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  • Collection ID ARCHIVES H00050
  • Creator Names Chicago (Ill.). Mayor (1983-1987 : Washington)
  • Title Harold Washington videocassette collection.
  • Physical description 342 tapes.
  • Collection arrangement The tapes are grouped into 10 series: Series 1: Newslogs, Series 2: Newslogs by Channel, Series 3: Subject News Segments by Channel, Series 4: Departments, Series 5: Festival/City Event, Series 6: Campaign, Series 7: Harold Washington Individual Interview/Trips/City Council, Series 8: PSAs (Public Service Announcements), and Series 10: Miscellaneous. Most tapes are organized chronologically.
  • Access and usage restrictions Available for research in the Special Collections and Preservation Division Reading Room of the Chicago Public Library. Researchers, please request this material 24 hours in advance of use. Most tapes are VHS format, but some are BETA or other formats. The non-VHS tapes can be converted for research use in the Reading Room.
  • Terms Governing Use and Reproduction To use the tapes for purposes other than research, patrons need to contact the copyright holder because copyright is not held by the Library in most cases.
  • Collection summary During Harold Washington's political career, a video tape collection was maintained. These tapes give researchers a glimpse of issues of the day -- in many cases, literally of the day, as news programs were regularly recorded. The project was dynamic and ongoing -- some tapes were saved, while others were recorded over with new material.
  • Biographical or Historical Note Harold Washington was the first African American mayor of Chicago, elected in 1983. He began a second term in 1987 before passing away in office November 25, 1987.
  • Finding Aids Note Finding aid available in the Reading Room of the Special Collections and Preservation Division and on the Library's website.
  • Acquisition information The records were acquired by the Chicago Public Library after Harold Washington's death.
  • Names Washington, Harold, 1922-1987 Archives.
  • Geographic coverage
    • Chicago (Ill.) Politics and government 1951- Sources.
    • Chicago (Ill.) Politics and government 1951- Press coverage.
  • Genre
    • Television news programs. lcgft
    • Special events television coverage. lcgft
  • Finding aid URL http://www.chipublib.org/fa-harold-washington-archives-collections-video-tape-collection Finding aid