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"Us and them" : the changing boundaries of acceptance and exclusion for incoming ethnic, religious, and racial groups in Rockford, Illinois, 1880-1933
The dissertation centers on the ethnic, racial, and religious history of Rockford, Illinois in an attempt to broaden knowledge of ethnic interaction and identity formation. This project examines the major ethnic and racial groups—Irish, Swedes, Italians, and African-Americans—that came to Rockford during these years. It explores the groups' interaction with each other, each group's acceptance by the larger community, the
5 Girls Film Project records
5 Girls is a 120-minute 2001 film directed by Maria Finitzo and produced by Kartemquin Films. For two years, filmmaker Maria Finitzo followed five strong young women between the ages of 13 and 17. Unlike the myriad reports, books and ""specials"" that focus on young women as passive and powerless, 5 Girls explores the ways these girls discover the resources
8th Day Center for Justice records
Spurred by a call from the Urban Apostolate of Sisters in Chicago for a center for peace and justice in the city, six Catholic religious communities founded the 8th Day Center for Justice in 1974. These six communities included the Sisters of Mercy, Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Dominicans, Adrian Dominicans, Sisters of Providence, and Sisters of
Abdul Alkalimat papers
Abdul Alkalimat is former director of African American studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Chamaign.
Abraham, Alton. Collection of Sun Ra
Alton Abraham (1927-1999), entrepreneur and hospital technician, was a longtime friend and business associate of Sun Ra (1914-1993), the influential jazz composer and musician. Alton Abraham collected manuscripts, business records, printed ephemera, artifacts, photographs, audio and video recordings, and other documents of his work with Sun Ra. The collection contains textual, graphic, and audio-visual records of the work of Sun
Adlean Harris papers
This collection documents Adlean Harris’ work as a librarian, genealogist, researcher, and astrologer. The Adlean Harris Papers span the years 1876 to 2007 with the bulk of the material ranging from 1970 to 1995.
Africa Embracing Obama Collection
In anticipation of the 2008 U.S. Presidential election, the Herskovits Library began collecting material depicting the African response to Barack Obama's candidacy, Democratic party nomination, and subsequent victory, paralleling their established Realia collection. The collection continues to grow as new materials are collected on an on-going basis. The library engages local dealers, students, and faculty to scout and purchase additions
Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago records
The Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago (AAGHSC) was created to preserve and perpetuate the records of African American history and to encourage the study of African American genealogy. AAGHSC is a volunteer organization whose society members are experts in the field of African American genealogical research. AAGHSC helped family historians overcome challenges in African American ancestry research resulting
The Aldridge Collection consists of materials relating to 19th century African-American tragedian Ira Frederick Aldridge (1807-1867) and his children, mainly his daughter Amanda Christina Elizabeth Aldridge (known as Amanda Ira Aldridge, who composed under the pseudonym Montague Ring; 1866-1956). Included in the collection are correspondence, photographs and engravings, newspaper clippings, musical manuscripts and scores, personal and legal documents, articles, memorabilia,
Alfred Balk Papers
Papers of Iowa-born and Northwestern-educated journalist Alfred Balk, documenting his career, first as a Chicago newswriter for WBBM, reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times and freelance contributor to major national magazines, and later as an editor at the Columbia Journalism Review, World Press Review, Saturday Review, and IEEE Spectrum, and faculty member at Columbia and Syracuse. Includes correspondence, working files for
Alfred Woods papers
Alfred Lloyd Woods was born February 29, 1944 in Pell City, Alabama to Willie Lloyd Woods and Mary Louis Wrencher Woods. He earned his Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Library Information Science from the University of Illinois. Following his graduation in 1972, he worked in the Chicago Public Library in multiple positions. Woods also worked as Executive Director
Alice and Edward "Buzz" Palmer papers
Alice Palmer, an educator and human rights activist, worked in Harold Washington’s campaigns and served as an Illinois State Senator. She was active in Chicago’s civil rights movement of the 1960s, and in international dialogues beginning in the 1980s. Her husband, “Buzz” Palmer, a former police officer, was one of the founders of the Afro-American Patrolmen’s League, and has been
Alice Tregay Papers
Alice Lucille Tregay (Hicks) was born November 14, 1929 in Evanston, Illinois. She is one of three siblings; she has three children with her husband James Tregay, and has six grandchildren. She attending Evanston Township High School and later graduated from Roosevelt University. Throughout her life, Tregay was known as a political activist, advocating for civil rights issues. She worked
Alva Beatrice Maxey-Boyd papers
Alva Beatrice Maxey (1913-2009) was a social worker and educator. This collection is largely representative of Maxey’s educational and work history, especially her time as a Professor of Sociology at Northeastern Illinois University and her work as the Community Organization Director for the Chicago Urban League in the 1950s. Also well represented is Maxey and Charles Boyd’s battle to preserve
American Women Composers Midwest, Inc. (AWCMI) collection
This collection documents the administration, financing, and programming of American Women Composers Midwest, Inc. from its founding meeting in 1982 to 2001. Also included are a small number of documents from 1977 - 1982 relating to the parent national organization. Materials include correspondence, meeting minutes and agendas, reports, incorporation papers, financial records, brochures, press releases, concert programs, published reviews, grant
AMF Midway Postal Retirement Organization archives
The first African Americans allowed to work at Midway Airport’s AMF postal facility founded the AMF Midway Organization in 1991. They worked on trains, distributing mail throughout the Midwest. AMF Midway Postal Retirement Organization Archives include materials relating to the experience of AMF Midway (PTS)’s employees and the formation and history of AMF Midway Organization.
Amina Wadud papers
In 1972, American born Mary Teasley converted to Islam and by 1974 her name was officially changed to Amina Wadud to reflect her chosen religious affiliation. Coinciding with her conversion, was a shift in her university studies from education to Islam. Over the next few years, Wadud would become fluent in Arabic and earn her master's and PhD degrees from
Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. Ephemera Collection
Posters, paper fans, broadsides, and other ephemera created by Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.
Angela Jackson (1951- ) Papers
Angela Jackson (1951- ), a member of Northwestern University's class of 1977, is a poet, novelist, playwright, and biographer. Her papers span the years 1966-2018; they contain biographical materials, correspondence, manuscripts, teaching material, and publications.
Ann Barzel Dance Research Collection
Materials collected by dance critic Ann Barzel, documenting the history of dance in Chicago and worldwide. Research collection includes brochures and other publicity, newsclippings, programs, souvenir books, audiovisual material, posters and prints, photographs, scrapbooks, and artifacts.
Ann Brown papers
Ann Brown was a member of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs and longtime member of the Missionary Society of Arnett Chapel A.M.E. Church.
Anna Belle Frazier Papers
Anna Belle Frazier (1918-2005) was an African-American social and civic leader in Evanston, Illinois during the second half of the 20th Century. She was an active member of various organizations such as the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Ebenezer A.M.E Church, Order of the Eastern Star, Norshore 12, and Suburbanites. The bulk of the material comprising the
Anthony Rayson zine collection
Anthony Rayson (b. 1954) is a writer, political activist, and self-described anarchist. Rayson authored the zine Thought Bombs, creates and contributes to numerous other zines, and assists incarcerated people with the publication and distribution of their own zines. Rayson operates South Chicago ABC Zine Distro, a distribution network that provides zines to incarcerated people free-of-charge.
Archibald J. Motley, Jr. papers and photographs
Correspondence, publications, manuscripts, photocopies of sketches and sketchbooks, photographs, sound recordings, and a videocassette related to the life and work of Archibald J. Motley, Jr., a painter known for his portraiture and scenes of urban life. Included are his handwritten manuscript "The Negro in Art," documentation of his numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Foundation grant, items related to exhibitions in
Archives of the South Side Community Art Center
The South Side Community Art Center opened in 1940 and is one of the only surviving community art centers founded through New Deal’s Federal Art Project between 1937 and 1942. In its early years the Center was a hive of activity, as well as a who’s who of the Chicago Renaissance. Federal spending on WPA projects was cut dramatically upon