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  • Collection ID WLA2003.12
  • Creator Names Roberts, Bari-Ellen.
  • Title Bari-Ellen Roberts papers, 1975-2002.
  • Physical description 10 linear feet.
  • Collection arrangement Series 1: Personal, 1975-2002, n.d. Series 2: Law Suit, 1974-2001, n.d. Series 3: Media Coverage, 1991-2001, n.d. Series 4: Texaco, 1991-1998, n.d. Series 5: Book, 1997-1998, n.d. Series 6: Other related corporate suits, 1994-1999, n.d. Series 7: Audio-Visual Materials, 1996-1998, n.d.
  • Biographical or Historical Note Born August 21, 1952. Initiator and lead plaintiff, Roberts vs. Texaco; Writer; Businesswoman. Bari-Ellen Roberts was born August 21, 1952, to Herman Roberts and Emma McElhaney. She attended the Burdett Elementary School and Walnut Hills High Shool. She later attended Muskingum College in Ohio and then transfered to Xavier University in Cininnati. In 1973, Roberts moved to Chicago and found a job with the Prudential Insurance Company. At the same time, Roberts attended Mundelein College, graduating in 1978. In 1994, Roberts became the lead plaintiff in the then largest class action suit in American history based on racial discrimination, which was ultimatley settled in 1996. Roberts, in collaboration with Jack E. White, a national correspondence for Time Magazine, produced the book, Roberts vs. Texaco.
  • Collection summary The Bari-Ellen Roberts papers focus primarily on the Texaco litigation and the book that Roberts wrote about it. The collection features press clippings, legal documents, corporate records, audiotapes, videotapes, transcripts, correspondence, and documentation of conferences Roberts attended and awards she received.
  • Access and usage restrictions Some restrictions may apply.
  • Finding Aids Note Finding aid available in repository; folder level.
  • Names
    • Roberts, Bari-Ellen Archives.
    • Texaco, Inc. Trials, litigation, etc.
    • Loyola University Chicago. Women and Leadership Archives.
  • Subjects
    • African American professional employees.
    • Discrimination in employment United States.
    • Race discrimination United States.
  • Finding aid URL Finding aid to the Bari-Ellen Roberts papers http://www.luc.edu/media/lucedu/wla/pdfs/Roberts,%20Bari-Ellen.pdf