Henry W. McGee Papers

Institution: Chicago History Museum
Address:
1601 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: (312) 642-4600
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Date: 1940-1985
Extent: 5.5 Linear Feet
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Abstract
Biographical/Historical Note:
Henry W. McGee (1910-2000) was the first African American postmaster of Chicago (Ill.). In 1927, McGee, a native of Hillsboro (Tex.), moved to Chicago. He became a postal clerk in 1929 with the United States Postal Service (USPS; known as the United States Post Office Department until 1971). McGee received several promotions before becoming the first African American postmaster of a major American city in 1966. During his tenure, McGee worked towards equal opportunity employment in the Chicago postal system. McGee also was active in many civil rights and social service organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America, the Little City Foundation, the Chicago chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Joint Negro Appeal, and the National Alliance of Postal Employees (later known as the National Alliance for Postal and Federal Employees). Upon his retirement from the USPS in 1973, McGee was appointed to the Chicago Board of Education by Mayor Richard J. Daley.

Scope and Content Note:
Correspondence, speeches, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, minutes, newsletters, certificates, photographs, and other papers of Henry W. McGee, who served as the first African American postmaster of Chicago (Ill.) after a long career with the United States Postal Service in Chicago. Topics include McGee's career as a postal worker, his service as president of the Chicago branch of the National Alliance of Postal Employees, and his work with civil rights and social service organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America, the Little City Foundation, the Joint Negro Appeal, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

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