Bob Crawford Audio Archive collection
University of Illinois at ChicagoSpecial Collections (Richard J.
801 S. MorganChicago, ILUSA
- Repository Number
- Crawford, Bob, WTTW (Television station : Chicago, Ill.)., WBBM (Radio station : Chicago, Ill.)
- Bob Crawford Audio Archive collection
- 1968-2004, bulk 1970-2001
- 11.5 linear feet. 14 FH [full Hollinger]; 6 HH [half-Hollinger]; 1 OH [oversize Hollinger]; 3 AB [artifact boxes]; and 2 OF [oversized flat boxes]
- The Bob Crawford Audio Archive collection consists of roughly a hundred tapes of interviews, radio programs and City Council proceedings collected from about 1970 to 2001 by Bob Crawford of Chicago's WBBM radio station. The collection includes more than 2,100 sound clips from Chicago mayors and other politicians or public figures in Chicago.
- Language of the Material
Technical Requirements: CD-ROM player required to play use copies.
Both originals and duplicative copies.
Bob Crawford (Robert P. Crawford) covered Chicago politics for local radio station WBBM-AM for over forty years. Crawford attended the University of Illinois, and earned his journalism degree in 1959. He began his work in the broadcast industry working for WILL, WPGU Radio and WCIA-TV. He began working for WBBM in 1968, and remained there until 2001. He is perhaps best known for WBBM's public affairs program "At Issue." He recieved a number of awards during his career, including being inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame in 1995.
As WBBM's political editor and Chicago City Hall reporter, Crawford's coverage of Chicago politics spanned six mayoral administrations and included the many achievements and scandals of Chicago's City Council. He also covered a number of national stories, including a stint with CBS in 1980 covering the end of the Iranian hostage crisis and the transition between the Carter and Reagan administrations. Even after his retirement, Crawford continues to appear on the local media, providing local political analysis for outlets including WBBM, Chicago Public Radio, and WTTW.
Scope and Content
The Bob Crawford Audio Archive consists of more than 58 hours of audio clilps from Bob Crawford's news programs on WBBM radio and from the show "At Issue," which Crawford hosted.
The audio spans span almost thirty years of Chicago political history, roughly from about 1968 to 2001. The collection includes interviews and audio clips with Chicago mayors Richard J. Daley, Michael Bilandic, Jane Byrne, Harold Washington, Eugene Sawyer, and Richard M. Daley. It also includes interviews and audio clips with a number of other local, state, and national political figures.
A separate spreadsheet describes and summarizes the content of most of the audio clips. Those descriptions and summaries were all written by Bob Crawford, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the University of Illinois Chicago Library.
This collection is arranged in three series. Series 1 contains extensive audio clips from six Chicago mayors and audio clips from a number of other politicians and public figures, most of whom were based in Chicago. Series 2 includes a number of audio recordings of episodes of "At Issue," a show that Crawford hosted for WBBM radio. Series 3 contains material about Crawford.
Series 1: Audio clips, 1968-2001, bulk 1970-2001. Subseries 1: Richard J. Daley, circa 1968-1976, bulk 1970-1976; Subseries 2: Michael Bilandic, 1979; Subseries 3: Jane Byrne, 1979-1988, bulk 1979-1983; Subseries 4: Harold Washington, 1983-1987; Subseries 5: Eugene Sawyer, 1987-1989; Subseries 6: Richard M. Daley, 1982-2001; Subseries 7: Politicians and other public figures, circa 1970s-2001
Series 2: "At Issue" episodes, circa 1990s
Series 3: Materials about Bob Crawford, 2004
Access restrictions -- Available without restriction.
Use Restrictions -- Use copies. This collection contains digital materials. Patrons must use media marked as Use Copy. Use Restrictions — Reproductions. This collection requires written Donor permission to reproduce. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Use Restrictions -- Inaccessible media. This collection contains original media materials. Please consult Special Collections staff for use.
Bob Crawford Audio Archive collection (MSCraw04), Special Collections & University Archives, University of Illinois Chicago Library.
Accession No. 2004.002.ms. Acquired 2004-05-01
Released on 2021-08-20.
- Chicago (Ill.) --- Politics and Government
- Politics & Civic Life
- Bilandic, Michael A. (Michael Anthony), 1923-2002
- Byrne, Jane, 1933-2014
- Daley, Richard J., 1902-1976
- Daley, Richard M. (Richard Michael), 1942-
- Sawyer, Eugene, 1934-2008
- Washington, Harold, 1922-1987
- Audio Tapes
- Electronic files
This series contains contains extensive audio clips from six Chicago mayors and audio clips from a number of other politicians and public figures, most of whom were based in Chicago, but some of whom were of national or international importance. This series has seven subseries:
Series 1, subseries 1: Richard J. Daley, circa 1968-1976
Series 1, subseries 2: Michael Bilandic, 1979
Series 1, subseries 3: Jane Byrne, 1979-1988, bulk 1979-1983
Series 1, subseries 4: Harold Washington, 1983-1987
Series 1, subseries 5: Eugene Sawyer, 1987-1989
Series 1, subseries 6: Richard M. Daley, 1982-2001
Series 1, subseries 7: Politicians and other public figures, circa 1970s-2001
This series contains episodes of the "At Issue" program at WBBM radio, Chicago. Bob Crawford hosted this program.
This series contains materials about Bob Crawford.