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Chase family papers

Repository: Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture. Joel E. Ferris Research Library and Archives

Collection Description (CRHP): Both Mr. and Mrs. Chase were civil rights activists. The collection includes an oral history project on Eleanor Chase by Susan Pearle Beamer from 1989.

Collection Description (Extant): African American family of Spokane, Wash. James E. Chase (1914-1987) was a civic activist, leader in the African American community, businessman, and Mayor of Spokane (1982-1985). His wife Eleanor (b. 1918) was equally involved in the community as a social worker, trustee for both Whitworth College and Eastern Washington University, civic activist, and talented vocalist. Includes newspapers and clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, correspondence, and other memorabilia from their respective involvement. Also includes Eleanor Chase's family photographs and history, plus records of the Pierian Literary Club.

Date(s): 1871-1995

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: Ms 159

Extent: 7 linear ft. (9 boxes)

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Related Archival Items: The library also includes the Carl Maxey papers (MS 173). Maxey was a Spokane African American lawyer, civil rights advocate and politician.

Interviewees: Eleanor Chase

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African American civil rights workers--Washington (State)
African American politicians
African Americans--Civil rights--Washington (State)
African Americans--Education (Higher)
African Americans--Education--Washington (State)
Civil rights movements--Washington (State)
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Spokane (Wash.)
Washington (State)--Politics and government




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