Afr. African Americans
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This topic covers manuscript collections that are by or about African Americans or Black people and their histories.
Found in 53 Collections and/or Records:
Alfred Balk papers
Abstract 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 his freelance articles, his books and other writings, together with files...
Dates: 1941-2010; Majority of material found within 1953-1993
Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. ephemera collection
Identifier: Wing oversize-ZP 983-K344
Abstract Posters, paper fans, broadsides, and other ephemera created by Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.
Dates: approximately 1990-2012
Ann Barzel dance research collection
Identifier: Dance-MS-Barzel Research
Abstract 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.
Dates: approximately 1830-2010
Art & Soul Records
Abstract Art & Soul (1968-1969) was a nonprofit workshop and gallery project designed and organized by the Conservative Vice Lords, Inc. in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art. It provided a platform for the West Side community to pursue creative collaboration and arts education. These records include organizational and funding proposals, course materials, photographic copies, slides and DVDs, interview transcripts, and media coverage relating to A&S and the Black Arts Movement.
Dates: 1917-2018; Majority of material found within 1968 - 1992
Benjamin Henry Grierson papers
Abstract Volunteer military officer during the Civil War, organizer of the U.S. Army Tenth Cavalry in 1866, commander of various Western army posts and active in opening the Western frontier until retirement in 1890. Grierson’s papers consist of correspondence (including over a hundred letters to his wife, Alice Kirk Grierson), documents such as orders, reports and maps and other military material, as well as personal miscellany relating to his service in the Western Territories. Microfilm copy...
Blackburn family papers
Abstract Papers of A. B. Blackburn, A. W. Blackburn, W. H. Blackburn of North Carolina, and other family members. Consists of correspondence, journal account book, financial documents, deeds, wills, Civil War documents, and other miscellaneous items.
Carlos W. Colby Papers
Abstract Primarily correspondence (129 letters) of Illinois farmer and Civil War soldier Carlos W. Colby, written between 1862 and 1865, to his sisters, brother, brother-in-law, and niece, plus a dozen Civil War letters written by Colby’s future brother-in-law James Rowe. Also includes Colby’s reminiscences of his boyhood and his service in the 97th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment, some family correspondence, genealogical material and a few photos.
Dates: 1821-1937; Majority of material found within 1861 - 1865
Charles W. Gallentine Letters
Abstract Letters home, 1862-1863, by Charles W. Gallentine of the 7th Illinois Cavalry, from Camp Butler, Springfield, Ill., Jacinto and Corinth, Miss., Memphis and LaGrange, Tenn., and Lawrence Co., Ala., regarding camp life, skirmishes, men killed and wounded, Southern guerillas, northern Copperheads and the draft, Southern plantations and slave attitudes, Union and Confederate prisoners, etc.
Chicago Black Lives Matter protest collection
Abstract Announcements, flyers, artwork, buttons, newsletters, photographs, posters, t-shirts, and other materials collected by various individuals at Chicago protests, 2015-2016, responding to recurring police violence and civil rights violations against black citizens. This documentation was solicited as part of a 2016 Newberry Library exhibition, From Civil War to Civil Rights, and also includes responses to events posted by visitors to the exhibition.
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company records
Abstract Correspondence, reports, maps, blueprints, financial documents, advertising materials, photographs, and other items documenting the history of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company (CB&Q), which existed from 1855 to 1970.
Chicago Children's Choir records
Abstract Records of the Chicago Children’s Choir, now known as Uniting Voices Chicago, documenting the Choir’s history, programs, operations, and growth since its founding by Christopher Moore in 1956 at the First Unitarian Church of Chicago. Includes administrative files, publicity materials, performance and tour records, information about staff and singers, photographs, and audiovisual recordings.
Dates: 1944-2008; Majority of material found within 1956-1998
Chicago Reader records
Identifier: Midwest-MS-Chicago Reader R
Abstract Original copy of articles, legal files, miscellaneous administrative files, and unsolicited manuscripts of the Chicago Reader alternative weekly newspaper.
Contract Buyers' League interview and meeting sound recordings
Abstract 39 reel-to-reel tapes (plus digitized (MP3) copies), containing interviews conducted by Jeffrey FitzGerald with Contract Buyers' League members, lawyers, and supporters, together with recordings of group meetings in Woodlawn, 1969-1971.
Daniel Lyman Chandler Papers
Abstract Twelve letters of New Englander Daniel Lyman Chandler from Chicago, Illinois, and Ogden, Kansas, to his relatives,1855-1863, which describe life in Chicago and in the Kansas Territory. Also, two other letters from his nephew John and a woman named Elisabeth Hewins.
Dill Pickle Club records
Identifier: Midwest-MS-Dill Pickle
Abstract Miscellaneous material relating to the Dill Pickle Club of Chicago, Illinois (1916-ca.1933) and its leading founder, John (Jack) Jones. The bulk of the collection, most of which was removed from two scrapbooks, consists of handbills, fliers, programs and posters announcing and advertising numerous lectures, readings, parties, plays and other regular activities. Also includes art work, business and membership items, clippings, a few letters, photographs, poetry and Jack Jones memorabilia.
Dates: 1906-1941; Majority of material found within 1915-1935
Abstract Chicago performer and instructor in dance and exercise. Djalaal has studied Middle Eastern, Indian, North African, modern, flamenco and other exotic dance forms, and for thirty years has been teaching belly dancing at area colleges and cultural organizations. Small collection consists of advertising and publicity items, clippings, photographs, programs, and a few of her writings.
E. Winston and Ina D. Williams NAACP Papers
Abstract Papers of Chicago NAACP and labor union leader E. Winston Williams, who served as president of the Chicago Southside NAACP chapter from 1971-1974. Papers also reflect activities of Ina D. Williams (wife of E. Winston Williams), who played an integral behind-the-scenes role in Williams' administration. Collection includes photographs, clippings, programs, brochures, and correspondence documenting the activities of the NAACP chapter and Williams’s involvement with Chicago labor unions.
Dates: 1940s-1986; Majority of material found within 1957 - 1986
Edgar McLean Papers
Abstract Correspondence, writings, and official military documents of 1st Lieutenant Edgar McLean. McLean fought for the Union in the Civil War with the 122nd Illinois Regiment, and then became a Lieutenant in the 110th U.S. Colored Infantry. Most correspondence was written by Edgar McLean’s mother and other relatives to him during his service.
Edith Shaw family and Provident Hospital photo album
Abstract Photograph album of Chicago nurse Edith A. Shaw (1910-1993), an African American woman who resided on the South Side of Chicago. Shaw graduated from Provident Hospital's nursing student program in 1932. Photographs in the album include her family, her friends and fellow students, nurses and doctors, and some photos taken in and outside of the hospital. Also includes a lot of candid photography at the beach and with friends, along with some formal portraits of her family and from her sister...
Dates: approximately 1923-1943
Elvira Sheridan Badger papers
Abstract Six personal diaries and one diary fragment kept by Elvira Cecelia Sheridan Badger of Kentucky and Illinois, spanning the years 1859 through 1903. Also popular antebellum piano music compiled and bound for Badger before her marriage. Facsimile of notebook kept by Alpheus Shreve Badger about his move to Chicago and the subsequent freedom of his slaves in 1852. Diary entries concern the daily lives of a well-to-do family, including their 1861 move to Chicago, Illinois. Sentiment in Kentucky...
Dates: 1859-approximately 1930; Majority of material found within 1859-1878
Ernest A. Griffin family papers
Identifier: Midwest-MS-Griffin Family
Abstract Papers of family historian Ernest A. Griffin, proprietor of the Griffin Funeral Home on Chicago's south side, including family documents, photographs, audio/visual material, genealogical notes, and materials relating to the history of Camp Douglas (on which the funeral home stood) and Charles H. Griffin who served in a colored regiment during the Civil War. Also includes documentation of the funerals of prominent African Americans.
Dates: 1862-2007; Majority of material found within 1910-1995
Eve L. Ewing papers
Abstract Correspondence, works, publicity, biographical material, ephemera, family papers, and photographs of author, poet, and academic Eve L. Ewing.
Everett family papers
Abstract Primarily correspondence of the Everett family, concerning family news and health issues, and also covering abolition, temperance, women's rights, rights of African-Americans, and moral reform. Printing, education, pioneer life, and religion are all discussed within the papers. Papers include materials of Robert Everett, the pastor of Welsh Congregationalist churches in Oneida County, NY, and publisher of Y Cenhadwr Americanaidd (The American Missionary), a...
Dates: 1794-1949; Majority of material found within 1838 - 1927
First Presbyterian Church records
Abstract Parish records, church bulletins and programs, business records, artifacts (including missionary artifacts), etc., of this church founded at Fort Dearborn in 1833 and now in Woodlawn. The congregation has included many prominent Chicago families such as the Shedds, Buckinghams, and Fields, and became one of the first racially integrated congregations in Chicago, in 1953. Also includes information on the Blackstone Rangers, who used to meet in the church in the late 1960s.
Gartz family papers
Identifier: Midwest-MS-Gartz Family
Abstract Diaries, letters, scrapbooks, photographs, financial documents, and some artifacts, art, and audiovisual materials documenting Chicago life from the 1910s through the 1960s and 1970s. The Gartz family settled in West Garfield Park, Chicago, and lived there as the all-white, mostly European immigrant families community changed to an all African American community due to housing discrimination in Chicago. Donor Linda Gartz wrote the book "Redlined: A Memoir of Race, Change, and Fractured...