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Chicago Public Library

Guide to the Barbara E. Allen Papers, 1915-2005

Processed by:

Traci Parker, Mapping the Stacks, University of Chicago

Supervised by:

Michael Flug, Senior Archivist, Chicago Public Library, Carter G. Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature

Descriptive Summary

Title:

Barbara E. Allen Papers

Dates:

1915-2005

Size:

9 linear feet

Repository:

Chicago Public Library
Carter G. Woodson Regional Library
Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature
9525 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60628

Access

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Citations

When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is:

Barbara E. Allen Papers [Box #, Folder #], Chicago Public Library, Carter G. Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature

Note on the Provenance

Collection donated by Barbara E. Allen, 2005.

Biographical Note

Barbara E. Allen directed, produced, edited, and wrote the 2005 Emmy-winning documentary, Paper Trail: 100 Years of the Chicago Defender. The film was hosted by Harry J. Lennix and featured such notables as Earl Calloway, Robert Sengstacke, and then Senator Barack Obama. It celebrates the centennial of the Chicago Defender and skillfully chronicles the pivotal role this groundbreaking newspaper played in African American life not only in Chicago but throughout the United States during the twentieth century. Beginning with the story of Robert Abbott, the Chicago Defender’s founder and editor, Paper Trail examines the paper’s tremendous influence on the Great Migration and the Civil Rights Movement – a period when its readership reached its height, the loss of readers beginning in the 1960s as the Civil Rights Movement grew more militant and the Defender held a conservative position on black politics and issues, and the paper’s present goal of regaining its position as the number one African American newspaper.

A graduate of Columbia College, Allen began her career as a film editor for WNBC-TV in New York. She later moved to NBC affiliate WMAQ-TV in Chicago and then to the Chicago Public Broadcasting Station, WTTW, as engineer/editor/producer. In addition to producing the three-time Emmy Award winning documentary, Paper Trail: 100 Years of the Chicago Defender, Allen has produced the critically acclaimed DuSable to Obama: Chicago’s Black Metropolis in 2010, Morning Due in 2007 (a film she not produced but directed; it was screened at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, the Chicago International Film Festival, and won the Jury Prize for Best Film at the 2008 Langston Hughes Festival), and the 2006 Emmy nominated documentary, Standing on Common Ground: My Spring Break in New Orleans with her son Evan Allen Gessesse.

Allen also founded and serves as executive director of Middle Passage Productions, Inc., a non-profit media cooperative that promotes and produces multi-cultural programming. In this role, Allen has produced Urban Suite, a home-decorating for budget conscious city dwellers, and D-Tours, a cultural travel series highlighting the African Diaspora. In addition to these accomplishments, Allen has created and produced the Emmy nominated children’s program, TechKnow Kids, and co-produced and edited the award winning short film, 12 Minutes, and the cable award winning series, Inside Issues.

Sources

Paper Trail: 100 Years of the Chicago Defender. DVD. Directed by Barbara E. Allen; Chicago, IL: WTTW/Chicago, 2005.

Scope and Content

The Barbara E. Allen Papers document the making of the Emmy-winning documentary, Paper Trail: 100 Years of the Chicago Defender (2005). The collection includes research materials, original uncut video interviews, audio interviews, and interview transcripts (however, in some cases, only portions of the interviews have been transcribed). Interviews were conducted with such notables as Timuel Black, Earl Calloway, Joslyn DiPasalegne, Tom Picou, Robert Sengstacke, Doris Saunders, Nathan McGill, III, and then Senator Barack Obama. The Barbara E. Allen Papers also contains DVD and VHS versions of Paper Trail: 100 Years of the Chicago Defender and other documentaries by Allen including DuSable to Obama: Chicago’s Black Metropolis (2010) and Standing on Common Ground: My Spring Break in New Orleans (2006), a film collaboration with her son Evan Allen Gessesse.

Related Papers at the Harsh Collection include the Abbott-Sengstacke Family Papers, the Ben Burns Papers, the Chester Commodore Papers, the Richard Durham Papers, the Majorie Stewart Joyner Papers, and the Doris E. Saunders Papers.

INVENTORY

Box 1

A/V 001

Audiocassette

Interviews with Emil Jones (Side A) and Valerie Jarrett (Side B), [n.d.]

Box 1

A/V 002

Audiocassette

Interview with Tom Picou, [n.d.]

Box 1

A/V 003

Audiocassette

Interview with Tom Picou (Side A) and Joslyn DiPasalegne (Side B), [n.d.]

Box 1

A/V 004

Audiocassette

Interview with Joslyn DiPasalegne, Part 1, [n.d.]

Box 1

A/V 005

Audiocassette

Interview with Joslyn DiPasalegne, Part 2, [n.d.]

Box 1

A/V 006

Audiocassette

Interview with Joslyn DiPasalegne, Part 3, [n.d.]

Box 1

A/V 007

Audiocassette

Interview with Joslyn DiPasalegne, Part 4; Dr. Clarence Nixon, Jr., [n.d.]

Box 1

A/V 008

Audiocassette

Interview with Dr. Clarence Nixon, Jr., [n.d.]

Box 1

A/V 009

Audiocassette

Interview with John Stroger, [n.d.]

Box 1

A/V 010

Audiocassette

Interview with Salim Muwakkil, April 3, 2005

Box 1

A/V 011

Audiocassette

Interview with Roland Martin, Part 1, April 10, 2005

Box 1

A/V 012

Audiocassette

Interview with Roland Martin, Part 2, April 10, 2005

Box 1

A/V 013

Audiocassette

Interview with Roland Martin, Part 3, April 10, 2005

Box 1

A/V 014

Audiocassette

Interview with Earl Calloway, Part 1, April 10, 2005

Box 1

A/V 015

Audiocassette

Interview with Earl Calloway, Part 2, April 10, 2005

Box 1

A/V 016

Audiocassette

Interview with Theresa Fambro-Hooks, April 10, 2005

Box 1

A/V 017

Audiocassette

Interview with Bobby Sengstacke, Part 1, April 10, 2005

Box 1

A/V 018

Audiocassette

Interview with Bobby Sengstacke, Part 2, April 10, 2005

Box 1

A/V 019

Audiocassette

Interview with Bobby Sengstacke, Part 3, April 10, 2005; Stephanie Davenport, Part 1, March 24, 2005

Box 1

A/V 020

Audiocassette

Interview with Stephanie Davenport, Part 2, March 24, 2005

Box 1

A/V 021

Audiocassette

Interview with Chris Manning, Part 1, March 24, 2005

Box 1

A/V 022

Audiocassette

Interview with Chris Manning, Part 2, March 24, 2005

Box 1

A/V 023

Audiocassette

Interview with Chris Manning, Part 3, March 24, 2005; Myiti Sengstacke, Part 1, March 24, 2005

Box 1

A/V 024

Audiocassette

Interview with Myiti Sengstacke, Part 2, March 24, 2005; Timuel Black, Part 1, March 24, 2005

Box 2

A/V 025

Audiocassette

Interview with Timuel Black, Part 3, March 24, 2005

Box 2

A/V 026

Audiocassette

Interview with Jim Grossman, Part 1, March 24, 2005

Box 2

A/V 027

Audiocassette

Interview with Jim Grossman, Part 2, March 24, 2005

Box 2

A/V 028

Audiocassette

Interview with Charles Whitaker, March 24, 2005; Cliff Kelly, Tape 1, [n.d.]

Box 2

A/V 029

Audiocassette

Interview with Cliff Kelly, Tape 2, [n.d.]

Box 2

A/V 030

Audiocassette

Interview with Doris Saunder, [n.d.]

Box 2

A/V 031

Audiocassette

Interview with Colonel Eugene Scott, [n.d.]

Box 2

A/V 032

Audiocassette

Interview with Lonnie Bunch, Tape 1, [n.d.]

Box 2

A/V 033

Audiocassette

Interview with Lonnie Bunch, Tape 2, [n.d.]

Box 2

A/V 034

Audiocassette

Interview with Laura Washington, [n.d.]

Box 2

A/V 035

Audiocassette

Interview with Irma P. Hall, [n.d.]

Box 2

A/V 036

Audiocassette

Interview with Desiree Rogers, [n.d.]

Box 2

A/V 037

Audiocassette

Interview with Tim Sammuelson, [n.d.]

Box 2

A/V 038

Audiocassette

Interview with Nathan McGill, III, [n.d.]

Box 2

A/V 039

Audiocassette

Interview with Sherry Williams, [n.d.]

Box 2

A/V 040

Audiocassette

Interview with Senator Barack Obama, [n.d.]

Box 2

A/V 041

Audiocassette

Interview with Michael Flug and Timuel Black, Tape 1, [n.d.]

Box 2

A/V 042

Audiocassette

Interview with Michael Flug and Timuel Black, Tape 2, [n.d.]

Box 2

A/V 043

Audiocassette

Interview with Michael Flug and Timuel Black, Tape 3, [n.d.]

Box 2

A/V 044

Audiocassette

Interview with Clarice Durham, [n.d.]

Box 2

A/V 045

Audiocassette

Interview with James Kellum, Tape 1, [n.d.]

Box 2

A/V 046

Audiocassette

Interview with James Kellum, Tape 2, [n.d.]

Box 2

A/V 047

Audiocassette

Interview with Ernie Banks ("Mr. Cubs"), [n.d.]

Box 2

A/V 048

Audiocassette

Interview with Bobby Rush, [n.d.]

Box 2

A/V 049

Audiocassette

Interview with Unknown Woman, [n.d.]

Box 3

A/V 050

Videocassette

Interview with Emil Jones, [n.d.]

Box 3

A/V 051

Videocassette

Interview with Valerie Jarrett, [n.d.]

Box 3

A/V 052

Videocassette

Interview with Joslyn DiPasalenge, Tape 1, March 2005

Box 3

A/V 053

Videocassette

Interview with Joslyn DiPasalenge, Tape 2, March 2005

Box 3

A/V 054

Videocassette

Interview with Joslyn DiPasalenge, Tape 3, March 2005

Box 3

A/V 055

Videocassette

Interview with Joslyn DiPasalenge, Tape 4, March 2005

Box 3

A/V 056

Videocassette

Interview with Roland Martin, #2, April 10, 2005

Box 3

A/V 057

Videocassette

Interview with Roland Martin, #3, April 10, 2005

Box 3

A/V 058

Videocassette

Interview with Earl Calloway, Tape 1, April 10, 2005

Box 3

A/V 059

Videocassette

Interview with Earl Calloway, Tape 2, April 10, 2005

Box 4

A/V 060

Videocassette

Interview with Theresa Fambro-Hooks, April 10, 2005

Box 4

A/V 061

Videocassette

Interview with Stephanie Davenport, March 24, 2005

Box 4

A/V 062

Videocassette

Interview with Chris Manning, Tape 1, March 24, 2005

Box 4

A/V 063

Videocassette

Interview with Chris Manning, Tape 2, March 24, 2005

Box 4

A/V 064

Videocassette

Interview with Timuel Black, Tape 2, March 24, 2005

Box 4

A/V 065

Videocassette

Interview with Timuel Black, Tape 3, March 24, 2005

Box 4

A/V 066

Videocassette

Interview with Jim Grossman, Tape 1, March 24, 2005

Box 4

A/V 067

Videocassette

Interview with Jim Grossman, Tape 2, March 24, 2005

Box 4

A/V 068

Videocassette

Interview with Cliff Kelly, April 9, 2005

Box 4

A/V 069

Videocassette

Interview with Lonnie Bunch, Tape 1, April 2, 2005

Box 5

A/V 070

Videocassette

Interview with Lonnie Bunch, Tape 2, April 2, 2005

Box 5

A/V 071

Videocassette

Interview with Irma P. Hall, March 2005

Box 5

A/V 072

Videocassette

Interview with Nathan McGill, III, April 9, 2005

Box 5

A/V 073

Videocassette

Interview with Michael Flug and Timuel Black, Tape 1, April 15, 2005

Box 5

A/V 074

Videocassette

Interview with Michael Flug and Timuel Black, Tape 2, April 15, 2005

Box 5

A/V 075

Videocassette

Interview with Clarice Durham, April 15, 2005

Box 5

A/V 076

Videocassette

Interview with James Kellum, April 15, 2005

Box 5

A/V 077

Videocassette

Interview with Ernie Banks ("Mr. Cubs"), April 15, 2005

Box 5

A/V 078

Videocassette

Paper Trails: 100 Years of the Chicago Defender, June 2005

Box 5

A/V 079

Videocassette

Paper Trails: 100 Years of the Chicago Defender, June 2005

Box 6

A/V 080

DVD

Paper Trails: 100 Years of the Chicago Defender, June 2005

Box 6

A/V 081

DVD

Paper Trails: 100 Years of the Chicago Defender, June 2005

Box 6

A/V 082

DVD

Standing on Common Ground (Film by Evan Allen Gessesse), c. 2006

Box 6

A/V 083

DVD

Positively Trailer and Promo by Barbara Allen, [n.d.]

Box 6

A/V 084

DVD

DuSable to Obama, 2010

Box 7

Folder 1

Interview Transcript, Banks, Ernie, [n.d.]

Box 7

Folder 2

Interview Transcript, Black, Timuel, March 24, 2005

Box 7

Folder 3

Interview Transcript, Brown, Maggie, [n.d.]

Box 7

Folder 4

Interview Transcript, Bunch, Lonnie, April 2, 2005

Box 7

Folder 5

Interview Transcript, Burroughs, Margaret, [n.d.]

Box 7

Folder 6

Interview Transcript, Calloway, Earl, April 10, 2005

Box 7

Folder 7

Interview Transcript, Davenport, Stephanie, March 24, 2005

Box 7

Folder 8

Interview Transcript, DiPasalegne, Joslyn, [n.d.]

Box 7

Folder 9

Interview Transcript, Durham, Clarice, [n.d.]

Box 7

Folder 10

Interview Transcript, Fambro-Hooks, Theresa, April 10, 2005

Box 7

Folder 11

Interview Transcript, Flug, Michael and Timuel Black, [n.d.]

Box 7

Folder 12

Interview Transcript, Grossman, James, [n.d.]

Box 7

Folder 13

Interview Transcript, Hall, Irma P., [n.d.]

Box 7

Folder 14

Interview Transcript, Jarrett, Valerie, [n.d.]

Box 7

Folder 15

Interview Transcript, Jones, Emil, [n.d.]

Box 7

Folder 16

Interview Transcript, Kelley, Cliff, [n.d.]

Box 7

Folder 17

Interview Transcript, Kellum, James, [n.d.]

Box 7

Folder 18

Interview Transcript, Manning, Chris, March 24, 2005

Box 7

Folder 19

Interview Transcript, Martin, Roland, April 10, 2005

Box 7

Folder 20

Interview Transcript, McGill, Nathan, III, [n.d.]

Box 7

Folder 21

Interview Transcript, Muwakkil, Salim, April 3, 2005

Box 7

Folder 22

Interview Transcript, Nixon, Clarence, Jr., [n.d.]

Box 7

Folder 23

Interview Transcript, Obama, Barack, [n.d.]

Box 8

Folder 1

Interview Transcript, Picou, Tom, [n.d.]

Box 8

Folder 2

Interview Transcript, Rogers, Desiree, [n.d.]

Box 8

Folder 3

Interview Transcript, Rush, Bobby, [n.d.]

Box 8

Folder 4

Interview Transcript, Sammuelson, Tim, [n.d.]

Box 8

Folder 5

Interview Transcript, Saunders, Doris, [n.d.]

Box 8

Folder 6

Interview Transcript, Scott, Colonel Eugene, [n.d.]

Box 8

Folder 7

Interview Transcript, Sengstacke, Bobby, April 10, 2005

Box 8

Folder 8

Interview Transcript, Sengstacke, Myiti, March 24, 2005

Box 8

Folder 9

Interview Transcript, Stroger, John, [n.d.]

Box 8

Folder 10

Interview Transcript, Washington, Laura, [n.d.]

Box 8

Folder 11

Interview Transcript, Watkins, James Nugie, [n.d.]

Box 8

Folder 12

Interview Transcript, Whitaker, Charles, March 24, 2005

Box 8

Folder 13

Interview Transcript, Williams, Sherry, [n.d.]

Box 9

CD Headline: Birth of A Nation Kicked Out of Ohio, October 2, 1915

Box 9

CD Headline: Family Driven From South by Mob, September 4, 1920

Box 9

CD Headline: A Recapitulation of 25 Years Work, May 3, 1930

Box 9

CD Headline: Ike Award Kicks Off Defender Anniversary, May 7, 1955

Box 9

CD Headline: 250,000 View Slain Youth's Body, September 10, 1955

Box 9

CD Headline: Defender Tracks Down Mystery Till 'Witness', October 8, 1955

Box 9

CD Headline: King Murdered!, April 6-12, 1968

Box 9

CD Headline: Nation Mourns Jackie; Funeral Rites Set Friday, October 25, 1972

Box 9

CD Headline: To Our Readers (75th Anniversary Edition), May 3, 1980

Box 9

CD Headline: Religious Council…Plea: Epton! Halt Racist Ads!, April 2, 1983

Box 9

CD Headline: We Are a Family, February 26, 1986

Box 9

CD Headline: City Mourns Death of John H. H. Sengstacke, May 29, 1997

Box 10

2005-2006 Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards - Outstanding Achievement for Documentary Programs -Documentary of Historic Significance - Paper Trails: 100 Years of the Chicago Defender, Barbara Allen, Producer, WTTW