Joseph W. Rollins Sr. and Charlemae Rollins Collection

Institution: DuSable Museum of African American History
740 East 56th Place
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Phone: 773-947-0600
Fax: 773-947-0677
Date: 1918-1982
Extent: 3.5 Linear Feet
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Biographical/Historical Note:
Joseph Rollins, Jr., son of Hall Branch librarian Charlemae Rollins, grew up in “the Rosenwald,” attended DuSable High School, and served in World War II. In the 1960s he became an executive in the Federal government’s Office of Economic Opportunity. He was later in a leading position at Arthur Anderson, Inc. After the death of his mother in 1979, Rollins dedicated himself to documenting and perpetuating her legacy. Rollins served as children’s librarian at the George Cleveland Hall Branch of the Chicago Public Library from 1932-1963, and was a nationally recognized pioneer in the development of multicultural children’s literature.

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