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Miss Tillie and QLA Volunteers

Miss Tillie

Gerber/Hart Library and Archives recently received a wonderful collection of photographs documenting Miss Tillie "The Dirty Old Lady of Chicago" and her friends. Miss Tillie was a drag performer in Chicago and the dates found on photographs range from the 1940's up until the 1970's. We are honored to house and preserve this piece of history for generations to come. If you would like to take a look at this visual history, please email to make an appointment!

QLA Volunteers

On July 19, a group of graduate students from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign came to volunteer with us. These individuals are part of a student group known as Queer Library Alliance. In addition to having social events such as a monthly book club, the group also plans multiple professional development opportunities each year. We are thrilled that Gerber/Hart was chosen as a site for members to gain some hands-on experience in a library/archive setting. With their interest and training, we were able to take the photographs of Miss Tillie and friends out of their original albums and place them in acid-free boxes, folders, and tissue paper to increase their longevity.

Make your cents count at The Glenwood

The Glenwood

Every year, The Glenwood, a bar in Rogers Park off of the Morse Red Line stop, works with MillerCoors to choose one non-profit as the recipient for a donation. For each Miller product that is sold from June 1 to October 31, MillerCoors is donating 15 to the organization of The Glenwood's choosing. Gerber/Hart is thrilled to announce that it has been chosen as this year's recipient.

The Glenwood

Thank you to everyone at The Glenwood and MillerCoors for supporting Gerber/Hart in its mission and helping to sustain our work within the community!

Gerber/Hart Library and Archives
6500 North Clark Street • Chicago, Illinois 60626
(773) 381-8030 •

hours: Thursdays 6:00–9:00 PM
Saturday Noon–6:00 PM

Gerber/Hart Library and Archives is supported in part by the Kicking Assets Fund of the Tides Foundation and by a CityArts Program 1 grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

This page was last updated August 23, 2014.