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Ada Williams Letters collection

Andrew Paschal papers

Andrew Paschal (1907-1990) was a Chicago-based historian and educator who specialized in social history and the life and work of W.E.B. DuBois. A graduate of Northwestern University’s school of journalism, Paschal wrote for the WPA Illinois Writers’ Project and was published in several newspapers and journals, including the Chicago Defender, Pittsburgh Courier, Crisis, Journal of Negro History, and Chicago Bee.

Bessie Coleman collection

Bessie Coleman, the first African American female pilot to obtain a license. Coleman learned French at a Berlitz school in the Chicago loop, withdrew the savings she had accumulated from her work as a manicurist and the manager of a chili parlor, and with the additional financial support of Abbott and another African American entrepreneur, she set off for Paris

Captain Edward B. Walker papers

Edward Bruce Walker was a veteran and collector of Tuskegee Airmen memorabilia.

Captain Harry Dean papers

The Captain Harry Dean papers spans from 1817-1973 with the bulk of material from 1909-1934. Dean was an African-American sailor who supported the Pan-Africanism movement. Dean spent the majority of his adolescent and adult years sailing throughout Europe and Africa. In 1900, he purchased a ship, “The Pedro Gorino,” which he captained before coming back to America, circa 1920. The

Captain William Russell papers

Charles A. and Eula C. Wilson papers

Charles Burroughs papers

In 1959, teachers Margaret and Charles Burroughs founded what was to become the DuSable Museum of African-American History in their residence at 3806 S. Michigan Ave. Called the Ebony Museum of Negro History and Art, it started out with 100 items. In 1973, the museum moved to its current location, the former administration building of Washington Park at 740 E.

Charles Dawson papers

Charles Clarence Dawson (1889-1981) was a commercial artist best known for his illustrated advertisements of beauty schools and cosmetic products during the 1920s and 1930s. The Charles Dawson papers spans from 1912-1980, and includes original artwork, unpublished writings, personal correspondence with family members, photographs, and documents pertaining to Dawson’s time as curator of the Museum of Negro Art and Culture

Clarence Markham and "The New Negro Traveler" records

African American travel writer. Founded the Travelers Research Publishing Company of Chicago.

Corrine Brown papers

Corrine Brown was an African American business woman in the Bronzeville neighborhood in Chicago.

Dr. Fouche collection

DuSable Museum archival photographs

The museum’s photograph collection includes a variety of clippings, commercial publicity portraits, head shots, and candid photographs of people and events, apparently from individual personal collections, donations to the museum, collecting by museum staff, and museum events themselves. The photographs are in large part identified, and follow two arrangements: some are stored in Hollinger boxes with indexes, and some, all

DuSable Museum Heritage and History collection

Collection consists of various documents about the founding and early days of DuSable Museum including annual reports, board meetings minutes and exhibit information.

DuSable Museum of African American History Moving Image Collection

The DuSable Museum of African American History Moving Image Collection consists of both items that pertain in particular to the museum itself (its history and productions) and items that were donated and collected for their greater relevance to African American history. For this reason, the collection is divided into two series, the Moving Image Archive and the Moving Image Library,

DuSable Research files

Edith Wilson papers

Highly regarded as a blues singer and vaudeville performer by the 1920s, Edith Wilson went on to perform on radio, television, and as a spokeswoman for the Quaker Oats Company. Wilson was born Edith Goodall on September 2, 1896 in Louisville, Kentucky to Susan Jones and Hundley Goodall. After performing locally in her youth and at Louisville’s Park Theater, Wilson

Eugene Feldman papers

Eugene Pieter Romayn Feldman (1915-1987) was one of the founders of the DuSable Museum of African American History and fulfilled a number of roles in his 26 years at the museum, including Director of Research and Publications, Public Relations Officer, and Chief Archivist. The Eugene Feldman papers span from 1942-2002 with the bulk of material from 1969-1986. The papers provide

Eugene Winslow papers

Eugene Winslow was born on Nov. 17, 1919. He attended Froebel High School in Gary, Indiana and received a B.A. degree from Dillard University in New Orleans in 1943. Winslow graduated from the TAAF School in Tuskegee, Alabama during World War II attaining the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. He later served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve attaining the rank

Frank Marshall Davis Collection

Frank Marshall Davis (1905-1987) was a prominent poet and journalist who lived in Chicago, Kansas, and Atlanta during the 1930s and 1940s before moving to Hawaii in 1948. Author of three major volumes of poetry, Black Man’s Verse (1935), I Am the American Negro (1937), and 47th Street (1948), Davis was also an active journalist in Chicago and Atlanta; he

Fred Wall collection

Fred Wall joined the staff of the Chicago Courier in 1959 and became Editor and Publisher in 1968. The Courier was the largest weekly at the time of his death in 1973, with a circulation of 32,000. He served as Associate Pastor at Progressive Baptist Church and was former secretary to Rep. William L. Dawson (D., Ill.). He was a

Friends of Elam Home Foundation records

The Friends of the Elam Home Foundation records spans from 1921-1981, with the bulk of material from 1974-1979. Some documents pertain to the original Melissia (Melissa) Elam Club Home for Working Women and Girls, while the majority of the collection relates to the Friends of the Elam Home Foundation’s efforts to secure landmark status for the Elam Home. In 1923,

Fuqua Family papers

The papers of Carl A. Fuqua, his wife Doris, and Mildred Fuqua Wilson, his sister, are intermixed. Carl Fuqua was ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and served as pastor for five churches in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Detroit, Michigan; South Bend, Indiana; and Chicago. Carl attended Morehouse College, George Williams University, and Garrett Theological Seminary. In the 1960s, he served

Gerard Lew papers

Gerald Lew was the first board president the of DuSable Museum.

Harry O. Abbott papers

Served as George W. Carver’s traveling secretary in the 1930s (until he left for Chicago in 1937). Carver wrote Abbott extensively until his death.