Temperature Control To minimize the risk of deterioration, I developed a simple preservation plan that can prolong the life of a collection. Temperature control is the most critical component in the preservation of ANY collection. Proper balance in temperature will prolong the life of all collection materials. Extreme temperatures, direct sunlight and moisture can cause major damage, an... Continue Reading →
Collection This collection was donated to me nearly a decade ago. The archives were found abandoned in a small crawl space underneath the stairwell of an unoccupied house that was being renovated. I received a telephone call regarding the material and immediately made time to accrue the collection. Once I obtained full access to the... Continue Reading →
Elnorah Huff-Williamson was a Chicago showgirl that performed at Club DeLisa and Roberts Show Club on the Chicago's South-side in the 1950's. Ellnorah Huff-Williamson (A Chicago Chorine at the Club DeLisa) Club DeLisa Club DeLisa Elnorah was born Elnorah Huff, she was born on August 5, 1932, in Chicago, (U.S. Census Records) to the parents of... Continue Reading →
This Photo was found in the Abandoned collection of Elnorah, no information was written on the back.
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 →
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 →
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 →