The Black Metropolis Research Consortium believes in creating historical value and innovation through collaboration and resource sharing. By sharing resources and expertise and jointly developing collections, the BMRC facilitates access to African American materials in Chicago institutions and provides an enhanced service to researchers, publishers, and students. Communication and access to other professionals may be the most important benefit BMRC membership has to offer.

Membership Information

Full Members are those institutions who wish to participate fully in the Black Metropolis Research Consortium ($2,000/fiscal year).

  • Membership on the BMRC Board of Directors
  • Three steering committee members
  • Grant participation
  • Invitation to annual meeting and events
  • Committee participation

Second Space Members are community based organizations who maintain their own archival collections and make them accessible to researchers for use either digitally or by maintaining a stand alone repository which is open to the public ($500/fiscal year).

  • One steering committee member
  • Invitation to annual meeting and events

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Member Institutions

Currently, the BMRC’s membership is comprised of Chicago-based libraries, universities, Second Space organizations, and other archival institutions.

  • Bronzeville / Black Chicagoan Historical Society
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • Chicago History Museum
  • Chicago Public Library
  • Chicago State University
  • DePaul University
  • Dominican University
  • DuSable Museum of African American History
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • The Newberry Library
  • Northwestern University
  • Oak Park Public Library
  • Rebuild Foundation
  • Roosevelt University
  • Shorefront Legacy Center
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Chicago