Chicago Defender Individual Files
4445 S. King Drive
Chicago, IL 60653
Extent: 72 Linear Feet
Founded by Robert S. Abbott in 1905, the Chicago Defender is one of America's longest-running African American newspapers. The Defender is best known for having spurred the Great Migration of African Americans from the southern United States to the nation's urban centers in the north—especially Chicago—during the first decades of the 20th century. The Defender also paved the way for the modernization of the Black press, given its capital resources; advanced printing technologies; national and international distribution networks; and multi-cultural, transnational readership.
Scope and Content Note:
The Individuals Files at the Chicago Defender Archives comprise 72 linear feet of material. The inclusive dates for these materials are 1928 to the 2000s, with bulk dates between the 1940s and 1990s. The files are made up primarily of photographs, with small amounts of other material including press releases, clippings, and correspondence.