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  • Creator Names Barnett, Claude, 1889-1967.
  • Title Claude A. Barnett papers [manuscript], 1918-1967, bulk 1928-1963.
  • Physical description
    • 180 linear ft.
    • 2 oversize folders.
    • 1 microfilm reel : b&w ; 35 mm. (camera negative of Robinson scrapbook).
    • 1 box. (Index to the collection).
  • Access and usage restrictions A few boxes are closed to researchers (box 112A, box 355, box 356 folders 1-4, and box 413A).
  • Collection summary
    • Correspondence, clippings, reports, minutes, speeches, and financial records of Claude Albert Barnett, the director of the Associated Negro Press (ANP); news releases of the ANP (1928-1964) and of the World News Service (1961-1963). Topics include African American newspapers and journalists; colleges, especially Tuskegee Institute and the Conference of Presidents of Negro Land Grant Colleges; businesses, especially advertising, beauty products, and insurance; churches; hospitals; fraternal societies; entertainment; agricultural extension services; racial segregation and integration of the United States armed forces; the home front during World War II; and African travel and culture, especially in Liberia, Ghana, and Nigeria. Also includes materials on Barnett's family and the singing and acting career of Etta Moten (Mrs. Barnett), including correspondence and advertising.
    • Some records pertain to Barnett's service as a trustee of Tuskegee Institute (1932-65), as special assistant to the U.S. secretary of agriculture (1942-52), and as board member of Phelps-Stokes Fund, of Booker T. Washington Institute in Liberia, of American Negro Exposition (1940 : Chicago), of Supreme Liberty Insurance Company, of Provident Hospital, of The Liberia Company, and of the American National Red Cross.
    • Persons who corresponded with ANP or with Barnett include J.V. Clinton, Henry B. Cole, Frank Marshall Davis, Rudolph Dunbar, Alice Dunnigan, Albon Holsey, Harry Levette, William Pickens, Percival L. Prattis, Emmanuel Racine, John C. Robinson, Alvin E. White, and editors and publishers of most African American newspapers, including Afro American (Baltimore, Md.), Amsterdam news (New York City), Atlanta daily world, Black dispatch (Okla.), Houston informer, Kansas City call (Mo.), New York age, Norfolk journal and guide, Philadelphia tribune, and Pittsburgh courier. Other correspondents include U.S. Representative Frances P. Bolton, Horace Mann Bond, Sherman Briscoe, George Washington Carver, E. M. Glucksman, Charles S. Johnson, Mordecai Johnson, Bishop Frederick D. Jordan, Robert R. Moton, Clarence Muse, Frederick D. Patterson, James E. Shepard, Jesse O. Thomas, Channing H. Tobias, President William V. S. Tubman of Liberia, and Annie M. Turnbo Malone.
  • Finding Aids Note Descriptive inventory available online.
  • Acquisition information Gift of Etta Moten Barnett (M1973.0017, M1974.0064).
  • Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Copyrights owned by Etta Moten Barnett were deeded to Chicago Historical Society. However, other copyrights may be retained by the creators of items, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
  • Location of Other Archival Materials Note
    • Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the Claude A. Barnett collection of visual materials (1980.0213, including the Claude A. Barnett broadsides collection) and the microfilm edition of major portions of the Claude A. Barnett papers by University Publications of America (made in 1985).
    • Many published items (pamphlets, clippings, press releases) from African countries were transferred from the Barnett papers to the Melville J. Herskovits Africana Library at Northwestern University Library in Evanston, Illinois. However, most Liberian material was kept in the Barnett papers at Chicago History Museum.
    • Some Etta Moten Barnett materials form part of the Claude A. Barnett Papers at Chicago History Museum. Another large collection known as the Etta Moten Barnett Papers is at the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature in the Carter G. Woodson Regional Library of the Chicago Public Library system.
    • There is an Associated Negro Press collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Daley Library, Daley Special Collections Dept.
    • Interviews (8) with men associated with Barnett were conducted by Lawrence D. Hogan in 1977 while writing his dissertation and book on the ANP. They were donated to the Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory.
  • Names
    • Barnett, Claude, 1889-1967 Archives.
    • Barnett, Etta Moten, 1901-2004 Archives.
    • Associated Negro Press Archives.
    • World News Service (Chicago, Ill.)
    • American Negro Exposition (1940 : Chicago, Ill.)
    • Conference of Presidents of Negro Land Grant Colleges.
    • Provident Hospital (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Supreme Liberty Life Insurance Company (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Tuskegee Institute.
    • Barnett, Etta Moten, 1901-2004.
    • Bolton, Frances Payne Bingham, 1885-1977.
    • Bond, Horace Mann, 1904-1972.
    • Briscoe, Sherman.
    • Carver, George Washington, 1864?-1943.
    • Clinton, J. V.
    • Cole, Henry B.
    • Davis, Frank Marshall, 1905-1987.
    • Dawson, William L. (William Levi), 1899-1990.
    • Dawson, William L. (William Levi), 1886-1970.
    • Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963
    • Dunbar, Rudolph.
    • Dunnigan, Alice Allison, 1906-1983.
    • Glucksman, E. M. (Emanuel M.)
    • Holsey, Albon L., 1883-
    • Johnson, Charles Spurgeon, 1893-1956.
    • Johnson, Mordecai W. (Mordecai Wyatt), 1890-1976.
    • Jordan, Frederick D.
    • Levette, Harry, -1961?
    • Malone, Annie T., 1869-1957.
    • Moton, Robert Russa, 1867-1940.
    • Muse, Clarence.
    • Patterson, Frederick D. (Frederick Douglass), 1901-1988.
    • Pinder, Frank E.
    • Pickens, William, 1881-1954
    • Prattis, Percival Leroy, 1895-1980.
    • Racine, Emmanuel.
    • Robinson, John Charles, 1903-1954. Also microfilm r.
    • Shepard, James E.
    • Thomas, Jesse O., 1885-
    • Tobias, Channing H.
    • Tubman, William V. S., 1895-1971.
    • White, Alvin E.
    • American National Red Cross. Chicago Chapter.
    • Associated Negro Press.
    • Booker T. Washington Institute (Kakata, Liberia)
    • Liberia Company.
    • Phelps-Stokes Fund.
    • Provident Hospital (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Supreme Liberty Life Insurance Company (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Tuskegee Institute.
    • United States. Dept. of Agriculture.
    • World News Service (Chicago, Ill.)
    • Conference of Presidents of Negro Land Grant Colleges.
    • American Negro Exposition (1940 : Chicago, Ill.)
  • Subjects
    • African American advertising agencies Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • African American business enterprises 20th century.
    • African American families Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • African American journalists Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • African American journalists United States 20th century.
    • African American clergy 20th century.
    • African American nurses United States 20th century.
    • African American women singers 20th century.
    • African American press 20th century.
    • African Americans 20th century.
    • Advertising United States 20th century.
    • Beauty culture Illinois Chicago 20th century.
    • Freedom of the press United States 20th century.
    • Insurance companies United States Management 20th century.
    • March on Washington Movement (1940's)
    • Newspaper publishing United States 20th century.
    • Newspaper publishing Africa 20th century.
    • Slaves Emancipation United States Anniversaries, etc. Exhibitions.
    • World War, 1939-1945 African Americans.
  • Geographic coverage
    • Africa Description and travel 20th century.
    • Haiti Description and travel 20th century.
    • Chicago (Ill.) Politics and government 20th century.
    • United States Race relations.
    • United States Armed Forces African Americans 20th century.
    • United States Church history 20th century.
    • South Side (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Genre
    • Accounts. aat
    • Autobiographies. aat
    • Correspondence. aat
    • Minutes. aat
    • Newspaper clippings. aat
    • Photogravures. gmgpc
    • Press releases. aat
    • Reports. aat
    • Scrapbooks. aat
    • Speeches. aat
  • Uniform Title
    • Afro American.
    • Amsterdam news.
    • Atlanta daily world.
    • Black dispatch.
    • Houston informer.
    • Kansas City call.
    • New York age.
    • Norfolk journal and guide.
    • Philadelphia tribune.
    • Pittsburgh courier.
  • Geographic name United States Illinois Cook County Chicago.
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