Christopher C. Wimbish papers

Descriptive Summary

Christopher C. Wimbish papers
Wimbish, Christopher C., 1895-1962
Daley, Richard J.,1902-1976, Dawson, William L.(William Levi), 1886-1970, Metropolitan Sanitary District of Greater Chicago, American Missionary Association
1 linear ft. (2 boxes)
1 oversize folder.
Material is in English unless otherwise noted.

Scope and Content

Sundry papers including Army bulletins and orders (1917-1918), newsclippings, legal documents and trial transcripts, correspondence, and speeches of Wimbish, an African American lawyer, and his family, most pertaining to his career as a First Lieutenant in the 366th Infantry Brigade, 92nd Division, in Kansas and in France during World War I; Democratic Ward Committeeman in Chicago; Illinois state senator, 1942-1954 (3rd District); and trustee of the Metropolitan Sanitary District of Greater Chicago, 1958-1962. Topics include race relations, Illinois Fair Employment Practices legislation, relationship between military service and voting rights (speech 1942), a political feud with politician William L. Dawson, and defendants' rights in criminal prosecutions. Includes materials by Mayor Richard J. Daley and the Metropolitan Sanitary District. Most material is in chronological order.

Scope and Content

The oversize folder, 1870-1962, contains newspapers, a life membership certificate of Columbus Wimbish in the American Missionary Association, graduation certificate from the Houston Street Public School (Atlanta) 1907, and pictures of Atlanta University and Howard University.

Conditions for Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Preferred Citation

A common citation for archives is as follows: Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Collection title, ID number, Repository name, location.

Custodial History

Gift of Mrs. Christopher C. Wimbish, September 1967 (M1967.0692).

Related Material

Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include approximately 130 related photographs were transferred to the Print & Photographs Collection.. Of these, about 35 are from World War I, approximately 20 are of political or governmental subjects, and the remainder are family photographs and snapshots.

Descriptive inventory available online.

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