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  • Collection ID ARCHIVES 1995/03
  • Creator Names McBride, William, 1912-2000
  • Title William McBride, Jr. papers, 1907-1995
  • Physical description 45 linear feet (46 boxes)
  • Collection arrangement Organized into 14 series: Biography (1934-1979), Manuscripts (1938-1987), Correspondence (1935-1992), South Side Community Art Center (1939-1993), Organizations (1933-1990), Art Exhibitions (1932-1994), Posters (1933-1989), Programs (1907-1993), Subject Research Files (1928-1988), Art Studies (1931-1980), Serials (1921-1991), Clippings (1932-1995), Photographs (1914-1987), Memorabilia (1859-1989).
  • Biographical or Historical Note William McBride, Jr. was an artist, art teacher, photographer, cultural and political activist, and mainstay of the South Side Community Art Center, Born in 1912, his family migrated to Chicago from New Orleans in the 1920's. He studied art at the Chicago Institute of Art. During the Great Depression he designed posters for the Illinois Art Project and found steady work as an artist. He had a prominent role in the South Side Community Art Center, serving as its publicity director. In the 1940's he became a painter of local renown and also wrote unpublished plays, poems and songs. He was active in many Chicago Black cultural organizations and events, designing souvenir books, posters and advertisments. He traveled to Africa during the post colonial period and met African writers and artists and collected African art. He helped raise awareness of Africa in the Chicago Black community. McBride taught art classes at Malcolm X College, Kennedy-King College and Olive-Harvey College. He also ran art workshops at the West Garfield Urban Progress Center and the Woodlawn Art Center. He died on August 11, 2000 at the age of 87.
  • Collection summary From the 1930s through the 1980s, William McBride was an artist, political activist and collector of Bronzeville cultural memorabilia. During the early 1940s, he played a prominent role with the South Side Community Art Center, serving as its publicity director. His papers include early SSCAC organizational and publicity files. Also included are extensive files of cultural and political activities, correspondence, fliers, programs, posters, playbills, art studies and photographs.
  • Access and usage restrictions Available for research in the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature, Carter G. Woodson Regional Library (Chicago Public Library).
  • Acquisition information Donation of Mary McBride and Susan Cayton Woodson, 1995.
  • Finding Aids Note Finding aid available in the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature, Carter G. Woodson Regional Library (Chicago Public Library),
  • Names
    • McBride, William, 1912-2000 Archives.
    • South Side Community Art Center Archives.
  • Subjects
    • African American artists Illinois Chicago History Sources.
    • African American arts Illinois Chicago History Sources.
  • Geographic coverage Bronzeville (Chicago, Ill.) History Sources.
  • Finding aid URL http://www.chipublib.org/fa-william-mcbride-papers/ Finding aid