The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Chicago Public Library. Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection
9525 S. Halsted Street
Email: [email protected]
Repository URL: http://www.chipublib.org/branch/details/library/woodson-regional/p/FeatHarsh/
Repository code: ic
Repository description (CRHP): The Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature includes many sound recordings and other materials related to the civil rights movement; some holdings are currently being processed.
Repository description (extant): The largest African American history and literature collection in the Midwest, the Harsh Collection contains a wealth of precious documentation of the Black experience.
The strength of the collection is concentrated in African American history in Illinois. Special bibliographies have been prepared to assist researchers with many topics. Its holdings include:
* 70,000 books, many of them rare
* 500 periodical titles, current and retrospective
* 75 microfilm research collections, totaling over 5000 reels, bringing together the most significant primary source materials from other Black Studies research collections across the country.
Among the most significant and unique materials at the Harsh Research Collection are its manuscript holdings.
Repository type: Public Library
Barbara E. Allen papers
Timuel D. Black papers
Horace Cayton papers
Chicago SNCC history project archives
David Kellum papers
Myrtis Minor papers
Nannie Pinkney papers
Victoria Starr papers
Charles Walton papers
Rita Coburn Whack papers