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October
24
October
24

Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights papers

Posted under Research by Guest Author

CHM archives and manuscripts intern Matthew Norgard worked with archivist Julie Wroblewski this past summer to process the papers of the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights (CCDBR). In this blog post, he details what he learned about the CCDBR and activism in the city more broadly. Grassroots organizing is once again in More

September
26
September
26

The Sidney R. Yates Papers

Posted under Collections by Guest author

Project archivist Adam Melville worked with CHM archivist Julie Wroblewski as part of his graduate school practicum. In this blog post, he describes how he processed one of our largest acquisitions in recent history. This summer, I received the exciting but daunting opportunity to process the papers of US congressman Sidney R. Yates—a 262-linear-foot collection More

September
07
September
07

The Lois Weisberg Collection

Posted under Research by Guest author

Get to know Chicago cultural maven Lois Weisberg with the contents of her collection in our Research Center. Small only in stature, Lois Weisberg was a big presence in Chicago’s civic and cultural life for seven decades. Everything about her seemed larger than life, including a circle of friends that ran the gamut from comedian More

April
10
April
10

A Tribute from France

Posted under Stories by Olivia Mahoney

Between now and November 11, 2018, we will commemorate the centennial of the United States’ participation in World War I. It was one of the greatest conflicts in human history, claiming more than 17 million lives and leaving more than 20 million wounded. The Great War, as it was called, shattered the illusions of an More

February
02
February
02

Documenting LGBTQ History

Posted under Collections by Guest author

Archives intern Brienne Callahan talks about a newly processed photograph collection that highlights Chicago’s LGBTQ nightlife and rights activism in the 1980s and 1990s. After years of gay rights activism in Chicago, Lee A. Newell II worked as a nightlife photographer for two LGBTQ publications—Chicago’s Windy City Times and the Michigan-based Metra Magazine—between the late More

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