Chicago Defender Organizations Files
4445 S. King Drive
Chicago, IL 60653
Extent: 25 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 Organization Files at the Chicago Defender Archives comprise 20 linear feet of material. A majority of the holdings are comprised of photographs, but also includes press releases, reports, clippings, and a small amount of correspondence.