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Descriptive inventory for the Studs Terkel Papers, 1944-2008

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Descriptive inventory for the Studs Terkel Papers, 1944-2008

Prepared by Rachel Wakeman, 2015; rev. Adam Melville, 2016; rev. Julie Wroblewski, 2017.
  
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Chicago History Museum, Research Center
1601 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614-6038
Web-site: http://libguides.chicagohistory.org/research
Catalog: http://chsmedia.org
E-mail: research@chicagohistory.org
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Studs Terkel papers, 1944-2008 (inclusive), 1944-1985 (bulk)
Creator: Louis "Studs" Terkel
Dates: 1944-2008 (inclusive), 1944-1985 (bulk)
Accession numbers: 2000.0171
Bib number: 00067066
Call numbers: MSS Lot T
MSS Oversize T
0MM 101
2000.0171 PCLF
Size:63 linear feet (144 boxes)
1 oversized folder
ca. 5 sound cassettes
1 folder of color photographs
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Materials were a gift of Louis "Studs" Terkel (accession number: 2000.0171) and Mell Zellman (accession number: 2016.0031.1.

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):

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).

Advance appointment required to view material from cold storage.

Please cite this collection as:

Studs Terkel 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 the "Studs Terkel office files from WFMT radio station" and "Sound recordings of the Studs Terkel program on WFMT radio station" (1998.0116). All of the surviving recordings of Terkel/WFMT programs are described in individual catalog records online. A commercially-released set of excerpts from the WFMT programs named: "Voices of our time : five decades of Studs Terkel interviews" also is available. Excerpts of some sound recordings are online at "Studs Terkel : Conversations with America" (http://www.studsterkel.org/).

Collection Summary +/-

Correspondence, playbills, photographs, newspaper clippings, and other materials concerning the work, career, and interests of author and oral historian Louis "Studs" Terkel. The collection contains interview transcripts and manuscripts for a number of Terkel's books including “Division Street” (1967), “Hard Times” (1970), “Working” (1974), “American Dreams” (1983), the Pulitzer Prize winning “The Good War” (1984) and “Race” (1992).

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

Louis "Studs" Terkel was an author, historian, actor, broadcaster, and activist. In 1939, at the age of 27, he received a law degree from the University of Chicago, but never practiced law. By the early 1940s, he joined the Works Progress Administration's Federal Writers' Project. Terkel, from 1950 to 1952, worked in television on his own program Studs Place. Later he transitioned permanently to radio, where his award winning Studs Terkel Program ran on Chicago station WFMT from 1952 to 1997. In 1966 with the oral history compilation “Division Street: America”, Terkel began a long succession of conducting and publishing oral histories. In 1985, his collection of oral histories about World War II, “The Good War,” won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. Terkel died in 2008 at the age of 96.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Labor movement--United States--History
Labor unions--United States
New Deal, 1933-1939
Working class--United States--History
World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives
World War, 1939-1945--Public opinion--Illinois--Chicago
World War, 1939-1945--Public opinion--United States
World War, 1939-1945--United States
Persons:
Studs Terkel, 1912-2008--American dreams, lost and found
Studs Terkel, 1912-2008--Archives
Studs Terkel, 1912-2008--Coming of age
Studs Terkel, 1912-2008--Division Street
Studs Terkel, 1912-2008--Good War
Studs Terkel, 1912-2008--Hard Times
Studs Terkel, 1912-2008--Interviews
Studs Terkel, 1912-2008--Working
Genre/Form:
Audiocassettes
Audiotapes
Correspondence
Manuscripts for publication
News clippings
Newsletters
Oral histories
Photographic prints--color
Playbills
Transcripts
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.)--Economic conditions--20th century
Chicago (Ill.)--Intellectual life--20th century
Chicago (Ill.)--Politics and government--20th century
Chicago (Ill.)--Social conditions--20th century
United States--Economic conditions--20th century
United States--Intellectual life--20th century
United States--Politics and government--20th century
United States--Social conditions--20th century

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in six series.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Correspondence, 1944-2008 (Boxes 1-13, 108, 140, PCLF 2000.0171)
Series 2. Transcripts, 1944-2008 (Boxes 14-66, 109-130, 134, 138-140)
Series 3. Manuscripts, 1944-2008 (Boxes 67-92, 104-108, 131-138, 140)
Series 4. Miscellaneous, 1944-2008 (Boxes 93-97, 144, Oversize)
Series 5. Clippings, 1944-2008 (Boxes 98-102, 108, 141, Oversize)
Series 6. Audiovisual Material, 1944-2008 (Box 103)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Rachel Wakeman and Dana Lamparello using Oxygen editor, 2015. Rev. Adam Melville, 2016. Rev. Julie Wroblewski, 2017.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
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