South Side Home Movie Project Digital Archive

Over 200 home movies, spanning more than half a century of South Side visual history, will be available to view online beginning May 1, 2018.

The new South Side Home Movie Project Digital Archive is a globally accessible online portal to home movies shot by residents of Chicago’s South Side neighborhoods from 1929-1982. This contemporary platform provides access to the entire collection of digitized home movies archived by the South Side Home Movie Project (SSHMP).

The Digital Colored American Magazine

Edited in its early years by Pauline Hopkins and later managed by associates of Booker T. Washington, the Colored American Magazine (1900-1909) was among the most important early twentieth-century American periodicals and among the first general magazines addressed to a middle-class African American readership.

The Digital Colored American Magazine makes freely available full-color reproductions of unbound issues of this important periodical, with scholarly commentary on selected issues.  For more information about the aims of this project, see our About page.

Issues of the Colored American Magazine digitized for this project belong to the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection in the Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and were photographed by the Beinecke’s digital imaging studio.

The Black Press Research Collective (BPRC) is an interdisciplinary group of scholars committed to generating digital scholarship about the historical and contemporary role of black newspapers in Africa and the African Diasporas.

Chicago’s Art-Related Archival MaterialsA Terra Foundation Resource

In 2015, with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art, more than 75 Chicago archival repositories were surveyed. Browse by repository or search across the nearly 900 records to discover the history of American Art in Chicago.

The Archives of American Art would like to acknowledge the work of Chicago-based art historian Dr. Wendy Greenhouse who completed the survey, and the valued participation of the contributing institutions and organizations.


Knowledge@UChicago preserves and shares the scholarly, creative, and administrative assets of the University to support researchers, instructors, and staff.

If you have any questions about how to make your work publicly available in Knowledge@UChicago, email

Black Media Architectureblack-media-architecture

A research project, developed by 2013 & 2015 BMRC Fellow James West, explores the places and spaces of black media outlets in Chicago and the broader intersections of race, media, and architecture in the United States.

CC_logo_FULL-COLOR_RGB_900The Chicago Collections Consortium

Chicago Collections is committed to preserving and sharing Chicago’s rich history and culture. Our region’s heritage should be available for all of us to explore— freely, easily, and openly. We want to keep Chicago’s history alive and evolving.

The Green Book Database, 1936-1967

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, located in Harlem, New York, recently digitized Victor Green’s entire collection of The Negro Motorist Green Book, which kept African Americans from harm along the highways and byways of Jim Crow America. From 1936 to 1966 (with only a pause for WWII), Green published the directories known today as the Green Book. (The actual titles were variously: The Negro Motorist Green Book; The Negro Travelers’ Green Book; The Travelers’ Green Book). These listed—first in NYC only, later throughout much of the world—hotels, restaurants, beauty salons, nightclubs, bars, gas stations, etc. where black travelers would be welcome. In an age of sundown towns, segregation, and lynching, the Green Book became an indispensable tool for safe navigation.

digihow1Digital Howard

Digital Howard is a brand new virtual showcase that will allow the community to relive and make new history in a creative and unique way! The site will host several ongoing projects such as a collection of digitized HU yearbooks, historic photographs and faculty research. Digital Howard will host everything from faculty papers, student scholarship, and annual reports to open-access journals, conference proceedings, and monographs. The material is highly discoverable in Google, Google Scholar, and other search engines. Click here for more information.


NARA logoNational Archives and Records Administration: Black History

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is an independent agency of the United States government charged with preserving and documenting government and historical records. The Black History section explores such topics as: slavery, abolition, reconstruction, segregation and black migration as well as civil rights. Resources include: photographs of black Chicago by John White during the 1970s; black family research post civil war, records pertaining to the American and international slave trade as well as other federal sites with research resources.

Illinois_State_ArchivesIllinois State Archives: Databases

The Illinois State Archives serves by law as the depository of public records of Illinois state and local governmental agencies which possess permanent administrative, legal, or historical research values. Its collections do not include manuscript, newspaper, or other nonofficial sources.


2Color-TagUmbra: Search African American History

The urgency of representing African American history and culture as fully as possible drives Umbra: Search African American History, a free digital platform that brings together the content of diverse African American archives and enables the creation of new works—curricula, scholarship, art of all kinds—that illuminate parts of our history that have not been broadly accessible. Through partnerships, open data, and technology, Umbra is working against centuries of loss and erasure to expand the historical record for students, scholars, and the general public.

To date, more than 400,000 individual items — images, audio, text, and video — from over 500 US libraries, archives, and cultural heritage institutions are discoverable in Umbra

Umbra is developed by the Givens Collection of African American Literature at the University of Minnesota, with Penumbra Theatre Company. It is made possible through generous support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.