Founded in 1905 by Robert S. Abbott, The Chicago Defender Newspaper has long served as one of the most recognized voices of African – Americans. When mainstream newspapers did not cover the Black experience,
The Chicago Defender was there.
The Chicago Defender Archives are being reintroduced to the world for study, review and revisit.
The majority of these images have never been available to the public. We invite you to look at what is available online, and to contact us for access to what is in our archives. We are committed to sharing
The Chicago Defender Forever!
Years in publication
The people and places and things:
The Chicago Defender Archives are a work in progress. We are in the process of sorting the collection into specific categories and then formally cataloging them for future reference. Soon, a significant number of the images will be available online. For now, please contact us about specific image use. Some of the categories are below:
Over the phone or online
If you're looking for archive research assistance, contact us here:
4445 S. King Drive
Chicago, IL 60653