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Archdiocese of Chicago/Black History Educational Program Archives

Identifier: harsh-1992-03

Scope and Contents

This small collection consists of 26 audio reel-to-reel magnetic tapes created by the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Catholic Education. Each tape is a lecture on Black history and culture. The title of the tape and speaker is noted if known. The tapes are undated, but were likely recorded in the mid-1960s.


  • 1960s (undated)

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions, limited due to media type

Conditions Governing Use

Please consult staff to determine ability to reuse materials from collection

Biographical / Historical

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago was established as a diocese in 1843 and elevated to an archdiocese in 1880. The Archdiocese of Chicago has a strong history of education and civil rights activism in Chicago and nationwide.


7 Linear Feet (in 7 boxes, including 26 audio reel-to-reel magnetic tapes)

Language of Materials



The collection consists of reel-to-reel audiotapes on African American history and literature created by the Archdiocese of Chicago.


The reel-to-reel audio tapes in this collection are arranged alphabetically by each tape’s title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Robert C. Davis, Director of Federally Funded Projects in the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Catholic Education, in July 1992.

Related Materials

Related materials at the Chicago Public Library include:

  • Chicago SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) History Project Archives

  • Congress of Racial Equality Archives, Chicago Chapter

  • Illinois Writers Project: “Negro in Illinois” Papers

Guide to the Archdiocese of Chicago/Black History Educational Program Archives
Elizabeth Loch, Archival Specialist, April 2021
April 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection Repository

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