarcerated. Smith was born September 25, 1922 in Tennessee. She attended DuSable High School in Chicago and she studied commerce at Tennessee State University. Margaret Smith’s early career was

Margaret Smith Papers, Addendum

Margaret Smith served in the Illinois State Legislature from 1981 until 2002. She was known as a staunch defender of the rights of women, children, the elderly, the poor, and the incarcerated. Smith was born September 25, 1922 in Tennessee. She attended DuSable High School in Chicago and she studied commerce at Tennessee State University. Margaret Smith’s early career was

Office of the President records

The Office of the President collection contains the records of the past seven presidents of Chicago State University: Milton Bruce Byrd, 1966-1974 Benjamin H. Alexander, 1974-1982, 7 folders George Edward Ayers, 1982-1989, 2 folders Harold Delaney, 1982-1990, 1 folder Dolores E. Cross, 1990-1997, 5 folders Avan, Billimoria, 1997-1998 Elnora D. Daniels, 1998-2008, 10 binders

Paul L. Williams papers

Paul L. Williams, Jr. is former Illinois State Senator from the 24th district, who retired from politics in 1992. Williams is a graduate of Chicago State University, and successful lawyer in private practice. Williams represented the Illinois Association of Realtors as a lobbyist for 8 years. He also represented the Chicago Real Estate Board, the Greater South Suburban Board of

Phi Delta Kappa records

Phi Delta Kappa is an international association for professional educators with more than 35,000 members and 250 local chapters. The collection consists of meeting minutes, handbooks, newsletters, photographs, and other official records from the CSU chapter.