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Finding aid available online
Nitrate reference copies available online
Claude A. Barnett collection of visual materials, [graphic], 1890-1969, bulk 1920-1969.
Barnett, Claude, 1889-1967.
Phys. desc: 
1879 photographic prints : b&w ; 11 x 14 in. or smaller.
5 albums (containing 500 photographic prints) ; 8 x 10 in.
ca. 75 photomechanical prints : b&w ; 47 x 32 cm (23 1/2 x 16 in.) or smaller.
14 photomechanical prints : broadside, few col. ; 11 x 14 in. or smaller.
7 photomechanical prints : envelope, col. ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.
14 negatives : cellulose nitrate ; 4 x 5 in. or smaller.
5 negatives : b&w ; 4 x 5 in. or smaller.
4 negatives : col. ; 4 x 5 in. or smaller.
1 folder of non-graphic material.
17 broadsides ; large format.
Nitrate negatives restricted from access, see reference copies instead.
Advance appointment required to view color material in cold storage or negatives in cool storage; please email
Many items copyrighted.
Primarily photoprints of Afro-Americans collected during Barnett's career as founder and director of the Chicago-based Associated Negro Press (1919-1964), some images photographed by Gordon Parks. Includes Black events and significant personalities in diverse fields supplied to the ANP for distribution to Black newspapers, 1920s-1960s; his topical interests (higher education, agriculture, entrepreneurship, entertainment, medicine, politics, civil rights, sports, armed forces, and relations with various African nations and Haiti), 1910-1960s; a few family snapshots of Mr. and Mrs. Claude A. Barnett (Etta Moten, a singer and actress), and several broadsides mostly from the 1930s concerning Chicago political topics, performances of Etta Moten, calls to rally about the Ku Klux Klan, trade unions, post-war equal employment, and self-help for Blacks.
Large broadsides are primarily items relating to African Americans and associated events in Chicago and the United States. Events include the American Negro Exposition (1940 : Chicago, Ill.), the death of Edgar Brown (1954), the NAACP Annual Freedom Fund dinner (1959 : Chicago, Ill.), and concerts by singer Etta Moten (Mrs. Claude A.) Barnett (ca. 1949-1959). Includes 2 U.S. government posters from World War II showing African Americans. One advertisement for war bonds shows a baby, and the other honors Dorie Miller for action at Pearl Harbor in 1942. Other advertising material relates to the National Negro Insurance Association (ca. 1930) and films about African American progress. Also includes a few pieces of political ephemera calling for the re-election of President Hoover (1932), and calling for discrimination in voting in Texas elections (ca. 1940-1949). One item relates to the Illinois Civil Rights Law (ca. 1948).
Organization: By topic.
Finding aid: 
Descriptive inventory with container list available (80-213).
Most of collection's images are photoprints.
Local note: 
Broadsides are described in a separate record in this online catalog.
Other copy: 
Some photoprints also available as copy negatives in Rights & Reproductions Office: ICHi no. 15096, 15097, 15102, 15104-08, 16311, 16313, 16315, 16317, 16350-52, 16318, 16320, 16321, 16323, 16331-16333, 16349, 16350, 18375, 18377-18381, 19530-19536, 79046 (photographed by Gordon Parks).
Nitrate reference copies available online.
Digitization and preservation of the nitrate negatives was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the Claude A. Barnett papers, the Etta Moten Barnett papers, and microfilm of major portions of the Claude A. Barnett papers by University Publications of America (made in 1985).
Gift of Etta Moten Barnett, 1977 (1980.0213).
Subject per: 
Miller, Doris, 1919-1944 -- Portraits.
Barnett, Etta Moten, 1901-2004 -- Portraits.
Barnett, Claude, 1889-1967 -- Portraits.
Subj topic: 
African Americans
African Americans -- Education
African Americans -- Politics and government
African American women -- Illinois -- Chicago.
African Americans -- Employment -- Illinois -- Chicago.
Business enterprises -- Illinois -- Chicago. lctgm
City & town life -- Illinois -- Chicago. lctgm
Clergymen -- United States. lctgm
Entertainers -- United States. lctgm
Government officials -- United States. lctgm
International relations -- United States. lctgm
Military organizations -- United States. lctgm
Streets -- Illinois -- Chicago. lctgm
Teachers -- United States. lctgm
African Americans -- Commerce
Sports -- United States. lctgm
Reporters -- United States. lctgm
Religion -- United States. lctgm
Newspaper industry -- Illinois -- Chicago. lctgm
Farming -- Southern states. lctgm
Cosmetics & soap -- Illinois -- Chicago. lctgm
Business & finance -- United States. lctgm
Medicine -- United States. lctgm
Subject geo: 
Africa -- Foreign economic relations -- United States.
Chicago (Ill.) -- Social conditions.
Haiti -- Foreign economic relations -- United States.
Southern States -- Economic conditions
Tuskegee Institute (Tuskegee, Ala.)
Envelopes -- Color.
Photograph albums.
Cellulose nitrate negatives.
Dye coupler negatives.
Film negatives.
Film negatives -- Color.
Halftone photomechanical prints.
Gelatin silver prints.
Parks, Gordon, 1912-2006.
Associated Negro Press
Copy/Holding information
Call No.CopyCollectionStatus 
1980.0213 PFLmostly larger broadsidesPhotos-Use white callslipChecked In
1980.0213 PPL Photos-Use white callslipChecked In
1980.0213 PNGcaptionsPH: Non-graphicChecked In
1980.0213 PPN0008 Photos-orig negative-Advance notice requiredAdvance Request
1980.0213 PCLFColor negativesPH-orig neg. color-Advance notice requiredAdvance Request
1980.0213 PNN PH-orig neg. nitrChecked In

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