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    Tunnicliff, Rigby, and Staton families papers, 1854-1990 American families living chiefly in West Virginia, Illinois, and Iowa. Correspondence, genealogical material, newspaper clippings, and printed material documenting the families' domestic concerns and activities.
    • Date: 1854
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    J.G. Randall and Ruth Painter Randall papers, 1779-1970 Author, historian, and educator (J. G. Randall). Biographer (Ruth Painter Randall). Correspondence, memoranda, diaries, journal, writings, speeches, research material, printed matter, financial papers, and other papers primarily concerning J. G. Randall's works on Abraham Lincoln and on the Civil War. Also includes material relating to Randall's tenure as professor of history at the University of Illinois and to Ruth Painter Randall's research and writings, ...
    • Contributor: Randall, J. G. (James Garfield) - Randall, J. G.
    • Date: 1779
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    Walter L. Fisher papers, Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available Correspondence, memoranda, letterbooks, minutes, speeches, articles, notes, subject files, Fisher family genealogical material, newspaper clippings, printed matter, scrapbooks, photographs, and other papers relating chiefly to Fisher's service as U.S. secretary of the interior in the William H. Taft administration and to his interest in the municipal affairs of Chicago, Ill. Also documents his work as a member of the U.S. Railroad Securities Commission. Subjects ...
    • Contributor: Fisher, Walter L. (Walter Lowrie)
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    E.B. Washburne papers, Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available Chiefly correspondence documenting Washburne's service as a member of Congress in the Civil War era, 1853-1869, and as minister to France, 1869-1877. Subjects include Whig politics nationally and in Illinois; Washburne's congressional duties, focusing on commerce and appropriations; his support for Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant; Reconstruction; and personal affairs. Other subjects include the U.S. Secretary of State Hamilton Fish; the French minister ...
    • Contributor: Washburne, E. (Elihu Benjamin)
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    Truman K. Gibson papers, circa 1900-1994 Lawyer, business executive, and boxing promoter. Correspondence, memoranda, newspaper clippings, printed matter, photographs, and other papers reflecting the social life of the Gibson family in Chicago, Illinois. Also included in the papers is Gibson's correspondence with his wife, Isabelle Carson Gibson, written while he served as an adviser on African-American affairs to the United States War Department in Washington, D.C., during World War II.
    • Contributor: Gibson, Truman K. (Truman Kella) - Gibson, Truman K.
    • Date: 1900
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    Octave Chanute papers, 1807-1955 Civil engineer and aviation pioneer. The bulk of the collection relates to Chanute's experiments with gliders and his scientific and financial support of aeronautical pioneers. Other papers concern his career as a builder of railroads and his service as chief engineer of the Erie Railroad and railroads in Illinois and Kansas.
    • Contributor: Chanute, Octave
    • Date: 1807
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    Arthur B. Spingarn papers, Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available Correspondence, memoranda, minutes of meetings, wills and estate files, reports, briefs, hearing and trial transcripts, and other papers relating chiefly to Spingarn's service with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) as vice president, chairman of the legal committee, and president (1911-1965). The collection pertains primarily to civil rights issues; financial, legal, and other administrative matters of the NAACP; relations between ...
    • Contributor: Spingarn, Arthur (Arthur Barnett)
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    Mary Church Terrell papers, Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available Correspondence, diaries, speeches, writings, clippings, printed matter, and other papers focusing primarily on Terrell's career as an advocate of women's rights and equal treatment for African Americans. Subjects include women's suffrage; Equal Rights Amendment; education and suffrage for African Americans; desegregation in the District of Columbia; lynching and peonage conditions in the South; progressivism; the campaigns of Presidents Calvin Coolidge, Warren G. Harding, and ...
    • Contributor: Terrell, Mary Church
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    Meg Greenfield papers, 1890-1999 Editor and journalist. Correspondence, speeches and writings, research files, interview transcripts, memoranda, minutes, reports, calendars and schedules, cartoons, financial and legal records, travel files, academic records, biographical material, honors and awards, childhood diaries and writings, family papers, photographs, scrapbooks, printed matter, and electronic files documenting Greenfield's career in journalism.
    • Contributor: Greenfield, Meg
    • Date: 1890
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    Henry Pelham Holmes Bromwell papers, 1794-1929 Lawyer, editor, and U.S. representative from Illinois. Bound correspondence and autographs, financial material, and other papers relating chiefly to Bromwell’s years as U.S. representative from Illinois.
    • Contributor: Bromwell, Henry Pelham Holmes
    • Date: 1794
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    Kendrick-Brooks family papers, 1831-2000 Club women, civil rights activists, educators, entertainers, and family members. Correspondence, social club records, writings, scrapbooks, and miscellaneous papers relating primarily to Ruby Moyse Kendrick's activities with the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs; Hattie Kendrick's civil rights activism in Cairo, Illinois; Antoinette Brooks Mitchell's expatriate life in England and France with her husband, jazz musician and restaurateur Louis A. Mitchell; and Charlotte Kendrick ...
    • Date: 1831
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    Harold L. Ickes papers, 1815-1969 Lawyer and secretary of the interior. Correspondence, diaries, speeches and writings, family papers, legal and financial records, subject files, scrapbooks, and other papers documenting all aspects of Ickes's career, especially his service as secretary of the interior.
    • Contributor: Ickes, Harold L. (Harold Leclair) - Ickes, Harold L.
    • Date: 1815
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    I Feel So Good: The Life & Times of Big Bill Broonzy A major figure in American blues and folk music, Big Bill Broonzy (1903-1958) left his Arkansas Delta home after World War I, headed north, and became the leading Chicago bluesman of the 1930s. His success came as he fused traditional rural blues with the electrified sound that was beginning to emerge in Chicago. This, however, was just one step in his remarkable journey: Big ...
    • Contributor: Riesman, Bob - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 2012-11-16
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    Jesse W. Fell papers, Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available Correspondence, writings, speeches, Fell's autobiography and other biographical material, genealogical material concerning the Brown and Fell families, land grants, ledgers, clippings, scrapbooks, maps, lithographs, photographs, and other papers pertaining primarily to Fell's pursuits as an educator, lawyer, land speculator, newspaper editor, political leader, and Quaker in Illinois. Much of the family correspondence relates to an autobiography of Abraham Lincoln which Fell urged Lincoln to ...
    • Contributor: Fell, Jesse W.
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    Herbert Block papers, Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available Correspondence, speeches, interviews, writings, clippings, cartoon reprints, and printed matter relating chiefly to Block's career as the political cartoonist "Herblock" for the Washington Post and as author of several books. Also documents his work with the Chicago Daily News and the Newspaper Enterprise Association in Cleveland, and his U.S. Army service. Subjects include cartooning, politics, social activities among Washington's political and cultural circles, and ...
    • Contributor: Block, Herbert
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    Arthur B. Spingarn papers, 1850-1968 Civil rights leader and lawyer. Correspondence, memoranda, minutes of meetings, wills and estate files, reports, briefs, hearing and trial transcripts, and other papers relating chiefly to Spingarn's service with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) as vice president, chairman of the legal committee, and president (1911-1965).
    • Contributor: Spingarn, Arthur (Arthur Barnett) - Spingarn, Arthur
    • Date: 1850
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    Herndon-Weik collection of Lincolniana, Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available Collection composed of the papers of Lincoln, Herndon, and Weik, records (1933) of The Weik Manuscript Corporation, and miscellaneous material collected chiefly by Herndon and Weik for use in writing Herndon's Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life (1889). Papers of Abraham Lincoln consist of correspondence (1833-1865), legal documents (1834-1860), scrapbooks (2 volumes, 1850-1860), one of which Lincoln allegedly prepared for use in ...
    • Contributor: Herndon, William Henry - Lincoln, Abraham - Weik, Jesse William
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    Ralph Ellison papers, Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available General correspondence; organizational correspondence and reports; drafts, notes, and production files for novels, essays, poetry, short stories, reviews, and other writings; speeches, lectures, and interviews; reference file; Ellison and McConnell family papers; and other papers documenting Ellison's career and development as a writer. Among the many works represented are Going to the Territory (1985), Invisible Man (1952), and Shadow and Act (1964). Includes material ...
    • Contributor: Ellison, Ralph - Ellison, Fanny McConnell
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    Olmsted Associates records, 1863-1971 Landscape architectural firm. The records include correspondence, letterbooks, memoranda, reports, plans, specifications, newspaper clippings, photographs, drawings, journals, account books, ledgers, lists, diagrams, blueprints, deeds, and printed matter constituting the business files of the firm and reflecting the breadth of the projects undertaken by its staff. A small group of Olmsted family papers is also contained in the collection.
    • Contributor: Olmsted Associates
    • Date: 1863
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    Octave Chanute papers, Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available Correspondence, letterbooks, notebooks, articles, family papers, patents, kite diagrams, sketches, plans of Chanute's railroad bridge across the Missouri River, clippings, and photographs. The bulk of the collection (1860-1910) relates to Chanute's experiments with gliders and his scientific and financial support of aeronautical pioneers. Other papers concern his career as a builder of railroads, his service as chief engineer of the Erie Railroad and railroads ...
    • Contributor: Chanute, Octave - Niehaus, Earl F.
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    Horace H. Lurton papers, Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available Correspondence and telegrams, some written while Lurton was attending the University of Chicago and while he was a Confederate prisoner in Camp Chase, Ohio, and at Johnson Island Prison during the Civil War. Also includes the draft of an address and printed matter. Correspondents include A.W.B. Allen, of Bridgeford & Co., Louisville, Ky., William R. Day, John Marshall Harlan, Joseph Rucker Lamar, Whitelaw Reid, ...
    • Contributor: Lurton, Horace H. (Horace Harmon)
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    Ludwig Mies van der Rohe papers, Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available Correspondence, memoranda, speeches, writings, articles, printed matter, blueprints, photographs, and other papers relating chiefly to Mies van der Rohe's career as an architect and director of architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Ill., until 1940, the Armour Institute of Technology. Subjects include architectural concepts and education and urban renewal. Includes material pertaining to his private architectural practice in Chicago, Ill., and to ...
    • Contributor: Mies Van Der Rohe, Ludwig
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    Victor Gruen papers, 1886-1991 Designer, architect, and urban planner. Personal and business correspondence, project files, speeches, writings, biographical material, and scrapbooks documenting Gruen's career in architectural design, city planning, and environmental counseling, with special emphasis on architectural and land use projects undertaken from 1960 to 1980 by his firms, Gruen Associates, headquartered in New York, New York, and Los Angeles, California, and Victor Gruen International, centered in Vienna, ...
    • Contributor: Gruen, Victor
    • Date: 1886
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    Robert Green Ingersoll papers, Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available Diaries, correspondence, letterbooks, writings, lectures, family papers, financial records, legal file, scrapbooks, and other papers relating to Ingersoll's involvement in Illinois state and Republican Party politics; lectures and writings on agnosticism and religion; law practices in Peoria, Ill., and Washington, D.C.; and personal and family affairs. Other topics include anti-vivisection, the gold standard, impeachment of Andrew Johnson, Reconstruction, tariffs, and women's suffrage. Includes Ingersoll's ...
    • Contributor: Ingersoll, Robert Green
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    James Martin Barnes papers, 1918-1958 Lawyer, judge, and United States representative from Illinois. Correspondence, memoranda, scrapbooks, photographs, and other papers relating chiefly to Barnes’s service as administrative assistant to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
    • Contributor: Barnes, James Martin
    • Date: 1918