Wyatt Papers

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Rev. Addie Wyatt and Rev. Claude Wyatt Papers @ the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature

A comprehensive collection of personal & professional documents, cassette tapes and additional memorabilia belonging to the Reverend Addie Wyatt and her husband, the late Reverend Claude Wyatt, are now available to the public for research and reference at the Chicago Public Library. The Rev. Addie Wyatt and Rev. Claude Wyatt Papers document important and historical aspects of African American life in Chicago, the nation and worldwide during the turbulent decades from the 1940s to the 1990s. The collection also indentifies the progress of several mid-20th century civic, social and labor movements contending for racial, gender, economic and political justice. [press release: 08.06.2010]

DETAILS: Wyatt, Rev. Addie and Rev. Claude Papers. Dates: 1947-2005. Size: 309 linear feet. Accession #2007/04 Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. Rev. Addie Wyatt and her husband, Rev. Claude Wyatt were co-pastors of Vernon Park Church of God for more than four decades. Addie Wyatt was a meatpacking worker and union activist in the 1940s. Her determination to fight for social justice led her to union leadership roles, culminating in her election as vice-president of the Amalgamated Meatcutters Union (later merged into the United Food and Commercial Workers Union). She was a founder of the Coalition of Labor Union Women and the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists. This collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, programs, proceedings, serials, clipping files, audio-visual materials and photographs from her work in labor, Black and women’s organizations. Also included is extensive documentation on the history of Vernon Park Church of God, including sermon texts by Rev. Claude Wyatt. [Finding aid]