Ira Berkow Collection
Richard J. Daley Library
801 S. Morgan St., Room 3-330
Chicago, IL 60607
Extent: 3.5 Linear Feet
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Born in 1940, Ira Berkow grew up on Chicago's Near West Side. As a teenager, he sold women's nylons and men's belts at various stands in the Maxwell St. marketplace. Upon graduating from Northwestern University's journalism program, Berkow worked as a sports writer for the New York Times. Among other books, he is the author of Maxwell Street: Survival in a Bazaar. He was active in the public campaign to save the Maxwell St. Market from demolition.
Scope and Content Note:
This collection consists of tapes and transcripts collected for the book, Maxwell Street: Survival in a Bazaar. The interviews pertain to the Maxwell St. Market, the Near West Side neighborhood, Jewish immigrants, sweatshop labor and tenement housing.