Ira Berkow collection
MSBerk78

 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
Berkow, Ira
Title
Ira Berkow collection
ID
MSBerk78
Date [inclusive]
ca. 1970
Extent
3.5 Linear feet
General Physical Description note
Language
English
Abstract:
This collection consists of tapes and transcripts collected for the book, Maxwell Street: Survival in a Bazaar. The interviews pertain to the Maxwell St. Market, the Near West Side neighborhood, Jewish immigrants, sweatshop labor and tenement housing.

Preferred Citation

Ira Berkow collection, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Biographical Sketch

Born in 1940, Ira Berkow grew up on Chicago's Near West Side. As a teenager, he sold women's nylons and men's belts at various stands in the Maxwell St. marketplace. Upon graduating from Northwestern University's journalism program, Berkow worked as a sports writer for the New York Times. Among other books, he is the author of Maxwell Street: Survival in a Bazaar. He was been active in the public campaign to save the Maxwell St. Market from demolition.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives June 2006

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

Revision Description

  07/16/2010

Restrictions on Access

None

Restrictions on Use

None

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Maxwell Street (Chicago, Ill.).
  • Near West Side (Chicago, Ill.).

Personal Name(s)

  • Berkow, Ira -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Chicago Ethnic Groups.
  • Chicago Neighborhoods.
  • Hull-House and Settlement House History.

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Collection Inventory

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