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Descriptive inventory for the Thyra Edwards papers, 1932-1953

Thyra Edwards papers

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Descriptive inventory for the Thyra Edwards papers, 1932-1953

Edited by Julie Wroblewski, 2015
  
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Thyra Edwards papers, 1932-1953 (inclusive), 1937-1942 (bulk)
Creator: Thyra Edwards
Dates: 1932-1953 (inclusive), 1937-1942 (bulk)
Accession number: M1970.0031
Bib number: 00067130
Call number: MSS Lot E
Size: 2 linear feet (2 boxes, 1 volume)
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

accession # M1970.0031

Terms governing use:

Copyright may be retained by the creators of items, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law, unless otherwise noted.

Please cite this collection as:

Thyra Edwards papers (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item

Additional Materials +/-

Related material:

Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include some Thyra Edwards correspondence in the Claude A. Barnett papers.

Collection Summary +/-

Correspondence, articles, scrapbook with photographs, and other papers of Thyra Edwards, a social worker at the Abraham Lincoln Centre in Chicago, Ill. Included are Edwards' observations on workers' education and social conditions in Europe and her feelings as an African American when traveling there; material relating to her work on behalf of the Loyalists during the Spanish Civil War, the tour of the Negro People's Ambulance donated to the Loyalist cause (photographs in scrapbook), and the resettlement of refugees in Mexico; articles on African American life in Chicago; and materials relating to the Chicago Venereal Disease Control Program, ca. 1941-1942.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

Thyra J. Edwards was born in 1897 and grew up in Houston, Texas, where she began her career as a school teacher and social worker. She later moved to Gary, Indiana and then to Chicago, where she worked as a social worker at the Abraham Lincoln Centre. In addition to social work, Edwards also worked as a journalist, labor organizer, and advocate for women's and civil rights. In the 1930s and 1940s, Edwards wrote about international affairs for black newspapers, including the Chicago Defender, and became an open supporter of the Communist Party and publicly supported the Loyalists in the Spanish Civil War. In 1938, she organized an ambulance tour of the U.S. to raise money for the American Medical Bureau to Aid Spanish Democracy and the North American Committee to Aid Spanish Democracy In her role as a journalist, she traveled to Europe, Mexico, and the Soviet Union. During World War II, Edwards married Murray Gitlin, an official with the philanthropic organization United Jewish Appeal. After World War II, Edwards moved to New York City. She spent the last five years of her life in Italy. Edwards died in 1953 at the age of 56.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
African American women -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 20th century
African Americans -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 20th century
Sexually transmitted diseases -- Study and teaching -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 20th century
Social workers -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 20th century
Working class -- Europe -- 20th century
Working class -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 20th century
Persons:
Edwards, Thyra, d. 1953 -- Archives
Gitlin, Thyra Edwards
Organizations:
Abraham Lincoln Centre (Chicago, Ill.)
Chicago Venereal Disease Control Program (Chicago, Ill.)
Genre/Form:
Articles
Correspondence
Photographic prints
Scrapbooks
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.) -- Social conditions -- 20th century
Spain -- Description and travel -- 20th century
Spain -- History -- Civil War, 1936-1939 -- Participation, American

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in one series.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Correspondence and other papers (box 1-2, unboxed volume)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Julie Wroblewski using Oxygen editor, 2015
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Other Finding Aids: Finding aid also submitted to Explore Chicago Collections portal.
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