November 25 marks the twenty-year anniversary of former Chicago mayor Harold Washington's death in office. The mayor graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Roosevelt University, then known as Roosevelt College, in 1949.
To honor his legacy, we have created a photo album comprised of pictures of the mayor taken from the university's archives. It includes pictures from his time as a Roosevelt student, while campaigning for the mayor's office, and receiving a number of honors as a distinguished alumnus.
The library also has a number of books on Harold Washington's life, career, and legacy:
- Bashing Chicago traditions: Harold Washington’s last campaign, Chicago, 1987 by Melvin G. Holli and Paul M. Green. Chicago Circulating Books and Schaumburg Campus Library: F548.54.W36 H65 1989
- Chicago divided: the making of a Black mayor by Paul Kleppner. Chicago Circulating Books: F548.52.W36 K541985
- Climbing a great mountain: selected speeches of Mayor Harold Washington. Chicago Circulating Books: F548.52.W36 A51988
- Fire on the prairie: Chicago’s Harold Washington and the politics of race by Gary Rivlin. Chicago Circulating Books: F548.54.W36 R581992
- "Harold," the peoples mayor: an authorized biography of Mayor Harold Washington by Dempsey J. Travis. Chicago Circulating Books: F548.54.W36 T731989
- Harold Washington: a political biography by Florence Hamlish Levinsohn. Chicago Circulating Books: F548.52.W36 L481983
- The Making of the mayor, Chicago, 1983 edited by Melvin G. Holli and Paul M. Green. Chicago Circulating Books: JS718.3 .M34 1984
- The Mayors: the Chicago political tradition edited by Paul M. Green and Melvin G. Holli. Chicago Circulating Books and Schaumburg Campus Library: F548.25 .M39 2005
For additional information about Harold Washington, Chicago Public Radio and the NPR program This American Life are offering radio programs about the mayor, which you can listen to for free on their websites: