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Joseph Logsdon Papers

Identifier: harsh-1961-01

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the typed manuscript that Joseph Logsdon submitted to the University of Chicago for his Master of Arts degree in social sciences. He gives an excellent early history of Archibald J Carey movement in Chicago religion and Negro politics.


  • Creation: 1960-1961


Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restriction

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Biographical/Historical Joseph Logsdon was born on March 12, 1938, in Chicago, Illinois. He received his Master of Arts in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and a doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the mid-1960s. His master’s thesis was entitled Reverend Archibald Carey and the Negro in Chicago Politics, covering the years 1909-1919. After graduating, Logsdon spent the next 30 years teaching at the University of New Orleans. One of his students was so impressed by his teaching and mentoring that he later endowed a scholarship in history that is named after Joseph Logsdon.


  • Dickerson, Dennis. African American Preachers and Politics: The Careys of Chicago, 2010
  • Drake, St. Clair, Churches and Voluntary Associations in the Chicago Negro Community, WPA project, 1940


1 Linear Feet : in 1 box

Language of Materials



The papers consist of his typed master’s thesis submitted to the University of Chicago for a Master of Arts in social sciences. The thesis traces the Rev. Archibald J. Carey and his impact on politics in Chicago.


Collection is organized into seven folders. The folders are listed as they appear in the manuscript.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifted in 1961 to the Special Negro History Collection, George Cleveland Hall Branch, Chicago Public Library.

Related Materials

Related materials at the Chicago Public Library include:

  • Illinois Writers Project: “Negro in Illinois Papers”
  • Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church Archives

Related materials at other institutions include:
  • Archibald Carey Papers at the Chicago History Museum

Guide to the Joseph Logsdon Papers
Beverly A. Cook
April 2021
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection Repository

Woodson Regional Library
Chicago Public Library
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