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The Pratt Family Collection

Identifier: PRATT

Scope and Contents

The Pratt Family Collection consists of clippings and news articles, concert programs, personal and professional correspondence, and other materials related to award-winning pianist Awadagin Pratt. A number of files relating to Awadagin’s father, Dr. Theodore A.E.C. Pratt, contain items from his early education and life in Sierra Leone, personal research and published papers, and materials spanning his extensive career as a Physics professor and consultant. There are a few files related to Theodore’s wife, Dr. Mildred Pratt, also a professor at Illinois State University, containing biographical information, clippings and news articles, her involvement with the Bloomington-Normal Black History project, and personal correspondence with the White House. A small amount of material is related to Theodore and Mildred’s daughter, Dr. Menah Pratt-Clarke. The collection is arranged in the following series:

I. Awadagin Pratt II. T.A.E.C. Pratt III. Mildred Pratt IV. Menah Pratt V. Oversized material, memorabilia & media


  • 1949 - 2012

Biographical / Historical

The Pratt family’s impact on Bloomington-Normal includes the Pratt Music Foundation (, established in the memory of T.A.E.C. Pratt in 1996, that provides scholarships for lessons at Illinois Wesleyan University’s Music Preparatory Program. In addition, Dr. Mildred Pratt established the Mildred Pratt Student Assistance Fund at Illinois State University.


4.5 Linear Feet

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Repository Details

Part of the Illinois Wesleyan University Special Collections Repository

P.O. Box 2899
Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington IL 61701 US