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Archives of the South Side Community Art Center

The South Side Community Art Center opened in 1940 and is one of the only surviving community art centers founded through New Deal’s Federal Art Project between 1937 and 1942. In its early years the Center was a hive of activity, as well as a who’s who of the Chicago Renaissance. Federal spending on WPA projects was cut dramatically upon

Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries Video Project records

"Chicago Crossings: Bridges and Boundaries is a 25-minute 1994 video produced by Kartemquin Films in association with the Spertus Museum to accompany an art exhibit addressing the relationships of African Americans and American Jews. The video explores the studios of 12 artists, six Black and six Jewish, as they prepare their work for the show.

Chicago Renaissance: A Festival Celebrating African American Art

The collection consists of photographs, newspapers, memorabilia such as post cards, flyers and posters; administrative papers, and correspondence regarding the development of the Chicago Renaissance Art Festivals.

Little Black Pearl Archive

Beginning as a dream ten years ago in the basement of a gray stone, today Little Black Pearl is a thriving nonprofit serving youth in the Kenwood/Oakland, Woodlawn, and Bronzeville neighborhoods on Chicago’s south side. Firmly rooted in the black community, as the population has changed, so has Little Black Pearl by working with an increasingly diverse youth population and

LP collection

The LP collection includes various types of music pertaining to black culture in the United States, focused on the following type of artists defined as: Chicago, dance, gospel, jazz, rare, R&B.

Margaret Burroughs Papers

Dr. Margaret Taylor Goss Burroughs (1917-2011) was a prominent African American cultural and community leader. She was an artist, poet, writer, educator, and institution builder, best known for founding the DuSable Museum of African-American History, the Southside Community Arts Center and the National Conference of Artists. The Margaret Burroughs papers span from 1937-2010, and showcase the depth and diversity of