The Dramas of Haymarket is a collaborative project of the Chicago Historical Society (CHS), from whose holdings virtually all its contents are drawn, and of Northwestern University (NU), which was primarily responsible for the creation of this website. The Dramas of Haymarket has been produced in conjunction with the digitization and presentation of the materials in the Haymarket Affair Digital Collection by the Chicago Historical Society. Digitization of these materials has been made possible by an award from the Library of Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library Competition. The Dramas of Haymarket is part of a web partnership between CHS and NU that has produced two other sites, The Great Chicago Fire and the Web of Memory and Wet With Blood: The Investigation of Mary Todd Lincoln's Cloak.
The curator of The Dramas of Haymarket is Carl Smith, Franklyn Bliss Snyder Professor of English and American Studies and Professor of History at Northwestern, who conceived the site's theme and structure, selected and organized its contents, and wrote its descriptive and interpretive text. Jason Betke, Project Manager at the Northwestern University Advanced Media Production Studio, was the site designer, architect, and director of production. Melinda Spitzer, Project Editor of the Chicago Historical Society's Haymarket Affair Digital Collection, coordinated the research and preparation of materials required for The Dramas of Haymarket at CHS. William Parod, Humanities Research Computing Specialist at Northwestern 's Academic Technologies, created the special software required to build and manage the site.
At Northwestern, Kay Yang was chief web production assistant, Lucas Hackett and Michael Cruz were web production assistants, Yuko Nagaki and William Petersen video production assistants. Mark Schaefer, Academic Technologies New Media Specialist, and Dennis Glenn, Manager of the Advanced Media Production Studio, provided critical technical support and advice, as did Systems Engineer John Norstad and Distributed Computing Environment Architect Bruce Foster. Andrianna Kastanek assisted in the project research at Northwestern along with Brian Artese, who also helped edit the descriptive and interpretive sections and make final corrections. Robert Taylor, Director of Academic Technologies, managed Northwestern Academic Technologies' participation in The Dramas of Haymarket.
The Chicago Historical Society's participation was overseen by Bernard Reilly, Director of Research and Access, along with Chief Cataloger Linda Evans and Rights and Reproductions Coordinator Matthew Cook. Senior Photographer John Alderson and Photographer Jay Crawford produced many of the images on the site, while Archivist Emeritus Archie Motley, Curator of Architecture Tim Samuelson, and Scholar-in-Residence Studs Terkel furnished important materials and information. Research Services Librarian Paula Murphy and her staff provided essential research support. Textile Conservator Nancy Buenger, Paper Conservator Carol Turchan, and Collections Manager Sorrel Goodwin located and prepared many of the site's artifacts and documents. Editor Daniel Greene reviewed the entire text. Web Editor Matt Crenshaw facilitated putting the site on-line. Olivia Mahoney, Director of Historical Documentation, and Kathleen Plourd, Director of Collection Services, consulted on the planning.
At the Chicago Historical Society, the project proceeded under the supervision of CHS President Douglas Greenberg, Andrew W. Mellon Director for Collections and Research Russell Lewis, Deputy Director of Interpretation and Education Phyllis Rabineau, and Director of Publications Rosemary Adams. Special thanks are due to Registrar Julie Katz, Director of Properties Larry Schmitt, Computer Operations Technician Joe Podlasek, Research Specialist Julie Thomas, and Assistant Prints and Photographs Curator Leith Rohr.
The resources and staff expertise of several libraries were very important in the researching of Haymarket materials. These include, most notably, the Newberry Library and the Northwestern University Library, as well as the Labadie Collection at the University of Michigan, the Beinecke Library of Yale University, and the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.
Special assistance in the translation of texts was provided by Lola Rand and Martin Mueller, Professor of English and Classics at Northwestern, with advice from Geza Von Molnar and Franziska Lys of Northwestern's Department of German. Additional help was provided by Josef Barton and Henry Binford of the Northwestern History Department, John P. Heinz of the Northwestern University Law School, Charles Fineman of the Harvard College Library, and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
The creators of this site are particularly grateful to Dr. Richard Butterly, James Cosgrove, John Cosgrove, Oscar William Neebe, Les Orear, and Studs Terkel for consenting to be interviewed; to Mark Dvorak, Benjamin Kanters, and Chris Siuty for recording the "Eight-Hour Song"; and to Jeanie Child and Philip J. Costello of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County Archives for making court documents available.
The project was made possible in part by support from the Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Eric J. Sundquist, Dean, and the Northwestern University Department of English. Research and technical assistance was funded in part by a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation "Imagining America" Public Scholarship Grant.