• Identification00067132
  • TitleDescriptive inventory for the Timuel Black papers, 1956-1973, bulk 1964-1972
  • PublisherChicago Historical Society
  • RepositoryChicago History Museum Research Center 1601 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60614-6038
  • OriginationTimuel Black
  • Date
    • 1956-1973
    • 1964-1972
  • Physical Description
    • 3.5 linear feet (8 boxes)
    • 1 oversize folder
  • Location
    • MSS Lot B
    • MSS Oversize B
  • LanguageEnglish

Folder 2 of box 4 is closed until 2039 and is in restricted storage.

Copyright may be retained by the creators of items, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law, unless otherwise noted.

Gift of Timuel D. Black, Jr. (accession #: M1975.0004).

Timuel Black papers (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Reports, brochures, convention packets, newspaper clippings, correspondence, minutes, newsletters, pamphlets, publications, course materials, and other papers of Timuel D. Black, Jr., a Chicago educator, civil rights and labor rights activist, and oral historian. Materials largely pertain to the civil rights movement in education. Also present are materials by or about the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, the Negro American Labor Council, the National Association of Afro-American Educators, and the riots after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in April 1968.

Timuel D. Black was a high school teacher in Chicago's public schools, a civil rights and labor rights activist, an oral historian, and a professor and administrator at the City Colleges of Chicago. Black was born in Birmingham (Ala.) and came to Chicago in 1919 at eight months of age. He attended Roosevelt University and the University of Chicago.

A large collection of Mr. Black's papers is at the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature, Carter G. Woodson Regional Library of the Chicago Public Library system. A file of CORE material relating to Richard Haley's service in Haywood and Fayette counties, Tennessee, between January and April 1961, is in the Maurice McCrakin papers at the Cincinnati Historical Society Library (MS 917, box 22, fd 36).

  • Subject
    • African American teachers--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • African Americans -- Civil rights -- Illinois -- Chicago
    • African Americans -- Education -- Illinois -- Chicago
    • Civil rights -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 20th century
    • Civil rights movements -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 20th century
    • Education -- Aims and objectives
    • Illinois Rally for Civil Rights (1964 : Chicago, Ill.)
    • Public schools -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 20th century
    • Riots -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 20th century. April 1968
  • Names
    • Black, Timuel D., Jr.
    • Chicago Urban League
    • Congress of Racial Equality
    • Coordinating Council of Community Organizations (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Independent Voters of Illinois
    • Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
    • National Association of Afro-American Educators
    • Negro American Labor Council
    • Operation PUSH (U.S.)
  • Geographic Coverage
    • Chicago (Ill.) -- Race relations -- 20th century.
    • Chicago (Ill.) -- Riots, 1968 (April)
    • Chicago (Ill.) -- Social conditions -- 20th century
    • Hyde Park (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Woodlawn (Chicago, Ill.)

The collection is arranged three series.

Series 1. Civil rights materials and organizations, 1956-1973 (box 1-2)

Series 1 consists of conference and convention packets, lists of program participants, newspaper clippings, and other papers pertaining to civil rights movements and organizations in which Black served as either a participant or an attendee. Present are materials from the Illinois Rally for Civil Rights (1964) in which Black participated as a rally marshal. Also present are materials related to the Chicago Urban League, the Congress of Racial Equality, Operation PUSH, and the riots after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in April 1968; government publications; and conference materials concerning workers, desegregation, education, poverty, and consumerism.

Series 2. Teaching and educational materials, ca. 1950s-1960s (box 3-7)

RESTRICTION: Box 4, folder 2 CLOSED until 2039. Series 2 consists of correspondence, publications, course materials, student assignments, newspaper clippings, and other teaching and educational materials related to a number of organizations, including the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, the National Association of Afro-American Educators, the Negro American Labor Council, the Hyde Park Parent Teacher Association, and the Independent Voters of Illinois. Also present are papers from Black's former students and mental health reports related to the Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago.

Series 3. General material, 1963-1973 (box 7-8 & oversize folder)

Series 3 consists of meeting minutes, newsletters, reports, programming materials, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, a meeting calendar, and a membership directory. Materials relate to organizations of which Black was a member or in which he had interest, including the Coordinating Council of Community Organizations.