Chicago’s Roberts Show Club~ 1954-1961

This Photo was found in the Abandoned collection of Elnorah, no information was written on the back.

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The Club Delisa~ 1938-1958

History  The Club was owned by four DeLisa brothers, they were of Italian decent.  The Club DeLisa was legally established in 1934-1958, prior to 1934, the club operated as a speakeasy on the Chicago's South side. The DeLisa brothers operated an illegal establishment during the prohibition. The illegitimately selling of alcoholic beverages, cock-tailed with gambling... Continue Reading →

Americas First Gay Community

The Jewel Box Revue   Somewhere around the 1950's While surveying the collection of Elnorah Huff-Williamson, I came across a Jewel Box Revue Program. Doing more research, I was able to pin point its origin, which was speculated to have been founded in 1939.  However, based on primary records, its physical inception indicate 1942 in Miami,... Continue Reading →

Lost Archives of a Chicago Showgirl

The Personal Collection of Elnorah Huff~Williamson   Abstract: The personal collection of Elnorah Huff-Williams captures the private life of a showgirl. The collection provides primary sources that include photos, newspapers, programs, cards, a love letter, school records and articles from the black press. The collections primary timeline of activities are heavily concentrated in the early... Continue Reading →

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