Washington, Harold, 1922-1987
Found in 22 Collections and/or Records:
Steve Askin Papers
Steve Askin was Harold Washington’s Communications Director during his unsuccessful run for mayor in 1977. In addition to information about Washington’s positions on key issues, there is significant documentation of the immediate aftermath of the loss, including a report, written by Askin, assessing the situation and how to move forward. Of particular note are the files marked “Police Surveillance/Red Squad” which Harold Washington requested and obtained.
Rev. Martin L. Deppe Papers
Justice Graphics, Inc. Records
Keep Strong Publishing began in 1975 in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. It was started by progressive community activists Walter “Slim” Coleman, Helen Shiller and others, and soon changed its name to Justice Graphics, Inc. This collection consists of Justice Graphics Inc.’s files about Harold Washington and other related politicians. Of note is a series related to Washington's 1985 trip to Israel and Italy, accompanied by Shiller, acting as photographer.
Aurie A. Pennick Papers
Jane Ramsey Papers
Jane Ramsey served in Mayor Harold Washington’s cabinet as Director of Community Relations (1986-1988) and served as Executive Director of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs. Her papers represent her work in Washington’s administration and his campaigns for Mayor, with an emphasis on Jewish voters.
Eugene Sawyer Mayoral Records
Harold Washington Archives and Collections. Illinois State Representative Records
Reports, minutes, press releases, speeches, newsletters and news clippings from Harold Washington’s tenure as State Representative for the 26th District of Illinois. Major topics covered in this collection include the creation of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Law and the Medical Malpractice Act.
Harold Washington Archives and Collections, Illinois State Senatorial Records
Reports, minutes, correspondence, newsletters and news clippings from Harold Washington’s tenure as State Senator from 1976 to 1980. The records reflect Washington’s involvement with various committees, particularly the Fair Employment Practices Commission and the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, of which he was a founding member.
Harold Washington Archives and Collections. Pre-Mayoral Records. Mayoral Campaign Records
In 1983 Harold Washington became Chicago's first African American mayor. His mayoral campaign is documented in detail in this collection.
Harold Washington Archives and Collections. Mayoral Records. Asian American Advisory Committee Records
The Asian American Advisory Committee records contain correspondence and minutes of meetings held by the Asian American Advisory Committee as well as reports used by the Chicago Works Together Committee. Ross Harano, the committee’s first chairperson wrote a history of the organization in 1995.
Harold Washington Archives and Collections. Mayoral Records. Central Files Records
The Central Files Records consist of correspondence received by the Mayor’s Office. Incoming mail was sorted by Harold Washington’s Executive Office using the Central Filing System. Included in the collection is a small amount of papers from Harold Washington and the files of Dolores Woods, Harold Washington’s Executive Secretary.
Harold Washington Archives and Collections. Mayoral Records. Chief of Staff Records
Records in this collection document the roles of Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff in the management of the city’s workforce, the execution of policies set by Mayor Washington and the administrative direction of the mayoral liaisons. The records were created by William Ware, Ernest G. Barefield, Brenda Gaines and Susan Annable.
Harold Washington Archives and Collections. Mayoral Records. Community Services Sub-Cabinet Series
Harold Washington Archives and Collections. Mayoral Records. Legislative Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs Records
Records created by the Harold Washington’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA) and the Legislative Liaison. IGA was established to coordinate legislative and lobbying efforts for and with various city departments, boards and commissions and with state and federal governments. Major topics in the collection include transportation issues and Chicago’s anti-apartheid and divestment from South Africa efforts.
Harold Washington Archives and Collections. Mayoral Records. Office Manager / Supervisor of Clerical Staff Records
In 1983 Harold Washington became Chicago’s first African American mayor. The Office Manager / Supervisor of Clerical Staff Records detail the day to day administrative work done within the Mayor’s Office.
Harold Washington Archives and Collections. Mayoral Records. Press Office Photographs
Harold Washington Archives and Collections. Mayoral Records. Press Office Records
The Press Office was responsible for the mayor’s scheduling and for ensuring he was prepared for each event by producing briefing notes with detailed background information about the organization or venue involved. They also drafted press releases and speeches for the mayor and gathered news clippings on all topics. Of particular note are a collection of news clippings gathered after Mayor Washington’s sudden death.
Harold Washington Archives and Collections. Mayoral Records. Public Safety / Regulatory Sub-Cabinet Series
When Harold Washington took office in 1983 he formed five sub-cabinets that were responsible for the coordination, development and implementation of policies that cut across departmental boundaries. Departments reporting to this Sub-Committee include Police, Fire, Consumer Services, Cable Communications and Animal Care and Control. Records from the Police Department are particularly strong in the area of gangs and the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Crime Prevention.
Harold Washington Archives and Collections. Mayoral Records. Real Estate Review Committee Records
This Committee managed a wide range of city-owned properties. Documents include market value appraisals and reports, correspondence, site plans, leases and market data and from 1979-1984.
Harold Washington Archives and Collections. Mayoral Records. Schedules and Evaluations Records
Files from Mayor Harold Washington’s Scheduling Department detailing events that the mayor was invited to. Records include reports of site-visits, seating plans, floor plans of the venue, the racial mix of the audience and follow-up reports about how the Mayor was received.
Harold Washington Archives and Collections. Pre-Mayoral Photograph Collection
This collection begins with photographs of Harold Washington as a student, in the Army and as a member of the Illinois legislature, but the bulk of the collection dates from his time in Washington, D.C., as U.S. Congressman, and from his 1983 campaign for Mayor of Chicago.
Harold Washington Archvies and Collections, Pre-Mayoral Records, U.S. Congressional Records
Correspondence, speeches, press releases and reports from Washington’s tenure as Congressman for the First District and a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. Of note are his legislative files and those from his committee and caucus work.
- Business correspondence. 5
- Chicago (Ill.) -- Politics and government -- 1951- 5
- Records (Documents) 5
- Asian Americans -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Sources 3
- Municipal Ordinances 3
- Political campaigns -- Illinois -- Chicago. 3
- Budgets. 2
- Clippings. 2
- Discrimination in employment -- Legislation 2
- Gay rights 2
- Mayors -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Election 2
- Minutes (Records) 2
- Public Housing -- Illinois -- Chicago 2
- AIDS (Disease) -- Illinois -- Chicago 1
- African Americans -- Illinois -- Chicago. 1
- African Americans -- Politics and government. 1
- African Americans -- Segregation -- Illinois -- Chicago 1
- African Americans--Employment 1
- Air quality -- Law and legislation -- Illinois 1
- Anti-apartheid movements--South Africa 1 ∧ less