BMRC Archie Motley Archival Internship Program

Read up on Megan’s final thoughts about the internship here!

This summer, the BMRC continues, in its third iteration, the Archie Motley Archival Internship Program. This program is designed to provide students of color with opportunities to gain practical work experience in archives management, and to recruit students of color into the archives profession as a means to address the critical issue of the underrepresentation of people of color in the field.

Megan Naylor has been named the Archie Motley Archival Intern for summer 2017. Naylor will process the records of Carol Moseley Braun, which are housed by BMRC member institution, Loyola University Chicago within the Women in Leadership Archives (WLA).

Megan Naylor is completing a Bachelors of Arts at The University of Chicago, with plans to pursue history and pre-law curriculum. She is a member of the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women and was previously the president of her high school’s National Honor Society.

About Carol Moseley Braun

Carol Moseley Braun served as Illinois United States Senator from 1992-1998. She holds many “firsts” including first female African-American Senator, first African-American U.S. Senator for the Democratic Party, first woman to defeat an incumbent U.S. Senator in an election, and first female Senator from Illinois.

About Records at the WLA

The records at the WLA cover almost all of Moseley Braun’s over 30 years of public service from her time in the Illinois House of Representatives to her Ambassadorship to New Zealand and Samoa. In addition, there are records pertaining to her current business, Ambassador Organics.

The unprocessed collection measures approximately 77.5 linear feet. Processing the WLA collection will provide access and bring organization to the records of this African American woman who broke barriers and pushed boundaries. The Chicago History Museum (CHM) holds the majority of records from Moseley Braun’s time in the US Senate. While WLA records cover other aspects of her political career and life in general, including her current business venture. Processing WLA’s collection provides an adjunct to the CHM records and rounds out information on Moseley Braun.

About Archie Motley (1934–2002)

Archie Motley was born on December 2, 1934, in Chicago. Son of prominent African American painter Archibald Motley Jr. and Edith Granzo, Motley graduated from Englewood High School and later earned a BA in philosophy from DePaul University in 1960 and an MA in philosophy from Loyola University Chicago in 1965. He began working at the Chicago History Museum in 1955 where he ultimately advanced to the position of curator of archives and manuscripts in 1974. He spearheaded active collection development of Chicago’s urban, social, and cultural history—especially collections related to labor, African Americans, and community organizations—but also many other types of material related to Chicago’s complex and tumultuous history. In 1998, he was named Chicago History Museum’s archivist emeritus.

Motley was also a leader among archivists. He was a founding member and the first president of the Midwest Archives Conference. He was also active with the Society of American Archivists, the Society of American Baseball Research, and the Urban History Association. He provided longtime service to the Illinois State Archives and the Illinois Labor History Society, to name only two of many.

Motley’s life and legacy cannot be easily calculated. His impact on the archival profession and on the history of un- and under-documented communities is impossible to quantify. Still, his imprint can be found on the stacks of research conducted under his ever keen and watchful eye. Researchers and donors counted him as friend and ally, archivists as mentor and role model. As such we can celebrate his contributions and continue his good work long into the future.