The Vivian G. Harsh Society supports the preservation and growth of the Vivian G. Harsh Collection of Afro-American History and Literature owned by the Chicago Public Library and housed in the Collection’s wing of the Woodson Regional Library. We welcome your exploration of our site.

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THE GREAT MIGRATION:

Listen now to the 2013 CPL program featuring Timuel Black, Linda Johnson Rice and Adam Green in an engaging conversation of how the Great Migration shaped their lives and the city of Chicago.

To see these archival and VGHS event images in detail, please visit our Photo Gallery .

The Vivian G. Harsh Society, Inc. Mission: 

  • Cultivate the resources needed to grow, protect and improve the Collection
  • Increase recognition and esteem for the Collection through support of compelling exhibitions and relevant public programs that educate an inclusive audience
  • Develop community partnerships and strategic alliances that will act on behalf of the Collection

The Vivian G. Harsh Society, Inc. Core Values:

We value African-American culture and history, therefore we preserve legacies, encourage the growth of African-American culture and history and educate audiences on the Vivian G. Harsh Collection.

The Vivian G. Harsh Society, Inc. Promise:

As vanguards of the collection, we champion the public’s right to access this potent archival resource of African-American material culture and history.