BMRC ARCHIVES PORTAL
Discover Collections on Black Experiences
Discover the unique collections on Black experiences freely available to you in libraries, museums, archives, and other organizations in the Chicago area, through the Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) Archives Portal.
CHOOSE YOUR PORTAL PATH: Use keywords in the search box at the top of the page, browse a category, or click on one of the boxes BELOW: Curated Topic, online exhibit, or the "Try a Term" feature, where a new topic, place, or person appears when you refresh or re-visit this page.
Look for location and contact information on the collection finding aids/guides to find your way to the archives.
Chicago History Museum
CHM collects materials about the city’s multicultural history and engages the public. Black collections strengths at CHM include the African American Police League Records, the Chicago Housing Authority Development Records, the Olivet Baptist Church Records, and the Thing Magazine Records. CHM’s Research Center is open by appointment on Tuesdays through Fridays from 12:00pm-3:30pm. Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance. Accessibility options at this repository include elevators, automatic doors, wheelchair-accessible toilets, voice descriptions for images and videos, sign language interpretation, and the “Touch Tours of Chicago: Crossroads of America” which are available by appointment only. Learn more about this repository here.View collections from Chicago History Museum
About the BMRC
The Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) is a Chicago-based membership association of libraries, universities, museums, community/arts organizations and other archival institutions. The BMRC’s mission is to connect all who seek to document, share, understand and preserve Black experiences.
It is the vision of the BMRC to be essential to promoting discovery, preservation, and use of Black historical collections. Through consortial programs, the BMRC aids in expanding broad access to 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.