Ira Berkow Collection

Descriptive Summary

Ira Berkow Collection
University of Illinois at Chicago, Special Collections and University Archives Department at the Richard J. Daley Library
3.5 Linear feet
Berkow, Ira

Biographical note

Born in 1940, Ira Berkow grew up on Chicago's Near West Side. As a teenager, he sold women's nylons and men's belts at various stands in the Maxwell St. marketplace. Upon graduating from Northwestern University's journalism program, Berkow worked as a sports writer for the New York Times. Among other books, he is the author of Maxwell Street: Survival in a Bazaar. He was active in the public campaign to save the Maxwell St. Market from demolition.

Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of tapes and transcripts collected for the book, Maxwell Street: Survival in a Bazaar. The interviews pertain to the Maxwell St. Market, the Near West Side neighborhood, Jewish immigrants, sweatshop labor and tenement housing.

Processing Information note

This collection was surveyed as part of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium's Survey Initiative on 2009 November 11 by Andrew Steadham and Lauren Kalal.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Acquired from Ira Berkow.

Conditions Governing Access note

Access to this collection is restricted; please contact the holding institution for details.

Related Archival Materials note

Outside of the repository: Steven Balkin Maxwell Street, Chicago Collection - Chicago State University Library and Information Services Archives and Special Collections.

Within the repository: Maxwell Street Photo Collection

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