The Black Metropolis Resource Consortium (BMRC), Chicago, IL

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The BMRC is a Chicago-based membership organization of libraries, universities, and other archival institutions.  Its mission is to make broadly accessible its members' holdings of materials that document African American and African diasporic culture, history, and politics, with a specific focus on materials relation to Chicago.  The University of Chicago serves as the current host institution of the BMRC.

 

CONSORTIUM MEMBERS


Bronzeville / Black Chicagoan Historical Society
http://bronzevillehistoricalsociety.wordpress.com/
636 East 35th Street, Chicago, IL 60616

Collection Strengths: Civil Rights Serial collection; LP collection; VHS video collection; Jackson Funeral Home records; Willian Earl Washington collection; Sherry Williams collection; James S. Parker photographic collection

Contact information for the Special Collections Department: Phone: 312-428-8033; Contact Form: http://bronzevillehistoricalsociety.wordpress.com/contact/

Special instructions for viewing or visiting collections: Research visits to the Bronzeville Historical Society are by appointment only.

 

Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College
http://www.colum.edu/cbmr/index.html
618 South Michigan Avenue, 6th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60605

Collection Strengths: The Library and Archives of the Center for Black Music Research is a comprehensive research collection covering all idioms in black music of the United States and the African diaspora. Collections include books, periodicals, sound recordings in several formats, printed music, photographs and videotapes, manuscripts and archival materials, and a comprehensive collection of theses and dissertations on black music.

Collections of recordings are particularly strong in jazz, art music, and popular music styles from 1900 to the present. The recordings and materials about vernacular and popular music focus on the United States, Caribbean, South Africa, Central Africa, and Central America. Some notable collections include: Chicago Music Association; National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM); Society of Black Composers collection; Gospel Music collection

Contact information for the Special Collections Department: Phone: (312) 369-7559; Fax: (312) 369-8029; Email: cbmr.contact@colum.edu

Special instructions for viewing or visiting collections: The Center for Black Music Research does not require researchers to make research appointments in advance. However, any advanced notice that can be given is appreciated. Research requests and inquiries can be sent by phone, email or fax.

Lists of Archival Collections: http://www.colum.edu/cbmr/library/archives/index.html

 

Chicago History Museum Research Center
http://www.chicagohistory.org/research/visit
http://libguides.chicagohistory.org/content.php?pid=395011&sid=3234888
1601 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614

Collection Strengths: 18th-21 century Chicago history; Civil Rights collection; Civil War; African Progress Association; Afro-American Family and Community Services; American Colonization Society; Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History (ASALH), Chicago chapter; Abraham Lincoln collection; prints and photographs collection; The Studs Terkel / WFMT Oral History Archives

Contact: http://www.chicagohistory.org/research/contactus

Special instructions for viewing or visiting collections: The Chicago History Museum Research Center encourages researchers to plan their visit in advance to ensure a productive experience.

Searchable Database: http://chsmedia.org:8081/ipac20/ipac.jsp?profile=


Chicago Public Library, Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature
http://www.chipublib.org/vivian-g-harsh-research-collection/
http://www.chipublib.org/archives-collections/
9525 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60628

Collection Strengths: Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago archives; Black Radical Congress archive; Timuel D. Black, Jr. papers; National Association of Negro Musicians papers; Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Chicago chapter archives; Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), Chicago chapter archives; Heritage Press archives; Langston Hughes papers; Illinois Writers Project: “Negro in Illinois” papers; National Black Nurses Association, Chicago chapter archives; International Society of Sons and Daughters of Slave Ancestry archives; People for Community Recovery archives; The Links, Inc. Chicago chapter archives; Richard Wright papers

Contact information for the Special Collections Department: Phone: (312) 745-208; Email: harshcollection@chipublib.org
Research at the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature is available during open hours and by appointment. Upon arriving at the Harsh, researchers must complete a registration form and present a valid photo ID. Researchers must inform the Harsh in advance if they choose to use unprocessed collections.

 

Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections
http://www.chipublib.org/special-collections/
http://www.chipublib.org/archives-collections/
400 South State Street, Chicago, IL 60605

Collection Strengths: Black Ensemble and Free Street and Kuumbra Theater collections; Chicago Blues archives; Harold Washington archives and collection (including Illinois State Representative and Senate, mayoral campaign, mayoral records, pro-mayoral photograph collection)

Contact information for the Special Collections Dept.: Phone: (312) 747-4875; Email: specoll@chipublib.org

Special instructions for viewing or visiting collections:  Research at the Harold Washington Library Center-Special Collections is available during open hours and by appointment. Upon arriving at the Special Collections, researchers must complete a registration form and present a valid photo ID. Researchers must inform Special Collections in advance if they choose to use unprocessed collections.

 

Chicago State University, Archives and Special Collections
http://library.csu.edu/asc/
9501 South Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago, IL 60628

Collection Strengths: Illinois Leadership collection (includes Illinois Legislative Black Caucus and Illinois General Assembly); Progressive Education collection (early Chicago State history including student newsletters); rare books (including 18th and 19th century African-Americana) and genealogy reference; Neighborhood History collection; Illinois Commission on the 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education; Provident Hospital records; slave narrative collection

Special Collections Dept.: Phone:  773-995-5341; Email: csu_archives@csu.edu

Special instructions for viewing or visiting collections: No special instructions present on website.

Online Collections List: http://library.csu.edu/asc/asc_collections.php

Library Catalog: http://archives.csu.edu/webcat/request/DoMenuRequest?SystemName=CSU&UserName=wa+public&Password=&UniqueID=0&TemplateProcessID=6000_854_6086&bCachable=1&MenuName=CSU

 

Dominican University, Archives and Special Collections
http://www.dom.edu/library/collections
7900 Division St, Rebecca Crown Library Room 200, River Forest, IL 60305

Collection Strengths: Percy Julian papers, African-American student groups records, Civil War materials, University publications, institutional records, architectural plans, foreign programs, student activities, student organizations, graduate programs, graduation ceremonies, marketing campaigns, and lectures.

Contact information for the Special Collections Dept.: Phone: (708) 524-5929; Email: archives@dom.edu

Special instructions for viewing or visiting collections: Due to the size of staff at Dominican University, they request that researchers
schedule visits in advance, to ensure that staff will be available to assist the researchers.



IIT Archives, Paul V. Galvin Library, Illinois Institute of Technology
http://archives.iit.edu/
35 West 33rd Street, Chicago, IL 60616

Collection Strengths: Institute of Design collection; Charles Warner Piece papers; Digital collection (including World’s Fair); History of Bronzeville neighborhood; IIT Building Program during World War II; 100-years’ worth of yearbooks; tech news collection

Contact information for the Special Collections Department: Phone: (312) 567-5318; Email: archives@iit.edu

Special instructions for viewing or visiting collections: The University Archives & Special Collections Reading Room is open from 1:00- 5:00, Monday- Friday. Appointments can be scheduled between 9:00 and 5:00, Monday- Friday. If you would like to visit between 9:00- 1:00 or spend a full day, you must schedule an appointment in advance, via email with a concise description of your research interests, what you hope to find, and any relevant collections you've found in ArchiveSearch or collection guides by collection number and name. Please provide 2-3 possible appointment times. You can also schedule an appointment during Open Hours if you would like additional research assistance from a staff member. Outside researchers should request an appointment at least one week in advance; IIT students, faculty and staff can request an appointment two days in advance. The earlier you contact UASC, the more accommodating we can be about your preferred times.

The HEALD (IIT Archives Catalog): http://archives.iit.edu/rediscoveryproficiopublicsearch/archivehome.aspx?basic


Loyola University Chicago, University Archives and Special Collections
http://www.luc.edu/archives/
Cudahy Library, Room 218, 1031 West Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660

Collection Strengths: The Archives & Special Collections hold over 8,500 linear feet of collections including Loyola records; Catholic collections; the papers of Samuel Insull and several of his employees and companies; faculty, staff, and alumni papers; and political papers. The rare book collection is also part of Special Collections and currently contains approximately 13,000 volumes with strengths in the areas of religion, philosophy, history, literature, and the history of medicine. Of particular note is the Edward A. Cudahy Jesuitica Collection, which includes a first edition of St. Ignatius Loyola's Spiritual Exercises as well as volumes on Jesuit missions and books by Jesuit scientists; the Charles A. Whittingham Chiswick Press collection; and the Michalak Collection, which includes the 19th century British satire and caricature collection and the Edward Gorey collection.

Contact information for staff: http://www.luc.edu/archives/staff.shtml

Special instructions for viewing or visiting collections: Appointments are strongly recommended in order to ensure staff and space availability. Appointments are available from 8–11 a.m. and 1–3:30 p.m.

Searchable Database: http://www.luc.edu/archives/collections.shtml


Northwestern University Archives, Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, Africana Collection
http://www.library.northwestern.edu/libraries-collections/evanston-campus/africana-collection
1970 Campus Drive, Level 5, East Tower, Main Library, Evanston, Illinois 60208

Collection Strengths: Largest separate Africana collection in existence, subjects range from art, history, literature, music, and religion to communications, management, and cooking. Northwestern's disciplinary programs are reflected in the collection.

Contact information for the Special Collections Department: Phone: (847) 467-3084, Email: africana@northwestern.edu

Special instructions for viewing or visiting collections: There are no requirements for visiting the : Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies. However, it is recommended that researchers from outside of the Chicago area send inquiries in advance to insure that the materials needed are present.  

Finding Aids: http://findingaids.library.northwestern.edu/catalog?sort=title_sort+asc%2C+pub_date+desc&f[repository_facet][]=Northwestern+University+Archives, and http://nucat.library.northwestern.edu/

 

Northwestern University, Charles Deering McCormick Library, Special Collections
http://www.library.northwestern.edu/libraries-collections/evanston-campus/special-collections
1970 Campus Drive, Level 3, Charles Deering McCormick Library, Evanston, Illinois 60208

Collection Strengths: Chicago history including Illinois political pamphlets; architectural drawings; Civil War and World War I papers; Evanston chapter of the NAACP; 1968 Democratic National Convention; printing and publishing collections; African-American and African Studies; papers of Cyrus Colter, Leon Forrest, Dennis Brutus, Katherine Flowers.

Contact information for the Special Collections Dept.: Phone: (847) 491-3635; Email: special.collections@northwestern.edu

Special instructions for viewing or visiting collections: There are no requirements for visiting the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections. However, it is recommended that researchers from outside of the Chicago area send inquiries in advance to insure that the materials needed are present.  

Finding Aids: http://findingaids.library.northwestern.edu/catalog?sort=title_sort+asc%2C+pub_date+desc&f[repository_facet][]=Northwestern+University+Archives, and http://nucat.library.northwestern.edu/

 

Roosevelt University Archives
http://www.roosevelt.edu/Library/Locations/UniversityArchives.aspx
430 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL  60605

Collection Strengths: Oral History Project in Labor History; Biographical collection (papers of Christopher Reed, Percy Julian, and St. Clair Drake); Dempsey Travis papers; The Auditorium Theatre collection; The Center for New Deal Studies collection; speech collection; photo collection

Contact information for the Special Collections Department: The Roosevelt University Archives is located in the Murray-Green Library on the Downtown Campus and is available by appointment from 9:00am-4:00pm, Monday through Friday (except university holidays).  Please contact University Archivist Laura Mills at lmills@roosevelt.edu or 312-341-2280 or Archives Specialist Michael Gabriel at mgabriel@roosevelt.edu or 312-341-3645 for more information.

Special instructions for viewing or visiting collections: All guests including alumni, students, faculty and staff of other I-Share schools are required to show a state issued photo i.d. to obtain a guest pass to the building. Access to Roosevelt University's Archives is by appointment only during regular business hours.

Archival databases: https://roosevelt.cuadra.com/starweb1/l.skca-catalog/servlet.starweb1?path=l.skca-catalog/skcacatalog.web

 

Shorefront Legacy Center, Evanston, Illinois
http://www.shorefrontlegacy.org/Shorefront/Home.html
2214 Ridge Avenue, Lower Level, Evanston, IL 60201

Collection Strengths: Blacks on the Chicago suburban North Shore; NAACP Evanston Chapter; Evanston photographic negative collection; Evanston newspapers (Evanston Newsette and Evanston Sentinel); North Shore Music collection; Community Hospital of Evanston collection; Emerson Street YMCA collection

Contact information for the Special Collections Department: Phone: 847.864.7467; Email: shorefront@me.com

Special instructions for viewing or visiting collections: Please call or email the Shorefront Legacy Center if you wish to establish a research visit.


Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago
http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/scrc/
1100 East 57th Street Chicago Illinois 60637

Collection Strengths: Chicago Jazz Archive; Ida B. Wells papers; Detroit Race Riot Records of 1943; Julius Rosenwald papers; Uncle Tom’s Cabin collection; University of Chicago’s African Studies Workshop records; University of Chicago’s Committee on African Studies; African-American Popular Fiction (over 1300 volumes); Civil War-era papers (including Lincoln collection); Slavery and Indentured Servitude collection

Contact information for the Special Collections Dept.: Phone: 773-702-8705; Email: http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/ask/SCRC.html

Special instructions for viewing or visiting collections: All request for Special Collections materials are made using center's online circulation request system. This is accomplished by making a circulation request account with the University of Chicago at the following link http://scrcrequests.lib.uchicago.edu/nonshib/aeon.dll?Action=10&Form=79. Once an account is made, you can login and create a request for material here, http://scrcrequests.lib.uchicago.edu/nonshib/aeon.dll.

Finding Aids: http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/scrc/findingaids/


Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago
http://library.uic.edu/home/collections/special-collections-university-archives
1750 W. Polk St., Room 320, Chicago, Illinois 60612

Collection Strengths: Chicago's history on the education and practice of the medical arts; Cook County School of Nursing records; Michael Reese Hospital School of Nursing records; National Organization for Women, Chicago and West Suburban Chapter records

Contact information for the Special Collections Dept.: Phone: (312) 996-8977

Special instructions for viewing or visiting collections: Researchers should contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of their visit to discuss their research project. An appointment is encouraged so staff can assist researchers more effectively.

Finding Aids: http://library.uic.edu/home/collections/manuscripts-and-rare-books/finding-aids

 

Special Collections and University Archives Department, Richard J. Daley Library, University of Illinois at Chicago
http://library.uic.edu/home/collections/special-collections-university-archives
801 S. Morgan St., Room 3-330, Chicago, IL 60607

Collection Strengths: Social, political and cultural history of Chicago; YMCA Association records; Associated Negro Press collection; National Alliance of Black Feminists collection; Administrative History of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; Sierra Leone collection; Chicago Urban League records; Chicago Conference on Religion and Race collection

Contact information for the Special Collections Department: Phone: (312) 996-2742

Special instructions for viewing or visiting collections: Researchers should contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of their visit to discuss their research project. An appointment is encouraged so staff can assist researchers more effectively.

Finding Aids: http://library.uic.edu/home/collections/manuscripts-and-rare-books/finding-aids