CHICAGO, IL—Miriam “Mimi” Stein, a principal at Chuhak & Tecson, P.C. who serves as the Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee for Johnson Publishing Company, LLC, recently spearheaded the successful auction of the company’s historical media and photography archive. The irreplaceable and expansive trove of over four million images and thousands of hours of video footage documenting African-American history since 1945 was sold in July for $30 million to a consortium of foundations that have pledged to donate the archive to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Getty Research Institute, and other leading cultural and research institutions.
Johnson Publishing, which owned the trailblazing Ebony and Jet magazines and published them from its Chicago headquarters for over 75 years, filed for bankruptcy on April 9, 2019. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois appointed Stein as trustee shortly thereafter.