Credit goes to the undergraduate and graduate students in my History Department classes and seminars who played a necessary role bringing the content and the context of this project to fruition. Their authored contributions appear on the website.

In three phases, this website received funding and support from the offices of the  Chancellor and the Provost, University of Illinois at Chicago; the Illinois Humanities Council and the Illinois General Assembly; Chicago Historical Society; and the Department of History, Great Cities Institute, Special Collections in the University Library, Humanities Institute, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum at University of Illinois at Chicago.

A special appreciation to Debra Hale, digital services at The University of Illinois at Chicago, for support and encouragement.

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Burton J. Bledstein