Chicago Defender Unprocessed Records

Institution: Chicago Defender
4445 S. King Drive
Chicago, IL 60653
Phone: 312-225-2400
Date: 1932-2004
Extent: 546 Linear Feet
Finding Aid: None

Biographical/Historical Note:
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 Unprocessed Records of the Chicago Defender consist of a broad range of materials, most of which fall into one of the following broad categories:

*Incomplete paper and microfilm runs of the Chicago Defender newspaper;
*Institutional records from the 1980s and 1990s pertaining primarily to Chicago Defender Charities's sponsorship of the annual Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic;
*Subject/photograph files pertaining to Chicago churches and religious leaders;
*Press kits from the 1980 and 1990s received by Arts and Entertainment editor Earl Calloway;
*Additions to the Photographic Individual Files and Organizations Files dating from the 1990 to the 2000s

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