Saturday, January 22, 2011

News from Chicago Area Archivists Listserv

From the Chicago Area Archivists listserv:

"Dear CAA Colleagues,

I am delighted to inform you that the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has awarded a two-year “Hidden Collections” grant in the amount of $499,500 to the Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) for our "Color Curtain" Processing Project: Unveiling the Archives of Chicago's Black Metropolis”.

The generosity of CLIR will enable the BMRC to process over 10,000 linear feet of its members' primary resource collections related to African American History, create EAD finding aids, and formally introduce undergraduate students into the archival profession.

Through this award, the BMRC seeks to expand intellectual control and arrangement of unprocessed collections discovered during our Andrew W. Mellon funded three-year (2009-2011) BMRC Survey Initiative. We will go beyond surveying by arranging & cataloging primary resources related to Chicago’s African American heritage. As this work is completed, a further objective of the “Color Curtain Project “ is to structure a comprehensive recruitment tool for the archival profession. Undergraduate students seeking careers in history and archival science will gain experience working in special collections repositories while processing African American related collections.

The BMRC extends its gratitude to CLIR for granting us with this generous award, which will significantly advance the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture.

About the BMRC

The Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) is an unincorporated Chicago-based association of libraries, universities, and other archival institutions with major holdings of materials that document African American and African diasporic culture, history, and politics, with a specific focus on materials relating to Chicago. The University of Chicago serves as Host Institution of the BMRC.

BMRC Members

1. Chicago History Museum

2. Chicago Public Library System

3. Chicago State University

4. Columbia College Chicago

5. Columbia Center for Black Music Research

6. Dominican University

7. DuSable Museum of African American History

8. Illinois Institute of Technology

9. Kennedy King College

10. Loyola University Chicago

11. Northwestern University

12. Roosevelt University

13. University of Chicago

14. University of Illinois-Chicago

Mission Statement

The BMRC is dedicated to making broadly accessible its members' holdings of materials that document African American and African diasporic culture, history, and politics, with a specific focus on materials relating to Chicago.

Best,

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Tamar Evangelestia-Dougherty
Consulting Archivist
Black Metropolis Research Consortium
University of Chicago
5720 S. Woodlawn Ave., Room 210
Chicago, IL 60637

Research Web Site on Mayor Harold Washington

"Black Research Site on First Black Mayor of Chicago"

http://eblackchicago.org/HAROLD/

Haki R. Madhubuti Reads from His Poetry

Haki R. Madhubuti, founder of Third World Press, reads a passage from his poetry at the annual DiversiTea! event held at the Illinois Library Association fall 2010 conference, organized by the Cultural and Racial Diversity Committee. You may need to turn up your volume.