Aaron H. Payne papers
MSPayn68

 An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
Payne, Aaron H., 1901-1994
Title
Aaron H. Payne papers
ID
MSPayn68
Date [inclusive]
1894-1994
Extent
5.0 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
Aaron H. Payne (1901 to 1994) was a Chicago-area attorney and civic activist. As an attorney, he represented Joe Louis, Nat King Cole, and Josephine Baker, among others. The Aaron H. Payne papers mainly reflect his work as an attorney and civic activist in the City of Chicago. The papers partially reflect his many philanthropic endeavors.

Preferred Citation

Aaron H. Payne papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Biographical Sketch

Aaron H. Payne (1901 to 1994) was a Chicago-area attorney and civic activist. As an attorney, he represented Joe Louis, Nat King Cole, and Josephine Baker, among others.

Mr. Payne was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on October 1, 1901. He received his primary education in Louisville, Kentucky and his secondary education at the State Normal School in Frankfurt, Kentucky. In 1922, he received his A.B. degree in Liberal Arts from Howard University in Washington, DC. While attending Howard University, he was a member of the undefeated, and never scored upon, football team of 1920-1921. He was given honorable mention in Walter Camp's 1920-1921 All American Football and picked for the Negro All-American Team. Upon graduating, Payne accepted a job teaching at Virginia Union University.

In 1926, after studying law at the University of Chicago Law School, he was admitted to the Bar of the State of Illinois. Three years later Payne served as Assistant City Prosecutor, Assistant Corporate Counsel, and Arbitrator for the Illinois Industrial Commission. In addition, he served for several years as a member of the Legal Staff of the Chicago Transit Authority.

Later, Payne started his own legal practice. As an independent attorney, he represented heavyweight boxing champ Joe Louis in a legal matter involving problems with the Internal Revenue Service. Additionally, he represented singer-songwriter Nat King Cole in a discrimination matter taken up against the Hoffman Hotel Company.

Throughout Payne's career he was involved in politics, working in the 1930s as an assistant to Alderman Louis B. Anderson. In 1935, he ran for the office of 2nd Ward Alderman, but was defeated by William Dawson. In 1960, Payne sat for one term on the Sanitary District Civil Service Board.

Payne was also an active member of a number of civic and community groups which included: NAACP, Chicago Urban League, Fourth Ward Regular Democratic Organization, Defense Lawyers Association, and Hyde Park Neighborhood.

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Scope and Contents

The Aaron H. Payne papers mainly reflect his work as an attorney and civic activist in the City of Chicago. The papers partially reflect his many philanthropic endeavors. The collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, memos, telegrams, awards, and transcripts of speeches.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives February 2005

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

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Related Materials

Separated Materials

Louis, Joe, with Edna and Art Rust, Jr. Joe Louis: My Life, New York: Harcourt Brace, 1978. (Signed by Heath and Leslie Hunter)

Baker, Josephine and Jo Bouillon. Josephine. New York: Harper & Row, 1977. (Signed by Pat Pruitt)

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Baker, Josephine, 1906-1975
  • Cole, Nat King, 1919-1965
  • Louis, Joe, 1914-1981
  • Payne, Aaron H., 1901-1994 -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Chicago Political and Civic Life.
  • Lawyers -- Illinois -- Chicago.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Aaron H. Payne Papers 

Box Folder

Louis B. Anderson - Kent College Program, card, WCE passes and card, 1894 - 1938 

1 1

Louis B. Anderson - photographs, 1920 - 1930 

1 2

Miscellaneous Photographs, 1920 - 1965 

1 3

Louis B. Anderson - scrapbook, 1922 

1 4

Louis B. Anderson - newspaper clippings, speech, 1922 - 1946 

1 5

Oscar DePriest - correspondence regarding Louis B. Anderson toast, 1930 

1 6

Louis B. Anderson - biographical sketch, correspondence, 1931 

1 7

Legal Correspondence, 1931 - 1967 

1 8

Blunders and Mistakes of Oscar DePriest - Publication, 1934 

1 9

Aaron H. Payne for Alderman - photograph, newspaper clippings, correspondence, 1935 

1 10

Joe Louis - autographed photographs with A. Payne, 1939 - 1940 

1 11

Lincoln Dinner of the National Republican Club, 1939 - 1940 

1 12

Personal Correspondence, 1939 - 1976 

1 13

Honorary Assistant Sergeant at Arms - Appointment Certificate, 1940 

1 14

Payne's Program, 1940 

1 15

The Crisis in Religion - speech given at Lincoln Dinner, 1940 

1 16

The Crisis in Religion - correspondence in response to speech, 1940 

1 17

Newspaper Clippings, 1940 - 1976 

1 18

Political Correspondence, 1940 - 1976 

1 19

Joe Louis - newspaper clippings, 1943 - 1946 

1 20

Emmett Jay Scott - correspondence, newspaper clippings, 1943 - 1966 

1 21

Hugo Black, Steward Ellis, and A. Payne - photo taken at WWII Bond Rally, 1945 

1 22

Louis B. Anderson - House Resolution No. 9, 1946 

1 23

Paul Robeson - autographed photograph with A. Payne and H. Bledsoe, 1947 

1 24

Nat King Cole - case against Hoffman Hotel Company, 1948 - 1950 

1 25

William L. Dawson Testimonial Dinner, 1949 

1 26

Judicial Recommendations for A. Payne, 1950 - 1963 

1 27

Josephine Baker - Women's Auxiliary Board of Provident Hospital, 11th Ann Tea, 1951 

1 28

Josephine Baker - correspondence with A. Payne, 1953 

2 29

Nat King Cole - autographed photograph with A. Payne, 1951 

2 30

Charles S. Johnson - correspondence with A. Payne, 1951 

2 31

Western Branch Library Celebration - correspondence, 1955 

2 32

The Original Forty Club of Chicago - correspondence, 1956 

2 33

T.K. Gibson, Sr. - Civic Crown - speeches, correspondence, 1957 

2 34

Howard University - Alumni Profile, 1958 

2 35

Abraham L. Marovitz - correspondence with A. Payne, 1958 - 1969 

2 36

Metropolitan Sanitary District - correspondence, 1962 - 1965 

2 37

I'll Remember and Other Verse - responses by various persons, 1963 - 1964 

2 38

Ora Higgins - professional record, correspondence, clippings, 1963 - 1976 

2 39

Louis Feinberg - correspondence with A. Payne, 1964 - 1968 

2 40

I'll Remember and Other Verse - publication by A. Payne, 1964 

2 41

I'll Remember and Other Verse - signed copy to Evelyn Payne, 1964 

2 42

Otto Kerner - correspondence with A. Payne, 1964 

2 43

Joe Louis - A. Payne correspondence with Ray Sons regarding J. Louis, 1964 

2 44

Martin Luther King - correspondence with Franklin Doan regarding King article, 1964 

2 45

T. K. Lawless Portrait Fund for Dillard University - presentation address, audit report, 1964 

2 46

Daniel P. Ward - correspondence with A. Payne, 1964 

2 47

Frederick Spiegel - correspondence with A. Payne, 1964 - 1965 

2 48

Address by A. Payne to Zion Temple M.B. Church - address, response by R.J. Daley, 1965 

2 49

Nat King Cole article in Jet Magazine - article, photograph, correspondence, 1965 

2 50

Ralph Metcalfe - correspondence with A. Payne, 1965 

2 51

Metropolitan Sanitary District - Human Relations Award, 1965 

2 52

Dr. Clarence H. Payne - Final Rites, bio, newspaper clippings, 1965 

2 53

South Central Medical Center Building - newspaper clippings, rendering, 1965 

2 54

Urban Renewal Project State - 51st - correspondence, newspaper clippings, 1965 

2 55

Dr. Percy L. Julian - National Conference of Christians and Jews luncheon, 1965 - 1966 

2 56

Richard J. Daley - correspondence with A. Payne, 1965 - 1975 

2 57

Invitations, 1965 - 1975 

2 58

Howard University - centennial celebration - program, newspaper clippings, correspondence, 1966 - 1967 

2 59

Marshall Korshak - correspondence with A. Payne, 1966 

2 60

CIAA Hall of Fame Award - certificate, telegram, 1967 

2 61

Nathan H. Schwartz - correspondence with A. Payne, 1967 

2 62

Hole-in-One Club - certificate, correspondence, scorecard, 1968 

2 63

Lady Bird Johnson - correspondence with A. Payne, 1968 

2 64

The Original Forty Club of Chicago - nomination of A. Payne as Man-of-the-Year, 1969 

2 65

Lowell C. Wormley, MD. - correspondence to William McCurine, 1969 

2 66

The Original Forty Club of Chicago - 50th Anniversary Record, 1970 

2 67

Whitney Moore Young, Jr. - memorial program, 1971 

2 68

The Joint Negro Appeal - 16th Annual Dinner honoring M.J. Spiegel and L.E. Martin, 1972 

3 69

Julian B. Wilkins - correspondence with A. Payne, 1972 - 1974 

3 70

Margaret Truman Daniels - correspondence from A. Payne, 1974 

3 71

Truman Library Institute Honorary Fellow, 1974 

3 72

J. Ernest Wilkins - bio, photograph, 1974 

3 73

Cecil A. Partee - correspondence with A. Payne, 1974 - 1975 

3 74

DePaul University - Society of Fellows Invitation, Minority Scholarship Fund Donation, 1974 

3 75

Josephine Baker - Obituary, newspaper clippings, 1975 

3 76

The Negro Labor Relations League - William L. Dawson Award, 1976 

3 77

I'll Remember and Other Verse - correspondence with E.M. Kennedy re: JFK Library, 1976 - 1977 

3 78

A Testimonial for Ben Branch, 1976 

3 79

A Letter to Martin Luther King, 1977 

3 80

Howard University - correspondence, photographs, calendar, 1977 - 1979 

3 81

Kentucky State University - Resolution, correspondence, 1977 

3 82

Monthly Accounting, 1977 - 1980 

3 83

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin - newspaper, 1979 

3 84

The Christian Science Monitor - newspaper, 1979 

3 85

Daily Municipal Court Record - newspaper, 1979 

3 86

Paul Williams - obituary, correspondence to A. Payne, 1979 

3 87

Christiana Ukamaka Okoye - petition to President Carter, 1979 

3 88

Josephine Baker: A Lifetime of Struggle and Romance - Article, 1986 

3 89

A. Payne - obituary, 1994 

3 90

Aaron H. Payne - record in the Chicago Bar Association, undated 

3 91

Aaron Payne - employment information, undated 

3 92

Aaron H. Payne - portrait, undated 

3 93

Against the Tide - manuscript, undated 

3 94

Josephine Baker - photograph with A. Payne, undated 

3 95

Biographical Sketch of Aaron H. Payne, undated 

3 96

Dedication of Fred (Duke) Slater Housing Development - photographs, undated 

3 97

Facts in the Life of Aaron H. Payne - bio, undated 

3 98

Lighting Ceremony on King Drive - photographs, undated 

3 99

The Joint Negro Appeal dinner honoring Fred Slater - photograph, newspaper clipping, undated 

3 100

The Metropolitan Sanitary District - photographs, undated 

3 101

YMCA of Wabash Ave. - Award for service to youth, 1962 

4 102

Howard University - President's Club certificate, 1968 

4 103

Cook County Bar Association - Senior Counselor Award, 1975 

4 104

KSU Alumni Association - Golden Anniversary Award, 1977 

4 105

CIAA Hall of Fame Award, 1967 

4 106

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Oversized Material 

Oversize

1940 news clipping, 2 undated photos of Payne with Josephine Baker, and a circa 1917 Louis B. Anderson for 2nd Ward Alderman election sign, 1917-1940 

Folder 107

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