Historical Documents Relating to the African Americans of Chicago Will Be Made Available Online

The historical collections of 14 museums in the Chicago area will be digitized and made available online through what will be called the Chicago Portal. The new effort to make the collections of the 14 museums more accessible to the public is financed by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Included among the historical documents that will be available at the new portal are special collections from the libraries of the University of Chicago, Columbia College, DePaul University, Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Readers of JBHE will be particularly interested in the fact that included among the collections will be the Chicago Jazz Archive, the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Collection and the papers of several University of Chicago sociologists who conducted extensive surveys and studies of the city’s ethnic populations.


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