Joseph D. Bibb Papers

Institution: Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: (312) 642-4600
Date: 1919-1966
Extent: 5.5 Linear Feet
Finding Aid: None

Biographical/Historical Note:
Joseph D. Bibb, a prominent Chicago lawyer and activist for equal rights and economic opportunity. As Director of Public Safety, Bibb was the first African American appointed to statewide office in Illinois government. Bibb was editor of the Chicago Whip (1919-1932) and leader of the "Don’t Spend Money Where You Can’t Work" campaign. He was appointed to the cabinet of Governor William Stratton as the first African American Illinois Director of Public Safety (1953), served on the board of directors for the Chicago Public Library (1944), and was a trustee of Provident Hospital. Mr. Bibb died in December 1966, age 74.

Scope and Content Note:
Correspondence, political statements, published materials, newspaper clippings, four scrapbooks, and other biographical materials of Joseph D. Bibb. The scrapbooks consist of articles Bibb wrote for the Pittsburgh Courier, articles related to Bibb's activities and appointment to Governor Stratton's cabinet.

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