Remembering Harold Washington

Mayor Harold Washington, the first African American mayor of Chicago, transformed the city during his years in office (1983-1987).

This collection showcases Harold Washington’s work with ethnic and constituency groups, famous people, groundbreaking and development projects and politics.

Chicago Public Library also holds an extensive Harold Washington Reseach Collection. Selections from those collections can be found in the Finding Aids section below.

Photographs in the Remembering Harold Washington exhibit are housed in the Special Collections and Preservation Division at Harold Washington Library Center.

More CPL Resources

Finding Aids
Chicago Public Library also holds extensive physical collections about Harold Washington, including his mayoral, congressional and state legislative years. Sample finding aids below.
Municipal Reference Collection
Collections include local government publications, city election results, maps, municipal ordinances and more.
Brenetta Howell Barrett Papers Finding Aid
Barrett served in the mayoral administrations of Harold Washington and Eugene Sawyer. She was a political activist for housing, environmental and civil liberties issues.
Harold Washington Blog Posts
Written by CPL librarians and staff.
Mayor Harold Washington Biography
Information about Mayor Harold Washington’s education, military service, career and selected accomplishments.