Collection of Great Lakes Experience Photographs

Institution: Columbia College Chicago - Center for Black Music Research
618 South Michigan
Chicago, Illinois 60605
Phone: (312) 369-7586
Date: 1942-2003
Extent: .9 Linear Feet
Finding Aid: None

Biographical/Historical Note:
During World War II, more than 5,000 musicians were recruited from across the country and sent to the Great Lakes Naval Training Station for training in military bands and jazz bands. The bands were assigned to naval bases across the United States, raising morale everywhere.

Scope and Content Note:
The Great Lakes Experience Collection consists of materials relating to the African-American musicians who passed through the Great Lakes Naval Training Station from 1942 to 1945. The collection chiefly consists of reproductions of photographs of Great Lakes musicians and a few related materials. These were lent by various people to Ms. Josie Childs, an organizer of a three-day celebration of “The Great Lakes Experience” that took place from February 28 to March 2, 2003. They are arranged in folders according to the person who lent them to Ms. Childs. The remaining folders include clippings and other miscellaneous materials. A number of photographs have also been digitized and can be accessed in the CBMR Library and Archives.

Related Material: None