Materials entirely in English.

Title:

Lorraine Passovoy papers

Identifier:

BMRC.DUSABLE.PASSOVOY

Repository:

DuSable Museum of African American History

Extent:

10.0 Linear feet

Dates:

Bulk, 1974-1984

Dates:

1963-1989, bulk 1974-1984

Abstract:

Lorraine Passovoy (1919-1990) was an author and researcher whose work focused on Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, the founder of Chicago. The Lorraine Passovoy papers spans from 1963-1989, with the bulk of material from 1974-1984. The papers reflect Passovoy’s extensive research and writing about the life of Jean Baptiste Point DuSable. Her drafts, manuscripts, and collected research material make up the majority of the collection. Personal and professional correspondence, medical and financial documents, newspaper clippings, and personal material are included in the collection.

Biographical Note

Lorraine Passovoy (1919-1990) was an author and researcher whose work focused on Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, the founder of Chicago. Her published works include The Mysterious Coat Button (Perdam Press, Urbana, IL, 1979), Point Sable and Chicago, 1778-1780 (L. Passovoy, 1982), and The Black Root (1983). She frequently collaborated with Virginia Julien, a Jean Baptiste Point DuSable scholar. During the late 1960s, Passovoy published a series of historical essays under the pseudonym Altai Margit in Hyde Park-Kenwood Voices, a monthly neighborhood newspaper. From 1968 to 1973, Passovoy served on Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Committee for a Point Sable Monument. The committee was responsible for the relocation of the DuSable Museum of African American History to the Washington Park Field House in Hyde Park. Passovoy lived in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago and Champaign, Illinois. She was a member of the Northern Illinois Unit of the Herb Society of America.

Arrangement note

The Lorraine Passovoy papers are It is arranged into three series, two of which have been further arranged in subseries. The series and subseries arrangment of the papers is as follows:

Series 1, Lorraine Passovoy writings,1908, 2982, undated.

Series 2, Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Research,1964-1987 Subseries 1, Research files, 1964-1986 Subseries 2, Literary correspondence, 1968-1987 Subseries 3, Note cards, undated

Series 3, Personal Material, 1963-1989 Subseries 1, Personal correspondence, 1970-1989 Subseries 2, Medical and financial document, 1971-1989 (BULK, 1987-1989) Subseries 3, Herb Society of American, 1963-1989 (Bulk, 1986-1989) Subseries 4, Personal items, undated Subseries 5, Newspaper clippings, 1968-1969

Scope and Contents note

The Lorraine Passovoy papers spans from 1963 to 1989 with the bulk of material from 1974-1984. The papers reflect Passovoy’s extensive research and writing about the life of Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, the founder of Chicago. Her drafts, manuscripts, and collected research material make up the majority of the collection. Other material in the papers include personal and professional correspondence, medical and financial documents, documents pertaining to the Herb Society of America, newspaper clippings, and personal items. Of note in this collection is a complete manuscript of “Black Chief,” an unpublished historically documented narrative of DuSable’s life.

Conditions Governing Access note

Access to the archival collections housed at the DuSable Museum is restricted; please contact the museum archivist at 773-947-0600 for more information. 2015 October 5 CAB

Processing Information note

Processed by CLIR funded Black Metropolis Research Consortium “Color Curtain Processing Project.” Processors: T.J. Szafranski and Elise Zerega.

Preferred Citation note

When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Lorraine Passovoy papers, [Box #, Folder #], DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago, Illinois

Subjects

INVENTORY

Series I: Lorraine Passovoy writings, 1980, 1982, undated

Scope and Contents note

The Lorraine Passovoy writings series contains manuscripts and drafts of Passovoy’s published and unpublished works, the majority of which focus on Jean Baptiste Point DuSable. Notable writings include “Black Chief,” an unpublished historical narrative about DuSable, “The Point Sable Documents,” which was the basis for Black Root, The Mysterious Coat Button, a children’s book about DuSable, and “Point DuSable Documents,” a bibliographic list of primary sources regarding DuSable.

Letter to Scott Meredith Literary Agency, 1980

Black Chief manuscript, 1980

Black Chief manuscript, 1980

Black Chief draft, undated

Black Chief draft, undated

Black Chief draft, undated

Black Chief draft, undated

The Point Sable documents, undated

The Point Sable documents, undated

The Black Root, 1983

The Black Root (oversized), 1983

Bibliography on Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, undated

Point Sable and Chicago 1778-1780, 1982

The Mysterious Coat Button, undated

The DuSable Lost and Found, undated

Jeannot, undated

A Point on the Compass Marked Liberty, undated

John Jones, The Tailor Who Altered History, undated

Looking for the People Who Remember, undated

What’s Going on Here, undated

From Every Man to His Fellow, undated

It’s a Wise Town that Knows Its Own Father, undated

Unidentified drafts, undated

Series II: Jean Baptiste Point DuSable research, 1964-1987

Arrangement note

The Jean Baptiste Point DuSable research series is arranged into three subseries, 1. Research files. 2. Literary correspondence. 3. Note cards.

Scope and Contents note

The Jean Baptiste Point DuSable research series is comprised of material gathered by Passovoy while she researched and wrote about Jean Baptiste Point DuSable. It includes copies and transcriptions of primary documents, and correspondence with archives, libraries, historical societies, and publishing agencies.

Subseries 1: Research files, 1964-1986

Scope and Contents note

The Research files subseries contains the material collected by Passovoy while she studied and wrote about Jean Baptiste Point DuSable. The subseries is primarily comprised of photocopies and transcribed notes from archives, libraries, and historical societies, along with correspondence between Passovoy and these institutions. The subseries also includes a signed copy of “DuSable, The Black Chief,” a play by Useni Eugene Perkins that was put on at the DuSable Museum of African American History.

Correspondence, 1964-1986

Research and correspondence, 1964-1986

Research and correspondence, 1968-1986

Research, undated

Research, undated

Research, undated

Research (oversized), undated

Research (oversized binder), undated

Research, undated

“DuSable, The Black Chief” by Useni Eugene Perkins, 1984

Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Committee for a Point Sable Monument, 1968

Flexidisc: “Songs and Chats,” and Unidentified Cassette, undated

Microfilm, undated

Subseries 2: Literary correspondence, 1968-1987

Arrangement note

The Literary correspondence subseries is arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents note

The Literary correspondence subseries contains correspondence related to Passovoy’s efforts to publish her writings. It includes correspondence with Virginia Julien, publishers, and literary agencies.

Miscellaneous, 1968-1970

Roy Porter, 1969-1980

Virginia Julien, 1971-1984

Authors Guild, 1975

Negro History Bulletin, 1976

NBC, 1976

Journal of Negro History, 1976-1978

Miscellaneous, 1977

Scott Meredith Literary Agency, 1981

New York Public Library, 1981

Greenwood Press, 1984

The International Black Heritage Collection, 1984

Checagou Du Sable Fort Dearborn Historical Commission, Inc., 1985

Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 1985

American Visions, 1987

Smithsonian, 1987

W.W. Norton & Co., undated

Chicago Magazine, undated

Subseries 3: Note cards, undated

Scope and Contents note

The Note cards subseries contains three boxes of note cards compiled by Passovoy during her research. The note cards are housed in their original containers. Note: Box 27 contains note cards that were found after the collection was processed.

Note cards, undated

Note cards, undated

Note cards, undated

Note cards, undated

Series III: Personal material, 1963-1989

Arrangement note

The Personal material series is arranged into five subseries: 1. Personal Correspondence, 1970-1989. 2. Medical and Financial Documents, 1971-1989 (Bulk, 1987-1989). 3. Herb Society of America, 1963-1989 (Bulk, 1986-1989). 4. Personal Items,undated. 5. Newspaper clippings, 1968-1969.

Scope and Contents note

The Personal material series contains material that is not directly associated with Passovoy’s research on Jean Baptiste Point DuSable.

Subseries 1: Personal correspondence, 1970-1989

Arrangement note

The Personal correspondence subseries is arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents note

The Personal correspondence subseries contains Passovoy’s personal correspondence, the majority of which is with her sister, Louise.

Personal correspondence, 1970, 1978

Personal correspondence, 1983

Personal correspondence, 1987-1988

Personal correspondence, 1989

Personal correspondence, undated

Subseries 2: Medical and financial documents, Bulk, 1987-1989

Scope and Contents note

The Medical and financial documents subseries contains medical and financial documents from the late 1980s, when Passovoy’s health was in decline. There are also two journal articles, a newspaper clipping, and a letter relating to the Passovoy Defect, a blood disorder named after Passovoy’s niece, Carey.

Medical and financial documents, 1987-1989

Medical and financial documents, 1971-1989

Subseries 3: Herb Society of America, Bulk, 1986-1989

Scope and Contents note

The Herb Society of America subseries contains material related to Passovoy’s involvement in the Northern Illinois Unit of the Herb Society of America. It includes meeting minutes, member lists, newsletters, and drafts of a book that the Society was writing.

Herb Society of America, 1963-1989

Herb Society of America, 1986-1989

Herb Society of America binder, circa 1986

Subseries 4: Personal items, undated

Scope and Contents note

The Personal items subseries includes publications, notebooks, and other material collected by Passovoy.

Personal items, undated

Personal items, undated

Subseries 5: Newspaper clippings, 1968-1969

Scope and Contents note

The Newspaper clippings subseries includes copies of Hyde Park-Kenwood Voices, a neighborhood newspaper, that Passovoy published a series of articles in under the pseudonym Altai Margit during the late 1960s.

Hyde Park-Kenwood Voices, 1968-1969