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Descriptive inventory for the Dempsey Travis papers, 1949-1977

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Descriptive inventory for the Dempsey Travis papers, 1949-1977

Prepared by Mitchell Oxford; ed. by Sarah Dorpinghaus, 2010.
  
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Chicago History Museum, Research Center
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Dempsey Travis papers, 1949-1977 (inclusive)
Creator: Dempsey Travis
Dates: 1949-1977 (inclusive)
Accession number: M1976.0003
Bib number: 00065301
Call number: MSS Lot T
Size: 7.5 linear feet (19 boxes)
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Gift of Dempsey Travis (accession #: M1976.0003).

Terms governing use:

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

Restriction(s):

This collection is open for research use.

Please cite this collection as:

Dempsey J. Travis 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 copies of several of Mr. Travis's publications and several interviews with him (cataloged separately).

Collection Summary +/-

Correspondence, newspaper clippings, meeting minutes, journals and magazines, legal documents, and other papers of Dempsey J. Travis, an African-American real estate developer, mortgage broker, author, and civil rights advocate. The collection largely consists of correspondence regarding the United Mortgage Brokers of America (UMBA), which Travis established and served as president (ca. 1961-1970). Also included are correspondence and administrative files of Sivart, Travis' mortgage company headquartered in Chicago's South Side, and materials on Travis' service on boards and commissions. Newspaper clippings, magazines, and other materials regarding real estate, urban development, economics, race relations and racial discrimination, civil rights, politics, and other topics are also present.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

Dempsey J. Travis was an African-American World War II veteran, real estate developer and mortgage broker, and author from Chicago. Travis founded the Travis Realty Company in 1949 and Sivart Mortgage Company in the early 1950s, which focused on revitalizing real estate in Chicago's South Side. "Sivart" is a reverse spelling of "Travis." In addition, Travis served two terms as president of the Dearborn Real Estate Board (1957-1958, 1966-67) and in 1961 founded the United Mortgage Brokers of America, a professional organization geared towards minority mortgage bankers. Travis was also president of the Chicago branch of the NAACP (1959-1960) and served on several presidential commissions on urban development and renewal during the Johnson and Nixon administrations. He wrote several books and commentaries, including "An Autobiography of Black Chicago" (1981) and "Real Estate is the Gold in Your Future" (1988). He also was a member of the board of trustees of Chicago Historical Society.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
African American authors--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
African American businesspeople--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
African Americans--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Publishers and publishing--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Real estate business--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Persons:
Travis, Dempsey, 1920-2009--Archives
Organizations:
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Chicago Branch
Sivart Mortgage Company (Chicago, Ill.)
Travis Realty Company (Chicago, Ill.)
United Mortgage Brokers of America
Urban Research Press (Chicago, Ill.)
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Legal documents
Minutes
Newsletters
Newspaper clippings
Periodicals
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.)--Commerce--20th century
Chicago (Ill.)--Intellectual life--20th century
Chicago (Ill.)--Social conditions--20th century

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in five series

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. United Mortgage Brokers of America (UMBA) materials, 1961-1973 (box 1-6)
Series 2. Correspondence, 1949-1973 (box 7)
Series 3. Publications, 1957-1973 (box 8)
Series 4. Newspaper clippings, 1955-1975 (box 9-15)
Series 5. Sivart materials, 1957-1977 (box 16-19)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Michael Wawzenek using Oxygen XML Editor, 2015.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Other Finding Aids: Finding aid also submitted to Explore Chicago Collections portal.
Processing Note:Processed with funding provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
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