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.



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

1 comment:

Buffalo Soldier 9 said...

Keep telling that history:

Now you can read the greatest fictionalized 'historical novel', Rescue at Pine Ridge, the first generation of Buffalo Soldiers. The website is: This is the greatest story of Black Military History...5 stars Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. Youtube commercials are: and

Rescue at Pine Ridge is the story of the rescue of the famed 7th Cavalry by the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers. The 7th Cavalry got their butts in a sling again after the Little Big Horn Massacre, fourteen years later, the day after the Wounded Knee Massacre. If it wasn't for the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers, there would of been a second massacre of the 7th Cavalry. This story is about, brutality, compassion, reprisal, bravery, heroism and gallantry.

I know you’ll enjoy the novel. I wrote the story that embodied the Native Americans, Outlaws and African-American/Black soldiers, from the south to the north, in the days of the Native American Wars with the approaching United States of America.

The novel was taken from my mini-series movie with the same title, “RaPR” to keep the story alive. Hollywood has had a lot of strikes and doesn’t like telling our stories…its been “his-story” of history all along…until now. The movie so far has attached, Bill Duke directing, Hill Harper, Glynn Turman, James Whitmore Jr. and a host of other major actors in which we are in talks with.

When you get a chance, also please visit our Alpha Wolf Production website at; and see our other productions, like Stagecoach Mary, the first Black Woman to deliver mail for the US Postal System in Montana, in the 1890's, “spread the word”.