Earl B. Dickerson Papers

Institution: Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: (312) 642-4600
Date: 1918-1986
Extent: 4 Linear Feet
Finding Aid: None

Biographical/Historical Note:
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Scope and Content Note:
Scrapbooks (7 v.) and unbound materials, including newsclippings, photographs, speeches, correspondence, campaign literature, legal briefs, and other materials relating to Earl B. Dickerson's career as a lawyer and his activities in politics, civil rights and civil liberties, and government service. Topics include his graduation from the University of Chicago Law School (the first African American to earn a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the school, 1920); officer of Supreme Life Insurance Company; government service as assistant corporation counsel for the City of Chicago (1923-1927), assistant attorney general for the State of Illinois (1933-1939), the Democratic alderman of the 2nd Ward in the Chicago City Council (1939-1943), and member of the first U.S. Fair Employment Practices Commission; Progressive Party candidate for Congress (1940, 1948); leadership of the National Bar Association, National Lawyers Guild, Chicago Urban League, National Urban League, NAACP, and the NAACP's Legal Defense and Education Fund.

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