Chicago State College Oral History Research Program papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1937–1974
Survey Repository: 

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

9 boxes (6 linear feet) of material consisting of tapes, transcripts, and preliminary research and contact information comprising the CSC Oral History Project’s Chicago-wide oral history program, conducted in the late 1960s. Among the interview subjects is Margaret Burroughs, who was also instrumental in launching the program. Access to individual oral histories has been defined by each subject; permission must be granted by subjects or their heirs.

Biographical Historical Note

Between 1967 and 1969 the Chicago State College Oral History Project attempted to write a comprehensive oral history of the city of Chicago. By late 1967 the project claimed to have amassed 150,000 feet of taped interviews. It went dormant in 1968.

Additional Notes

Related collections: Margaret Burroughs Collection, 1933-2007, DuSable Museum of African American History; Archives of the South Side Community Art Center, South Side Community Art Center; William McBride, Jr. Papers, 1907-1995, Chicago Public Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection; Hyde Park Historical Society Collection, 1830-2009, University of Chicago Library.