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Descriptive inventory for the Black Women in the Middle West Project collection, ca. 1924-1985

Black Women in the Middle West Project collection

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Descriptive inventory for the Black Women in the Middle West Project collection, ca. 1924-1985

Prepared by Kendra A. Hay, 2010; edited by Rachel Juris, 2011.
Processed with funding provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
  
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Chicago History Museum, Research Center
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Chicago, IL 60614-6038
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Black Women in the Middle West Project collection, circa 1924-1985 (inclusive)
Creators: Black Women in the Middle West Project
Ida Roberta Bell
Ida M. Cress
Darlene Clark Hine
Willa Saunders Jones
Emma J. Kemp
Minnie Adams Norman
La Julia Rhea
Mattie Mae Rucker
Eunice Sims
Clementine Skinner
Glennette Tiller Turner
Thelma Kirkpatrick Wheaton
Alpha Gamma Pi
National Endowment for the Humanities
University of Illinois at Chicago
Dates: circa 1924-1985 (inclusive)
Accession number: 2010.0032
Bib number: 00064694
Call numbers: MSS Lot B
MSS Oversize B
0MM.75
Size:3.5 linear ft. (10 boxes)
1 oversize folder
3 sound cassettes

Provenance statement:

Project administration files were donated by Darlene Clark Hine (accession #: 2010.0032

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.

Restriction(s):

Box 8 is closed until 2035.

For listening purposes, it is necessary to use a copy, not the original (and to have a listening copy made if one is not available).

Please cite this collection as:

Black Women in the Middle West Project collection (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Additional Materials +/-

Related material:

Some other collections at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, were acquired with assistance from the collecting activities of the project. These collections are cataloged and arranged as stand-alone collections, separate from the Black Women in the Middle West collection: Alpha Gamma Pi records; Clementine Skinner papers; Louise Overall Weaver papers; Thelma Kirkpatrick Wheaton papers; and Mahalia Jackson papers.

Separated material:

Papers of women and organizations that were donated to repositories through the collecting activities of the project are divided among five repositories: Chicago History Museum; Illinois State Historical Society; Calumet Regional Archives; Northern Indiana Historical Society; and Indiana Historical Society. In addition, the administrative records of the project itself are at Chicago History Museum and at Indiana Historical Society.

Collection Summary +/-

Correspondence, lists, publicity materials, and other records of the Black Women in the Middle West (BWMW) Project, a grant-funded project to document the lives of African American women and organizations in Illinois and Indiana and to encourage the donation of their historical records to research repositories. Includes files created by the project under the administration of Darlene Clark Hine, an academic historian and the project director; and through the participation of Emma J. Kemp, a Chicago librarian and one of the organizers of the project; and by Clementine Skinner, a school teacher and librarian who helped promote the project. Includes audio cassettes of radio broadcasts of interviews by Kemp and by Skinner publicizing the project. The collection also includes questionnaires and interviews completed by many women at workshops sponsored by the project, original historical items brought by the women to these workshops, and materials acquired through the efforts of project representatives Barbara A. Clark, Ida M. Cress, Emma J. Kemp, and Clementine A. Skinner, as well as the Black Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. This original documentation dating from about 1924 to 1985 includes biographical materials, correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, yearbooks, and brochures from a variety of people, including Ida Roberta Bell, Willa Saunders Jones, Mother Minnie Adams Norman, La Julia Rhea, Mattie Mae Rucker, Eunice Sims, Glennette Tilley Turner, the Black Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and others.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

The Black Women in the Middle West (BWMW) Project gathered information about Black women in Illinois and Indiana through questionnaires and interviews, many filled out during workshops sponsored by the project (1984-1985), and gathered historical materials, some of which were brought by the women to these workshops. It also encouraged African American women and organizations in Illinois and Indiana to donate their historical records to local repositories.

The project grew out of efforts (ca. 1977-1981) of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), Indianapolis Section, to collect materials documenting the lives of African American women in Indiana. Two members of NCNW, schoolteachers Virtea Downey and Shirley Herd, contacted Darlene Clark Hine, a faculty member at Purdue University. Hine obtained funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to plan (ca. 1982-1983) and implement (ca. 1984-1985) the BWMW Project, whose collecting scope was expanded to include Indiana and Illinois.

The project resulted in the publication of Black Women in the Middle West Project: A Comprehensive Resource Guide, Illinois and Indiana, by Darlene Clark Hine (1986).

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
African American women--Illinois--20th century
African American women--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
African American women--Indiana--20th century
Persons:
Hine, Darlene Clark--Archives
Organizations:
Black Women in the Middle West Project--Archives
Genre/Form:
Audiocassettes
Autobiographies
Brochures
Certificates
Correspondence
Diplomas
Interviews
Leaflets
Lists
Newsletters
Newspaper clippings
Periodicals
Photographic prints
Posters
Questionnaires
Reports
Yearbooks
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.)--Social conditions--20th century
Illinois--Social conditions--20th century
Indiana--Social conditions--20th century

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in two series: project files and participant files.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Project files, 1982-1985 (Box 1-3, oversize folder, Box 11 with audio)
Series 2. Participant files, ca. 1924-1985 (Box 4-10)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Matthew Metcalf, University of Illinois GSLIS, with Oxygen XML Editor, 2016.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
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